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Mzansi Rap Cousins The TeMple 'Ngubani'

South African Mzansi rap cousins The TeMple return with their most soulful turn yet on 'Ngubani' with Q on vocals and producer zuluprince.


Mzansi rapper cousins The TeMple have been sneakily creeping on our radar this year with a string of slow-ticking burners. The masterminds of a budding creative powerhouse they call the Guru Group, Kenny Mlambo and Jacky Mopedi started out in fashion and photography before expanding into hip-hop in 2013. After introducing their rap outfit in December with the gritty herb nod "NTSANGO," they returned with a slow-hanging powderkeg follow-up on "#STATES," which Okayafrica premiered the video for in June. Though we're still waiting on their debut mixtape Enter The Temple to drop, The TeMple are back this week with their most soulful turn yet with "Ngubani" (which translates to "who" in Xhosa). The cousins' right-hand producer ZuluPrince maintains his signature menacing percussion that we first caught on "#STATES." Though this time around the introduction of pipes from a guest vocalist by the name of Q turns "Ngubani" into a pounding oxymoron of gritty heart-wrenching music sung in English, Xhosa, Sotho and Tswana flow. We asked The TeMple to shed some light on their new song:

"This song speaks about Ambition, Vision and more dominant, the pain and hardships we go through as people and up and coming artists in this 'Dog eat Dog' world of today. With that said, we ask these questions. Who (Ngubani) said we were solely made for pain, Who (Ngubani) said things aren't going to get better? Who (Ngubani) said this is the end? Whoever said this is in for a big surprise cause like we said on States, "MODIMO HASE BARI"(GOD IS NOT A FOOL)"

Listen and download "Ngubani" below and look out for Enter The Temple to drop later this year. Find out more on The TeMple via twitter and facebook plus stream their previous singles "NTSANGO" and "#STATES."

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Artwork: Barthélémy Toguo Lockdown Selfportrait 10, 2020. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at Christies.com. And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery


The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

Artwork: Cristiano Mongovo Murmurantes Acrilico Sobre Tela 190x200cm 2019


1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."


Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957


Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:

Galleries

31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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