ESPO's Love Letter for You

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A Love Letter for You is an amazing collaboration headed up by Steve Powers aka ESPO and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Over 40 local and international artists participated in the project to paint a love letter to Powers' hometown on the walls facing the Market elevated train. I love the way this public art project encompasses so much community-focused programming including a hand-painted signs workshop for businesses on Market Street!! Awesome!

The project will encompass 50 painted walls between 63rd and 45th street on Market Street, a documentary film with scripted elements, a sign school and shop that will provide training for area youth and free signage for businesses on the market street corridor, and 2 books documenting the project. One of the books will be a small paperback that will be distributed to area businesses free of charge, for them to sell to visitors. The other book will be a larger hardcover book that will document not only the artwork, but the neighborhood and the inspirations of the Love Letter Project.

Baloji in Kinshasa

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Shot in the streets of Kinshasa, site of Muhammad Ali's legendary 'Rumble in the Jungle', Karibu Ya Bintou ("Welcome to Life in Limbo") is a short film with music from the 2010 album 'Kinshasa Succursale' by Baloji.
Dope Congolese artist Baloji's new single featuring the Congolese likembe (thumb piano) group Konono no. 1! Skeleton body suits, Kinshasa wrestling, and some awesome style looks. Thanks Blk Jks!