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Badi & Boddhi Satva Confront Tradition and Colonization Through Dance in 'Integration’

Watch Belgian-Congolese rapper Badibanga Ndeka and 'Ancestral Soul' producer Boddhi Satva's new music video.

Belgian-Congolese rapper Badibanga Ndeka and Central African producer Boddhi Satva want you to think while you're dancing.


Their new single “Integration” repurposes the synth beat to one of Boddhi Satva’s biggest hits, “Who Am I,” with Badi continuing the original track’s critique of society and talking about the struggles of consolidating one's tradition with colonization in a modern identity.

The Brussels-based Badi describes himself as “Belgicain,” a meeting point between his parents home of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Belgium.

“We live in our contradictions, between ndombolo and religions. Locked in our traditions, fruits of colonisation,” the rapper mentions of his new single.

Watch the striking black-and-white visuals above. “Integration” is available now on iTunes.

Screen grab from "Integration."

 

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In this op-ed, OkayAfrica contributor Aude Konan reflects on the progression of diversity in French cinema a year after the Noire N'est Pas Mon Métier demonstration at Cannes Film Festival.

A year ago, 16 French actresses of African descent walked the red carpet at Cannes to talk about a new project they authored, Noire N'est Pas Mon Métier (Being Black Is Not My Job), where they shared their experiences with racism and sexism in the film industry.

In an era where the movements #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite gained global momentum and led to some change in the Academy Awards, it was a first considering that outside of Aissa Maïga, French actresses seldom get any visibility and speaking out against racism put them at risk of being blacklisted, like the actor Luc Saint Eloi's unfortunate experience 20 years ago.

The red carpet moment was generally well received in France and in the rest of the world, with the main actresses getting large media coverage with features in Le Monde, Le Figaro and even Vogue U.S. The presidents of the Cannes Film Festival welcomed the actresses. No promises were made by any of the gatekeepers in French cinema, but the actresses were hopeful.

Since the book's release, the actresses have been busy working, some of them lucky enough to be able to portray fully fledged characters, others being reduced to play the "black woman" stereotype over and over again. Recently, one of them, Karidja Touré, well known for being in the film Girlhood, mentioned that she was pretty good at mimicking an "African accent." Semantics aside—and the fact that there is no such a thing as an African accent, as Africa is still not a country—it is pretty revealing: despite the wonderful coverage these actresses had, has the movement contributed to any change?

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Akwaeke Emezi's debut, Freshwater, took the literary world by storm when it was released just last year.

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