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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 ‘Coming 2 America’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack & ‘The Rhythm Of Zamunda’ Are Out Now

Featuring Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Larry Gaaga, Alpha P, Davido and many more.

It has been more than 30 years since the premiere of the beloved classic comedy Coming to America. Its highly anticipated sequel promises to be greater than its predecessor. The film will be accompanied with two albums—Coming 2 America original motion picture soundtrack and Rhythms of Zamunda, whose tracklist is inspired by the movie. Both albums, which are currently available on all major streaming platforms, feature African music royalty Tiwa Savage, Tekno, Larry Gaaga and Alpha P, who joined a select group of artists from around the continent to produce these tracklists.

Still blazing charts after the success of his debut album Old Romance, Tekno has a growing list of impressive collaborations with artists like Davido, Drake, Beyonce, to name a few. The singer does not have not one, but two of his hit songs featured; "Waka Waka" is featured on the official soundtrack and "Skeletun" on Rhythms of Zamunda.

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