The Minimalist Aesthetic in Ayriq Akam’s New Songs

Dzekashu MacViban   Ayriq Akam’s experimental hip hop goes from soulful to minimalist       Perhaps best known for “Bienvenue au Cameroun”, a hip hop song with a soulful influence released in 2010 to wide acclaim, Ayriq Akam can…

BrymO's Lagosian fiction in Merchants, Dealers & Slaves

Serubiri Moses     [Music Review] Reading BrymO’s Lagosian fiction in Merchants, Dealers & Slaves Serubiri Moses Merchants, Dealers & Slaves evokes the confident move of the artist defining their own journey as a songwriter and performer. This is what…

African Sacredness, When Fiction Becomes Reality

                                                    Serubiri Moses   “No one who loves life would wish to imitate her dedication to martyrdom  nor would wish it for his children nor for anyone else whom he loves.” – Susan Sontag, Simone Weil (New York Review of…

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Is Hip-Hop’s future in Africa?  Is Kwaito the stepchild of early eighties Chicago House and New Orleans Bounce? Is the Hip-Life duo, PSquare, heirs to Fela’s throne?  Has African music lost its soul?  What is African music? Is reggae still…

Editorial 02

A new partnership marked the beginning of the year, as The Ofi Press Magazine, edited by Jack Little, joined forces with Bakwa and there is a collaborative issue forthcoming in December, wherein Bakwa will showcase Mexican writers while the Ofi…

Q & A with Ntone Edjabe on Chimurenga, Fela, and Politics

  “By developing editorial projects together and assisting each other in areas such as distribution, we quietly mainstream our own aesthetics and reduce our dependency on the global publishing system” Ntone Edjabe   Interviewed by Dzekashu MacViban     Ntone…

Ikhide Ikheloa: People Take Me a Lot More Seriously than I am Willing to Take Myself.

  “The West has made stars out of Diaspora writers and made them Africa’s voices. I have a problem with that.” Ikheloa Ikhide     Interviewed by Emmanuel Iduma  I have not always agreed with Ikhide Ikheloa. So when I…

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