Best New Music: Omah Lay – Timaya – Yemi Alade – Lil Kesh – Qdot – Basketmouth

Here’s this week’s roundup of best new afrobeats songs released in the Nigerian & Ghanaian scene.

Follow NotJustOk’s specially curated playlist on Spotify – Afrobeats Hits.

Best New Music: Omah Lay – Timaya – Lil Kesh – Qdot – Basketmouth

Over the past week, so many artists dropped albums, EPs and other projects, including the likes of Omah Lay, Timaya, Lil Kesh, Qdot, Basketmouth, Yemi Alade, and WurlD. On this week’s Best New Music, we highlight some of our early faves, as well as new releases from Zlatan, King Perryy, and more.

 

Basketmouth – World People ft. Flash & BOJ

In the words of Basketmouth, “I dare you to skip a track.” He’s right. The International Comedian’s new album “Yabasi” (OST – Papa Benji) comprises 10 unskippable tracks. It was hard to make a single pick off it, to be very honest.

I decided … Read the rest

Here’s this week’s roundup of best new afrobeats songs released in the Nigerian & Ghanaian scene.

Follow NotJustOk’s specially curated playlist on Spotify – Afrobeats Hits.

Best New Music: Omah Lay – Timaya – Lil Kesh – Qdot – Basketmouth

Over the past week, so many artists dropped albums, EPs and other projects, including the likes of Omah Lay, Timaya, Lil Kesh, Qdot, Basketmouth, Yemi Alade, and WurlD. On this week’s Best New Music, we highlight some of our early faves, as well as new releases from Zlatan, King Perryy, and more.

 

Basketmouth – World People ft. Flash & BOJ

In the words of Basketmouth, “I dare you to skip a track.” He’s right. The International Comedian’s new album “Yabasi” (OST – Papa Benji) comprises 10 unskippable tracks. It was hard to make a single pick off it, to be very honest.

I decided … Read the rest

Subversively Elegant Portraits of Indigenous People Drawn on Repurposed Ledgers by Artist Chris Pappan

“Axiom” (2016), mixed media on ledger, 16 x 16 inches. All images © Chris Pappan, shared with permission

In his mixed-media portraits, Chicago-based artist Chris Pappan draws on the tradition of ledger art, a practice that flourished among Native populations throughout the Great Plains from around 1850 to 1920. Rooted in narratives, the renderings depicted the ways of life of Indigenous people and the nuances otherwise left out of mainstream conversations. “The mid-19th Century was a tumultuous time for the Indigenous peoples of America; the doctrine of Manifest Destiny brought deep pain and suffering but it also introduced new modes of expression,” says Pappan, who is part of the Osage Nation and of Osage, Kaw, Cheyenne River Sioux, and mixed European heritage.

Using graphite, colored pencils, ink, and water-based media, the artist illustrates black-and-white portraits on a variety of intentionally sourced materials, like municipal ledgers and mining certificates. One artwork … Read the rest

Letter from Paris: French Universalism Shows its Limitations in the Art World—and Beyond

As the world came to a halt in the spring, I was reading two books simultaneously: How We Became Posthuman, a seminal work from 1999 by N. Katherine Hayles about transformation in the digital age, and Achille Mbembe’s Brutalisme, a philosophical volume on our tumultuous times that had just been published a few weeks prior. I opened both looking for material to back up some points in an essay I was writing. But I quickly realized that, taken together, they pointed to something crucial to an understanding of the workings of French institutions and how, in the art world, those institutions are positioning themselves in terms of exclusion, inclusion, and secession.

As France went into lockdown and resorted to a frenetic consumption of news, specific themes started to surface around questions related to what it means to be human and the long-debated concept of French universalism. Read the rest

Omah Lay's 'What Have We Done' EP is His 2nd Semester Term Paper, Checkout His Performance Here

Before Omah Lay’s unforeseen hatching into the Nigerian music coop, the last time a Port Harcourt musician’s sounds had travelled so far, had been several years ago in the early 2010s, in the days of Timaya and Duncan Mighty

Yet the unassuming and unstrained aura given off Omah Lay makes his star material a novelty. With a style that is solely his and a beguiling voice, Omah Lay had created a ripple effect with his singles before immersing us in his essence on the ‘Get Layd’ EP. His entrance was much like that of a transfer student who became the top scholar, automatically getting the attention of the lecturers. 

Now, it’s the second semester and Omah Lay’s ‘What Have We Done’ EP is his submission chronicling life since attaining stardom. It’s also probably his way of telling us we’ve made a hits-making monster of him and are yet witnessing Read the rest

An Eccentric Cast of Hybrid Creatures Mirrors the Diversity and Humor of Human Experience

Right: “Eagle Pose” (Yoga Parakeet) (2016), stoneware and mixed media, 12 x 6 x 13 inches. All images of Alessandro Gallo, shared with permission

From a dowdy California quail to an incendiary horned lizard, Alessandro Gallo’s peculiar menagerie of animal-human hybrids is teeming with personality. The colorful characters reflect the breadth of interactions occurring every day throughout public spaces as folks encounter others unlike themselves, like a parakeet contorted into a yoga pose or a suit-wearing hooded merganser.

