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BLK JKS' Mpumelelo Mcata Shares The Trailer For His Debut Film 'Black President'

Watch the trailer for BLK JKS' guitarist Mpumelelo Mcata's debut feature film 'Black President.'


Mpumelelo Mcata, the guitarist for South African underground rock outfit BLK JKS, has completed his first feature film Black President, an 86-minute production that premieres at the 65th annual Berlinale film festival on February 7. The film, which follows the plight of young Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai,  concentrates on the notion of 'black guilt.' As its press release states, the feature "question[s] the responsibility of African artists in an ever more globalised universe, where we maybe find ourselves 'playing catch up' to the West as opposed to following our own paths... How much do these complexes and relationships to the ghost of our continent’s violent collective history of oppression, exploitation and struggle haunt us? Is there such a thing as Post Colonialism or indeed Neo Colonialism if Colonialism never ended in the first place?"

Mcata explained his reasons for trying out filmmaking in an e-mail to Okayafrica, "I’ve always associated making music with images, moving images, stories and light of all sorts, so in a sense I’ve been interested in, and making film for a while — music videos are after all how I arrived at my deep love for sound, so this is the next logical step.” Watch the foreboding trailer for Black President, featuring shots of a bullet-ridden car and blood-stained windows, below and read an excerpt from the film's synopsis.

In BLACK PRESIDENT, The White Queen (a character from one of Kudzi’s pieces) personifies the idea of an externalised and internalised Quasi Colonialism when she first appears in a work by Kudzanai Chiurai and then steps out of that frame and into the world of the film.

She soon goes rogue and irritates everyone around her while trying to buy up every African person and object she sees.

How will this end?

When will we Africans stop shooting ourselves in the foot to prove a point about our own agency in relation to the so called Western standard?

Will we the Africans ever rid ourselves of this load?

When will we lynch these ideas?

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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