Chief S.O. Alonge did something previously unheard of during his 50 year engagement as the photographer of the royal court of Benin, Nigeria: he focused his lens back onto his own people. As the first indigenous royal court photographer, his photos shied away from the rigid, formal style of his colonial predecessors.
Alonge’s photographs and legacy are remembered in a newly opened exhibition at the National Museum of African Art, “Chief S.O. Alonge: Photographer to the Royal Court of Benin, Nigeria.” The exhibit runs through Sept. 2015. You can read more about Alonge, as well as the exhibition, here.
A Worldwide Family favourite, Mr Raoul K, released his third studio album ‘Still Living In Slavery’ last month on his own Baobab Music label. And to celebrate the release, Raoul put together a Worldwide Family Mixtape full of deep house vibes and intricate African rhythms.
::Worldwide Family Mixtape - Mr Raoul K::
Mr Raoul K - Dounougnan Magni (Intro) (Baobab Music)
Frederic Galliano – Waref (F Communications)
Mr Raoul K – Break Your Chains And Return To Botswana (Baobab Music)
Mikael Seifu – Wedagn (1432 R)
Kahil El Zabar - Running In The Streets (Djinji Brown Remix) (Deeper Soul)
Mr Raoul K –Dounougnan Magni (Chapitre3) (Simbad Remix) (Baobab Music)
To accompany their artworks for Funk, God, Jazz & Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn (opening this Saturday!), we asked all four artists to contribute playlists of music that inspired or evokes their commissions. With everything from Sun Ra to Outkast, these soundtracks express both the common themes of the exhibition and the vibrant individuality of our featured artists. Enjoy!