Based in Helena, Montana, the Italian artist likens the animalistic features to a mask or caricature. “I combine it with the silent language of our body and the cultural codes of what we wear in order to portray not only a specific individual, but also the larger groups and subcultures they belong to and, ultimately, the common habitat we all share,” he says.

Generally spanning one to two feet tall, the … Read the rest

Seller of Alleged Frans Hals Forgery Must Still Pay Sotheby’s, British Court Rules

The seller of an allegedly forged Frans Hals portrait will have to reimburse Sotheby’s $5.37 million after a London appeal court decided to uphold a ruling issued less than two weeks ago, the Art Newspaper reports.

The investment company Fairlight Art Ventures, owned by American hedge fund manager and art collector David Kowitz, and London’s Mark Weiss Gallery bought what they believed was an authentic Hals from French art dealer and collector Giuliano Ruffini for €3 million in 2010. The team sold the painting at Sotheby’s for $10.75 million to Seattle collector Richard Hedreen in a 2011 private sale; Sotheby’s reportedly took a 5 percent commission.

Five years after the painting was bought, the work was deemed a forgery. In 2016 the auction house refunded Hedreen in full, and contacted Fairlight and Weiss with a request for them to repay their share. The two initially argued that they … Read the rest

Flavour announces new album, 'Flavour of Africa' | Pre-order!

Award-winning high life king Flavor Na’bania celebrates his birthday today as he officially announced his latest album FLAVOUR OF AFRICA. It will be his eighth full-length album.

The album is set to be released online on December 4th. However, there is a pre-order of FLAVOUR OF AFRICA available starting today at 5 pm. Pre-order!

Flavour

Born in Enugu, hailing from Anambra State, Chinedu Okoli popularly known as Flavour N’abania or more recently, the ‘Flavour of Africa’ is recognized as Africa’s Highlife King.

Flavour’s brand of music is a fusion of African Rhythm, Highlife and contemporary Jazz, in one phrase: “Afro Hip-Life”. His music has grown to be immensely popular and enjoyed by music enthusiasts all around the world.

In 2008, Flavour released his 8-track-album titled “Nabania”, which received sales of over 10 million copies nationwide. In 2010 his sophomore album, “Uplifted” with hit singles “Nwa Baby”, “Oyi” and “Adanma” … Read the rest

Steampunk Busts Sculpted from Resin and Repurposed Objects Evoke Futuristic Relics

“Hippy Betsoebe,” resin, recycled objects, and paint. All images © Tomàs Barceló, shared with permission

Spotted with corroded patches, Tomàs Barceló’s sculptures fuse classical antiquity and retro-futurism. The Cala Millor, Mallorca-based artist casts steampunk-style figures from resin and recycled objects that resemble ancient art while evoking otherworldly relics of an alternate reality.

Barceló sculpts the polychromatic artworks with a narrative and identity in mind, considering the way each will interact with others. He expands on the idea in a recent interview:

I believe that sculpture is the art of presence… Sculpture shares space and time with the viewer, and that is what makes it so powerful. That’s why I don’t try so much to tell stories as I try to create powerful presences, each in its own way. The fact that a small robot girl looks at you more intensely than you look at her, is fascinating to

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ARTnews in Brief: Met Appoints First Chief Diversity Officer—and More from November 23, 2020

Monday, November 23

Met Appoints First Chief Diversity Officer
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has appointed Lavita McMath Turner has been named the institution’s first chief diversity officer. McMath Turner joins the Met from Stella & Charles Guttman Community College in New York, where she served as assistant dean for equity, inclusion, and experiential learning. In her new role, she will oversee the implementation of the Met’s anti-racism and diversity plan, which includes new approaches to hiring and curatorial programming. She will begin at the Met in January. Daniel Weiss, CEO and president of the Met, said in a statement, “Turner has an exceptional record of success promoting equity throughout her career in cultural and higher education institutions, and she will be a key partner in helping The Met evolve into a more inclusive place to work, visit, and learn.”

MOCA Toronto Receives $1 M. Gift for Read the rest

It's Davido's Birthday! Here are 5 Times He Was A Man of the People

It’s the birthday of Nigerian music star, David Adeleke professionally known as Davido. 

The singer turns a year older today, the 21st of November and is now 28 years old. This also marks his 9th year in the music industry since he broke out at the age of 19. 

To celebrate Davido’s birthday, here are 5 times he proved he cares about his fans and the people around him in different ways: 

1. Davido and His One Milli Giveaway:

The ‘Omo Baba  Olowo’ as he rightly introduced himself to us on ‘Dami Duro,’ Davido has never minced words when it comes to his wealth and spends heavily to put his money where his mouth is. In similar manner, he doesn’t mince his wealth when showing fans love. 

There’s Jide Sanyaolu who he gave a million naira back in 2015 to support his education. Then the ‘I Call LatiRead the rest