News Brief

Until Black Lives Matter in the U.K. & Worldwide—#ShutDown

Black Lives Matter U.K. is organizing #Shutdown rallies throughout the U.K. on August 5.

Black people in the U.K. are standing in solidarity with their American counterparts, declaring that British black lives matter, specifically those of Sarah Reed, Jermaine Baker, Mzee Mohammad, Sean Rigg, and Kingsley Burrell who have been killed during recent interactions with police.


They're joining a worldwide movement against global white supremacy, a structure that must be dismantled if there can ever be justice and peace (See Brazil, Canada & France).

It’s in response to these crimes committed by police that have gone unpunished, the 57 percent increase in hate crimes since #Brexit and conflicts that Britain has not atoned for such as the 3,034 drownings in the Mediterranean in 2016 alone that Black Lives Matter U.K. is staging simultaneous #Shutdown rallies at Altab Ali Park in London, Alexandra Park in Manchester, St. Peter's Gate in Nottingham, and a TBD location in Birmingham on August 5.

This continues the efforts of organizers and supporters who held the third annual Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March to Parliament in London Monday. At the conclusion of the march, they handed over their “Stop the Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide” petition to mobilize an all-party parliamentary commission that aims to seek reparations for all Afrikans.

In the petition, they outlined the following:

1. To draw attention to Afrikan peoples’ global determination to not let the British State and other perpetrators get away with the crimes of the Maangamizi (Afrikan hellacaust of chattel, colonial and neo-colonial enslavement).

2. To hand in the Stop the Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide petition requesting an All-Party Commission of Inquiry for Truth & Reparatory Justice in order to raise consciousness about the fact that all the attacks on us, in both individual and collective instances, amount to Genocide/Ecocide in Maangamizi continuity necessitating reparations.

3. To increase awareness of the necessity to ‘Stop the Maangamizi’ and its current manifestations such as austerity, attempts to recolonise Afrika, mentacide and deaths in police, psychiatric and prison custody.

4. To demonstrate Afrikan peoples’ strength, capacity and determination to speak to and challenge establishment power with our growing grassroots power to effect and secure reparations (reparatory justice) on our own terms.

5. To highlight Afrikan peoples grassroots demands and initiatives for effecting and securing reparations.

It’s great to see black communities all over the world are continuing the fight of their ancestors for an equitable existence and justice.

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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