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Atmosphere – Kanye West

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3 // BFM 2014 // Nick Galbaldon x Oumar Seye

Black Future's highlight of Nick Gabaldon, the first documented African American surfer who broke the color line by integrating Santa Monica and Malibu beaches. BFM also spotlights the work of Senegalese surfer Oumar Seye, who started his Ngor Surfer's Paradise -- the first of its kind in Senegal. The Surf Club hosts classes, camp, an and annual trophy competition which has been folded into Rip Curl's West Africa Tour. As Seye's destination near Senegal's capital city of Dakar grows in popularity, so, too does the market for surf along the coast.

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2 // BFM 2014 // Kwabs x Otis Redding

The Ghanaian Brit, Kwabs, has released a number of Youtube videos, has a robust performance schedule in the UK, but has yet to make the rounds on a stateside tour. His carefully crafted lyrics, almost haunting baritone and penchant for no frills production draws me in. Every time I listen I find myself hovering over a system of questions: What is or must be experienced to create Blues and Gospel? How did Kwabs come by it?

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1 // BFM 2014 // Marcus Books x MoCADA

"A place where you know black people are represented well." Karen Johnson, Marcus Books #BFM

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