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Potent Whisper ft Floetic Lara - ‘Just Wondering’

El Crisis & The Chosen Drummer - ‘Freeman’

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Afro-Bazilian depiction of The Orishas

Big Cakes ft K-Llejero - ‘Mic Checks & FTS’

Gran piton on Flickr.

Buckshot & P-Money - ‘Flute’ ft Joey Bada$$ & CJ Fly

yagazieemezi:

Get To Know: Artist André Hora

André Hora is a Brazilian/British artist and freelance illustrator whom I met in a chilly New York last year. At that time, we found ourselves in the company of Artist Tim Okamura during a personal interview regarding his popular paintings. On the rooftop of Tim’s art studio, André and I looked over at the city of Manhattan splayed out in front of us and it was there I learnt about his art. We discussed his different influences within the art world and I was so fascinated by his work that I later had to contact him for an interview.

Y: Can you tell us a little bit about your art? Some of your pieces have a distinct African flare to them. With the several cultural and identity labels within Brazil, have any of them affected you as an artist and in what ways?

André: I would define my art as narrative, especially the late works, almost all of which are telling a story, a myth or describing a day-to-day situation. On my early works we see a lot of faces and skulls – I was obsessed by the human head!  I didn’t attend a formal art school, although I learnt to draw at a very early age with my Dad (who is an architect), and since then I have attended several private lessons and workshops in Brazil, France and in the UK where I am based. I am drawn to Afro-Brazilian culture and particularly to Yoruba mythology as we find in Candomblé (a mixture of traditional Yoruba, Fon, Ewe and Bantu beliefs).  Not only because I come from Bahia, but because my great-great-grandmother was a slave. I was always fascinated by this ancestor of mine I knew so little about. So from my Portuguese, Native American and African origins, I find myself very influenced on my art by the latter – both aesthetically and philosophically.

(read more of the interview)

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Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic

Army Of Pharoahs - ‘The Demon’s Blade’

Rage - ‘Political Music’

Talib Kweli - ‘What’s Real’ ft Res

(Source: youtube.com, via talibkweli)

Palms on Flickr.

Valiant ft. Phoenix Da Icefire & Ray Vendetta - ‘The Beatles’