Kenyan Artist Wangechi Mutu Featured in Jay Z’s Picasso Baby Video

Live: Jay Z Performs for Wangechi Mutu

Live: Jay Z Performs for Wangechi Mutu (C: http://www.mwakilishi.com/)

Renowned Kenyan artist and sculptor, Wangechi Mutu was featured in the video of the first single off US rapper Jay Z’s platinum selling album Magna Carta Holy Grail. The video is for the song Picasso Baby and it was shot at the Pace Gallery in New York City. It is a rap performance based video. However, the crowd is not typical of Jay Z’s usual crowd and neither is the set. It is, as mentioned earlier, in an art gallery and the rapper sits individual members of the crowd in front of him, as he gives a one on one performance for a number of them, including Wangechi. The audience were all picked from a pot of artists and other luminaries. Among them are artist Marina Abramovic, writer Judd Apatow, rapper Wale and actor Alan Cumming.

Wangechi is regarded by many to be one of the most important contemporary African artists of recent years and that is probably why Jay Z saw it fit to feature her in his art based music video.

See the video and pictures below

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