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Skwatta Kamp to Release A Tribute to Flabba, 3 Years After His Passing

Skwatta Kamp will release a new song this Friday.

The first South African hip-hop crew to achieve mainstream success, Skwatta Kamp, lost one of their members Flabba in 2015.

This Friday, 9 March, marks exactly three years since the passing of one of the most relentless and comical rappers to ever come out of South Africa, undoubtedly everyone's favorite Skwatta Kamp member.


To commemorate the third anniversary of his passing, the six remaining members of the crew, alongside their frequent collaborator vocalist Relo, will release a song titled "There You Go."

The crew posted a clip on their newly created Instagram account of them working on the song and reminiscing about their friend. From the clip, especially the part where Relo is recording her vocals, the song's likely to be a tearjerker. Zahara can also be seen playing her guitar in studio. Looking at the group's diverse list of previous collaborators, it wouldn't be a surprise if she also makes an appearance.

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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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