Ogulu launches NFT For Good Collection Jigsaw Tribe on Binance NFT Marketplace

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Ugo Aliogo

Binance, announced that London-based Nigerian artist-musician NISSI OGULU has launched “Jigsaw Tribe”. The exclusive NFT For Good collection was made available on the Binance NFT Marketplace in conjunction with Binance Charity on May 30, 2022.

The digital art series features a collection of unique pieces exploring Africa’s musical heritage through ancient yet vibrant instruments, “Jigsaw Tribe”. He explores the different facets of life and music, each represented as a puzzle piece.

“With ‘Jigsaw Tribe’, my intention is to take you across the continent to experience handcrafted musical instruments, in all their colorful glory, that may not be known to the rest of the world. The pieces also reflect the tradition music of Africa, with its astonishing sounds, in a hyper-contemporary and lively artistic expression. said Nissi.

This NFT collection includes NFTs with varying levels of rarity and price, value-added utilities include invitations to live events and art exhibits to concessions on signed and printed digital artwork and privileges whitelist for future NFT drops.

The series of exclusive artworks will be sold in a premium auction on Binance NFT Marketplace between May 30e and June 20e, 2022. This is the latest collaboration for Binance Charity’s NFT For Good campaign, an initiative that empowers world-renowned creators to convert their art and creativity into meaningful global action targeting social and humanitarian issues. As part of this, a percentage of the profits will go to The Reach, an initiative of the Ogulu family which provides 6,000 meals per month to disadvantaged people in Nigeria, as well as other ad hoc community initiatives.

Helen Hai, Executive Vice President of Binance and Head of Binance Charity, said, “Binance Charity’s NFT for Good initiative connects creators, their art, and their cause. Jigsaw Tribe is another exciting example of this and it’s beautiful to see the series merging tradition and technology. Having spent many years working in Africa, the region, the people and their culture hold a special place in my heart. I am delighted that we can collaborate with Nissi in a tribute to his legacy.

Born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, into a very creative family, Nissi’s older brother is Burna Boy (nicknamed “the African Giant”) and his grandfather is Benson Idonije who was an Afrobeat legend and the manager of Fela Kuti. She credits entertainment business mogul, Bose Ogulu, her mother, whom she describes as a “powerhouse”, for her and her brother’s flair for creativity and innovative thinking. Her sister, Ronami, is also a genius in the world of fashion and creative strategy.

As an artist, Nissi has worked with a variety of mediums but has found her niche in the world of fine art with her unconventional, contemporary painting style and innovative art design. She further expanded her deep involvement in the digital realm with her founding of Creele Animation Studios, which creates black and African content with storytelling through animation, music, metaverse and games.

“What excites me is that African music and culture is finally getting the fame and success it so deserves as an integral part of global music and creativity. Thus, the collection is my artistic vision to bring the continent’s vibrant musical tradition and full creative brilliance to the world, this time in a lively way,” Nissi said.

To participate in this charity auction in support of Binance Charity, traders must open a cryptocurrency account at binance.com and bid for the artwork at https://www.binance.com/en/ nft between May 30, 2022 (12:00pm CAT) and ends June 20, 2022 (12:00pm CAT). Transactions will be accepted in BNB, the cryptocurrency coin that powers the Binance ecosystem.

1. An African playground: The conga, aka tumbadora, is a tall, narrow, single-skinned drum from Cuba. Although the exact origins of the conga drum are unknown, scholars agree that it was developed by Cubans of African descent in the late 19th century or early 20th century. Its ancestors would be the yuka and makuta (of Bantu origin) and the bembe drums (of Yoruba origin). Congas were originally used in Afro-Cuban musical genres such as conga (hence their name) and rumba, where each drummer played a single drum. Congas have become a popular instrument in many forms of Latin music such as son (when played by conjuntos), descarga, Afro-Cuban jazz, salsa, songo, merengue, and Latin rock .

2. “Gan-Gan”: Instrument of the percussion family originating from West Africa. This hourglass-shaped drum dates back to ancient times and is known by a variety of names, including gangan in Yoruba and doodo in Songhai. They are called “talking drums” because they can be tuned to mimic the sound of human speech in terms of tone and emphasis such as emotion.

3. GROT: A griot is a West African storyteller, singer, musician and oral historian. They train to excel as speakers, lyricists and musicians. The griot keeps records of all births, deaths and marriages across the village or family generations. Griots live today in many regions of West Africa and are present among the Mandé peoples (Mandinka or Malinké, Bambara, etc.), Hausa, Songhaï, Tukulóor, Wolof, Sérère, Mossi, Dagomba and many other smaller groups. In addition to being singers and social commentators, griots are often skilled instrumentalists. Their instruments include the kora, khalam (or xalam), goje (or n’ko in the Mandinka language), balafon, junjung and ngoni.

4. Hammar: This horn from the Hamar tribe of Ethiopia is usually played during jumping ceremonies where women and girls go into a frenzy through their dancing, singing and the sound of the horn as their traditional ritual of strength is performed.

5. MAMA CHIVOTI: This instrument is the only one of its kind found in Kenya. It is longer than most wind or string instruments, made of bamboo, and resembles a six-hole flute. It is mainly used as a soft outro instrument in a musical routine.

6. NZumari: The Zumari instrument also known as the Nzumari from the east coast of Africa, southern Somalia, is a double conical wooden or horn and metal reed having four to six finger holes. In East Africa, the spread of the cone oboe probably started from Lamu Island and some Mijikenda ethnic groups on the Kenyan coast.

seven. SOFT TAMBOURINE: Musical instrument from the percussion family consisting of a frame (wood or plastic) with metallic ringing called “zills”. The origin of the tambourine is unknown, but it appears in historical writings as early as 1700 BC. AD and was used by ancient musicians in West Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Greece and India. Tambourines were also used in ancient Egypt.

8. ZULU HORN: An African horned trumpet can be made from the horn of most animals, such as the elephant horns used by the Akan people of Ghana (made before the legal ban on the use of ivory) or a cow horn, as in the “side blow”. Ugandan trumpet known as the eng’ombe. A traditional African horn trumpet may appear more in ceremonial or ritual music than in popular music. Zulu warriors blow antelope horns known as kudu horns.

9. TO MY FANS: A special NFT love letter to Nissi fans, focusing on her journey from childhood to adulthood and the pieces of the puzzle – the inspirations in her life – that made her the artist and musician she is today.

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