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NYC: Angélique Kidjo At BAM's Unbound Literary Series

Angélique Kidjo joins BAM's 'Unbound' literary series Monday, January 27th, in conjunction with the release of her debut memoir 'Spirit Rising.'


Beninese icon Angélique Kidjo is set to take part in BAM and Greenlight Bookstore's Unbound literary series next Monday in conjunction with the recent release of her debut memoir Spirit Rising. The intimate discussion will see the always spectacular, larger than life diva uncovering the hardships and heroism that have led to her becoming one of the world's most respected artists– and not to mention one of the Guardian's "100 most inspiring women." The following day, Tuesday the 28th, also happens to be when Kidjo's latest full-length Eve is due out via 429 Records. Listen to Kidjo perform songs from the upcoming release in studio with WNYC's Soundcheck over here and find more details on the Unbound: Angélique Kidjo event in Brooklyn below.

>>>Stream Angélique Kidjo's Eve on NPR First Listen

>>>Purchase tickets to Unbound: Angélique Kidjo at BAM

Unbound: Angélique Kidjo

Monday, January 27th, 7:30pm

BAM Fisher Fishman Space

321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn, NY

Run Time: 1hr 30min

All Tickets: $20

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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