Audio

Lamin Fofana's Chinua Achebe Tribute

Stream Lamin Fofana's two-part Chinua Achebe homage, in commemoration of his first post-humous birthday.


This Saturday, November 16 will be Chinua Achebe's first post-humous birthday since his passing last March. BK-based Sierra Leonean producer Lamin Fofana commemorates the date with this two-part Achebe tribute. Lamin explained it best himself:

I wanted to pay homage to the late Professor Chinua Achebe, Africa's foremost writer and one of the most important writers of the 20th century. His work influenced me immensely; my sense of identity, vision of Africa, the power of storytelling, having a voice, dignity, and grace. I read Chike and the River when I was ten years old. Nearly two decades later, I continue to draw inspiration from his novels and essays including Arrow of God and Home and Exile. It is by total coincidence that I'm revealing this now - but it is fitting that November 16, 2013 is the first post-humous birthday of Chinua Achebe.

"Homage (Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.)" is something I made earlier this year, around the time of Achebe's passing. It is composed almost entirely of samples from  cassette I got from the WFMU library.

"Grace (Binyavanga Wainaina Remembers Chinua Achebe)" is an appropriated/hijacked audio of acclaimed writer Binyavanga Wainaina talking about Chinua Achebe with some natural sounds and music add. Binyavanga is also a hero. He played at the release party for my last EP.

Stream Lamin Fofana's Chinua Achebe tribute below and download it over at his label Sci-Fi & Fantasy.

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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