Daily Archives: May 9, 2018

Angélique Kido Covers Talking Heads’ Once In A Lifetime

 Angelique Kidjo reworks “Once In A Lifetime” by the Talking Heads and starts an office party in the video. The song is part of the Talking Heads’ Remain In Light album that Kidjo has completely done over in her style. Office workers come out their dull routine when her image comes across their device screens. Kidjo soon has everyone dancing instead of working as if they were freed from bondage. For the album, she takes the original material and changes the lyrics that she sings in African languages. Kidjo told Rolling Stone that she discovered the Talking Heads in 1983 when she left her home country of Benin and was exiled in Paris. She said that their music was described as rock and roll but she could hear African influences. Bryne and the group admitted to being fans of Fela Kuti and African rhythms in general. Remain In Light comes out June 8th. 



Cee Knowledge And The Cosmic Funk Orchestra Release Video For Space Man

Cee Knowledge And The Cosmic Funk Orchestra release the video for their new single “Space Man.” The autobiographical song has an animated clip featuring Knowledge and the orchestra floating around and eventually leaving earth. At one point, they are chased by Donald Trump and that seems to be the motivation for their departure. Knowledge is usually known as Doodlebug from Digable Planets and he’s been performing with the orchestra since 2000. “Space Man” is an obvious reaction to the lack of unity among people without being reactionary. You can buy it from the usual spots




Electronic Pop Duo NUEX Debut Eyes Single

Singer-songwriter Camille Michelle Gray and drummer Teddy Aitkins are D.C. pop duo NUEX. “Eyes” is their pulsating new single from the forthcoming Affectus EP. Their synth-heavy pop surfaced two years ago with the song “Lights Off.” Camille Michelle Gray says that “Eyes” was written for “An all-knowing consciousness like God with a specific person in mind and the exploration of her own dark God complex.” Affectus comes out May 25th. 


New York African Film Festival Opens May 16th

Mahen Bonette credit: Francoise Bouffault

The 25th New York African Film Festival will run May 16-22 at the Film Society Of Lincoln Center. The theme this year is “25 Years Of The New York African Film Festival” which will pay tribute to pioneers of African cinema and the new generation. The event will also commemorate South African Freedom Fighter and national leader Nelson Mandela with a litany of films from his homeland. The month-long festival will showcase 66 films from 25 countries at FSLC, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Bamcinématek and Maysles Cinema in Harlem. 

NYAFF founder and executive director Mahen Bonetti spoke about the new era in African cinema in a press release: 

“Since the founding of the New York African Film Festival, African cinema has moved beyond the art house and become the lingua franca of Africa and its diaspora. From Nigeria to South Africa and Brazil, regional film industries are breaking down the artificial demarcations of the colonial era. For this 25th milestone, the festival is proud to showcase this new wave of a borderless cinema, which uses the tactility and immediacy of storytelling to offer audiences opportunities to imagine other futures for Africa and its diaspora.”

The opening night will put Appolline Traoré’s film Borders in the spotlight. The feature speaks to the issue of migration, African women’s struggles and an echo of the #MeToo Movement. Four women in the movie travel from Mali to Nigeria and support each other while battling sexism and corruption. The film won three prizes at FESPACO including the Paul Robeson prize for best film by a director from the diaspora. Borders will screen with a short film dedicated to the memory of Burkinabé director Idrissa Ouedraogo, who passed away in February and was a mentor to Traoré. A fundraising gala will follow the screening. Tickets for the film and Opening Night Gala are $200 and are available online at africanfilmny.org and filmlinc.org.


Bishop Nehru Performs Game Of Life Live In New Video

 Bishop Nehru performs “Game Of Life” onstage with backup singers and the whole video is filmed in black and white. His new album Elevators I and II has appearances from former collaborator MF Doom,  Lion Babe and Kaytranada who produced “Game Of Life.”