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Okmalumkoolkat's Hyper-Surreal 'Allblackblackkat' Video From Chris Saunders

Watch Okmalumkoolkat's hyper-surreal video for 'Allblackblackkat' from Johannesburg photographer/director Chris Saunders.


Last week we went inside the mind-altered world of Okmalumkoolkat with his VHS'd "iJusi" video, a film by Gregor Lehrl which we premiered on Okayafrica. Today we take a darker look at Future Mfana through the lens of Chris Saunders, the prolific Johannesburg-based photographer/director whose photos of South African puppeteer Macdonald Mfolo blew us away earlier this month. Since OKA's conception, Saunders has been behind more than a few of the most striking videos to come to light, including Nozinja‘s “Tsekeleke” (an early frontrunner for video of this year) and his 2012 video of the year for LV and Okmalumkoolkat's "Sebenza."

On their reunion, Saunders and self-proclaimed "demagod" Okmalumkoolkat bring Holy Oxygen I to spiritual life. The "Allblackblackcat" video, which premiered today over on the Fader, is a hyper-surreal take on a Zulu cleansing ceremony performed on a male member of the family before funerals, a ritual which Okmalumkoolkat himself experienced as a child. It's a pantsula nightmare (or daydream, however you want to look at it) that vies with Saunder's own Nozinja dance clip for the most striking video of 2014. Watch "Allblackblackkat" below, which as the Fader explained, "plays with memory, reality and generational shifts." The four-track Holy Oxygen I EP, co-produced by Vienna's Cid Rim and The Clonious, is out now via Affine Records. For more from the Future Mfana mastermind download Spoek Mathambo's all-Okmalumkoolkat Future Sound of Mzansi mix plus get the scoop on "Holy Oxygen," "Fancy Footwork," and "iJusi" off his debut EP.

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Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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