Manthe Ribane & Okzharp. Photo: Chris Saunders.

Defying Borders, Genres and Mediums: The Multimedia World of Manthe Ribane, Okzharp & Chris Saunders

The three artists unveil an album, short film, installation and tour around their debut full-length, Closer Apart.

Why settle for a genre or a medium when there's an entire world of creativity to draw from?

That's a defining ethos of the collaboration between Manthe Ribane, Okzharp, and Chris Saunders. Through music, performance art, video, and more, the three pull from anywhere that could possibly help create the world they're trying to build.

"What's most important is creating an experience with the different mediums that we showcase," says Ribane, a South African artist who handles vocal and performance duties.

Closer Apart, their first full length album on Hyperdub Records, finds them in progressive form, with London's Okzharp on production and Ribane singing, occasionally slipping into the Sepedi language. It's a clear vision—an individualistic project that avoids identifying too closely with any specific genre or scene, but the stark electronic beats and chanted lyrics do expose their respective roots.

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Erykah Badu, Ibeyi, Janelle Monáe and More Will Headline The 2018 Afropunk Festival

The 2018 Afropunk Festival line-ups are lit.

A few hours ago we were hit with an Instagram post a little too casually which revealed a beautiful line-up for the 2018 Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn and Atlanta.

Last year in Johannesburg, SA, nearly 70,000 lovers of all things afro-centric attended the Afropunk Festival. By the looks of the 2018 line-ups, it would seem Afropunk is trying to top that this year.

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