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Poet Koleka Putuma Has Been Appointed Theater Producer for Design Indaba

The Collective Amnesia poet will be joining what is regarded as the 'Cirque du Soleil' for intellects.

According to Bizcommunity, Design Indaba has appointed South African and playwright Koleka Putuma as their theater producer seeing that their annual conference takes place at the Artscape Theater and they want to have more unique moments there. Putuma took to Instagram yesterday to make the announcement to her fans.



Design Indaba focuses on online design publication and has an annual conference which centers on "design activism." The brand is run by Interactive Africa. Read more about it here.

Putuma has had success upon success following her explosive anthology Collective Amnesia which is in its eighth print run, unheard of for a collection of poetry in South Africa. The body of work has since been translated into Spanish and released by Flores Raras and been declared prescribed reading at South African universities.

The recent winner of a TEWOP poetry slam competition hosted by the University of Johannesburg, Putuma went head-to-head with fellow poet, Zéwande Bhengu and ultimately came out the victor. She gave an electric performance, clad in a dress with the national flag and a green doek which she then turned into a blanket midway in honor of Mgcineni Noki, one of the 34 miners who were gunned down in the tragic Marikana Massacre in August 2016. Noki became known as the 'man in the green blanket'.


Commenting on her new appointment, Putuma said:

"For the next few months, I hope to be a co-creator in magic-making and to be an accomplice in realizing the speakers' ideas and wishes. I am honored to be a part of the incredible brand and community of Design Indaba. I am looking forward to learning, to expanding my knowledge on the multiple industries of design, and to collaborating with all the minds, speakers, ears, hearts and eyes that are and will be part of making this dope explosion happen."
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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Black Sherif, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, M3NSA x M.anifest, and more.

As the summer winds down releases have slowed down just a tad, but it's nothing to fear because a number of our Ghanaian music faves are in album mode, and it's only a matter of time before they let loose! In the meantime the rest of our faves have been steady dishing out that fire, making for another month of dope releases. Want the scoop? Check out the best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Nandy, Juicee Mann, Alikiba, Diamond Platnumz and more.

July featured an array of incredible releases from East Africa's pop royalty as well as promising newbies.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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