The 15th October marked the anniversary of one of Nigeria’s greatest musicians, the ever-iconic force that was (and still is) the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti. In celebration of the aptly-titled day known as a ‘Felabration’, merging it with this month’s theme of highlighting African art, artists and art inspired by Africa/Africans, here are a few of my favourite pieces of art inspired by Fela.
But of course, the greatest artist to ever create images influenced by the life of Fela was the equally legendary Lemi Ghariokwu.
Click on the images for details and sources.
Robert Glasper Experiment - Calls ft. Jill Scott
Look how beautiful my wife is, in this video.
Jill is so beautiful!!!
EXHIBITION: New Work by Lakin Ogunbanwo, Oct 8 - Nov 15, 2014
WHATIFTHEWORLD introduces its first exhibition with Lakin Ogunbanwo. Working at the confluence of fashion photography and classical portraiture, young Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo creates enigmatic portraits with an erotic and subversive undertone. His subjects exist defiantly in the frame often masked by shadow, drapery and foliage. His use of vibrant flat colour and bold compositions form a more minimalist homage to the african studio photography popular in the 1960s and 70’s.
Pop. Fashion. Vogue. Ogunbanwo’s camera looks with the gaze of one curious of the language of desire. His images celebrate the sculptural nature of the body. The texture of a scar, hair or clothing are agents to draw our awareness to the body as a form, sculpted by light and muscle and clothing. The lustre of skin is enhanced through oiling and juxtaposes the naked with the clothed. Ogunbanwo’s figures are sculpted by light and framed as objects by the camera reminiscent of Robert Mapplethorp or Man Ray. Rather than colour, it is light that defines Ogunbanwo’s images.
Mike Brown was murdered 64 days ago
This is something school lessons really downplay.
I legit thought it only lasted a week or two and was shocked when I learned otherwise.
Because to acknowledge the length of the protests/boycotts is to suggest that the United Stated resisted the right thing. They like to pretend like the country just didnt know what it was doing and only had to be tapped gently on the shoulder before it changed everything. They don’t want people to know that the country clung to its racism for almost a decade after the movement really started. Hell, they act like rosa parks, the million man march and the civil rights act all happened in one year or less. It didnt.
Jimi Hendrix photographed by Ron Raffaelli in Hawaii, 1968.