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Watch Gabriel Teodros & SoulChef's 'Black Love' Ft. Sarah MK [Premiere]

Watch Ethiopian-American MC Gabriel Teodros and SoulChef's "Black Love" video produced by NSOROMMA and shot by Ethiopian filmmaker Shimby.


Back in May Ethiopian-American Seattleite Gabriel Teodros delivered on a full-length supply of thoughtful wordplay with Children of the Dragon, the twelve-track result of a serendipitous encounter with Ethiopian producer AirMe. In the months leading up to the album, Teodros launched an onslaught of warm-up singles with an East African romance duet alongside Ethiopian-Canadian songstress/MC Sarah MK. On "Black Love," kiwi producer SoulChef's rainy night, hip-hop jazzcat beats dreamily float along with Teodros and MK's diasporic romanticism. The song appeared on SoulChef's eleven-track Food For Thought LP. Almost a year since "Black Love" was released, Teodros has partnered with "Black arts initiative" NSOROMMA and rising Ethiopian filmmaker Shimby on an experimental short film for the track. NSOROMMA explained the raw, unfiltered science behind their debut short:

"Black Love was a collaborative project between NSOROMMA, Gabriel Teodros, Sarah MK and Shimby, an emerging diasporic Ethiopian filmmaker. Shot over a few days on a 16mm camera the raw footage was completely hand edited, with no digital enhancements, and experimented on by the filmmaker using, among other things, dyes created from roses, frankincense, and sage.

Black Love is the first short film produced by NSOROMMA, a Black arts initiative that cultivates creative action and innovation in Black communities. Through incubating Black artists’ works and building archival strategies NSOROMMA ignites responsive dialogue and supports Black art, thoughts and movements."

The "Black Love" clip, which we're excited to premiere here today, is a prequel to Teodros and SoulChef’s upcoming album Evidence Of Things Not Seen, due out October 28th. Watch it below and follow NSOROMMA via their blog and twitter.

Interview

Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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