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Watch Khuli Chana's 'Never Grow Up' Video

Watch Motswako Originator Khuli Chana's video for "Never Grow Up," off his sophomore album 'Lost In Time.'


A few weeks back Okayafrica TV had the chance to spend a day out with South African Motswako Originator Khuli Chana on his first visit to New York City. The video went live last week and features Chana, in addition to taking in Big Apple landmarks like Times Square and the Brooklyn Bridge, speaking candidly about his situation with the South African police– a case which was withdrawn earlier this month and resulted in the police officers apologizing to Chana outside outside the court. Now that Chana is back in South Africa, he's come through with the sixth video off his mega-successful Lost In Time LP. Released in November 2012, Chana's sophomore album came packed with nostalgic metaphors. "Never Grow Up," which features music director and childhood friend KayGizm, is his ode to innocence set to a marching-like Peter Pan-meets-Motswako chant. According to a Facebook post from Chana, the song is particularly sentimental as it was the first track he recorded for the record. Its video, the most refreshing take on rap music's house party video fare we've seen all year, centers on a get together in which attendees have turned into the kid versions of themselves. Watch the "Never Grow Up" video along with Okayafrica TV's Day Out With Khuli Chana below. For more from Maftown read our First Look Friday profiles on Profresher KT and Hash One.

>>>South Africa’s Motswako Originator Khuli Chana Spends A Day Out In NYC With Okayafrica TV

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Image courtesy of Peintre Obou.

Ivorian Artist Peintre Obou Speaks on Expression Through His Masked Characters

Peintre Obou talks about how he came to be an artist, his fervour for the mask, and his uplifting project, 'Abobo E Zo'.

Gbais Obou Yves Fredy better known as Peintre Obou is an Ivorian artist whose work is centered around the political-military crisis in his home. To date, his career has been an exploration of his passion for the human condition and the traumas he has experienced as a result of human-orchestrated disasters. He goes as far as highlighting life in the slums and the individuals who opened their arms to him in the lowly communes of Abidjan. He distinctively distorts the faces of his subjects with masks and places vibrant colors upon their bodies as he weaves tales of war, trauma, suffering, and oppression.

Last summer, the Ivorian commune of Abobo underwent renovation in a project titled, Abobo E Zo commissioned by the Minister Hamed Bakayoko. Not only were downtrodden areas within the community rehabilitated and sanitized but multiple buildings around the populous commune were painted to the delight of residents. It was street art set on enlightening a disadvantaged community piloted by Obou with help from hundreds of crafty volunteers.

This interview was conducted in French and has been translated and edited for length and clarity.

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