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Nigerian Artist Dennis Osadebe Dabbles In 3D Printing for His First Sculpture Piece

Dennis Osadebe continues to push his Neo-African movement and pop-art style forward in "Stand For Something."

Dennis Osadebe continues to push the envelope with his standout pop-art style. The Nigerian mixed-media artist steps into the realm of sculpture with his new piece, Stand For Something—a declaration of his Neo-Africa movement.


"What do you stand for? What does that say about you? For me, Neo Africa is a cause worth standing for," the artist says in his statement about the piece.

By combining street style (yes, the bust is rocking a durag for the culture) with the traditional (the Mask, which is a constant in his work), Stand For Something is a reflection of the Nigeria Osadebe knows today—a Nigeria of progress. "I have also taken a fresh look at the Mask through the use of colour, textures and style of production," he continues.

"The Neo Africa movement is one that is near and dear to my heart, connecting back to these questions I ask myself again and again: What is African art? Who gets to define it? What are its limits? And where is it going?"

Stand For Something was made in collaboration with Unique Board—a New York-based platform that collaborates with visual artists to create limited edition, 3D-printed sculptures. Osadebe continues to ruminate and think critically about his view of the world and his place in it. He invites us to do the same.

Take a look at the sculpture below.

Image courtesy of Dennis Osadebe.

Image courtesy of Dennis Osadebe.

Image courtesy of Dennis Osadebe.

To keep up with Dennis Osadebe, follow him on Instagram, Twitter and his website.

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Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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