‘Ello. I’m sitting in my friend’s apartment listening to some Spoek Mathambo. I decided to stay in Austin an extra day because everybody made me feel like I wasn’t trying to be free enough to hang out with them like I was working at Six Flags and refused to ride the rides with them or something wow that analogy fell through…
Like…i was working at SXSW. Working. at SXSW. Sometimes even I got annoyed with how much those two words seemed to conflict with each other. And shout out to this tornado warning. Womp. I just can’t have it all, can I…
Anyway, this post is just a simple reflection and show of gratitude to the gods for something I had to the chance to do. Below is a picture of me interviewing Nels Jacobson, an amazing poster illustrator and the program coordinator at SXSW.
Fun fact: he was also SXSW’s first art director…he designed the FIRST poster for souff by souffwess in 1987. Whoa.
I was just supposed to be covering the poster art show in general and randomly saw a bunch of throwback Fela Kuti posters and discovered he was the one who drew them. After talking to him, he was nice enough to give me one of the posters he was supposed to be selling: Fela’s 1987 performance in Austin, Texas.
And then later that week, I had the amazing chance to shoot (photograph, lol) Seun Kuti.
The late Fela’s youngest son. Seun performs with Egypt 80, the ORIGINAL band that played with his dad since the 70s.
At the time of Fela’s performance on that poster, Seun was around 4 years old.
I don’t know, I just feel like I got to be a part of something really cool, like the circle of life or something.