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Afrikan Boy Performs At A Migrant Camp In Calais, France In ‘Border Business The Documentary’

In Afrikan Boy's 'Border Business The Documentary' the Nigerian MC visits a refugee camp in Calais, France where he connects and performs.


Last month we shared Afrikan Boy’s “Border Business,” a single about the plight of Nigerian immigrants in London. The rapper readdresses the issue in Border Business The Documentary, a 15-minute video which follows Afrikan Boy as he heads to a refugee camp in Calais, France that currently holds 4,000 migrants seeking asylum in neighboring countries.

While there, the artist connects with young camp dwellers from Sudan and elsewhere who share details about what the journey to Calais was like and discuss their hopes for the future. The documentary also includes clips from Afrikan Boy’s rousing performance that took place during his visit.

Border Business The Documentary gives a glimpse into daily life at the camp, offering a humanizing view of a place commonly referred to as “The Jungle.” “People are still being human, being people and it just so happens that this is a part of their journey. It’s also humbling to see that humanity and dignity hasn’t been lost” says Afrikan Boy.

View the full documentary below and revisit Afrikan Boy’s “Border Business” single.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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