Events

Diaspora African Women's Network To Host 'My Africa Is' Screening & Discussion In D.C.

The Diaspora African Women's Network is hosting a special 'My Africa Is' screening and discussion for Black History Month in D.C.


The Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN) will host Washington, D.C.’s first screening of My Africa Is next Tuesday. The documentary series, which follows young, African change-makers across the continent, made its official U.S. television debut this week.

As part of DAWN’s Black History Month Diaspora Leadership Series, “Celebrating Black Immigrant Contributions & Diaspora Perspectives," a panel discussion featuring My Africa Is film producer, Nosarieme Garrick, Washington Post deputy digital producer, Karen Attiah, An African City creator, Nicole Amarteifio, and Okayafrica’s own CEO, Abiola Oke will follow.

The conversation will focus on the “importance of Black immigrant and diaspora narratives, contributions and perspectives in the United States.”

The screening and panel discussion takes place Tuesday, February 23, at Landmark’s E Street Cinema. Head here to purchase your ticket. For more information, check out DAWN’s Facebook event.

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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