Audio

Audio: Society HAE's Afrika21 Mixtape

With Afrika21, Society HAE are creating a massive platform to introduce 21 of Africa's emerging young creatives in the fields of art, music, fashion and film. The Afrika21 project will give audiences a firsthand look at 21st century contemporary African culture, and open up a new dialogue about Africa as a go-to market place for creative synergy. The first product off this project is the AFRIKA21 MIXTAPE, a monthly mixtape that will feature songs highlighting the work of Africa's young musicians who are re-defining African music and the continent in general. Listen to and download the first mixtape below, featuring some of our faves including Baloji, Nneka, tabi Bonney, and more.


The Afrika21 Mixtape vol. 1 by afrika21

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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