Audio

Film: The Rhythm of My Life: Ismael Sankara

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The Rhythm Of My Life: Ismael Sankara is a 20 minute musical short documentary that tells the story of how a young Burkina Faso-born American rapper and two Gabonese beatmakers meet in an unlikely manner and change the course of their careers. Filmmakers Franck Onouviet and Marc Tchicot, capture a wonderful story of this chance meeting and the music that comes from these authentic artists. Audience award winner at the 7th edition of the European Independent Film Festival in Paris (after projections at the Cannes festival, the BET UrbanWorld in New-York and the CinemAfrica in Stockholm), the documentary is, since April 30th, available for streaming in its entirety HERE . Peep the video for Ismael "Ish" Sankara's "Real Africans" off the album T.R.O.M.LIFE which will be out soon. Follow Ismael on Twitter and Tumblr. And like the movie on Facebook.

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For more great Film & TV content from Africa, check out Buni.tv, a great resource for media from the continent.

 

Interview

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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