Film: Frances Bodomo's Boneshaker

If this 39-second teaser is even the slightest depiction of what it means to be an African away from home, we’re thoroughly intrigued. The idea that most Africans are positively homeless and nomadic is visually constructed in the film Boneshaker by Ghanaian filmmaker Nuotama Frances Bodomo, who incorporates experiences from her nomadic life crossing 4 continents. Set on a trip to Louisiana in order to release the spirits harming their daughter, Blessing, Boneshaker is about a Ghanaian family coping with making a life in America while being haunted by the missing traditions of home. Having a spiritual connection to Ghana, yet having been influenced by her assimilative experiences in Norway, America, & Japan, Bodomo's film journey reflects the woman she is becoming and the imagination that has nurtured her sense of home, regardless of where her feet touch the ground. Check out the promo clip for Boneshaker below. And visit the website where you can donate to make sure that this short film sees the light of day!

(H/T AfriPOP)


11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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