M.anifest’s Music Video for ‘Cupid’s Crooked Bow’ is a Highly Stylized Tale of Lover’s Remorse

Watch the new music video from M.anifest’s fourth studio album ‘Nowhere Cool.’

M.anifest spared little time delivering titillating visuals for single “Cupid’s Crooked Bow” fresh off his fourth studio album Nowhere Cool, which premiered at the Jaguar Showroom last week.

The fourteen-track memento is influenced by Ghanaian compatriot and distinguished author and playwright Ama Ata Aidoo’s eponymous short story.

"I felt Nowhere Cool will be an appropriate way to tell different stories of life, because sometimes that is how it feels," M.anifest says.

The cinematically rich Guto Bussab and Alfonzo Franke-directed video—shot in Accra by Cape Town based production house Muti Films— sees the ‘god MC’ with a cowrie shell-bedecked beard, team up with one of his “favorite contemporary voices” on the continent, South African singer-poet-activist Nomsa MazwaiNomisupasta.”

Together, they tell the tale of lover’s remorse, basically that bittersweet moment when you realize your S.O. would be better as an ex or considering the timing of the video, the inevitable end to your summer fling.

“The song was inspired by having been loved by a woman or two who always knew the difficulties of dating an artist, never wanted to make that choice, yet we found ourselves in a spin of intoxicating love that always threatened to end,” M.anifest explains.

Enjoy the visuals for "Cupid's Crooked Bow" at the top.

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Xplosive DJ's recently released five-track debut project, Plan B, was produced and recorded over four years and makes the producer behind it even more difficult to locate, geographically and musically.

Born Ahmed Khaled Dahab in the Congo, raised in Sudan and living in South Africa since 2007, Xplosive grew up in a home where all four compass points of African music were familiar. He was drawn to reggae, hip-hop and dancehall on street sound systems as he grew up to develop his own musical taste.

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