“Straight outta Lockdown / The Freedom Prints” is a series of vintage Mode 2 prints (from the mid 2000s to the early 2010s), hand-painted or hand-sprayed in 2020, and re-numbered in very limited runs.
“THIS!” is the third release of the series and by far the oldest print, having been published in 2003 by PoW in London.
Based on a flyer for the “THIS!” parties at Bar Rumba initially drawn in Mode 2’s blackbook, the motive was digitally printed in quadtone and has been hand-sprayed by Mode 2 in June 2020 with 3 matching tones of Belton.
The final run of this new series amounts to 24 prints only, signed and numbered.
The first series of 3 HPM prints will be available on Thursday, July 9th, at 18:00 CET on the Urban Spree online shop and in the galerie in Berlin.
Digital print on 300g/sm archival paper
Originally published by Pictures on Walls (PoW) in 2003
We couldn’t be more stoked than this: Don’t miss the unique chance to see one of East Africa’s leading and most legendary dance orchestras to play Berlin for the very first time: To celebrate their 40th birthday, Kenya’s Orchestre Les Mangelepa will embark on the their debut European tour this summer.
With their subtle and laid back rumba styles featuring super sweet three-way harmony vocals, Mangelepa will take you back to an era in which Congolese rumba was the ruling the airwaves and charts of an entire continent.
Originally hailing from Eastern Congo, fate and the will survive led the musicians on a winding odyssey from their home Lubumbashi via Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania to finally arrive in Nairobi, where they would become the rave of town, at times the most loved and now longest running dance band: Les Mangelepa have released more than 13 albums and penned some of East Africa’s most popular songs. Giants of their time, they kept fans busy producing hit after hit – their brilliant arrangements and superbly crafted tunes kept legions all over Africa shaking their hips to thieir unmistakable beat.
Adam Isbell (Racubah / No Nation, UK) will play a special East African DJ set starting at 20:00 in the Biergarten – the concert will start at around 22:00 inside!