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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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South African Filmmaker Carmen Sangion Unpacks Her Short Film 'Uncertainty'

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During the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, nine filmmakers isolating in various parts of the world came together for a collective experiment. The global team of female filmmakers worked on short films which formed part of the anthology One(Nine), a nine-chapter project of perspectives and experiences — real, unreal, fiction, non-fiction and everything in between.

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