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Watch Vicktor Taiwò's Beautiful Short Film About Black Boyhood

The Nigerian-born artist shares the stunning First Movement short film to accompany his EP.

Vicktor Taiwò is the buzzing Nigerian-born, London-based artist who's been getting people talking with this airy vocal melodies and ethereal compositions.

The singer-songwriter just recently released the 4-song First Movement EP (out now via Innovative Leisure), which is lead by the quietly captivating single, "Shovel Moonlight."

Taiwò's now sharing a stunning 13-minute short film to accompany that EP, it's a work about self growth and awareness that follows a mother and child through birth, youth and baptism. It's soundtracked by the songs found on First Movement.


Here's what Vicktor wrote to us about the new First Movement film:

"But I find it fascinating that black boyhood, presented this way - existing within moments of such peace, tenderness and freedom - that it almost feels like an ethereal fantasy.

A shame that black liberation is often only acceptable when restricted to a battle of the mind.

So I protest with light. I publicly cloak myself in the softness this world attempts to deny and exclude me from.''

Watch the beautiful First Movement film below.


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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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