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Don't Miss Yvonne Orji and Luvvie Ajayi's New Podcast 'Jesus and Jollof'

The podcast, which premieres July 11, uses humor to explore the experiences of first-generation Nigerian-American women.

Podcasts lovers, you're in for a major treat—and yes, it involves jollof rice.

Two of our absolute faves, comedian and actor Yvonne Orji and writer, speaker and cultural critic, Luvvie Ajayiwho were both honored on OkayAfrica's 100 Women list in 2017—have teamed up for Jesus and Jollof, a new podcast exploring the lived experiences, relationships, aspirations, and everything in between of first-generation Nigerian-American women, with a comedic twist. Why Jesus and jollof, you ask? According to Orji and Ajayi those are the "two things they cannot do without."

The two shared what we can expect from the upcoming first season in an email to OkayAfrica:


"The first season of Jesus and Jollof explores our stories, as Nigerian women who grew up in the United States. Being artists was not the plan, but how did it happen for us? From hilarious discussions about our squad to the pains of the glow up, we bring our hearts and humor to Jesus and Jollof!"

Ajayi is also the host of the podcast Rants and Randomness which premiered earlier this year.

The first episode drops tomorrow, July 11 and new episodes will be posted every other Wednesday. You can subscribe to Jesus and Jollof now via iTunes. You can listen to the first episode here.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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