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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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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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