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Binyavanga Wainaina Writes About That Place


Today Okayafrica took its late ass over to The Strand to buy writer and cultural activist Binyavanga Wainaina's coming-of-age memoir “One Day I Will Write About This Place.” The author is perhaps best known for his satirical and snarky essay How to Write About Africa ("make sure you show how Africans have music and rhythm deep in their souls, and eat things no other humans eat...").  His autobiographical novella “Discovering Home” was awarded the 2002 Caine Prize. His most noticeable features? The blue stripe-y hair and the boisterous laugh.

The book was sold out. Yes, the New York Times warned us "skip this review and head directly to the bookstore" - but what can we say? It's August. It's hot. We've been on vacay.

FAIL.

Run, people. Do not sleep on this.

 

 

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Interview: 808x On Crafting Different Sounds For the Diverse Innanetwav Roster

808x, the in-house producer for South Africa's popular hip-hop collective/label Innanetwav, breaks down his working process with artists and the importance of energy.

Reflecting on the early days of Cash Money Records during a conversation with legendary New Orleans producer Mannie Fresh earlier this year, Lil Wayne said:

"When we started, record labels had one producer for the whole record label. Meaning that Mannie Fresh produced every song on every album, from the intro to the artist."

Some labels, groups and collectives still observe that tradition. It, however, takes a producer with such versatility they could be mistaken to be different personalities altogether.

Joburg-based producer 808x is a great example of that type of producer. Being the in-house producer and engineer for one of the country's most versatile collectives and contemporary hip-hop labels, Innanetwav, 808x has to craft beats that slice through the spectrum of genres with inimitable fluidity and creativity.

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Namibia Announces Special Court in Response to #ShutItDown Protests

Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has announced the establishment of a special court to deal with sexual and gender-based violence but protestors are skeptical and continue to call for further action.