Missla Libsekal

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Missla Libsekal is a nomad, a writer and design consultant.



Move On Over Braveheart

Music July 20 2012

  Ethiopian musician and demigod, Teddy Afro releases his latest music video- ‘Tikur Sew’ (meaning Black Person in Amharic). To say that it’s anything less than epic would be a misnomer. Shot on location in Addis Ababa, with 420 actors, the hollywood blockbuster trailer-esque 9+ mins film is based on the Battle of Adwa. In 1896, Emperor Menelik II &...Continue

Baby On Board

Advertising July 11 2012

  I was loving this video, till I suddenly got reminded of the creepy CG Baby that the character of Ally McBeal (American sitcom character from the late 90’s) used to hallucinate about. Well, I’ll just have to put that little memory back into the closet with all those other memories of things one wants to suppress. In that ever so cynical terrain of modern...Continue


Dance July 4 2012

  Kobo Power makes me wanna come back in the next life as one of their crew. Spastic, ill, swag. Just watch the video already. If you are looking for more info on the Kobo Crew, they are on Facebook. Dancers featured in the shot : Kobo Zach Swagga, Kobo Junbox, Kobo Martha, Kobo Niki, Kobo Kofie Da Vibe, Kobo Bruce Blanchard. Film & Editing by Qazim...Continue

Kids Be Swaggering

Dance June 27 2012

  Heard that Azonto was originally a dance for workers; a rhythmic pantomime to show what kind of work you do. It”s spilling beyond Ghana where the style ignited, all kinds of youtube tutorials, shows and performances. These kids though – especially the one that rolls up on the 2:37 marker is killing it. Reminds me that dancing should be like breathing...Continue

Everyday We Be Hustlin’, Hustlin’

Music June 21 2012

  Rick Ross might have engraved the phrase ‘I’m a hustlin’ in our collective street/hip hop induced global consciousness, but looks like British producer LV & Okmalumkookat, one half of the Dirty Paraffin crew, just threw down the gauntlet SA style with ‘Sebenza, Sebenza only rest in December’. Oh and by the way, if you...Continue

Modular Minimal

Art April 11 2012

clev·er adjective, -er, -est. 1. mentally bright; having sharp or quick intelligence; able. 2. superficially skillful, witty, or original in character orconstruction; 3. showing inventiveness or originality; 4. adroit with the hands or body; dexterous or nimble. That about says it all when it comes to Phil Cuttance and his project FACETURE. If you love modular and minimal...Continue

The Dog Days Aren’t Over

Shortfilms April 2 2012

English subtitles can be viewed by clicking on the close caption ‘cc’ icon on the youtube player.   Rich oil fields, sultans and pilgrimages to Mecca likely the top three things that come to mind when thinking of Saudi Arabia. Then there was Bader AlHomoud,a young Saudi independent film maker. On September 13, 2011, he posted his self-financed and produced...Continue