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Gonçalo Mabunda: The Way of the Gun

Mozambican artist Gonçalo Mabunda assembles deactivated weapons into sculptures as commentary on politics, corruption and power.

Gonçalo Mabunda is stockpiling an arsenal. The Mozambican artist collects guns—discarded, buried and rusted, left over from his country’s 17-year civil war, which ended in 1992—and assembles them into striking sculptures. Mabunda repurposes the deactivated weapons to build furniture, human figures, even musical instruments as commentary on politics, corruption and power.


A full-time artist since 1997, the 35-year-old Mabunda has exhibited his work in museums and galleries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and North America—and his star has been rising steadily for the past decade. In 2008, the Maputo-based artist created the award statues for Bill Clinton’s Global Citizen Awards ceremony. And this year, his “Hope Throne” serves as one of the centerpieces of New York’s Museum of Arts and Design’s upcoming Global Africa Project showcase.

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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