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This Documentary Takes You Inside the Politics of Blackness in Latin America

The documentary tackles the tension among black and brown people through a series of interviews.

DIASPORAAldo Villegas, known by his stage name Bocafloja, is a rapper, poet, musician and social activist, based in New York city.


He recently directed a documentary called Nana Dijo; Irresolute Radiography of Black Consciousness, which is about race politics regarding Blackness in the context of Latin America.

“I am of African and indigenous descent born in Mexico, so colonialism and body politics is something I’ve dealt with personally,” says Bocafloja in an e-mail to OkayAfrica.

The documentary tackles the tension among black and brown people through a series of interviews with black and Latino individuals of all ages. The subjects share their thoughts on blackness and anecdotes of when they experienced prejudice in their communities because of their skin color. 

The documentary was originally released in released in 2016, mostly at film festivals and colleges all over the US, Europe and Latin America. It was finally released on Youtube this month.

Nana Dijo; Irresolute Radiography of Black Consciousness is a poignant and honest film that shows both sides of racial tension among black and brown people. It has artistic shots and cutaways, and is a good entry point to conversations people of color all around the world need to have.

Watch Nana Dijo; Irresolute Radiography of Black Consciousness below.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

The 15 Best South African Summer Songs of 2018

These are the hits South Africans will be losing their morals to this December.

In summer, especially the month of December, South Africa becomes something else.

December (or should we say Dezemba) is a lifestyle of some sort, where people forget about their troubles, work… pretty much everything and become shamelessly hedonistic—and we are totally here for that.

But there's nothing that makes Dezemba more memorable than the songs of the summer. It's those songs that are a permanent fixture on every South African's playlist as they take a break from a long and stressful year (2018 has been a lot!).

Below, we list some songs that have potential to be the soundtrack to December in South Africa. Some have already picked up in the past few months, while others are teeming with potential.

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Photo: Sipho the Gift.

Watch Sipho the Gift's New Music Video for 'Hold Up'

The talented South African MC drops a vibrant visual for his latest single.

Sipho the Gift is the budding South African rapper who is known for his bold and thought-provoking lyricism.

He just released the music video for "Hold Up," his groovy new single.

"It's a song about young love and I wanted that to translate through to the visuals by telling a love story," he tells us.

Shot in Cape Town by Jasyn Howes with the help of VideoCartel, this video captures the subtle joys of youth and romance.

Check out Sipho the Gift's new music video for "Hold Up" below.

You can also watch the music video in full over at iTunes.

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A Film Based on a Novel by Acclaimed Kenyan Author Ngugi wa Thiong'o Is In the Works

Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan is developing Ngugi's novel "Matigari" with Kenyan and South African filmmakers.

A novel by Kenya's own Ngugi wa Thiong'o is being adapted to a film, Brittle Paper reports.

Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan shared at the Africa Movie Academy Awards that Ngugi's 1987 work, Matigari, is in development with Kenyan and South African filmmakers, who have yet to be revealed.

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