Or so they say. This weekend, Dazed flew out to Lagos, Nigeria for the third annual MTV Africa Music.
Awards and spent a few days and some late nights meeting rap, R&B and kuduro superstars from across Africa: names like Banky W, Fally Ipupa, Daddy Owen, Cabo Snoop and Radio & Weasel, from Angola to Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and beyond, all huge stars in their own countries, selling truckloads of records despite rampant piracy and a rickety music industry. These guys are kind of the Jay Zs and Snoops of Africa, basically.
Vitamin is a new online multimedia magazine that focuses on video productions featuring artists, designers and interesting personalities from the creative industries in their own studio spaces and personal hubs. Vitamin's vision is to showcase the talent and works of the artists while establishing at the same time through the creatively shot videos a powerful story-telling that brings closer the creative minds and the viewers.
Presenting the more intimate side of the artists and designers Vitamin wishes to showcase the richness found within their personalities and their work. The narratives are told through home productions that wish to reveal some new and unknown parts about their way of thinking and working. Using the immediacy of video making, Vitamin presents a whole new image of the creative minds, treating each one of the productions as a unique piece of personal narration.
Drawing inspiration from the word VITAMIN that reflects energy, refreshment, and nourishment, the website seeks prominent, emerging, and established figures that represent this initiative.
Creative Director / Deputy Editor / Camera Vasilis Asimakopoulos is a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art and Associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. He is an emerging sculptor who has showed his work in the UK and abroad and has won awards including the 2011 Oriel Mostyn Award.
Editor in Chief Stefania Vourazeriis a broadcast journalist who has been reporting about art and design for a number of publications. Stefania currently works in the news industry and lives and works in London. She is a member of the National Union of Journalists.
Camera Yiannis Katsaris is a freelance photographer. His is commissioned by a variety of clients in the UK and abroad, from magazines, private companies and not for profit organizations to design groups, production houses and theatre companies. He has recently extended his work into the realm of cinematography and lighting design for the theatre. Yiannis is a member of the National Union of Journalists.