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'The Confused African' Is the New Documentary Series Following Two Musicians As They Return to Uganda

The 8-part series just premiered on Youtube.

The Confused African is a new documentary series—from the creators of 2016's The Pearl of Africa—examining Ugandan society through the explorations of two of the country's musicians, artist and TV personality Ken Daniels and rapper Navio.

Directed by Jonny Von Wallström, the documentary-series aims to offer commentary on immigration, corruption and music from a uniquely Ugandan perspective.

"It started out in 1992 when he joined Swahili Nation that was formed in the 90's by Kenyan brothers Muturi," says Ken Daniels. "A couple of years ago, he decided to move back to Uganda because he felt responsible and wanted to be a part of the change that was happening in the country."


"I think that my political view and world view has changed since I left Uganda. There is a difference between Sweden and Uganda in many ways. Good and bad. Sometimes I feel like a confused African, that's where the title comes from."

The artists is more confident now, than ever in Uganda's future. "What I have realized is that Uganda is not what it used to be. Today, Uganda is in a very good place, the infrastructure and the whole society is improving. In 5 years, I think you will see a big difference," he says.

"I feel like many more people are willing to fight for the right to speak up and change things. It was in a different way before. Back in the days, people didn't do that".

The first of eight episode, premiered today on Youtube, you can watch it below and follow the full series here.

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'Sailing Back to Africa as a Dutch Woman,' 2017, from Fortia. By Keyezua, photo courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery.

Our 9 Favorite African Visual Artists of 2018

We look back at the contemporary African visual artists who caught our eye this year.

This year, African visual artists have done their due diligence to carve their own path leading to creative autonomy, authentic storytelling and straight up greatness.

From photography and film, to even mixed-media art, the following have produced stand-out work that deserve their due accolades.

Feast your eyes on our nine favorite African visual artists of 2018 below.

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Here's Every African Designer Beyoncé Wore During Her Trip to South Africa

"Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," the singer wrote on Instagram.

Beyoncé opted for bold colors and rich patterns during her trip to South Africa earlier this month for Global Citizen Festival, making a vibrant fashion statement with every outfit she was spotted in.

During her performance, the singer sported an ancient Egyptian-inspired beaded body suit, a bodice designed similarly to traditional Zulu jewelry and an emerald green ensemble made in collaboration with South African designers Enhle Mbali Maphumulo of Manual Rossa Apparel and Quiteria & George—but she rocked African-made looks off the stage as well.

In an Instagram post today, Queen Bey shared a slideshow of some of the striking outfits she rocked while in South Africa, and gave a shoutout to the designers behind them. "Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y'all go so hard," wrote Queen Bey.

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These Nigerian Songs Broke YouTube and Google Records in 2018

Davido's "Fall" has set another YouTube record, while Wizkid's "Fever" was the most googled Nigerian song.

Nigerian music had a big year, and the numbers prove it.

After becoming the most watched Nigerian music video on YouTube earlier this month, the video for Davido's hit song "Fall" has set a new record, becoming the first Nigerian music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube.

The music video, which was uploaded in 2017, edged out Yemi Alade's memorable 2014 video for "Johnny," which currently sits at 98 million views to claim the title.

READ: Best Nigerian Songs of 2018

Last time we checked in, "Fall," directed by Daps, was sitting at just over 98 million views as well, which means it gained 2 million new views in just 2 weeks, as Konbini points out.

Davido - Fall (Official Music Video) youtu.be

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