Dexter Dymoke, Ages and Ages, 2011
The integrity of fertility (detail), 2012
Jonny Briggs, Supernatural, 2012
Philippe Malouin, Gridlock 2, 2012, © Philippe Malouin
Nathaniel Mellors, Photograms, 2011-12, © Nathaniel Mellors
Simon Preen by © Peter T. Breen

There ain’t no party like a Lagos party.


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.


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