Seeds of Africa

March 4, 2018

Seeds Of Africa

If you get the opportunity head over to instagram and check out Seeds of Africa and this brilliant pictorial. The photo’s have been edited by us, but you can see the glorious originals on their page shot by @DAWITTIBEBU_

MUSIC: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

September 22, 2017

Back in August, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard surprised released ‘Sketches Of Brunswick East’, the third of the five albums the band are supposedly releasing this year.

The album is due for a full release on 13th October, and the Aussie psychsters have now shared a video for its single ‘Countdown’.

A pencil-drawn, animated clip, the video perfectly captures the relentlessness of the band’s music.

“We were listening to compilations of Ethiopian music form the 1960s and 70s a lot,” the band’s Stu Mackenzie about the making of ‘Sketches…’ in a press release. “It was in no way thought-out though. If Murder Of The Universe was our most conceptual and arranged album – then Sketches… is the exact opposite. It was like we were continually jamming with ourselves.”

While we wait for the two remaining King Gizzard albums in 2017, have a watch of the ‘Countdown’ video below.


September 20, 2016






With AFROPUNK’s September 24th date edging closer, the festival that celebrates multiculturalism and diversity announces a fresh bill of talent, with one of the most iconic performing artists of all time headlining: Grace Jones. Joining Grace are Laura Mvula, Kwabs, The Noisettes, Loyle Carner, Goldlink, Joe Kay, The Whooligan, Hannah Faith, Eden Hagos, MNEK, Lady Leshurr, Skinny Girl Diet, Jorja Smith, Big Joanie, Nova Twins, The Connectors, Mikel Ameen and more across the day. On top of this, there’ll be the SpinThrift Market hosting traders who make bespoke goods, crafts, and textiles, plus a curated food truck rally, pop up restaurants, arts and more.

An icon at the heart of the art, fashion and music worlds across four decades, Grace Jones will headline the first AFROPUNK London with a cosmic performance. Since the seventies Grace has carved her path as a true creator. Birmingham signer / songwriter Laura Mvula joins, her rich tones set for a soul-searching show. Neo-soul comes from South-London boy Kwabs, and ener- getic indie-punk from The Noisettes reunion. Rising star Loyle Carner adds a thoughtful, un- plugged element, whilst rapper Goldlink’s electronic-infused hip-hop sounds make a welcome US addition.

Soulection members Joe Kay, The Whooligan, Hannah Faith and Eden Hagos all step up to represent eclectic hip-hop beats, plus super-producer and London local MNEK will bring a twist of all things electronic to Alexandra Palace. One of the leading lights in the MC game, female rapper Lady Leshurr brings bars for days, then punk spirit shines through on Stage Three with Skinny Girl Diet, Big Joanie, Nova Twins and the The Connectors plugging in across the day. Also an- nounced are emerging London songstress Jorja Smith, and rap protege Mikel Ameen. All this on top of the already massive bill, including SZA, Akala – B.A.D, Dreadzone Riddim Section – Don Letts, Benjamin Booker, GAIKA, Ho99o9, Purple Ferdinand, NTS Radio + more.

AFROPUNK’s message is about “POWER TO THE PARTY,” encompassing education, political awareness and self-empowerment. Respect, breaking down stereotypes, and celebrating individu- ality are key to the AFROPUNK ethos, and it’s a ‘safe space / no hate’ zone for creativity. Lon- don’s first edition will welcome souls from all cultures and backgrounds for a day of positive energy and next-level entertainment. Get a feel for the AFROPUNK spirit by checking the video here.

Party is an oxymoron, it’s a gathering of many for a shared purpose and it’s also an outcast indi- vidual, it’s a lively social occasion as well as a gang – and the story of any party is never over, be- cause like naked cities and the metaphysical “I”, there’s always another take.

Power to the Party means trusting the friction, the transference of great capacity to the free spirit, belief in the high-heeled spark of the assembly, and the group mind’s ability to choose a glorious path. This isn’t about getting elected, or being protected; it’s about staking a claim. Join the party and feel its power.

