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Cinemafrique: Idris Elba In 'Beasts Of No Nation,' Africa Movie Academy Award Winners, 'Painting Cape Town' + More

The latest in Okayafrica's Cinemafrique series features African film & TV news on Idris Elba in 'Beasts Of No Nation,' AMAA Winners + more.


Welcome to the fourth installment of our new Cinemafrique series, where every other Thursday we highlight the latest film and television news from throughout Africa and the diaspora. This week we take a look at Idris Elba's forthcoming war flick Beasts Of No Nation, South African funnyman David Kau's superhero comedy Sekwankwetla, a satirical mini-documentary starring the FOKN Bois, the big winners at the 2014 Africa Movie Academy Awards and a visual exploration of street art in Cape Town. Click on for the full scoop.

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Emile YX? Wants to 'Reconnect The String'

The father of South African hip-hop's latest book release is here to teach you about the culture.

As a father-figure in South African hip-hop, there's a lot Emile Lester Jansen, aka Emile YX?, knows. He'll also tell you, there's a lot he doesn't. But the knowledge Emile has gained, over his 3 decades in music, he's always tried to share with others. His latest project is no different. The Black Noise founder is working on a book that identifies the similarities between Bushmen expression and hip-hop, and how this knowledge can help empower anyone who has a love of the culture.

The book, which will be called Reconnect The String, comes on the back of this year's 21st anniversary of the African Hip Hop Indaba, one of the landmark hip hop events in Cape Town created by Emile, which has helped many an artist launch their career. As a teacher and a musician, he's long been involved in using hip hop to uplift communities—first through the seminal group Black Noise, founded in the late 1980s, with its rhymes rallying against Apartheid, and then through the Heal the Hood organization, a non-profit that grew out of the group's efforts to use its love of hip hop to fuel youth development initiatives in townships on the Cape Flats.

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