Monday, January 4

Six Philadelphia Cultural Institutions Announce 2021 Reopening Dates
Following temporary closures that have been in effect just before the Thanksgiving holiday, six institutions in Philadelphia have made plans to reopen in 2021. The Franklin Institute will reopen to the public January 6, and the Barnes FoundationPhiladelphia Museum of Art, and Academy of Natural Sciences will reopen January 8. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will reopen January 21, while the historic Eastern State Penitentiary will reopen in March.

Amanda Coulson Departs National Art Gallery of the Bahamas
Amanda Coulson, who has served as executive director of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas for nine years, will leave her post in May to join Nassau’s new TERN Gallery as founding director. The recently opened enterprise will foreground Bahamian and Caribbean art, and its first exhibition, titled “Inherited Values,” will feature work by … Read the rest

The year 2019 and recently crossed 2020 blessed the music industry with a lot of fresh new talents and Oxlade is one of such. Born Ikuforiji Abudulrahman Olaitan, the afropop sensation shared his background story via a BBC interview, granting fans an opportunity to know him better. 

Here are some facts we got from the Oxlade interview:

1. He lost his mom at the age of three and was raised by his grandmother alongside his brother. According to him, his grandmother’s love for him is one of his biggest motivations. 

2. He dropped out of the university in his final year due to a life-threatening8 circumstance but stated that it worked as a blessing in disguise for him due to the fact that it gave him time to focus on his music. 

3. He admitted that he felt doomed when the Covid-19 pandemic struck in 2020 as this made him Read the rest

It’s the birthday of an Afro-fusion sensation, Sadiq Onifade, known professionally as WurlD.

WurlD turns 34 years old today, 2nd of January 2021. Born in Lagos, Nigeria. The afro-fusion artiste relocated to the United States during his teen years and received his college education at Georgia State University, where he studied Computer Science.

In Celebration of WurlD’s birthday, We’ll take a look at 6 things we believe you should know about this artiste who is into girls with Trobul.

1. Release of his debut projects: WurlD released his debut single, ‘Beyond our Dreams’ in 2012. In 2013, WurlD dropped his first body of work in form of an EP titled ‘Evolution’’.

2. Working on Mario’s album: Also in 2013, WurlD got the opportunity to work with American hip-hop star, Mario. He penned down songs for the American’s upcoming album. He was with the American star in the … Read the rest

Critic Barbara Rose died on December 25 at age eighty-four. We’re sharing the full text of her 1965 essay “ABC Art,” which identified a common sensibility in experimental dance, film, sculpture, painting, and literature. Rose discussed the downtown New York scene of ’60s and the conditions of the essay’s publication in a 2015 interview marking the text’s fiftieth anniversary. —Eds.

On the eve of the first World War, two artists, one in Moscow, the other in Paris, made decisions which radically altered the course of art history. Today we are feeling the impact of their decisions in an art whose blank, neutral, mechanical impersonality contrasts so violently with the romantic, biographical Abstract Expressionist style which preceded it that spectators are chilled by its apparent lack of feeling or content. Critics, attempting to describe this new sensibility, call it cool art or idiot art or know-nothing nihilism.

That a new sensibility … Read the rest

2020 was quite the year and none of us will be forgetting it in a hurry. COVID-19 restrictions had us far apart from our loved ones and even farther from our beloved celebrities. Thankfully, where mankind exists, so does innovation and via the internet, we were able to stay connected to our favourite artistes via their music, social media, online performances and even take front stage with social media challenges they put up. 

