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Michael Soi's 'China Loves Africa' Paintings

Kenyan artist Michael Soi's 'China Loves Africa' series offers a satirical take on the Chinese presence in Africa.

A member of Kenya's "Second Generation" of artists, Michael Soi has been known to speak his mind on canvas, particularly on issues relevant to Nairobi. Soi's latest magnifying glass points to Sino-African relations in his China Loves Africa collection. In this series of paintings created throughout 2012-13, Soi responds to what he perceives as a "type of economic re-colonisation." Speaking to Africa News, Soi shed on the irony behind his warm-hearted title in that "China wants to be seen as a great friend to Africa," though the series is intended more as "an interrogation into the intentions of China in Africa.” Soi plans to take on Nairobi's sex industry next in an upcoming series. Until then, browse Soi's satirical take on what he refers to as "Africa's sugar daddy." For more art from Michael Soi head over here.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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