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Temi Dollface, Kid Konnect, Show Dem Camp, Poe & More Form The Collectiv3

Temi Dollface, Ikon, Poe, Show Dem Camp, Ikon, Funbi and more release a joint album as 'The Collectiv3' for Nigerian independence day.


The Collective3 are a newly formed group comprised of Nigerian artists who "believe in creating art with no boundaries and challenging the status quo." The supergroup, which boasts the impressive roster of songstress Temi Dollface, Ikon, Poe, Funbi, Show Dem Camp, Nsikak and hip-hop producer Kid Konnect, are releasing their first collaborative effort The Collectiv3 LP today in honor of their country's 55th year of independence. The Collectiv3 wish that their artistic efforts will help promote individuality and creativity, "we are a movement that we hope will inspire and encourage others to express themselves how they choose to, without conforming." They're encourage fans to "join the movement today by being different and by being you."

Several of the group's artists spoke about their individual inspirations ahead of the release, “Art to me is pointless without having the intention to change views or to make a difference," mentions Ikon. "For me, the inspiration has to be from a real place, a place that cannot be manufactured." Temi Dollface adds, "As a creative I like to play with contrasts and words in a similar manner to what I do with clothes. Its really just needing that one trigger or fragment of an idea and then I invent the rest myself.” Check out the short clip below introducing the group and stream the 9-track The Collectiv3 LP in its entirety underneath.

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It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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