Top 10 Nigerian Music Challenges that Rocked Social Media in 2020

As we wrap up the year, here are 10 social media music challenges and campaigns that made the online sphere alive in 2020:

1. Duduke- Simi:

When Simi married beau, Adekunle Gold, it was a private affair that had the curiosity of their fans at the highest point. But that wasn’t the case for her pregnancy which was a nationwide affair thanks to the ‘Read the rest

At first look, Raymond Pettibon’s exhibition “Pacific Ocean Pop” seemed sparse. Though the show contained dozens of recent drawings and collages by the prolific draftsman and satirist, known for layered, enigmatic, and often humorous portmanteaus of text and image—an illustrated checklist ran to twenty-eight pages—Regen Projects’s white box space was left almost entirely open, and the gallery was empty of other visitors due to pandemic protocol. Organized into thematic clusters surrounded by vast expanses of white wall, the works revolved around pop cultural references and motifs that the artist has employed for decades, including golden age comic book superheroes, Major League baseball, the clay animation character Gumby, and film noir. The semiotic open-endedness of the individual drawings was tempered by their arrangement into well-spaced groupings, offering navigable pathways for interpretation.

The thematic core of the installation was the ocean, with large drawings of waves anchoring neighboring clusters … Read the rest

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

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

Best New Music: Wande Coal, Cheque, Runtown, D-Black, Zinoleesky

Our final weekly roundup of Best New Music this year features singles from the likes of Runtown, a mega remix from Cheque, and EPs from Zinoleesky, Moelogo, CDQ, and many more! Let’s dive right in!

Runtown – If E Happen For Lagos

Probably the biggest release of Christmas week has to be Runtown’s new cut.

Cheque – Zoom (Remix) ft. Wale & Davido

One of the hardest hip-hop cuts of the year gets a remix featuring Wale and Davido.

Congrats to Cheque on having a strong breakout year.

Congratulations! That’s the only valid conversation.”


Zinoleesky – Angeli

Another breakout star of 2020 is Marlian Music’s Zinoleesky. He’s ended the … Read the rest

The Queen’s New Year UK Honors list for 2021 has been released, revealing which British individuals have been honored for their services to the arts.

Stephen Deuchar, former director of Tate Britain who served at the helm of the UK’s Art Fund  for ten years, has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Deuchar stepped down from his position at the Art Fund this March, following his tenure as Tate Britain’s first director from 1998 to 2010. His time at the charity was fruitful; under his direction the organization doubled its membership, allocated more than $50 million to UK museums for the acquisition of artworks, and commissioned new contemporary artworks including Rachel Whiteread’s Tree of Life for the Whitechapel Gallery and Katrina Palmer’s Coffin Jump at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Christopher le Brun, who stepped down as president of the Royal Academy of Arts in London last year, was

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2020 was a tough year but it had nothing on the Nigerian music industry as our artists kept delivering hit songs back to back to entertain us. We had breakout acts like we’ve never seen before, and a barrage of quality albums as well, and then there were several hit singles. To succinctly put it; hot songs, o porHere’s a look at the 20 hottest Nigerian songs of 2020:


ALSO READ: The 10 Best Nigerian Albums in 2020 | #TheList2020


1. DJ Neptune – Nobody

This song had several versions, from the Icons remix with Laycon to the Amapiano version and then the original song. This only served to see the song climb the charts several times. But nobody complained because DJ Neptune, Joeboy and Mr Eazi ensured that the song took no prisoners. 

2. Omah Lay – Bad Influence

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One recent morning in Hong Kong, while in the last hours of his quarantine, the New York–based artist Taro Masushio recounted a visit he made to a vast, little-seen archive of homoerotic photographs by Jun’ichi En’ya, who had worked as a photo-technician in Osaka, Japan. “I had just never seen anything like it,” Masushio said on a video call, as he recalled flipping through hundreds and hundreds of En’ya’s analog prints. “It was this very surreal and visceral experience.”

En’ya distributed his pictures of men clandestinely, and was known as Uncle from Osaka. He had a wife and daughter, and died in 1971, the same year that the first gay men’s magazine became easily accessible in Japan. “When I first got this glimpse of these objects, and this figure behind the objects, I became completely obsessed,” Masushio said. “I wanted to work with this and try to understand what … Read the rest