The Afro-Anarchist’s Guide to Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Kangsen Feka Wakai   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aShfolR6w8     1. You’ve recently resigned yourself to the fact that at a certain point in a rapper’s career, usually when he/she is already steering the yacht of mainstream success after having surmounted the crab-infested…

Eka Christa and the New School of Cameroonian Cinema

Dzekashu MacViban profiles Eka Christa, showing how her style eschews stereotypical narratives and goes for stories which are simple, delirious, funny, and highly reflective of the Cameroonian society.

[Music Review] Pop, Hip hop and Politics in Olamide and Phyno's 2 Kings

Oris Aigbokhaevbolo Every moment chooses its music. Or maybe it’s the reverse, the music chooses its moment? Anyway, days after Oba Akiolu of Lagos issued a threat targeting Igbos, you could listen to Olamide of Akiolu’s own ethnicity on a…

[Music Review] Ibeyi’s Hypnotic, Kaleidoscopic Debut

Dzekashu MacViban Ibeyi; Feb 17, 2015. XL Recordings.   When I first watched the unsettling video for “River” by Ibeyi ( [pronounced ee-bey-ee] made up of Cuban-born, Paris-based twin sisters, Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz), on Okayafrica, I was first confused,…

[Conversation] Michael Baird: “I’m not a purist, but I want to be able to hear your roots in music”

  Interview by John Wisniewski Born in 1954 in Lusaka, Zambia, and of British nationality, Michael Baird spent his first 10 years in Zambia, then went to England and has been residing in Holland since he was 13. He founded…

[Short Review] Fatoumata Diawara Channels the Innocence and Power that History Associates with her Name

Serubiri Moses ‘Fatou’ is the short form for Fatoumata or Fatouma where I come from. Her name alone has a long history within Islamic cultures: a city was named Fatimah in Portugal during the Moorish period; Fatimah is the name…

[Short Review] The Chairman of Nigerian Hip Hop

  Dzekashu MacViban A skit which is as outrageous as it is hilarious introduces us to MI’s third album, The Chairman, setting the tone for the album’s treatment of its main thematic concern, which is overcoming the travails one encounters…

Le Blanc d’Eyenga 2 and the Burden of a Sequel

Dzekashu MacViban One of the most anticipated movie sequels in Cameroon perhaps delivers as much as it falls short. Thierry Ntamack (middle)     The desire to leave Cameroon for greener pastures, an issue which is ingeniously documented in the…

Jovi; A New Chapter in Cameroonian Hiphop

Kangsen Feka Wakai Last year, the Cameroonian hip-hop scene took a major step in consolidating its place in the African hip-hop world with MuMak’s release of Jovi’s self-produced debut album, H.I.V (Humanity Is Vanishing).   Before Jovi’s emergence, no solo Cameroonian…

A Ugandan MC's intimate keyboard Hip-Hop

Serubiri Moses Originally published in Start When we meet at 2:45 pm, I’m sitting at the grand piano in the Green Room, behind the stage of the National Theatre wondering whether he will make it through the rain, but I’m…

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