A special homecoming for Hackney born AFROPUNK founder Matthew Morgan, London’s edition is one that’ll be significant for the festival organisers. On top of the music across the day, Alexan- dra Palace will play host to a vibrant space filled with artists, designers, exhibitions and food vendors, who’ll host a full agenda of extra activities. Attendees are encouraged to jump in and become a part of the AFROPUNK community through on-site pop-ups, art and stalls – it’s about creating an extended family of AFROPUNK with a united voice to be heard and celebrated. Part- ners for the UK’s first year include pioneering radio station NTS Radio, CRACK and a special stage partner TBA. On-site arts, stalls, food, DJ sets and extra’s to be announced in the coming months. Learn more at the AFROPUNK website:

Freedom of expression, whilst honouring the power of individuality is encouraged. POWER TO THE PARTY – SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER – SOON COME
TICKETS : £55 from

New additions : GRACE JONES – Laura Mvula – Kwabs – The Noisettes – Loyle Carner – Goldlink – Joe Kay – The Whooligan – Hannah Faith – Eden Hagos – MNEK – Lady Leshurr – Skinny Girl Diet – Jorja Smith – Big Joanie – Nova Twins – The Connectors – Mikel Ameen


Grace Jones
Laura Mvula
WORD SOUND POWER feat Akala, B.A.D/Dreadzone & Don Letts SZA
Benjamin Booker
The Noisettes
Loyle Carner
NTS Radio
Joe Kay
The Whooligan
Hannah Faith
Eden Hagos
Lady Leshurr
Skinny Girl Diet
Jorja Smith
Purple Ferdinand
Big Joanie
Youth Man
Nova Twins

The Connectors Mikel Ameen
+ much more TBA

Saturday September 24th
Alexandra Palace
Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY Maps :


D E S I G N : Jack Bell Gallery

May 27, 2015

London’s Jack Bell Gallery brought two paintings by Ivorian artist Aboudia. Born and based in Abidjan, his work is brutal, layered, and heavily influenced by the clashes that followed Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010 presidential election. According to gallerist Jack Bell, “his paintings reference street art and vodou and look at social inequalities in downtown Abidjan.” Aboudia’s works are currently exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London, through September 2015. Please visit before it’s too late.



I N T E R I O R S : ARTWARE – Plate Set by Kehinde Wiley

April 1, 2015


We are not sure how long these will be on sale for so hurry. You are not just buying greatness, but something that is sure to hold it’s value even increase:

The porcelain plate series by Kehinde WIley includes six designs featuring details from paintings spanning 2008-2012. The six different faces — 3 male and 3 female — are cropped against colorful, vibrant backgrounds so the plates are equally decorative and functional. The back of each plate has easy holes for hanging, and they are microwave and dishwasher safe.

Each couple plate is 10.75″ and shows a stamped signature on the verso. The plates are individually boxed.
Stamped signature with title on verso.
Featuring details from:
Mrs. Graham (2012), oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches
Mary Little, Later Lady Carr (2012), oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches
Dacia Carter II (2012), oil on canvas, 30 x 24 inches
Matar Mbaye II (2008), oil on canvas, 26 x 22 inches
Idrissa Ndiaye (2008), oil on linen, 26 x 22 inches
Mame Ngagne (2008), oil on canvas, 26 x 22 inches




Ethiopian Meron Wudneh Crowned Miss Africa USA 2014

August 11, 2014

Ethiopian Meron Wudneh Crowned Miss Africa USA 2014

m u s i c : FINDING FELA Soundtrack & Documentary

July 8, 2014

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Every home should own music from Fela. So here it is Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music by Fela Kuti & Africa 70/ Nigeria 70/ Egypt 80, Koola Lobitos and the Fela! Band (from the musical) with special guest Femi Kuti Out 1 September 2014 (view trailer HERE).

