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Blitz the Ambassador's 'The Burial of Kojo' Will Make Its World Premiere at the Urbanworld Film Festival

This is the musician's first go at bringing complex and beautiful stories about Ghanaian life to the big screen.

After much anticipation, Ghanaian musician Blitz the Ambassador's debut feature film will hit the big screen this September.

The Burial of Kojo will make its world premiere on September 21 as part of the World Cinema Narrative Features program at the 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival, Variety reports.

Blitz also added when making the announcement on Twitter that a Q&A will follow after the screening.

The film tells the story of two brothers—Kwabena and Kojo. Kwabena seeks revenge on his brother after Kojo kills Kwabena's bride in a car accident on the day of their wedding. Kwabena then knocks Kojo unconscious; throwing him in a mineshaft to die. Kojo's wife and Detective Koomson race against the clock to find Kojo before it's too late.

The Burial of Kojo is also inspired by the illegal small-scale gold mining industry in Ghana, often refrerred to as galamsey.

"Instead of centering the issues, I centered the people, which is seldom done when Hollywood makes films about Africa," he tells OkayAfrica back in October 2017. "Our objective was to capture the beauty, even when the circumstances weren't beautiful."

We touched base with Blitz as he neared the end of his Kickstarter campaign and began post-production of the film thanks to the funds raised. To read further on The Burial of Kojo, click here.

(Photo by Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images)

Blitz the Ambassador Named 2020 Guggenheim Fellow

The Ghanaian artist and filmmaker is among 175 "individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

Ghanaian filmmaker Blitz Bazawule, also known as Blitz the Ambassador has been named a 2020 Guggenheim fellow.

The musician, artist and director behind he critically acclaimed film The Burial of Kojo, announced the news via social media on Thursday, writing: "Super excited to announce I've been awarded the Guggenheim 2020 Fellowship. Truly grateful and inspired."

He is among 175 scholars, "appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation's ninety-sixth competition," says the Guggenheim.

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Here are seven South African punk bands you should check out.

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