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Congo In Harlem Film Series Returns October 16th-26th

The 2014 Congo In Harlem film series returns to Harlem's Maysles Cinema in October for a weeklong showcase of Congolese arts and culture.


The sixth installment of Congo In Harlem kicks off next week (Thursday, October 16th) featuring an array of feature films, documentaries and animated shorts to be screened at Harlem's Maysles Cinema. The curators behind the weeklong film and event series, which launched in 2009, have compiled an engaging series of panel discussions, art exhibitions, musical performances and filmmaker Q&A sessions that offer attendees the chance to partake in dialogue that will broaden their perspective on the cultural, environmental and socio-political issues facing the DRC today.

Some highlights from the preliminary screening schedule include the opening night 20-minute short Sister Oyo, directed by prolific Congolese documentary filmmaker Monique Mbeka Phoba, Orlando von Einseidel’s documentary Virunga– which looks at the conservation efforts of a group of park rangers living and working at the DRC’s Virunga National Park amidst armed conflict– and a special presentation of archival footage from Muhammed Ali and George Foreman's Rumble in The Jungle on the occasion of its 40th anniversary (an event also recently commemorated by Blitz The Ambassador). Follow Congo In Harlem on twitter and facebook for more information. The series runs October 16th-26th.

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Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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