Nigerian Afropop artist Joeboy today shares the official video for his buzzing single “Lonely”, along with details on his upcoming full-length debut, Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic, dropping Feb. 4th via Banku Music/emPawa Africa. Also today, Apple Music has exclusively premiered “Becoming The African Popstar,” a mini-documentary charting Joeboy’s meteoric rise.

Joeboy – Lonely

The Lagos-born singer continues his ascent with Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic, a celebration of love in its myriad forms. Joeboy is the sole vocalist across the project’s 14 tracks, which were produced by a committee of top Afrobeats producers led by E Kelly, Killertunes, Dera, and BeatsbyKO.

Working on this project was life-changing — I met a version of myself I never knew before,” Joeboy says. “The plan was to come up with a title that best describes love, without actually Read the rest

The Headlines

WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP SET TO LEAVE OFFICE IN ABOUT 48 HOURS, reporter Graham Bowley revisited the president’s repeated proposals to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. “The agency survived, its budget even grew a bit, not because President Trump ever wavered in his view of it as a waste of federal dollars,” Bowley writes in the New York Times, “but because Congress . . . voted to keep it alive.” Of course, the N.E.A.’s annual budget of $167.5 million (for 2021) is still modest compared to other sources of arts funding, he writes. For instance, New York City alone spends more each year on its cultural affairs. Meanwhile, in the San Francisco ChronicleDenise Sullivan takes a look at the history of president’s supporting arts in an article that stops with President Obama.

SPEAKING OF THE WHITE HOUSE, Joseph Robinette Biden Read the rest

Marlian music star, Zinoleesky had a chat with DJ Cuppy on Apple Music’s Africa Now Radio where he was the cover star for the week. On the show, he spoke about his roots in Agege, a commercial town in Lagos, and how he discovered his musical talent as well as working with label boss, Naira Marley.

“Music doesn’t have to be long, it’s just when you have whatever you want to do and you want to deliver it and it’s just the way it comes,” Zinoleesky replied a curious DJ Cuppy who mentioned that her only problem with his debut project, Eccentric Chrome EP, was the length. 

Speaking still on the EP, she’d asked him about the inspiration behind the title of the EP and the direction of the cover art to which Zino had revealed his gamer side as he pegged his love for a chrome car in … Read the rest

These days, Pablo Picasso, Gerhard Richter, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and a host of other familiar names dominate at auction. But it wasn’t always so. Before the last couple decades, the Old Masters category—featuring artists who were active between the 14th and 18th centuries—was all anyone could talk about. Although its prominence has waned, the category has still set a number of auction records. Both public auctions and high-profile private museum acquisitions of works by art historical giants like Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandt, and Peter Paul Rubens, among others, have grabbed headlines, with works sometimes selling for hundreds of millions of dollars.

Major private deals of masterpieces in recent years have also moved the category to new heights. In 2019, billionaire J. Tomilson Hill, former chairman of private equity firm Blackstone, was revealed as the buyer of Caravaggio’s Judith Beheading Holofernes (ca. 1607) in a last-minute behind-the-scenes purchase made … Read the rest

Art Is Everything, a new novel by art critic and law professor Yxta Maya Murray, follows the life of Amanda Ruiz, a queer Chicana performance artist who writes essays about her life and art, over the course of about a decade. When the novel opens, Amanda is on the cusp of fame, at work on a mobile opera named Texit and an NEA-funded autocritical documentary she plans to film in Mexico, after having stretched a $10,000 Franklin Furnace grant over two years. All the while, Amanda writes her essays, which form the core of the novel’s prose and appear as essayistic captions on Instagram, Yelp reviews of exhibitions, Vimeo comments, and more, as well as descriptions for artworks posted to museum websites that are quickly removed.

Though Art Is Everything is imbued with humor, Murray also takes to task the racism, misogyny, and homophobia that run rampant in … Read the rest

Nigerian Music Queen Supernova Releases New Single – Love Me

After the success of her hit single ‘Badder Than You’, rave of the moment Supernova is out with two brand new singles titled, ‘My year and Love me’. The two singles especially my year is a song that will uplift anybody facing difficulties while Love me is a love song that will blow your mind away.
Nweke Joy Chinenye Serrato popularly known by her stage name as Supernovamusician is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, actress, movie producer, activist and CEO of her record label Supernova Music Worldwide. She is well known for embracing different genres of music and styles and her activism on social media. Her genres of music are hip-hop, pop, reggae, R&B, dancehall and afrobeat.

Supernovamusician started music very early in life as the lead singer of The Lords Chosen Kids, that drooped kids songs like Lord you registered … Read the rest

“Eternity” (2019-2020), natural beeswax, wood, glass, Cor-ten steel, 230 x 100 x 100 centimeters. All images © Tomáš Libertíny, shared with permission

Tomáš Libertíny prefers to collaborate when recreating iconic busts and sculptures, although his chosen partners don’t join him in the studio. The Slovakia-born artist tasks tens of thousands of bees with forming the porous outer layers of classic artworks like the “Nefertiti Bust,” Michelangelo’s “Brutus,” and a large jug based on the “Nolan amphora” at The Met.

Encased in honeycomb, the resulting sculptures generate a dialogue between the newly produced organic material and art historical subject matter. Libertíny’s “Eternity,” for example, is based on a 3D model of the original portrait of Nefertiti and is “a testament to the strength and timelessness of the ‘mother nature’ as well as its ancient character as a powerful female reigning against the odds.” Similarly, the artist’s “Brutus” rests on … Read the rest

Not long after an insurrectionist mob of Trump supporters wreaked havoc in the United States Capitol Building, a group of curators and conservators was dispatched to survey the damage done to the cultural patrimony on display there. But before they could take stock of the situation—mere moments after the violent, largely mask-free rioters ended their siege—cleaners and maintenance workers retained by Capitol Hill were deployed to sweep, mop, and vacuum the broken glass, bodily fluids, and trash the vandals left in their wake. Given the white supremacist underpinnings of the attack, it is striking that those tasked with cleaning up the ravages were largely people of color. The photographs and television footage of those essential workers show them in sharp relief against iconic American architecture and artworks, evoking a larger heritage of racial inequality in particular sectors of the economy. This race-based labor hierarchy, manifest in art imagery throughout … Read the rest

Hip hop legend, Wyclef Jean has asked his followers to help him track down afrobeat singer, Sean Tizzle via a post on Twitter.

Wyclef Jean uploaded a video of Sean Tizzle on his Twitter page on the 13th of January 2021 asking his followers to help him track down the singer, while revealing his DNA traces back to Nigeria. He wrote;

“You know my D N A trace back to Nigeria and my soul tells me to find this kid can you help me track him down !!!! @iamseantizzle”

In the same vein, Sean Tizzle duly replied the Hip-hop legend;

The tweet from Wyclef Jean sparked lots … Read the rest

By Andrew Hem

What brings you hope? That’s the central question behind a new group exhibition presented by Port City Creative Guild. Couriers of Hope boasts more than 120 original pieces from more than 90 artists—the list includes Rosanne Kang Jovanovski, Andrew Hem (previously), Sean Chao (previously), and Yoskay Yamamoto—all rendered on vintage envelopes. Prompted by the mail art movement of the 1960s, the exhibition features an eclectic array of watercolor, pencil, and mixed-media illustrations that transform the miniature canvases into the artists’ vision for the future, whether through relaxed otters, peaches, or vivid portraits. Many of the works prominently display original postmarks and stamps and serve as a reminder that communication doesn’t have to be digital.

Students from Long Beach Unified School District have the opportunity to acquire one of the envelopes by trading their own response to the artists’ same prompt, … Read the rest