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Film: Black British Experimental Fantasy 'Touch'

Check out a teaser for the new British short film "Touch" by Nigerian director Shola Amoo: A science-fiction project that tells the story of Jessica and George.


Above is the short teaser of "Touch," a new experimental film coming out of London. A venture to explore a different genre than most black directors, Nigerian Shola Amoo states that he wanted to create a film that reflected the variety in his taste:

I was tired of not seeing actors of color in the type of films I liked, whether it was art house or a lo-fi science fiction / fantasy film. I also noted that not a lot of these type of films were being made by black directors too. The actual story itself is quite crazy and again came from a mishmash of different influences ranging from random 80s based aesthetics, an interest in how the modern world and nature balances - and modern relationships in a technological world.

"Touch" tells the story of Jessica and George. "The two meet in an open field at a specific time and place everyday. George is in love – but unbeknownst to him, Jessica hides a devastating secret. As Jessica’s feelings for George grow, she must make an important decision that will change her life forever." We already love the look of the film and the breath taking cinematography. Check out the Facebook page to stay up to date on the film and possible screenings in upcoming festivals.

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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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