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The Dora Milaje Are Getting Their Own Spin-Off Penned by Nnedi Okorafor and We're Here For It

The first of the three-part story drops this June.

The Dora Milaje, Wakanda's fierce, all-women army who stole the show in Black Panther, are finally getting the storyline they deserve in Marvel's universe.


Vogue reports that Wakanda Forever: The Amazing Spider-Man is a three-part comic and will be written by sci-fi and fantasy author extraordinaire, Nnedi Okorafor. In the storyline, we'll see Okoye, Ayo and Aneka venture to New York to investigate a national security threat, linking up with Spider-Man in the process.

"Typically when you see them, they're with T'Challa, representing and protecting him," Okorafor tells Vogue. "Now you're going to see the Dora Miljae for the first time as an independent entity; they're not under the shadow of the throne."

While in conversation with Vogue, Okorafor expresses how satisfying stepping into comic book writing has been, as she especially takes the challenge to show the humanity of the warriors seriously.

"I'm always interested in a challenge, so writing a narrative where it doesn't feel heavy-handed but I can develop the characters through little subtle things [creates] my favorite moments," Okorafor says. "You feel that you can relate to these characters, and feel they are real, not just iconic, but also human."

Along with Okorafor's words, the illustrations for Wakanda Forever are by Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque and Terry Dodson. The first issue lands this June.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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