One of the most anticipated movies of 2021 ‘Coming To America 2’ has been released and it has gone on to be one of the most discussed topics on the Internet within the last 24 hours. Interestingly, Burna Boy’s name has also been thrown into the conversation due to his part in the official theme song for ‘Coming To America 2’.

Nigerian Grammy-nominated singer, Burna Boy alongside American R&B megastar, John Legend and Nile Rodgers recorded the theme song for ‘Coming To America 2’. This is can be seen not just as a personal win for Burna Boy but Nigeria and Africa at large. Also fellow compatriot, Davido performed live in the movie.

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This feat by Burna boy has further proven that afrobeats is making a major statement in the world of music and this in turn has made Burna Read the rest

The artist, musician, and educator Barbara Ess, a pioneer in the fields of experimental photography and film and a longtime professor of photography at Bard College in upstate New York, has died at age 72. The news was confirmed in an email announcement by Ess’s gallery, Magenta Plains in New York.

“Ess was a radical force and approached her life and work with enormous spirit, fearlessness, humor, and intellect,” Magenta Plains’s read. Ess became known for her photographs of daily life that are imbued with a disquieting, contemplative edge. The artist once said that the aim of her work was to “transform the ordinary into the symbolic and reveal meaning in the apparently mundane.”

Born in Brooklyn in 1948, Ess studied philosophy and English literature at the University of Michigan. After graduating in 1969, she worked as an editor at the political magazine War Peace Reporting. In 1971, she … Read the rest

The White House has some pretty amazing tours that you can take, and has an absolutely incredible history to it. I have actually never been to the White House, but would love to attend one day.

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We listen to music that fits our mood. I’ve written magazine articles, but not so much for the newspapers. I was also able to visit the National Gallery Famous Art Museum. The paintings here are exquisite! I would sit on a bench in front of the bigger paintings and scrutinize them with awe, sharing out my thoughts with others around about what the artist was trying to convey. Aside from the educational experience, it seems that there was always unique entertainment in front of the museum to piggy back off of all the tourists in the area. picplzthumbs The painting was first purchased in 1899 for 35 pounds by McCubbin’s friend … Read the rest

Following a strong start to its spring season in London, Christie’s has announced the promotion of two executives in its New York chairman’s office. Bonnie Brennan has been appointed as the president of Christie’s Americas. She previously served as the chairman of business development reporting from the New York office. Brennan is filling the role previously held by Jennifer Zatorski, who has been appointed to the newly-created position of Global Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives reporting to the office of Christie’s CEO, Guillaume Cerutti.

The news follows a tumultuous year of staff restructuring and an overhaul of the traditional sales schedule at the house, bringing Christie’s, along with its competitors into a new era of live-streamed auctions and virtual channels that have blurred long existing boundaries between international sale centers.

In her new role, Brennan, who has worked at Christie’s for eight years, will head initiatives around strategic business development, … Read the rest

I expect to change again in the future, although probably not so drastically. From time to time (not always), the communist parties of old had a policy of ‘entryism’.

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The origins of mixed media painting are in the late Victorian years from around 1870 to 1914, referred to as “La Belle Epoque.” Translated from the French, this basically means “the beautiful age,” or “the gilded age.” Fast advances in science, technology as well as loosening social mores influenced artists of the time to explore unknown waters of creative expression. This great number is almost sung to perfection by Mohammed Rafi, one of the greatest singers of Bollywood, in Raga Bhairavi (tal Dadra). It was composed by Naushad, another all time great, with lyrics written by Shakeel Badayuni. It comes from a movie, which was one of the earliest in a long tradition of musicals based on Hindustani … Read the rest

Best New Afrobeats Artists of the Month (February)

Some of our favourite rising acts in Afrobeats music, featuring Gyakie, Blaq Diamond, Loti, and more.

Every month we round up the best new Afrobeats Artists from our Weekly AfroNext discovery email newsletter. You can keep up with our favourite Afrobeats discoveries on the AfroNext playlists on Apple, Spotify, and Audiomack.


Gyakie

It has been a while since a Ghanaian songstress took over mainstream charts in Nigeria. In comes Gyakie, the daughter of legendary Ghanaian highlife musician, Nana Acheampong. Gyakie, who is still a student at the Kwame Nkrumah University, started her music career off listening to beats produced by her Nigerian university mate, Sosa.

Since her official single in 2019, Gyakie has worked with Ghanaian artistes such as Bisa Kdei, and Joojo Addison. In August 2020, she released a five-track EP titled, Seed. On Forever, the lead single from the … Read the rest

On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that he would end the state’s mask mandate and allow businesses to operate at 100 percent capacity. Mandatory safety measures and restrictions are set to be lifted on March 10, raising questions for art institutions in the state adhering to protocols that require visitors and staff to wear face masks and practice social distancing within their galleries. Many museums in Texas, which reopened last summer, have also limited the number of visitors each day.

Reached by ARTnews, five major museums in Texas have said that the governor’s move to reopen the state will not change the safety measures that they’ve had in place for much of the last year. The Dallas Museum of Art, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Menil Collection in Houston said that their … Read the rest

The Los Angeles Times reported in January 2020 that the official government’s count of children separated is 4,368, although it is believed to be higher.

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If you are working in the art or graphics business, the de-facto software for vector based image editing and creation is Adobe Illustrator. 4. The Metropolitan Museum, New York. This North American art gallery has a colossal collection of about 2 million artworks and is considered the largest in its genre. picplzthumbs The collection includes but is not limited to, classical antiquity & ancient Egyptian art; sculptures of European masters; American (“Portrait of George Washington” by Gilbert & works of Winslow Homer, George Caleb Bingham, & John Singer); modern art; African; Asian (Chinese calligraphy and painting including Nepalese and Tibetan works); Oceanic (Australian Aboriginal Rock Paintings); Byzantine & Islamic (miniature painting from Iran & Mughal India); & Greek & Roman … Read the rest

Berri Comes Through With Debut Single – Fire

Nigeria’s foremost emerging music sensation and Big Brother Records artiste – Berri (real name Agada Blessed) stokes up the ember as he kick-starts his foray into the Nigerian Music space with his debut single “FIRE”, a proper Afro-Pop number.

Produced by the prodigiously talented Dir. X, the mid-tempo tune sees Berri make a bold statement that he’s here to stay and nobody can kill the “Fire” within him to make great music that will last a lifetime.

Berri poured his whole heart out on this inaugural track, connecting and creating a dope musical chemistry with Dir. X, out of the music kitchen and it’s safe to say the kid is next to take over.

At just 16 years, Berri’s debut is coming at a time when young artistes in Nigeria are becoming a great force to reckon with and as he joins … Read the rest

In a strong start to its 20th century art sales launched at its London and New York headquarters on Monday, Christie’s sold a group of eight drawings from the family collection of London dealer Thomas Gibson for a collective $25.3 million, well above its estimate of $15.8 million.

Across the several sales held at the house’s New York and London salesrooms beginning on March 1, Christie’s reported a net total of $61 million, realizing a combined sell-through rate of 98 percent.

Leading the works on paper sale was a rare drawing of a French girl by Vincent van Gogh titled La Mousmé (1888). Executed near the end of the artist’s life, the Japonisme-inspired drawing of the young sitter went for £7.5 million ($10.4 million) with fees, against an estimate of $7 million. Acquired by Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum in 1943, following the war-time persecution of its original Jewish owners Kurt and … Read the rest