Music producer and owner of Mavin Records label company, Don Jazzy has announced the signing of a female artiste, Ayra Starr, into his music fold. 

The signing was made known on the 21st of January via an excited tweet where Don Jazzy simply said; “Follow @ayrastarr I’m following back. #MavinActivated” 

A perusal of the new artiste’s online profile from an introductory video clip of her artiste persona, has revealed Ayra to be a young RnB singer with powerful vocals. 

Don Jazzy, who has quite the talent booster portfolio under his belt, also went into full-on A&R mode on his Instagram page where he broke down his reasons for signing the 18 years old talent, Ayra Starr with an introductory video.

He said;

“Last year I met the most incredible 18 year old girl, her

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Gagosian, one of the world’s biggest galleries, with over a dozen locations, has named Antwaun Sargent a director and curator, according to the New York Times. The 32-year-old writer plans to dedicate his time to artists whose practices examine prescient issues of identity and representation. He will be based in New York City as one of around 30 directors working across the gallery’s sprawling operation.

For about a decade, Sargent has written about and curated exhibitions devoted to Black artists. His 2019 book The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion, which examined growing Black representation in fashion photography, was met with acclaim. He also edited the book Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists, a survey of the next generation of Black artists driving visual culture focused on works owned by Bernard Lumpkin and Carmine Boccuzzi. (With Matt Wycoff, Sargent curated a … Read the rest

Down in the African branch of the world’s poverty capital, there exists a scheme which despite its fraudulent nature, is a quick path to wealth. Internet fraud, popularly known as ‘Yahoo-Yahoo’ in Nigeria, is the scheme. Originated in the earliest cybercafes as postal fraud in  the late 1990s when the national economy started to take a dip following oil price fluctuation,  has since grown into a huge racket like a highly pitched song in an opera.

Nigerian Artists

In the present day, internet fraud has become an activity that countless Nigerian youths engage in to eke a living for themselves, and to fund the extravagant lifestyle of their dreams. As a result, it has grown from being an illicit activity to being a highly glorified activity. This glorification is mainly done through music, especially songs belonging to the street hop genre. In these songs, musicians can be heard giving Read the rest

“At that time it wasn’t easy for me to be in the public with my camera because the country was very sensitive to reporters like me,” photojournalist Hazir Reka tells a group of muralists. “Being in the public with a camera was no different to being in public with a weapon because of how much it could affect reality.” Reka’s referring to a tumultuous time in Kosovo’s history when the region was in the midst of war, an experience he shares with the artists who traveled to the region in September 2020 for Mural Fest Kosovo.

Organized by the art collective Void Projects (previously), which is helmed by Axel Void, the initiative sought to revitalize the public spaces within Ferizaj, a small city desolated by war. Fifteen international muralists—the list includesAruallan, Emilio Cerezo, Doa Oa, Alba Fabre, Maria Jose Gallardo, and Zane Prater—gathered for the project … Read the rest

After 10 years at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Michael Darling, the institution’s chief curator, is leaving his post to join a startup called Museum Exchange. The news, which was first reported by the Chicago Tribune, follows an announcement last week that Naomi Beckwith, the MCA Chicago’s senior curator, will become the Guggenheim Museum in New York’s deputy director and chief curator in June.

Darling will join Museum Exchange, a digital platform for art donations made by collectors to museums across North America, as a cofounder and chief growth officer next month. He joins cofounders David Moos, an art adviser and former curator of modern and contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and Robert Wainstein, an art adviser and former curator at the Whitney Museum in New York and MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, at the New York-based company.

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TolumiDE – Throwback

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Follow on Spotify: . . – With so many challenges wrapped up in 2020, one can bring light into the present moment simply by remembering. In Afro-pop/soul singer/songwriter TolumiDE’s upcoming single, she embraces the ‘good ole days’ with gratitude, cherishing memories to help lighten up the moment. After connecting online with mates from her secondary school days in Nigeria, she was inspired by a time with fewer cares, when she remembers “dancing in the sun.” Throwback celebrates “Ayo” which as a name translates to happiness, joy and wealth, with a unique emphasis on the richness of moments.

“This year, there were a lot of moments in dialogue and zoom hang outs where I really appreciated the ‘good ole days’ of not having any major cares or worries of the world,” TolumiDE reflects. “It felt very … Read the rest

The three neon pink seesaws that slotted through the U.S.-Mexico border were just named the 2020 Beazley Design of the Year. Conceived by Oakland-based artists Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello (previously), the playful, subversive project was installed in July 2019 between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez and physically connected the two communities despite the 20-foot barrier. The prestigious, annual award comes from London’s Design Museum.

Rael and San Fratello spent a decade working on “Teeter-Totter Wall” before its installation at the border during a particularly divisive time under the Trump administration. Although it was in use for less than an hour, the interactive work intended to foster and display unity between children and adults from both countries as they physically lifted each other up. In response to the administration separating families at the border, Rael wrote about the project:

The teeter-totters represented the kind

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Monday, January 19

Victoria Miro Now Represents Flora Yukhnovich 
Victoria Miro, which maintains spaces in London and Venice, has added London-based painter Flora Yukhnovich to its roster. Yukhnovich is known for her reinterpretations of  18th-century imagery through a contemporary cultural lens. Her work first appeared at Victoria Miro in a group exhibition in 2019, and she later had two solo exhibitions with the gallery. A third Victoria Miro solo exhibition will follow in London in 2022.

Rele Gallery Will Open Los Angeles Space
Rele Gallery in Lagos, Nigeria, will open its first international outpost in Los Angeles on February 1. The inaugural exhibition at the L.A. space is titled “Orita Meta –Crossroads,” and it will feature works by Nigerian artists Marcellina AkpojotorTonia Nneji, and Chidinma Nnoli. “Los Angeles has become a central destination for the arts at all levels, especially for emerging voices, and I … Read the rest

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.

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