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'Fela Soul' Resurfaces With Bonus Single 'Still Ego Trippin' + Remastered Release

Download a new track from Amerigo Gazaway's Fela Kuti & De La Soul tapestry 'Fela Soul.'


In 2011's Fela Soul, Nashville-based producer Amerigo Gazaway offered up a striking 8-track mash-up of Fela Kuti's afrobeat grooves with acapellas from De La Soul classics. As a thank you to his fans after a standout 2014 that saw him release the solid Yasiin Gaye tape and land an Apple commercial, Gazaway's revisiting Fela Soul by dropping a fully remastered version of the release that includes the new bonus single "Still Ego Trippin." Download the new bonus track & its instrumental below, plus give the remastered Fela Soul a worthwhile relisten.

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Image courtesy of Peintre Obou.

Ivorian Artist Peintre Obou Speaks on Expression Through His Masked Characters

Peintre Obou talks about how he came to be an artist, his fervour for the mask, and his uplifting project, 'Abobo E Zo'.

Gbais Obou Yves Fredy better known as Peintre Obou is an Ivorian artist whose work is centered around the political-military crisis in his home. To date, his career has been an exploration of his passion for the human condition and the traumas he has experienced as a result of human-orchestrated disasters. He goes as far as highlighting life in the slums and the individuals who opened their arms to him in the lowly communes of Abidjan. He distinctively distorts the faces of his subjects with masks and places vibrant colors upon their bodies as he weaves tales of war, trauma, suffering, and oppression.

Last summer, the Ivorian commune of Abobo underwent renovation in a project titled, Abobo E Zo commissioned by the Minister Hamed Bakayoko. Not only were downtrodden areas within the community rehabilitated and sanitized but multiple buildings around the populous commune were painted to the delight of residents. It was street art set on enlightening a disadvantaged community piloted by Obou with help from hundreds of crafty volunteers.

This interview was conducted in French and has been translated and edited for length and clarity.

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