Lagos meets Johannesburg in the unlikeliest of collaborations


There is no doubting that Lagos can inspire absolutely anyone. This is the reason why we have so many dreamers born in and migrating to Eko’s shores, seeking out that opportunities that makes them into  mega stars. Even expatriates come here and find themselves totally smitten with our great city. But every now and then, Lagos doesn’t just inspire people to come, it gives of itself to its guests and inspires them to take a part of it back with them. This is what happened when South African producer (of music, of course) Loyiso Mzamane visited the city for an unrelated creative project. Part of that project necessitated a partnership with Nigerian photographer Oluwamuyiwa Logor, better known under his creative moniker ‘Logor’.

Logor has documented Lagos’s vagaries through his photography and has gained world renown for it. So it only stands to reason that when Loyiso returned to Johannesburg charged with Lagos’s energy, he got straight to work, creating a musical fusion of the influences of both cities incorporating elements of Afrobeats, Kwaito and South African house. But clearly, the instrumental he created was worthy of a Nigerian collaboration, so Loyiso reached out to Logor, who apparently moonlights as a rapper, and the rest is kismet.

Read Logor tell the story here. 

However, instead of just rapping on the songs, Logor decided to do one better. He shot to the music, and made not one, but two short films; Afro-Flourism and White Glove. Both seek to show the grittier sides of Lagos that conventional media hides and only seeks to show when they can exploit it. Both films are quite interesting and have that signature Logor-esque monochromatic shots.

Check them out here.



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