Video

Premiere: Tunde Olaniran 'The Second Transgression'

Nigerian artist Tunde Olaniran releases an experimental voodoo video for "The Second Transgression."


Nigerian-American artist Tunde Olaniran's "The Second Transgression" serves as a visual accompaniment to his upcoming EP of the same name. In the video, Tunde's electro-tinged tracks "Kill Or Be Killed" and "Sun Goes Down" soundtrack an experimental excursion into the rituals that play out between lovers and friends.

"We wanted to find a way to show the inherent conflict and potential for fear and violence that exists during any deep changes, whether personal or societal," Tunde explains, "I've always been interested in traditions of voodoo and wanted to invoke the imagery associated with trance and possession as a metaphor for personal growth." For more on Tunde read our in-depth interview with the artist. Watch the Gold House-produced video for "The Second Transgression," directed by Natasha Beste, below.

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Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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