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Zanele Muholi's Queer South Africa On View At The Brooklyn Museum

Zanele Muholi's work documenting members of South Africa's LGBTI community is on view at the Brooklyn Museum beginning May 1st.

All images courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum


Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence is a forthcoming major exhibition of work by renowned South African artist, community organizer and LGBTQI activist Zanele Muholi. The multimedia show, which opens May 1st at the Brooklyn Museum, highlights Muholi's photography, video and installation projects created over the last eight years that center and affirm the lives of black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex individuals and communities in South Africa today.

As the largest museum exhibition of Muholi's output to date, Isibonelo/Evidence contains selections from her ongoing Faces and Phases portrait series, which she says began as a way of documenting "the histories and struggles that [black queers (especially lesbians)] face in South African society." The exhibition also features Being Scene, a video project focusing on the love, intimacy, and inner lives of Muholi's close-knit community. Rounding out the showcase is Muholi's joyful Weddings series, where she takes on the role of wedding photographer to document same-sex marriage ceremonies in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Click through the gallery above for a preview of Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence. For more images from Muholi's Faces and Phases series, revisit our previous coverage on her work here.

'Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence' is on view at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) May 1st through November 1st.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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