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Madame Gandhi. Photo: Anna Maria Lopez

Watch Madame Gandhi's New Video For the Fela Kuti-Inspired 'Bad Habits'

Step into a yellow-tinted desert haze.

Madame Gandhi is the project of LA-based musician and activist Kiran Gandhi, who you may know as the former drummer for M.I.A. and Kehlani.

Kiran has been releasing electronic tracks with the aim of elevating the female voice, the latest of which is "Bad Habits"—a percussion-driven meditation about improving yourself inspired by Fela Kuti.

The track, which was co-produced by Madame Gandhi and Dallas up-and-comer Zach Witness (who produced Erykah Badu's But You Caint Use My Phone), is now getting a beautiful new desert visual that we're premiering here today.


"The music video for Bad Habits explores themes of building the world we want to live in. Reimagining education, self-improvement, collaboration, radical self-reliance and prioritizing joyfulness as way of serving humanity. It was the yellow world of my dreams that I got to bring to life with London-based director Raine Allen Miller," Madame Gandhi tells OkayAfrica.

Madame Gandhi. Photo: Anna Maria Lopez

"In the first verse, I focus on what has been troubling me, as I drive out to the desert and gather other like-minded individuals who also want to find truth and be their best selves," she continues. "In the second verse, I build 'Gandhi School,' in which I share with the others my thoughts on the profound linked history between how Fela and Gandhi were combatting oppressive colonizer rule in their respective countries of Nigeria (1960s-70s) and India (1940s), and specifically how Mahatma Gandhi's non-violence movement drew from the womxn's suffrage movement in the 1920s."

"It is about connecting the dots between how those movements were all linked in combatting the same oppressive forces that very much still exist today, and how the best tools for continuing this fight for freedom is to start by being the best version of yourself. I hope you watch, share and critique this video, as it was a joy to conceptualize and bring it to life for you to enjoy!"

Watch the new video for "Bad Habits," directed by London-based filmmaker Raine Allen Miller, below.

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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

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