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Audio: Ray Stephen Oche And His Matumbo


Nigerian trumpeter/singer/percussionist Ray Stephen Oche spent a large part of the 1950s in Ghana. While living there he linked up with Afro-jazz pioneer Guy Warren, "who is supposed to have delivered him the secret of the authentic african rhythm." Along with His Matumbo, a group of musicians from Congo, Togo, Guinea, Gambia and Brazil, Oche recorded the afro-jazz and funk gem LP Interpretation of the Original Rhythm. The album was originally only released in France, but it's now being reissued globally by the folk at Favorite Recordings. Stream album cut "Odeiyolaoo" below and grab the LP now.

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While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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