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Farafina Workshop Alumna Akwaeke Emezi Announces Debut Novel ‘Freshwater’ & Binyavanga Approves

Rising literary star Akwaeke Emezi announced publisher Atlantic Grove will publish her novel ‘Freshwater’ Wednesday.

Rising literary star and filmmaker Akwaeke Emezi announced that her debut novel Freshwater will be published by prominent, independent American publisher Atlantic Grove.


And as Brittle Paper reports, Kenyan Caine Prize for African Writing winner Binyavanga Wainaina, who got a sneak peak of the manuscript, approves.

The alumnus of novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s esteemed Farafina Workshop and sister of Lagos-based photographer and Yagalifefacts cartoonist Yagazie Emezi posted the news on her Instagram Wednesday.

Those of you hip to happenings within African literary circles may have known something special has been stewing for Akwaeke since last September when she also disclosed that she had joined the renowned roster of The Wylie Agency, which reps the best of the best in African literature from Adichie, Teju Cole and Chinua Achebe’s estate.

With an impressive C.V. that includes being published in a Caine Prize anthology, a previous residency at Hub City’s Writers Project and numerous awards for her writing and filmmaking, Akwaeke’s news may come as little surprise—as cream always rises to the top.

If you haven’t already been keeping an eye out for Akwaeke, you can peruse her impressive work here.

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Interview: 808x On Crafting Different Sounds For the Diverse Innanetwav Roster

808x, the in-house producer for South Africa's popular hip-hop collective/label Innanetwav, breaks down his working process with artists and the importance of energy.

Reflecting on the early days of Cash Money Records during a conversation with legendary New Orleans producer Mannie Fresh earlier this year, Lil Wayne said:

"When we started, record labels had one producer for the whole record label. Meaning that Mannie Fresh produced every song on every album, from the intro to the artist."

Some labels, groups and collectives still observe that tradition. It, however, takes a producer with such versatility they could be mistaken to be different personalities altogether.

Joburg-based producer 808x is a great example of that type of producer. Being the in-house producer and engineer for one of the country's most versatile collectives and contemporary hip-hop labels, Innanetwav, 808x has to craft beats that slice through the spectrum of genres with inimitable fluidity and creativity.

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Namibia Announces Special Court in Response to #ShutItDown Protests

Namibian Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has announced the establishment of a special court to deal with sexual and gender-based violence but protestors are skeptical and continue to call for further action.