The two-man production team/party in a can called Radioclit just hit us up from the UK and they asked for you by name. Yes YOU, sitting there, reading this blog post, stop looking over your shoulder. Specifically they want to enlist YOU in a grassroots campaign to craft a visual identity for their boy, FADER cover artist Esau Mwamwaya.
More specifically this is what they said: “We're looking for someone to do the artwork and visual campaign for the Esau Mwamwaya album!! Someone with a great African sense and style but switched up in a real fresh and new way. Something that reflects the music where traditional African meets pop/dance/euro/crunk. We don’t know if we want a picture included in the artwork for album but here’s 2 pics to play with. They're not specifically for the album--the cover could be totally graphic or painted or a collage or something around a picture or whatever. We (are) just looking for someone to show us something with the style that we want, then we'll go into details and develop it into everything we need. The album doesn’t have a title yet but if you want to use a text or title, just do “Esau Mwamwaya is the African Phil Collins.”
Download Esau Mwamwaya photos
So basically it’s an open call for submissions of art-work, kind of like a contest. If they like your shit, you win. If you win, you get to design the Esau Mwamwaya LP cover! Submissions should come to firstname.lastname@example.org, so aspiring painters, collagists, desktop publishers etc. feel free to go crazy.
PS It seems like the happy accident, leave-it-up-to-the-universe approach is working ok for them so far since they met Esau in his junk-shop where Etienne was trying to buy a stuffed shark or something like that, and now he’s the African Phil Collins. Actually he’s better than that and if you have not heard him yet check out “Chilombo” which sounds like the future and will be issued on a limited edition FADER 7” soon. Look for it! And please do not say that we never gave you a piece of the action.