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Watch Yugen Blakrok’s Music Video for ‘Gorgon Madonna’

Greek mythology and biblical symbolism collide on 'Gorgon Madonna.'

Yugen Blakrok's sophomore album, Anima Mysterium, just got treated to another video single, a month after release.

As is usually the case with Yugen's craft, the video is as layered with symbolism as her lyrics are. Hip-hop in the form of break dancing is intertwined with characters that may appear otherworldly to you and I.


The director of the music video, Yann Marquis said:

"For this music video I focused on animating the artist's metaphors without illustrating them in a strictly literal way. From her prose I let emerge a collection of hybrid and extraordinary characters. These characters commune to represent a form of transversality. Transversality of time (youth-old age), of matter (organic-electric), of genre (masculine-feminine) and of species (animal-human)."

Yugen spits fire like some of the characters in the video, rapping:

"360, spiral the neck like a vulture goddess/ Milky way cartons in the energies I harness/ And my mindset, I'm high as the sky gets, multiple sunsets/ Capturing thoughts with a butterfly net/ 'Cause true reality runs deeper than the concept/ To the spectrum of your consciousness

And pigment's only context/ This race can only be won if the psyche is steady/ Even Frankenstein began as a dream, in the mind of Mary Shelley"

The MC breaks down the concept of the song as follows:

"In old Mythology, Medusa (The Gorgon) is cursed by Zeus and is made a monster that man must fear. No one can look into her eyes as they'll be turned to stone. The Virgin Mary (The Black Madonna) in religion, as much as she's the vessel that carries the Christ into the world, is somehow excluded from the Holy Trinity. It is out of this vilification and exclusion of the female element that these two entities meet. Both inspire fear in Man. The Gorgon Madonna is the wrath of Medusa and Mary. The Divine Feminine in the guise of the ultimate warrior: the woman scorned."

Watch the music video for "Gorgon Madonna" below, and download Anima Mysterium here or stream it underneath.

YUGEN BLAKROK - Gorgon Madonna (Official Video) www.youtube.com



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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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