Dogwoof presents
A film by Alex Gibney
In UK cinemas 5 September 2014
Plus special preview screening 4 September at the BFI London (part of African Odysseys season)
Academy Award® winning director Alex Gibney returns to UK screens this autumn with ‘Finding Fela’, an utterly compelling and hypnotic portrait of visionary Nigerian musician and social activist, Fela Kuti. ‘Finding Fela’ is the story of the man who created the musical movement Afrobeat, and who then went on to use it as a form of political protest against the Nigerian dictatorship, becoming a revolutionary, hero and legend.
Capturing the essence of the documentary film from a musical perspective is the ‘Finding Fela’ soundtrack.  The double album includes 15 of Fela’s classic tracks, together with an interpretation of “Zombie” from the Fela! Broadway musical, and a never-before released, magical live version of “Colonial Mentality”, recorded at the New Afrika Shrine in Lagos by the cast of the musical and featuring Fela’s son Femi Kuti on saxophone.
It was in 2011 when the hit Broadway musical Fela!, directed by Bill T Jones, made its way to Lagos. It would become the first Broadway musical ever to perform in Nigeria. The show’s instigator and main producer, Stephen Hendel, wanting to document this historic journey, approached Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side, Enron, The Smartest Guys In The Room, The Armstrong Lie, etc.) who agreed to come on board as director. A film crew from Los Angeles, led by producer Jack Gulick, accompanied the eighty-strong group of cast and technicians to Lagos where a local film crew were also engaged.  Hundreds of hours of footage were shot of the preparations, the opening at the Kuti family’s New Afrika Shrine, and at the capacious Eko Exhibition Hall where the full production was to receive a triumphant reception.
However, it soon became clear that, fascinating as documenting this ground-breaking journey may be, the story could not be told without also examining the life, times and bravado of its central character, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. So began the making of ‘Finding Fela’ which explores both his extraordinary courage in the face of implacable opposition, and his exceptional musicianship, told through the eyes of musicians, friends and family members and those that knew and admired him, from near and far.  The result is ‘Finding Fela’, the definitive documentary depicting his life and legacy.
Fela created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan-Africanist politics to the world.  The power and potency of Fela’s message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom.
To tell the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the son of a middle-class, well-educated Nigerian family who transformed into musical icon and “spiritual guru”, a man who lived in a sprawling compound and married 27 women in a mass wedding, director Alex Gibney cuts in interviews with family, friends and bandmates; with incredible footage culled from 1,200 hours of film; and then weaves in scenes from the Broadway production of Fela! during its run in Lagos. The result is a colourful and breathtaking film that comprehensively reveals the life of a man, who was both a musical genius and political activist but also unpredictable, explosive and above all enigmatic.
‘Finding Fela’, which made the Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, will be in cinemas in the UK from 5 September. The official soundtrack album will be released on 1 September.
‘Finding Fela’ Track-listing:
CD 1
1: Fela Kuti & Nigeria 70 – Jeun Ko Ku (Chop ‘n Quench)
2: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Opposite People (edit)
3: Koola Lobitos – Highlife Time
4: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Lover
5: Fela Kuti & Nigeria 70 – Viva Nigeria
6: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Upside Down (edit)
7: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Egbe Mi O (Carry Me)
8: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Johnny Just Drop (edit)
9: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Vip Pt 2 (Live In Berlin)
CD 2
10: Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 – Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense (edit)
11: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Go Slow (edit)
12: The Fela! Band – Zombie
13: Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 – Power Show (edit)
14: Fela Kuti & Egypt 80 – Beasts Of No Nation (Edit)
15: Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Shuffering And Shmiling (edit)
16: The Fela! Band With Femi Kuti – Colonial Mentality (Live At The New Afrika Shrine)
Fela Kuti
Twitter: @felakuti
Finding Fela
Twitter: @FindingFela #FindingFela
Instagram: FindingFela
Knitting Factory Records
Twitter: @knitrecords


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a r t : Paintings by John Duckworth

April 25, 2014

This is the Tunes and Whispered
Paintings by John Duckworth

An exhibition curated by Franco la Russa


cueB is pleased to present John Duckworth’s first exhibition in London.
‘This is the Tunes and Whispered’ will feature seven large format paintings that explore a dialogue between Eastern Buddhism and Western consumerism. Each painting is embedded with eastern spiritual and art historical iconography and text, which is juxtaposed with imagery from contemporary Western culture and nature.
Embodying these thematic concepts, the work evokes questions of identity, purpose, and perspective.

‘This is the Tunes and Whispered’ highlights work from Duckworth’s series of the same title – born of the artist’s fascination with Joseph Campbell’s monomyth and the placement of himself along the path of the “hero’s journey.” It is from the ‘Call to Adventure’ stage in which Duckworth began further investigating Eastern philosophies and practices and incorporating these into his daily life and work. The multitude of layers in the paintings indicate the complexity of Duckworth’s process in addition to its visual and conceptual content.

