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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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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