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Santi's Latest Music Video Is a 'Freaky' Nod to Vintage Nollywood Horror Films

Check out the trippy new video for the Nigerian artist's latest single.

Genre-bending Nigerian artist Santi shares the music video for his latest single "Freaky," featuring Nonso Amadi and Bridge. We'd say that the track is just as "badass, laid-back and highly addictive," as the track itself.

The musician pays homage to the highly-dramatized Nollywood horror films of his childhood in the grainy, self-directed visual, in which Santi plays and exorcist looking to cast a demon out of a possessed young woman who is out to get collaborators Amadi and Bridge. Santi's version of an exorcism is far more mod than your average—him and the crew rock all black and stylish vintage frames throughout the video.


Santi spoke to Fader about how classic scenarios in Nollywood films inspired the video's theme:

In those traditional films, the priests always shows up at the end of the movie because it symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. However in 'Freaky' the exorcist has a creepy feel to him, this was inspired by the unpredictability of Korean movies where certain exorcists aren't necessarily painted in a good image. It is a dark video that pays homage to its ancestors while telling the story of a girl who wants nothing but to destroy the souls of men"

It's definitely one of the more creative videos we've seen come out of the Naija music scene in a while. Watch the fantastical music video below. For more on Santi'ssound, revisit our 2016 interview with the artist about helping usher in Nigeria's new wave.

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Watch Santi's Striking New Video For 'Sparky'

A dark & beautiful look into death, grief, and violence for the Nigerian artist's latest single.

Santi's on a bit of a roll, following-up the success of "Rapid Fire" with his new single "Sparky," which dropped a few weeks ago.

The hazy and addictive new track, which was produced by Odunsi The Engine and Le Mav, now gets the visual treatment in the form of a striking, self-directed music video.

The new video for "Sparky" cycles through the loss of someone and the many emotions that come from it: anger, despair, grief and ultimately, in this video, violence.

"'Sparky' is a film about consequences and the minds of different people and how small events lead to unexpected results," Santi tells Crack Magazine.

"I wanted to do more storytelling in visuals because it's an important medium in which we can bring out various emotions in people. It was also key that we show everyone's creative ability. From the cast to the styling, to the cinematographers, everyone came together and brought their own essence into it, and that is the beauty of 'Sparky.'"

Watch Santi's new music video for "Sparky" below.

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Blitz the Ambassador Named 2020 Guggenheim Fellow

The Ghanaian artist and filmmaker is among 175 "individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

Ghanaian filmmaker Blitz Bazawule, also known as Blitz the Ambassador has been named a 2020 Guggenheim fellow.

The musician, artist and director behind he critically acclaimed film The Burial of Kojo, announced the news via social media on Thursday, writing: "Super excited to announce I've been awarded the Guggenheim 2020 Fellowship. Truly grateful and inspired."

He is among 175 scholars, "appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation's ninety-sixth competition," says the Guggenheim.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

6 South African Podcasts to Listen to During the Lockdown

Here are six South African podcasts worth listening to.

South Africa has been on lockdown for almost two weeks as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and it looks like the period might just get extended. If you are one of those whose work can't be done from home, then you must have a lot of time in your hands. Below, we recommend six South African podcasts you can occupy yourself with and get empowered, entertained and informed.


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