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Kenyan Short Film Envisions A Post-Apocalyptic Nairobi

Kenyan filmmaker Abstract Omega envisions a post-apocalyptic Nairobi in his new short film, 'Monsoons Over The Moon.'


Under the pseudonym Abstract Omega, Kenyan filmmaker and director Dan Muchina creates short films and visual mood-pieces that reflect his experience growing up in Nairobi. His latest mythical film drama, Monsoons Over The Moon, tells the story of a street gang known as The Monsoons who have escaped an oppressive dictatorship set in post-apocalyptic Nairobi. The gang seeks to awaken young people in order to liberate them from the system within which the masses have been placed.

The story is told from the perspective of those most oppressed by a dictatorial system that has shut down the internet, making the written world exponentially more important. Shot in black-and-white, the film stands outside of a perceivable time, yet touches on political themes relevant to Kenya today, including surveillance, mass incarceration, and the effects of capitalism.

According to Dynamic Africa, Abstract Omega says “[his] motivation for the script was based on [his] own experiences of living in Nairobi and witnessing the grim reality that is mostly kept out of the news and swept under the rug. [He] was compelled with the intention to shine light to this reality.”

Watch part one of Abstract Omega's Monsoons Over The Moon below.

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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