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Warri native & soul/reggae star, Nneka speaks briefly on what Bob Marley and his music means to her. See also the two videos below from her 5th studio project, ‘My Fairy Tales’, of which she says ‘I don’t need awards. I know my album is good’. Enjoy! Sources: Nneka & Young Voices.

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The ever improving Nollywood industry shone at this year’s Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards over the weekend, not least with this gripping short, which tells a story based on an urban myth that circulated the internet over a decade ago. Oblivious was directed by Ekene Mekwunye and Stanlee Ohikhuare, and stars Kiki Omeili, Adeyemi Okanlawon & Uzor Osimkpa. Watch and enjoy!

Nigerian heavyweights, Olamide & Wizkid have joined forces once again – this time with top producer, Young John to bring to us ‘Confam Ni’, which is undoubtedly set to be one of the Afrobeat tracks of the season! Enjoy!

This performance by (one of my faves), Asa is over a year old now, but it still feels fresh and relevant. Check out her beautiful rendition of her classic song, Preacher Man.

Source: Balcony TV London

Fela’s legacy lives on…

Perhaps a wee bitty late, but better late than never. The wonderful Illume Creative Studio have put together a fascinating documentary on Nneka, and her East African tour earlier this year, which took her from Kigali in the West to the ever beautiful Zanzibar in the East. Check it out!

http://illume-cs.com/

Andrew Dosunmu is a name that you may not immediately know. More than likely though you will have seen his direction in music videos for the likes of Les Nubians (Afrodance), Maxwell (Matrimony: Maybe You) and Talib Kweli (Hostile Gospel Pt. 1). Or, if you are familiar with South African TV, you will of course know the hit series, Yizo Yizo, which this Nigerian fashion designer turned filmmaker and photographer also directed. His first feature film, set in Harlem tells the tale of the struggle, passion and love, experienced by young a West African immigrant. Premiered at Sundance in 2011, Restless City has been screened at Dubai International Film Festival and the BFI Film Festival in London, and is to hit local cinema screens worldwide from next Friday.

In this intense twist on the American Dream, director Andrew Dosunmu vividly captures the pulsating dynamic of New York city’s pan-African community […] Restless City is most gripping and powerful in its textures. ~ Hollywood Reporter

http://restlesscityfilm.com/

I love Maki Oh. Yep, I do. Maki Oh is one of my all time favourite designers, globally, and above I’ve put up a few examples of my favourite pieces over the past few seasons. Avid Maki Oh fans though might notice that there is nothing from their most recent collection, showcased at Arise Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos last month. The reason being that quite frankly, I was disappointed. For me, although the collection had Maki Oh’s signature soft, luxurious feel, it lacked the inspired creativity of previous collections. I don’t doubt though that I’ll find something in the near future to fantasize over, and mungu akipenda, own.

Images from Pop Africana, and Maki Oh

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