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Koleka Putuma Releases Sonic Experience for 'Collective Amnesia'

Koleka Putuma has released an audio book for 'Collective Amnesia' following the tremendous success of the anthology.

Koleka Putuma has returned with the release of an audio book for her successful debut anthology, Collective Amnesia. The outspoken South African poet, queer feminist and theatre practitioner returns with her unique voice to add a sonic experience to her successful seminal work.


Collective Amnesia (The Audio Experience) is in collaboration with PaperCranes Collective, an interdisciplinary arts production company. Currently on 10 reprints in South Africa, it has also received awards including the 2018 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. Putuma moves with an unstoppable momentum and continues to unravel the disturbing collective amnesia of the nation with the release of this audio book which will be made publicly available on October 8th 2020.

Read: Koleka Putuma is the Groundbreaking New Voice of South African Poetry

Collective Amnesia speaks to the collective consciousness of South Africa and zones in on the real harsh realities of being Black, queer and female identifying in South Africa. Gender based violence has been a plague in South Africa for years and Putuma has always had the knack to tap into the psyche and voice of the voiceless without need for flourish. Collective Amnesia was released in 2017 and became a literary antidote to the psychological oppression faced by women all over the world. The success of the book prompted a national and international tour just three months after it was published.

Putuma shot to fame on local poetry stages in Cape Town and Johannesburg. She was a prominent feature and headliner on Johannesburg's popular poetry league slams WordnSound where the performance of her somber poem "Water" gained her respect for her literary prowess. Soon afterwards, Collective Amnesia was released and broke South Africa's book sales records. Putuma's raw and unapologetic poems have gained favour overseas with translations in Spanish. German, Dutch and Italian.

Collective Amnesia was adapted into a play titled No Easter Sunday for Queers in 2019 and was sold out every night at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. No Easter Sunday for Queers zoned into homophobia, religion and the senseless killing of queers particularly Black lesbians. Following the success of the play, Putuma released a chilling poem titled "Every three hours" to bring to the fore the seriousness of femicide.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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