Mirel Wagner 'The Dirt'

Listen to Ethiopian/Finnish singer Mirel Wagner's new single "The Dirt," off her sophomore album 'When The Cellar Children See The Light.'

Last we heard from Finnish-based, Ethiopian-born singer Mirel Wagner she was out with visuals for "Oak Tree," the morbidly romantic lead single off her upcoming sophomore album When The Cellar Children See The Light. This week the emotive folk songstress returns with a haunted follow-up single off the record, “The Dirt.” Channeling a Poe-like poignancy, Wagner vocalizes the pains of possessing unattainable earthly desires. Her voice, cloaked in a sense of serene longing, steadily marches along until cut off at the bridge by a howling electric guitar. It's a strummed desperation that gives off the bluesy chills. Wagner once told us in an interview “you don’t always need to shout to make an impact.” With her latest she proves her point yet again with another bare-boned and minimalistic heavy blow. Listen to "The Dirt" below. Wagner’s When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day LP is due out August 11th/12th in Europe/US from Sub Pop and August 8th in Finland from Kioski.

Mirel Wagner Tour Dates

26 July - Finland, Helsinki Radio Helsinki Klubi @ Fregatti

8 August Finland, Helsinki Flow Festival

15 August - Finland, Helsinki Luomustrudio @ Linnanmäki

21 August - Finland, Helsinki Showroom Jussi Karjalainen Exhibition opening

30 August - Germany, Berlin Torstrassenfestival

13 September - Belgium, Gent Big Next Festival

14 September, Netherlands, Amsterdam MC (Grote Studio)

1 October - Finland, Espoo Sellosali

3 October - Austria, Vienna Porgy & Bess (Waves Festival)

4 October - Slovenia Ljubiljana International Festival of Contemporary Arts - City of Women

10 October - Finland, FI Turku Dynamo

11 October - Finland, Tampere Telakka

13 October - Finland, Helsinki KOM-ravintola

17 October - Finland, Oulu 45 Special

18 October - Finland, Jyväskylä Musta kynnys

23 October - UK, London St. Pancras Old Church

25 October - UK, Bristol Simple Things Festival

30 October - Switzerland, Geneve La Graviere

31 October - Switzerland, Le Locle Le Lux

1 November - Switzerland, Zürich El Lokal

11 December - France, Bordeaux Winter Camp Festival @ Krakatoa (w J. Mascis)

12 December - France, Paris Winter Camp Festival @ Maroquinerie (w J. Mascis)

Artwork: Barthélémy Toguo Lockdown Selfportrait 10, 2020. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery

The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

Artwork: Cristiano Mongovo Murmurantes Acrilico Sobre Tela 190x200cm 2019

1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."

Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957

Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:


31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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Listen to Sibusile Xaba‘s New Jazz Single 'Umdali'

Sibusile Xaba's single 'Umdali' featuring Naftali and Fakazile Nkosi comes ahead of Brownswood Recording's highly-anticipated contemporary jazz compilation album 'Indaba Is'.