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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Will Be At This Year’s Abantu Book Festival In Soweto

The author will be in the good company of many black authors and artists.

Accomplished Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is on the lineup for this year's Abantu Book Festival. The festival, which started in 2016, celebrates the black literary space, as it strictly hosts black writers and artists.


Ngozi Adichie will be in conversation with Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola during the festival on the 7th of December.

Also on the lineup, there will be Lala Shoneyin, Bibi Bakare Yusuf, Odafe Atogun, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Kwezilomso Mbandazayo, Fred Khumalo, Kagiso Lesego Molope, among others.

Abantu Book Festival, which spans a whole four days, includes poetry and musical performances, writing and publishing workshops, panel discussions and in-conversations, dance and well as film-screenings.

The festival will take place between the 6th and 9th of December.

The day events, which are free for all, are held at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Mofolo, and the night sessions at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani.

You can buy tickets to Abantu Book Festival here.

Keep up with the festival on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and its official website.

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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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