A-Reece. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

A-Reece Explains Why He Doesn’t Like Doing Interviews

"The questions people got for me, if I answer them, then a n*gga gotta get paid," says A-Reece.

If you are familiar with the goings on of South African hip-hop, then you know very well that A-Reece is hard to reach, and hardly ever does interviews.

The website Slikour On Life has been vocal about Reece not answering his phone when they reached out. Almost every hip-hop journalist and publication (including this one) has a story to tell about reaching out to A-Reece for an interview and never getting anywhere near the popular and talented Pretoria MC. The last interview A-Reece did was with The Plug in July when he graced the publication's cover.

Slikour recently put the man on the spot when he bumped into him at the Castle Light Unlocks event about two weeks ago. Slikour shared a rumor with Reece that the reason the rapper's been avoiding an interview with him for his website is because Reece doesn't like being asked mundane and personal questions.

The MC confirmed the rumor, saying:

"I don't want none of that no more, it gotta be curated. It gotta sound like a storyline, it gotta be well planned. It gotta be well thought-out, it gotta have substance. 'Cause, man, these days, I could tell you right now, the questions people got for me, if I answer them, then a nigga gotta get paid. Because if I tell the story that I got right now, a lot of motherfuckers gon' get paid. You gon' get paid if I tell you what's poppin'?"

Asked by Slikour if he's scared to tell "the story," Reece retorted: "I ain't scared to tell the story, I wanna tell it for my own expedition, I wanna tell it when I wanna tell it. And right now, I feel like it ain't the time, 'cause nobody will understand."

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"The story" is, of course, the 411 on what exactly has been happening with the collective Reece is part of, The Wrecking Crew. For the past few months, the rumor was that the crew was disbanding. The latest development was that two of the crew's members Flame and Ecco left. This was confirmed when The Wrecking Crew Twitter account removed the artists' names from the member listings on their bio.

Last week, A-Reece released the song "Carele$," in which he told fans that his dispute with Flame was over a woman. More about that here.

The MC told Slikour that he's only open to discussing music. "We can talk all day about my music, I'm down for that topic," he said.

Watch the full interview below, and stream Reece's latest project Reece Effect underneath.

Slikour Pulls Up On A-Reece At Castle Lite Unlocks

Photo courtesy of Doble Seis Entertainment

Burna Boy, Teni, AKA, Sho Madjozi, Mr Eazi & More Earn 2019 BET Award Nominations

This year's "Best International Act" categories are stacked with some of the biggest names in African pop.

The nominees for this year's BET Awards have been announced, and one again, some of the biggest names in African pop have been named in the " International Act" categories.

This year, Nigerian acts Burna Boy, Mr Eazi have been nominated in the "Best International Act" category. They've each had standout years, with both artists performing at the Coachella Music Festival this year.

They're nominated alongside South African star rapper AKA, who won a Kids' Choice Award earlier this year for "Favorite South African Star," and the French-Malian pop singer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women Aya Nakamura. French-Cameroonian and Togolese rapper Dosseh and UK rappers Dave, and Giggs round out the heavily-stacked category.

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Photo still courtesy of Chika Okoli.

This New Documentary Sheds Light On the History of a Beloved Nigerian Staple—Agege Bread

'Fresh Agege Bread' by Chika Okoli's FABA gives us a much-needed insight into the popularity of Nigeria's coveted Agege Bread.

This new documentary following Nigeria's own Agege Bread contributes to the need of preserving and documenting food culture on the continent.

In Fresh Agege Bread, directed and produced by filmmaker Chika Okoli of FABA (For Africans By Africans), we follow food researcher Ozoz Sokoh as she traces the history and popularity of Agege Bread featuring its pioneering bakers, community figureheads and locals. The documentary touches on the rise of the booming product as well as addresses some of the controversies around the health and safety measures applied in the production of this staple.

For Okoli, the inability to find such insights about this significant food in Nigerian culture is what inspired her to develop this documentary.

"Agege Bread is so popular in Lagos but shockingly, there is very little information about it online and the same can be said about other cultural elements that are significant to our way of life," she shares with us.

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amA picture taken on May 17, 2019 in Berlin shows a Stone Cross, a key 15th-century navigation landmark erected by Portuguese explorers, seen at the History Museum in Berlin. (Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany to Return Stolen 15th Century Stone Cross to Namibia

Germany's Culture Minister says the move is a "clear sign" that the country is committed to coming to terms with its colonial past.

In the latest development in the movement towards African art repatriation, the German government will return a 15th-century Portuguese stone cross that has been in its possession since the colonial era, back to its original home in Namibia.

The cross was a navigation landmark placed on the coastline of present-day Namibia in 1496, before it was taken in the late 17th century under German colonial rule, BBC Africa reports.

The Namibian government put out a request for its return back in 2017, and the request was formally approved today by the Berlin Museum. The cross is set to be returned in August, according to a statement from the museum.

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