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Petro Wodkins' Absurd Robert Mugabe Art

Petro Wodkins takes on Robert Mugabe with an absurdist golden statue.


Notoriously controversial Russian artist Petro Wodkins was invited by Robert Mugabe's yes men to the 2014 Harare Festival of the Arts, and then promptly uninvited when they saw the nature of his work. Wodkins offended the Harare Festival officials with a golden statue of himself – which he wanted to offer to Mugabe – and a rap song entitled "My Gift to Robert." Given Mugabe's strong liking for gold (see: MTV Cribs-worthy bedroom) it seems odd that Mugabe– who Wodkins likens to a dictator– declined the gift. Ignoring Mugabe's rejection of his humble offering, Wodkins flew over to Harare, erected the statue of himself (Wodkins) and blasted his makeshift Mugabe "ode" (or absurd protest) to a group of seemingly enthusiastic Zimbabweans. Though some may agree lyrics like "I'm bad for my country, but good for myself" and "My name is Mugabe my face top five, if don't agree I'll burn you alive," summarise Mugabe's complex political strategy, ultimately they explain why Wodkins was allegedly chased out of Harare by Mugabe's officials soon after. Find Wodkins' version of the events over here, and catch the music video to "My Gift to Robert" below.

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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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