Video: Malian Cyborg Wars

An independent Malian animator is crafting ingenious and politically-charged 3D animations about the conflict in Northern Mali.

Sahel Sounds points towards some ingenious and politically-charged 3D and live action work from Malian self-taught animator Cheick Ouattara. The clip that stands out begins with text background of the situation in Northern Mali, describing the current conflict against the Islamist groups, which then leads to the creation of "cyborg warriors" to help liberate the north. Ouatarra explained his wishes for this trailer to become a film depicting the unity of the nation to Sahel Sounds:

“I want to show there is no difference between people. When the resistance starts against the cyborgs, the Tamashek are going to play a big role. They know the most about the desert, and they’ll be the ones who will be fighting the robot war,” he says. “Before everything, they were the masters of the North.”

Watch two of Ouattara's animations below. Read the full interview at Sahel Sounds and visit Cheick Ouattara's youtube page for more.


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Wizkid Spoils Fans By Dropping the Music Video For 'No Stress'

Oh, you thought he was done for the day?

All in a day's work! Nigerian superstar Wizkid is climbing his way further and further up the charts (and our lists of favourites) by releasing visuals to accompany track "No Stress," off of his freshly released album Made In Lagos.

It's hard not to move to the track on its own, and now we have a plethora of beautiful African women to virtually jam out with. The release of the second single off the high anticipated MIL album comes as Wizkid toyed with fans by simply tweeting "No Stress."

So far, the album has amassed over a million streams in under 24 hours on Boomplay. The 14-track album features music heavy weights including Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai and Terri.

The album was originally meant to drop two weeks ago, but with the political and social terror occurring presently in his home country Nigeria, Wizkid chose to delay it.

Watch the music video for "No Stress" by Wizkid below.

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