Still from film 'Angelica.'

These 9 Films Prove Caribbean Cinema Is On the Rise

A recap of nine standout films hailing from the Caribbean featured at this year's Pan-African Film Festival.

Islanders made their mark on films from all geographic regions at the 2018 Pan-African Film Festival. This festival's selections captured the evolution of language, spiritual practices, food and art of a people whose descendants were forcefully removed from the African continent. Caribbean tales bridged the waters that lie between the African continent and the Americas. The story of the transatlantic holocaust of enslavement that began in the mid-15th century and brought some Africans to the Caribbean region echoes in the voices of the present-day inhabitants. The region's soca music moved festival goers at the opening night's party as well as in the final night's screening. As usual, you could count on the Caribbean artists to deliver both education and entertainment.

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Patoranking "Available" video.

Is South Africa's Gqom Music Taking Over Nigerian Pop?

We investigate the rise of gqom sounds in Nigerian pop songs from Patoranking, D'banj, Niniola and others.

South Africa's buzzing sound, 'gqom,' is taking over Nigerian pop. A subgenre of house, gqom originates from the Zulu dominated neighbourhoods of Durban, the country's second largest city, and is characterised by its starkness and skeletal framework, believed to reflect the social and living conditions of the townships. Big name proponents include Babes Wodumo, Distruction Boyz, DJ Maphorisa, and DJ Lag, the self-named "Gqom King."

Ever ready to hop on a big wave, an increasing number of Nigerian pop artists are adopting gqom productions, the most prominent examples being "Available" by Patoranking, "Issa Banger" by D'banj and "Leg Work" by Niniola. Others have been "Jacurb Dance" by MC Galaxy and "Craze" by Sololo, Orezi and Mystro.

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Photo by Logor Oluwamuyiwa.

This Is What Happens When You Strip Lagos of Its Vibrant Color

"Monochrome Lagos," an ongoing project of photographer Logor Oluwamuyiwa, challenges us to see his buzzing city in a different light.

Logor Oluwamuyiwa completely strips a place of its color. The photographer's ongoing project, Monochrome Lagos, forces the viewer to pay close attention to the city's details in the absence of a critical component.

His visual diary that he began in 2013 is a study of the very soul of Lagos—and it's refreshing and raw.
He weaves in and out of his city's streets, capturing its edifices, people and everyday occurrences. His poignant point of view shines through his work, as well as his passion as he subtly dissects Lagos' social divide and identity.

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