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Photos: Synchronized Swimming Set To Spoek Mathambo


This Sunday night we peeped South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga's much-talked-about synchronized swimming performance. Ruga worked with Spoek Mathambo to create the soundtrack for the project. 'Ilulwane' is Ruga's first performance in NYC and was "inspired by Alvin Baltrop's 1970s and 80s photographs. It reflects on the passage of time in both New York and in the artist's own Xhosa culture, drawing on themes of Xhosa initiation ceremonies, the AIDS crisis, and challenging definitions of masculinity."

The lighting was ominous and the air was thick with the smell of chlorine. Click here for a thorough description of the show. Check out our photos by OKA contributor Ardavon Fatehi and imagine Mathambo's electronic drones soothing you into a dark state of mind.


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Kenyan Court Interdicts President Uhuru Kenyatta's Move To Change The Constitution

President Uhuru Kenyatta has reportedly been blocked from altering Kenya's Constitution as his second five year term nears an end. The attempt has been viewed as a power move to stagger Deputy President William Ruto's 2022 presidential plans.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been halted from enacting a complete overturn of the country's constitution. Deemed an unconstitutional move, the High Court of Kenya reportedly blocked the President this past Thursday in parliament, during a gathering where the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) review took place. The referendum proposes the largest government structural changes since Kenya adopted a new constitution in 2010. Kenyatta reportedly bypassed the provision reserved for the inclusion of citizens in the decision to pass BBI as official law, making the process illegitimate.

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