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Folasade Adeoso’s Digital Collages [Gallery]

Artist Folasade Adeoso creates digital collages to highlight untold stories in photographs.

For years Nigerian/Canadian artist Folasade Adeoso has been honing her skills, not only posing in photographs as a model, but also taking a place behind-the-scenes the camera working as a digital designer. Last year we spoke with Adeoso in an extended interview on her burgeoning career as a digital artist and her hopes of having her works exhibited or published into an art book. Just last week she organized and showcased Folasade x 1953 Presents... Osun, her first solo art reception and pop-up shop in Brooklyn. In several collages of hers, bouquets of flowers strategically obscure a woman's face to highlight an otherwise untold story in another woman's admiration of her body. "I want to tell a different story than the one the photograph originally told, or create a new story within the one that’s already there," she told us last year. Employing the use of distinct graphing lines to guide the viewer towards a focal point, Adeoso uses captivating ethnographic photography as a base for each story she wishes to tell or "so that that person can tell the story." View more of Adeoso's pieces in the gallery above.


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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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