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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.

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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