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'Generation Soweto' Is A Forthcoming Documentary On South African Millennials

'Generation Soweto' is a forthcoming documentary that explores South African youth culture through the eyes of four millennials.


Photo: Johannesburg blogger Neema Nouse (Courtesy of 'Generation Soweto')

A forthcoming documentary promises to offer an inside look into the lives of creatives and entrepreneurs who grew up in South Africa's age of democracy. Titled Generation Soweto, the film follows four millennials as they work towards achieving their personal and professional goals in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The documentary, which the creators are quick to point out is "not a retrospective," offers a look at the current political and social climate of the country, and will also document anti-black racism and gentrification in South Africa alongside the country's recent wave of xenophobic attacks.

Generation Soweto is the brainchild of veteran producer and first-time documentary filmmaker Nisa Ahmed, who is currently campaigning on Indiegogo to raise funds to complete production on the project. "For myself as a black woman and filmmaker it was imperative that I caught stories of triumph and joy with storylines of characters relatable beyond just the continent," Ahmed told us over e-mail. "Because we live in a globally connected world I felt these stories were stories people from all over the world could relate to.”

Watch a preview trailer for Generation Soweto, featuring lifestyle bloggers Twiggy and Sedi of Sleepless In Soweto, and Kearan Fourie, a Sowetan tour guide who plans to open a restaurant across the street from the historic Mandela House, below. Keep up with the project on Facebook and Twitter.

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Photo courtesy of 'Generation Soweto'

Photo: Twiggy Moli & Sedi Ramone of Sleepless In Soweto (Courtesy of 'Generation Soweto')

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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