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Piper Carter and I, the first black female photograher forBritish vouge and French Elle…. !! Should be interviewing her on Monday for #Photokofa
by MoRuf x Iman Omari
4. School Daze!
7. Get Envolved!
8. The Path!
9. The Groove(Outro)
I’ll take you back in time like Sankofa… Finally got it tatted.
Keith Haring is celebrated in today’s friday Google Doodle.
THEESatisfaction - “Queens”
Directed by dream hampton
“In what seems like a bid to pander to the taste of fans of so-called PBR&B (a relatively recent strain of R&B that for whatever reason resonates with an indie audience that doesn’t normally listen to the genre), the grunge-inventing, Shins-delivering, Postal Service-spawning indie label Sub Pop has released a bona fide R&B album. The craziest thing about it is that it doesn’t sound like it’s pandering at all. THEESatisfaction’s Awe Naturale floats in a cloud that suggests Erykah Badu at her most blunted or Odd Future’s The Internet with actual melodies and sonic variety. It’s jazz, it’s hip-hop, it’s Earth, Wind & Fire, it’s cerebral, it’s banging. Critic, memoirist of the hip-hop stars and filmmaker dream hampton directed the video for “QueenS,” which does a really good job of evoking what it feels like to walk through a New York apartment.”
by Cervantes “One Smart Black Boy” Lewis
Master of my Make-Believe. Santigold has said that this album is about learning how to master your own reality, both within yourself and externally as well. The title straightforwardly echoes this idea of being in control of one’s own life. The album cover also reflects this theme in its depiction of Santigold playing dress-up, a game of make-believe, as she dons different outfits. In the artwork she is not only the seductive Bond girl-esque sidekick, but she is also a sword-clutching guard in the background and the leader up front and in charge as well. Perhaps the point is to suggest that she embodies each of these personas, thereby having mastered her own make-believe. Cleverly executed well enough so far, but does the music measure up to this premise?
Yes. It does.
Master of my Make-Believe doesn’t stray away from the distorted singing and eclectic, genre-blending stylings that she gave us on the first album. Where else are you likely to hear a rapper assisted Karen O-featuring album opener? Elsewhere, Pirates in the Water has a nice reggae vibe, while God From The Machine combines haunting backing vocals with a guitar rumbling in a surf rock-like fashion. Go, Freak Like Me, Look At These Hoes, and Big Mouth with its African drumming are all frenetic, dance-inducing affairs. The Riot’s Gone is one of the several collaborations with Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s; this song in particular comes off as a nod to their most well-known record, Maps, with Nick’s famous guitar riff and Karen O’s “waits” both being interpolated here. As anyone familiar with Santogold might expect, the pop/rock, indie alternative punk rock, slight hip-hop influence, and synth sounds are all here. Yet, she never rehashes a particular sound already used on the first album. Instead, the music is fresh. She won’t likely attract many newcomers who weren’t too keen on her the first time around back in ’08, but those who enjoyed her first album will likely enjoy her sound on this one too.
Who Is The Graffiti Artist?
“I am not an artist yet. Artists are great people aren’t they? I am only taking the first steps.”
“I was born and raised in Iran and in the last 3 years of school I wanted to chose art as my major subject but I was told that as an Afghan I wasn’t allowed. So I studied accounting which was okay but a million miles away from painting.
When my family came back to Afghanistan I tried again and passed into the Faculty of Fine Arts at Kabul University. Art is such a part of my life that I don’t know what would happen if was not able to continue. It would be like having a piece cut out of me.
At present I work with a team of 10 Afghan artists called Roshd, meaning ‘growth’. I do Modern Art. It is something new and so Afghans are against it on principal. They say it’s a western imposition. I don’t see that it has anything to do with the West if the artist and artistic concept are Afghan. My interpretation of art is founded on the classical techniques and styles I was taught.
In December 2010 there was a graffiti workshop that was organized by Combat Communications. Until then, I didn’t know what graffiti was; I had seen some things on the walls in the city but it was advertising not art.I was used to working with paints on canvasses but when I used a spray can for the first time and worked on a big wall it was exciting and cool and such an achievement.
At first I didn’t know what to graffiti as the wall was so big and the spray cans took time to get used to but Chu was a really good teacher. I wanted to do something about women’s rights in Afghanistan and the burqa, but in an ironic way and take the idea of the burqa away from how we are used to seeing it.
But when I was working I had images of all the problems in Afghanistan and all the problems women have here. It was all in front of me, and I felt I wasn’t doing them justice. I worked on an image of a woman in burqa sitting on the ground and had made up a poem about her life. I did few others like her as I wanted to mix the modern style of my painting with their past life to show what kind of life women have in this age.
When I paint, I often paint fish covered with bubbles over their bodies it’s a conceptual idea I have created about not being free to express your self.
I mean, if a fish opens its mouth, bubbles come out, right? And if its mouth is closed, there are no bubbles. So the bubbles I paint are the bubbles of things it wants to say but can’t. All the bubbles get stuck in its body like artistic ideas with no avenue for expression.
I haven’t been to many places to graffiti. One was the workshop and the other was at the Goethe Institute which is a secure and means I don’t get hassle on the streets, which as a girl, happens almost daily. Sadly It means I don’t get to practice that much so people are like, ‘How can you call yourself a graffiti artist if you can’t graffiti on buildings?’ But it’s just too dangerous to walk around on the streets. Once I went to the Russian Cultural Centre to graffiti and was so scared. It was dark and damp and I was afraid of stepping on a landmine or something.
I graffiti in my own way at home. I have photographs of old alleyways and the walls of Kabul and I graffiti the photograph. It is a comment on the restrictions of women in its own way.
In any case, I don’t think Afghan society is ready to accept graffiti as a form of art. The country has been in war for so long that most people are still pre-occupied with politics or just trying to stay alive.
But generally I only have one wish. I want to see Afghanistan vying with other countries in the art world. In Iran, if you mentioned Afghanistan people would think negative things. In the West, people say there is no art in Afghanistan but if only they came here, they could see what is developing, albeit very slowly. I personally think that art can be so useful for changing the situation of a society, it is part of the culture and culture has a role in representing a country. Everyone has to try as much as possible to rebuild the country, not just artists.”
A Tree Never Grown (Instrumental)
Videographer - Adrian Miles
Editor / Director - K. Smith
Initially when Adrian and I started taking footage at a friends penthouse bbq, it was with the intention of reserving it it for an up coming project. But the kick back was so cool out I decided to use some of the footage and put something together for the host.
We had an excellent time and did a handful of networking. I was able to chill with members of the Basquiat family (hell yeah, i’m name dropping), some on the come up artist and a publisher/manager interested in my writings.
This turned out to be an unofficial-official promo video.
I hope you all enjoy.
If you don’t know, Photokofa is a art and creative writing therapy center that I hope to launch in 2013. For those of you who have always supported, I appreciate it.
If you’re an artist of any kind and would like your works featured on here our submission box is activated and our message box is wide open. Suggestions and constructive criticisms are welcomed as well.
Stickers coming soon.
“If you can talk you can sing, if you can walk you can dance.”
beautiful people /// good vibes. Lovely video, you guys are awesome. -peace