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Okmalumkoolkat's Fiery Video For 'Holy Oxygen'

SA rapper/producer Okmalumkoolkat shares the official music video for the song "Holy Oxygen" off his 2014 'Holy Oxygen 1' EP.


As he's shown in his previous, beautifully-frightening music videos for "iJusi" and "Allblackblackkat," Okmalumkoolkat is as much a visual artist as a wordsmith. The off-kilter SA rapper/producer continues his artistic fearlessness with the visual accompaniment to "Holy Oxygen," the title track off his recent Holy Oxygen I EP, which we premiered this summer. The song's lyrics discuss neglect and ultimate redemption (“Why do you think I’m rapping? / You don’t know what happened / I was never happy when my father left me / Left me as a baby way back in the 80s"), and its accompanying video vividly symbolizes these themes of being an outsider. Directed by the Cannes-recognized Wim Steytler, the eucalyptus forest video for "Holy Oxygen" depicts a smoky world where a colony of plastic-wrapped, quarantined inhabitants are, as a Mother Teresa quote explains, "unwanted, uncared for, and deserted by everybody." Amidst "demigod" Okmalumkoolkat's hail of drum zaps and electronic wobbles, though, the group is rescued, finally getting some air. Check out the "Holy Oxygen" video below, and learn more about Holy Oxygen I via Affine Records.

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News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

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