Film

Film: The Rhythm of My Life: Ismael Sankara

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The Rhythm Of My Life: Ismael Sankara is a 20 minute musical short documentary that tells the story of how a young Burkina Faso-born American rapper and two Gabonese beatmakers meet in an unlikely manner and change the course of their careers. Filmmakers Franck Onouviet and Marc Tchicot, capture a wonderful story of this chance meeting and the music that comes from these authentic artists. Audience award winner at the 7th edition of the European Independent Film Festival in Paris (after projections at the Cannes festival, the BET UrbanWorld in New-York and the CinemAfrica in Stockholm), the documentary is, since April 30th, available for streaming in its entirety HERE . Peep the video for Ismael "Ish" Sankara's "Real Africans" off the album T.R.O.M.LIFE which will be out soon. Follow Ismael on Twitter and Tumblr. And like the movie on Facebook.

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For more great Film & TV content from Africa, check out Buni.tv, a great resource for media from the continent.

 

"SA Rappers Out Here Killing Y'all," M.I Abaga On Nigerian Rappers

M.I has fueled a debate about the state Nigerian hip-hop with his latest song, "You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Life."

Nigerian star M.I Abaga is back with a punch and taking aim at all of his fellow Nigerian rappers.

The track—which sees M.I. drop lines like "none of you rappers is real enough... that's why these fans are not feeling ya'll," "SA rappers out here killing ya,ll," and "rappers are singing now just to get popular, yuck"—has sparked a debate across social media on the current state of Nigerian hip-hop.

There's been some calling out M.I for not supporting young Nigerian rappers like big rappers do in South Africa. These years have seen the likes of Cassper Nyovest and other big SA stars supporting younger talent.

Others, however, have taken up the challenge and started responding to M.I's track over the "Fix Up Your Life" instrumental. M.I's been retweeting the responses and, in a way, the track's been getting a lot of the young rappers M.I calls out some more attention.

M.I and his label Chocolate City have also been in the news lately over suing Nas for not delivering a good verse.

What do you think? Is Nigerian hip-hop in decline?

See some choice tweets below.

Video: Looking at the Roots of IsiPantsula Culture Through Some of Its Leading Voices

This new video shows us why South African Pantsula is much more than just a dance move.

Pantsula is more than just a dance, it's a cultural movement and it's being revived through enthusiastic South African youth.

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In Photos: Migos' Culture Tour in Johannesburg

ATL trio Migos' Culture Tour had two South African stops–in Durban on Friday and Johannesburg on Saturday.

We attended the Joburg leg of the tour, and the group didn't disappoint, although the event itself was unacceptably disorganized. South African rappers Riky Rick and Nasty C gave great performances, especially the latter.

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