US Based Gospel Artist, Seun Laoye has released “Send Down Your Rain”  – a song of prayer, revival, increase of God’s blessings, healings in all aspect of life and upon the nations of the earth.
The single is one of the songs coming from Seun Laoye’s first album project titled “THE NAME OF THE LORD”

The album was recorded live on September 5, 2020 at GDIC entertainment in Beltsville, Maryland USA.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the song, Seun shares: “The song “Send Down Your Rain” is one of the earlier heavenly inspiration which has grown with me for almost 10 years.
The first part of the song was co-written with friends during college in the year 2011/2012 and the later part of the song came in the year 2017 through 2020.

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A tiny figurine unearthed in Cambridgeshire has provided a rare—and surprising—insight into the popular fashion of the Roman-era Briton: many may have worn a clipped mustache and neat mullet. The little copper alloy statue, almost two inches tall, was first discovered in 2018 during excavation work on the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate, a site which has been continuously inhabited and farmed more than 2,000 years.

Per a report in the Guardian, the figurine was originally thought to depict a Celtic or Roman deity that has no recorded likeness, but some archeologists at the Trust now believe it may represent the average Iron Age male Briton.

“We have so few visual or written depictions from the Romans of what the native people looked like, so it’s tempting to say he was designed based on what people looked like or what the current styles or current trends were then,” Shannon Hogan,

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The second portion of Sotheby’s two-part sale of works from the collection of public art duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude, which in total comprised 373 lots, finished online on Thursday. The latter half of the sale raked in an additional $1.4 million in sales, bringing the entire auction’s total to €9.2 million ($11.2 million). (Nearly 30 lots were auctioned on Wednesday, in a live sale that netted $9.8 million.) At the end of the more-than-week-long stretch, the estate sale more than doubled its initial high estimate of €4.2 million ($5.1 million); every work auctioned was placed with a buyer.

Known for their large-scale public art projects involving wrappings of international public sites, the Bulgarian-born artist Christo, who died in May 2020, continued executing installations following Jeanne-Claude’s death in 2009. Later this year, one of Christo’s biggest projects, a wrapping of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, will be unveiled posthumously.

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Afrobeat star, Davido has been named alongside Lil Baby, Rashford and a host of others in the second annual list of the  Time 100 Next.

An excited Davido took to his Twitter account on the 17th of February 2021 to announce the groundbreaking feat to his millions of fans and followers. He tweeted;

“Proud to be included in the inaugural #TIME100NEXT list!!!! @time”

On the 17th of February 2021, TIME via the organization’s official Twitter page released the official list for TIME’s 100 Next featuring 100 emerging leaders who are shaping the future of entertainment, health, politics, business. The tweet;

“Introducing the 2021 #TIME100Next, featuring 100 emerging leaders who are shaping the future of entertainment, health, politics, business and more”

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The first segment of Sotheby’s two-part sale of works from the collection of Christo and Jeanne-Claude concluded today in Paris, netting €8 million ($9.8 million) across 28 lots. With only one lot withdrawn before the auction’s start, the first half of the sale more than doubled its pre-sale low estimate of €3.1 million ($3.7 million), with each work offered finding a buyer.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude were recognized for their temporary monumental wrappings of public sites, from the Reichstag building in Berlin to the Pont Neuf in Paris. Their 2005 New York installation The Gates ranks among the most widely visited public art projects in history. This year, Christo will realize a long-brewing project, initially conceived in 1961, that will see him wrap the Arc de Triomphe in fabric, set to be executed in September.

Comprising works traded between the couple and contemporary artists in their network, the auction included conceptual … Read the rest

A rundown of the best new releases including Pronto by Ajebo Hustlers

Best New Music is our weekly roundup of fresh releases from Nigerian and Ghanaian artistes. These are sizzling and freshly served jams.

Teni x Davido – For You

Teni the entertainer links up with Afrobeats megastar, Davido on this emotion-laden tune. The singers express their feelings towards their lover and how willing they are to wait and give all they have to their lover.

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Stefflon Don x Tiwa Savage x Rema – Can’t Let You Go (Remix)

British singer and rapper, Stefflon Don teams up with  African Bad Gyal, Tiwa Savage and Nigerian Afrobeats golden boy, Rema on this feel-good jam. Stefflon Don creamed the jam with some Yoruba lyrics.

Ajebo Hustlers x Omah Lay – Pronto

The talented duo, Ajebo Hustlers linked up with fellow Port Harcourt bred singer, Omah Lay to dish out … Read the rest

“Evolution of Plants,” pen and ink, 30 x 20. All images © Song Kang, shared with permission

Packed with texture and depth, Song Kang’s ink-based drawings begin with “I wonder…I wonder how this will look compared to that, or I wonder if I can mix this and that,” she says. The Atlanta-based illustrator renders rich labyrinths populated by elements from land and sea that are depicted in an otherworldly manner: candy-colored liquid drips from a bonsai, fish and butterflies coexist in the same dense ecosystem, and a maze of M.C. Escher-style lizards sprawls across the page.

Each illustration is infused with ideas of evolution and the connection inherent in nature, themes that present themselves in both subject matter and Kang’s process. Often prompted by a loose idea, she starts with a sketch and works organically, drawing the intricate and minute details from one corner to the next. Her process … Read the rest

Tuesday, February 16

Guggenheim Museum and Union Reach Contract Agreement
New York’s Guggenheim Museum and the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 30 have reached a three-year contract agreement. The new contract applies to 22 full-time staff and 145 on-call workers, and will see wage increases for unionized employees and new standards for scheduling. “With the Guggenheim, we will continue to improve standards together,” said William Lynn, IUOE Vice President and IUOE Local 30 Business Manager & Financial Secretary. Richard Armstrong, the Guggenheim’s director, said he was looking forward to fostering an “ongoing productive relationship” with the union.

Casey Kaplan Now Represents Caroline Kent
Casey Kaplan gallery in New York has added Chicago-based artist Caroline Kent to its roster. Kent’s practice explores the relationship between language, abstract painting, and textual translation. Painting, sculpture, and performance converge in her large-scale works, which often feature bold geometric line play. Her work has … Read the rest

On the 14th of February, Nigerian rapper and singer, Naira Marley was slated to have a Valentine’s Day concert in Cameroon but the concert, however, got cancelled not once but twice.

According to the show promoter, Prince Enobi, the event which was initially scheduled to hold in the Buea region was moved to Limbe but was unable to hold due to refusal from local authorities. 

In a statement released by Enobi, he said

“It’s been days and hours of back and forth to put together this amazing Valentine Experience with African Superstar, Naira Marley. Almost 80% tickets have been SOLD OUT but for reasons beyond our control, we can’t have the concert. We apologize to all Naira Marley Fans who have bought tickets to attend this event which has been cancelled twice.”

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THE LEGENDARY ARTIST AND DRUMMER MILFORD GRAVES HAS DIED at the age of 79, the Guardian reports, terming him “a student—and eventually teacher—of many disciplines, from linguistics and human biology to martial arts.” Graves was a pioneer of free jazz, and spent years studying the relationship between the human heartbeat and music. In 2018, he was diagnosed with amyloid cardiomyopathy, or stiff heart syndrome, as the New York Times wrote in a 2020 profile; he was given six months to live. “It turns out, I was studying the heart to prepare for treating myself,” Graves told the paper. He collaborated with everyone from Albert Ayler to John Zorn, and created ingenious assemblages that were included in a solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the … Read the rest