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Meet Duro Arts, the Man Behind Your Favorite Afrobeats Album Covers

He started his career at the nascent stages of the Afrobeats phenomenon, and he’s played a seminal role in creating the visual images of today’s biggest Nigerian musicians. Working with the likes of Olamide, Phyno and Falz, he has designed album covers that have defined their images and gained accolades as true works of art. “I did some illustrations during the End SARS protests last year, but I’m not going to say I’m a political artist. It was a moment where it was time to get political. I remember when I worked with Falz on his 2019 album Moral Instruction, although it was an alternative cover, I loved it because it was a bit political, and I was able to express some political thoughts. I believe in us speaking up, our most vocal platform, Twitter, recently got banned, but I believe art is another way of communicating. Our art cannot be regulated and, as artists, we have to keep speaking up against the government.”