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Wangechi Mutu's Mystical Sirens & Serpents In London

Kenyan visual artist Wangechi Mutu's "Sirens & Serpants" exhibit, 'Nguva na Nyoka,' is on display at Victoria Miro in London.

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Last February Kenyan visual artist Wangechi Mutu gave Okayafrica a behind-the-scenes tour of her first solo museum exhibition in the US. Mutu returned this week with a new exhibit at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London (October 14th-December 19th). Nguva na Nyoka, which means "Sirens and Serpents" in Kiswahili, draws influence from a range of cultures and mythology, like East African coastal myths, specifically the nguvas (water women). In an interview conducted by Teju Cole for The Guardian, Mutu explains her interest in Nguvas and other coastal myths. “I am fascinated by these ocean-grown folks," she says. "On the coast, there’s all this cross-pollination of ideas. Someone thinks they saw something. One person’s madness is reiterated by another, and a story is born. The rumour becomes a substitute for news.”

Nguva na Nyoka, similar to Mutu's previous work, is influenced by cultural views of the female body and femininity, race, gender, and western pop culture. When we caught up with Mutu in February she described her interest and focus on the feminine. "Because I went to Catholic school I happen to have a deep love of a certain kind [of] imagery," she told us. "In some ways a lot of my singular female images are always a dedication to reworking that ultimately unfathomably impossible ideal of the Madonna."

Along with featuring Mutu's latest collage, sculptural and video work, the new exhibit also includes Nguva, a video which the Victoria Miro describes as "a multi-tiered performance featuring the mesmeric eponymous role: a mysterious acquatic character who emerges from the sea onto land and wanders, restless, vicious and curious." See a preview of Mutu's mystical art in the gallery above. Nguva na Nyoka is on display at Victoria Miro in London October 14th-December 19th. Watch Mutu's Guide To A Fantastic Journey At The Brooklyn Museum via Okayafrica TV below.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

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