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Umlilo and Sean K. Photography by Jono Kay, Stuart Hendricks.

Watch Umlilo & Sean K's Video For ‘Emoyeni’

South Africa and Namibia connect on "Emoyeni."

In their collaborative song, "Emoyeni," Umlilo and Sean K sing about the changing of the seasons and it coming with a change in one's life.


In the video, which is directed by Jono Kay, the artists can be seen in rehearsals, studios sessions and flights. The visual documents a project titled Press Play: Shapeshifters, in which the two artists and the producer of the song, Yogin Sullaphen, came together to make music and perform in Johannesburg (Tennis Club) and Windhoek (The Loft).

Watch the music video below and stream "Emoyeni" underneath.


Interview
Photo: Mariela Alvarez.

Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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