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African Films at Sundance 2013

First in a series of previews and reviews of African-directed and African-themed films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.


By our count, there are 9 African films showing in Park City, Utah this year — as in films by African directors or dealing with African themes. That's a big crop for the Sundance Film Festival (see Africa's A Country on previous years' slim pickings). There's only one narrative feature by an African director in the competition, but it looks like all three of the documentaries depart from the 'Westerner-makes-film-about-Africans-and-draws-on-stale-and-tired-tropes' model. The shorts category boasts promising newcomers: Frances Bodomo's Boneshaker is the story of a Ghanaian-American family looking for traces of home in Louisiana, while Fyzal Boulifa's The Curse deftly sidesteps the Orientalist imagery associated with the Maghreb. Click through for our reviews of the 5 shorts, and check out our previews in the following pages.

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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