The powerful first solo release of 2021 comes from a Nigerian rapper, singer, and composer Kida Kudz hailing from London via Lagos and back: “Animalistic.” The single is a superb blend of melodic Afrobeat and ‘AFRO JIGGY’ sensibilities with the personal and timely subject matter and is available for streaming on all platforms here.
Kida says of the album,
“Writing Animalistic was a spiritual process for me. I woke up early one morning, grabbed my pen and paper… started jotting down to the instrumental, and tapped into the forces I needed; the lyrics just flowed from me. I was painting a perfect picture of an African boy speaking to his people, trying to preach to them in a kind of way.”
“Animalistic,” a poem that was written on the day one of his family members was taken away, examines the theme of incarceration, as well as the discomfort and cultural concerns that come with it. Kida performs inside a burning bus of faceless captives, in front of an emblematic tree full of hanging lanterns, and eventually around a fire with his people in the symbolic and conceptual visual, which was released today accompanying an iO Filmworks directed film. This creates the ideal visual texture for exploring these concepts while also exuding the track’s enticing body-moving emotions.
Kida adds on how personal it goes, “You can vibe to the song but at the same time it is sending a message across to young people to stay up and stay woke! ‘Gangsterism got us locked in prison’ was a real-life story of a family member that had been taken away that same morning when I wrote the verse. These are real things that I put in my song, things that are happening around me and that other people are experiencing in the world.”
Kida Kudz’ honest, clever, and bright work has garnered fantastic co-signs from Playboi Carti and A$AP Rocky, as well as fans in publications such as HYPEBEAST, RedBull, TRENCH, GRM Daily, Complex, Hunger, CLASH, and others. He’s performed on stages ranging from Oh My to Afronation, and his distinct personal style and a great eye for design have led to collaborations with brands such as Daily Paper, Tommy Hilfiger, Clarks, and others.
Kida Kudz has been hard at work in the studio and at home for the past few years on an exciting new project that he’s now revealed. Stay tuned for additional information and news in the near future.
Top 20 Best African Songs 2021
The year 2021 has been a fantastic one for African musicians and the music business in general. This is the year that Wizkid’s Essence charted in the top 50 of Billboard’s top 100 and also featured on Obama’s 2021 Playlist. Ruger, a Nigerian breakout musician, got the globe bouncing with his song “Bounce,” which became a global hit, and if you’re in Nairobi, or really anywhere in Africa, you’ve probably heard Tanzania’s Zuchu’s song “Sukari,” which has over 59 million views on YouTube as of this writing, making it one of the year’s most popular videos. As the year draws to a close, these are the finest African songs of 2021. (more…)
Netflix and UNESCO Are Looking For The Next Generation of African Filmmakers
Netflix and UNESCO have teamed up to establish an innovative short film competition in Sub-Saharan Africa called “African Folktales, Reimagined.” The competition’s winners will receive industry training and mentoring, as well as a US$75,000 production budget, to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as a “Anthology of African Folktales.”
One of the competition’s main goals is to find fresh perspectives and provide young filmmakers from Sub-Saharan Africa global exposure. We want to identify the most daring, witty, and surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most beloved folktales and share them with entertainment enthusiasts in over 190 countries across the world.
It is important that the film sector acts to ensure the voices of Africa are heard, by supporting the emergence of diverse cultural expressions, putting forth new ideas and emotions, and creating opportunities for creators to contribute to global dialogue for peace, culture and development.
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General
The tournament, which will be run by Dalberg, will run from October 14th until November 14th, 2021. Each of the six winners will get a US$75,000 production grant (via a local production firm) to create, shoot, and post-produce their films with the help of Netflix and industry mentors, ensuring that everyone engaged in the production is fairly compensated. In addition, each of the six winners will get a cash prize of $25,000 apiece.
Both UNESCO and Netflix agree on the importance of promoting and sharing varied local stories with the rest of the globe. They recognize that many aspiring filmmakers struggle to get the resources and exposure they need to fully realize their potential and advance their creative careers. This competition aims to address these difficulties and provide a platform for African storytellers to showcase their work to a worldwide audience.
This alliance will also assist to create long-term jobs and stimulate economic growth, contributing to the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a set of goals aimed at ending global poverty in all of its forms by the end of this decade. This film festival will also contribute to the reduction of disparities by allowing access to global markets and ensuring decent working conditions. All of these are important targets for the 2030 Agenda.
Afrotape to Focus on it’s Community
Today marks 3 years since Afrotape was formed. What began as a platform for artists’ services has evolved into a youth brand that will be the leading voice on African culture. It’s been a fascinating and challenging journey, full of invaluable experiences and life lessons that have shaped us into the people we are today. (more…)
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