Photos

Alexandre Van Enst's 'Elegance Road' [Gallery]

Take a look at Alexander Van Enst's 'Elegance Road,' an award winning collection of photos featuring the Sapeurs of Congo.

Pictures of the Year International recently rewarded Alexandre Van Enst with the Award of Excellence for his piece “Elegance Road,” a montage of photos shedding light on the Congolese trend setters calling themselves the "Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes,” or Sapeurs. In these award-winning stills, Van Enst captures the revolutionary fashionistas in a juxtaposition between rustic metal and futuristic garments. Draped in vividly colored kilts while toting canes and black leather handbags, the Sapeurs illuminate the earth-toned roads as they posture in creativity and dignity.
Music

Listen to Femi Kuti's New Song 'As We Struggle Everyday'

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Femi Kuti shares his new single, "As We Struggle Everyday," the latest drop from the upcoming double album Legacy +, a joint endeavor with his son Made Kuti.

"As We Struggle Everyday" is a politically-charged afrobeat tune about people having the voting power to hold their 'leaders' accountable, but often failing to do so. Throughout the song, Femi sings "As we struggle everyday We try to find a better way See these leaders wey suppose jail Na him my people dem dey hail."

Femi explains: "'As We Struggle Everyday' is about how hard people work everyday to make ends meet and still go to vote corrupt politicians into power who are meant to be in jail."

Legacy +, which is due out February 5 from Partisan Records, includes a full album by Femi titled Stop The Hate and an album by his son, Made, titled For(e)ward. The pair have previously shared the singles "Pà Pá Pà" and "Your Enemy" off the upcoming release.

Listen to Femi Kuti's "As We Struggle Everyday" below.

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