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Cecile Emeke's 'Ackee & Saltfish' Returns With Episode 3, 'The Carpet Shop'

UK filmmaker Cecile Emeke's new weekly web series about two friends in London, 'Ackee & Saltfish,' returns with episode 3, "The Carpet Shop."


Vanessa Babirye (front) and Michelle Tiwo as Rachel and Olivia in ‘Ackee & Saltfish'

In February UK filmmaker Cecile Emeke's dialogue-focused Ackee & Saltfish debuted as a short film and subsequently as a weekly web series. "Emeke’s portrayal of two young Black women is unlike anything else on TV or the web right now," Okayafrica contributor Adwoa Afful wrote in her review on the project. "Yet something about it feels familiar. There’s no contrived romantic subplot, no barriers the characters need to overcome, no existential crises they need to work through. Rather, Emeke has the confidence and skill to let her characters do what two young Black women are so rarely allowed to do on screen – just hang out."

So far in the series we've seen best friends Rachel (Vanessa Babirye) and Olivia (Michelle Tiwo) banter over Lauryn Hill concert tickets and the desirability of "back bread" (the star and end slices in a loaf of bread). Now, the show returns with its third installment, "The Carpet Shop." The latest episode is a fly-on-the-wall look at what happens when rain in Holloway causes the friends to seek shelter inside an empty carpet shop. Catch up on episode one, "The Lauryn Hill Tickets," and episode two, "Breakfast," and subscribe to the full series. Watch episode three of Ackee & Saltfish, "The Carpet Shop," below, and stay tuned for our continuing coverage as episodes become available each week.

>>>Read: Okayafrica's interview with Cecile Emeke

>>>Read: UK Filmmaker Cecile Emeke’s Portrayal Of Two Young Black Women In Ackee & Saltfish Is Unlike Anything Else On Screen

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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