Film

'God Loves Uganda' Trailer + U.S. Theatrical Release

Trailer for 'God Loves Uganda' documentary film.


The latest God Loves Uganda trailer adds a breath of anticipation for the upcoming theatrical release of Roger Ross Williams' powerful exposé. The feature-length documentary is Williams' uncompromising look at the implications of a more recent form of U.S. engagement in Africa. Uncovering a proxy cultural war on the part of Christian evangelicals in Uganda, the film points to evidence that in Uganda the Christian right see a new battleground for the war against sexual immorality that they're losing in the U.S, the implications of which are to be seen in Uganda's proposed anti-gay legislation (a bill which originally called for the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality"). Watch a chilling preview below.

For more on God Loves Uganda catch up on our interview with Roger Ross Williams. Look out for upcoming screenings in the following cities and check out this map for a list of all showings. NYC tickets can be purchased here.

Theater openings:

New York, Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas, Oct 11

Los Angeles, Laemmle Royal, Oct 18

Washington, DC, West End Cinema, Oct 25

Nashville, Belcourt Theatre, Oct 25

Seattle, SIFF Film Center, Nov 1

San Francisco, Roxie Theater, Nov 1

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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