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Film: New York African Film Festival Kicks Off!

The 19th annual New York African Film Festival kicks off April 5th and runs through May 28th! Don't miss the opening reception Thursday, April 5th at The Greene Space in NYC. DJ Spooky will perform a live re-scoring of Ousmane Sembène's classic film, Borom Sarret, and OKA's very own Beatriz Leal Riesco will comment on this year's film selections.


The theme of this year's festival is "21st Century: The Homecoming." Over the course of two months a multitude of film screenings (across all genres), panel discussions, professional development workshops, visual and performing arts exhibitions, and in-school presentations for K-12 and university students will explore questions of "home" and "homeland." Okayafrica is excited to be co-presenting screenings of Mama Africa on April 11th, a documentary about legendary songstress Miriam Makeba, and Restless City (trailer above) on April 14th , a gorgeous narrative exploring the lives of African immigrants living in New York City (emphasis on gorgeous - the film looks amazing). More info is to come on OKA's screenings, in the meantime check out NYAFF's website for information on screenings and events.

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The 10 Best HHP Songs Ranked

On the second anniversary of HHP's passing, we rank 10 of the South African hip-hop legend's best songs.

Jabulani Tsambo, popularly known by his alias HHP, was a pivotal part of South African hip-hop. Renowned for trailblazing the motswako sub-genre in the early 2000s, the rapper sadly passed away on October 24th, 2018 after a long and much publicised bout with depression.

During his active years, which span two decades (from 1997 to 2018), he was instrumental in breaking barriers and bridging the gap between kwaito and hip-hop in SA, from the late 90s to early 2000s.

He became a household name in the 2000s as he spearheaded the motswako movement, propelling it to the mainstream and solidifying his legendary status in the process.

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