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Canadian-Ghanaian 'Poetronica' Artist Ian Keteku's 'Love & Lumumba' LP

Ghanaian-Canadian Ian Keteku is set to release his futuristic new LP 'Love & Lumumba' on February 11, via Nocturne Records.


Ian Keteku's sophomore album Love & Lumumba is a narrative soundscape of poetry caressed by futuristic electronic melodies. As a first generation Canadian born to Ghanaian parents, Keteku explores the idea of African identity through his own reflection on past history and present struggles in his mission to imagine a new future worth fighting for.

In an e-mail with the self-coined 'poetronica' artist, Okayafrica was able to receive some insight from Keteku on the inspiration behind his new project and the meaning of the LP's title: "As humans, we all know what it is like to fight for an idea, a goal, someone. Sometimes this fight takes our whole lives, sometimes it takes our life. Much like [Patrice] Lumumba who was murdered as a result of his passion for his country and Africa. The album explores what it means to be African today, the fights we fought the battles we still struggle with. But I believe the 'war' is best fought with love."

"Proxima Centauri," the first single from the LP, was released alongside some stunning afrofuturistic visuals directed by Keteku and Jason HennessyPaul Janicki (Redlight Productions). This 'poetronica' sound-piece is a beautiful mixture of meditative, stream-of-consciousness lyricism and soft electronic ambiance. Watch the video for Ian Keteku's "Proxima Centauri" below. Love & Lumumba, is out today via Nocturne Records, and available on Bandcamp.

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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