Duckworth’s work is based in processing the vast and overwhelming array of visual stimuli received daily in consumer driven Western contemporary culture and balancing this input with an Eastern contemplative practice. The self-hypnosis of modern
mass-communications, combined with political, environmental, cultural, and social uncertainty has led to an omni-present low-level anxiety that permeates Western society at large. Duckworth’s meditation practice is fundamental to his creative process. For the artist, it is through witnessing the results of a deeper inner awareness of habitual thoughts, words, and actions that he becomes more adept at finding balance in these uncertain times.

For this exhibition at cueB, the gallery will be transformed into an intimate quasi-spiritual space. The large, content and color-rich paintings will surround audiences to create a highly subjective experience that encourages understanding, reflection, and contemplation.

John Duckworth Artist Biography


(Born 1972, San Diego, California) John Duckworth lives and works between Charleston, SC and New York City. Formally trained in painting and photography, Duckworth received his B.A. in Studio Art from the College of Charleston after a short foray into biological science – an influence still evident in his subject matter today. Duckworth’s focus driving his artwork is one of quiet and calmness. His process is derived from a desire to seek inner peace and a balance between one’s true nature and the hectic modern world.


Channeling his Buddhist practice through a Western lens, Duckworth has produced “Tunes and Whispered,” a series that juxtaposes Eastern and Western iconography through harmonized compositions of screen printing, painting, photography, and drawing.


Duckworth has exhibited internationally in more than 30 solo and group shows, and his work resides in private and corporate collections around the globe.

2nd May – 1st June 2014

cueB Gallery
325 Brockley Road
London SE4 2QZ

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Clash #94 finds its way to stores this week – but did you know…

April 7, 2014

Clash #94 finds its way to stores this week - but did you know you can pre-order it HERE? Amongst its myriad charms and svelte pages this month are interviews with FutureNasA$AP Nast, Animal Collective’s Avey TareBlondieRay Winstone,Sean LennonAlbert Hammond, Jr.Eyedress, plus 22 pages of Clash Fashion, the month’s best album, film and DVD reviews, and so many more. Further details below! Hashtag your chats:#clashxfuture

WLTM – Who Would You Like To Meet, me?

February 17, 2013

WLTM-large-heart-blue is a refreshing new dating website where everyone is 100% verified. Each potential member is verified by either a short webcam chat with the site’s welcoming team or submits a unique verification clip recording through to ensure that they are who they say they are and that they are not using photos which are ten years out of date.

Poking around their site we were surprised that we began to feel that looking for love online was now cool and may become just something we do  ………….[from the site]

Over the years we’ve both experienced the wonderful world of online dating, with tales ranging from the sublime to the bizarre!  There are thousands of online dating sites; from the established globally known brands, through to some really basic ones with just a handful of members; but they all have one thing in common – little to no verification.  You can set up a profile page and load pretty much any picture you like, claiming it’s you.  If you believed some of the ones we’ve seen on other sites then Sienna Miller, Cindy Crawford, Jude Law, Homer Simpson, and a squirrel are all single and looking for love.  We’re all busy people and the last thing you need when searching for that special someone is to waste precious time interacting with a fake profile. 

Drawing from our experiences, we’ve built a refreshing new dating website that is 100% verified, so that you know the person in the profile picture is the person you’re talking to and hopefully meeting soon.  Each potential member has the choice of either a brief web cam call with our welcome team or recording a unique verification clip through their cam to ensure that they are the person in the picture, and that they’re not using decade old photos.  Once approved we also monitor all photos uploaded to ensure no rogue pictures are sneaked in over time.
Our goal for Would Like to Meet is to provide an honest, approved and trustworthy site.  Ever heard the saying ‘Trust, but verify”?  Well, we figure if someone is hiding behind a fake profile picture then what else  might they be hiding?
We’ve also put serious thought and effort into the design of the site.  You can find more information on some of these unique features further down the page.
We sincerely hope you get as much enjoyment from using Would Like to Meet as we have creating it.

(Try it for yourself and tell us what you think in the comments)

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