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Watch Seun Kuti's 'A Long Way To The Beginning' LP Trailer

Watch the trailer for Seun Kuti's upcoming "A Long Way To The Beginning" album featuring Robert Glasper.


Seun Kuti & Egypt 80's third studio album A Long Way To The Way Beginning, co-produced by Robert Glasper, promises to be a politically-charged modern afrobeat affair that reshapes his father's message for the present. We've seen the video for "IMF" featuring M1 of Dead Prez, a direct jab at the International Monetary Fund’s meddling in the Nigerian economy, and look forward to additional album collaborations with Nneka and Blitz the Ambassdador. “This album is a soundtrack for the mindset of most young people in Africa today,” mentions Seun, “As African youth we have to stand for what we want.” Watch the album trailer for A Long Way To The Way Beginning, featuring song clips from the album as well as interviews with Seun Kuti and Robert Glasper, below.

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Image courtesy of Peintre Obou.

Ivorian Artist Peintre Obou Speaks on Expression Through His Masked Characters

Peintre Obou talks about how he came to be an artist, his fervour for the mask, and his uplifting project, 'Abobo E Zo'.

Gbais Obou Yves Fredy better known as Peintre Obou is an Ivorian artist whose work is centered around the political-military crisis in his home. To date, his career has been an exploration of his passion for the human condition and the traumas he has experienced as a result of human-orchestrated disasters. He goes as far as highlighting life in the slums and the individuals who opened their arms to him in the lowly communes of Abidjan. He distinctively distorts the faces of his subjects with masks and places vibrant colors upon their bodies as he weaves tales of war, trauma, suffering, and oppression.

Last summer, the Ivorian commune of Abobo underwent renovation in a project titled, Abobo E Zo commissioned by the Minister Hamed Bakayoko. Not only were downtrodden areas within the community rehabilitated and sanitized but multiple buildings around the populous commune were painted to the delight of residents. It was street art set on enlightening a disadvantaged community piloted by Obou with help from hundreds of crafty volunteers.

This interview was conducted in French and has been translated and edited for length and clarity.

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