News

LargeUp Exclusive: Interview w/ Marley Director Kevin MacDonald


LargeUp scores an exclusive interview with Kevin MacDonald--most famous until now for the Forrest Whittaker vehicle Last King of Scotland but about to become more famous for Marley, his documentary on the one and only Bob Marley (which hits big and small screens today).

Both the film and Jesse Serwer's Q&A cut deep, touching on aspects of Bob's life which--amazingly, for one of the most famous figures of our era--have never come to light until now. Those include his final days and his struggle  with cancer (the subject of innumerable conspiracy theories) his torubled friendship with football star Alan "Skilly" Cole and his relationship with Pascaline Bongo (pictured with Bob, above) the 'Princess of Gabon' who invited him to play in Africa for the very first time. Pretty riveting stuff for any serious Marley fan. Read a short excerpt below and click the links below for the full interview, as well as video of Bob's historic performance at Zimbabwe's Independence celebrations, recorded thirty-two years ago--almost to the day (April 17th, 1980).

LU: How did you come on that story of the princess of Gabon ?

KM: I had been told by a few people that she had been very important in the last years of his life, in introducing him to Africa. The first time he played in Africa he was invited by her father but her, really. That seemed like a key point in his life. Obviously Africa means so much to him. I thought here’s a bizarre story, a strange individual in this incredibly luxurious environment and you feel like that’s a million miles from Trenchtown, so that appealed to me. They’d had a relationship that went beyond just a girlfriend relationship, I think she’d been also instrumental in a couple things in his life. She visited him in Germany before he died.

>>>Read More (Via LargeUp)

>>>Watch Video of Bob Marley's Historic Zimbabwe Concert

Popular
Photo credits: Deeds Art

Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

Eswatini Is Trying To Dethrone Africa's Last Standing King

Africa's last absolute monarchy is being challenged by pro-democracy protests and an army of youths ready to fight back.