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Cinemafrique: 'Half Of A Yellow Sun' Finally Gets A Nigerian Release, SA Blaxploitation Flick 'Joe Bullet,' Oakland's Matatu Film Festival + More

The latest in Okayafrica's Cinemafrique features African film and TV news on Half Of A Yellow Sun's Nigerian debut, Joe Bullet and more.


Welcome to the latest installment of Okayafrica's Cinemafrique series. Every other Thursday we highlight the latest film and television news from throughout Africa and the diaspora. This week we take a look at the life and legacy of anti-apartheid activist Andrew Mlangeni as told by Future Sound of Mzansi filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba, Half Of A Yellow Sun's impending Nigerian theatrical release (finally!), what's screening at Oakland's second ever Matatu Film Festival, the New York African Film Festival's free and outdoor Cinema Under The Stars movie/music series and the lifting of a forty year ban on one of South Africa's first blaxploitation movies. Click on for the full scoop.

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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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