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This Documentary Takes You Inside the Politics of Blackness in Latin America

The documentary tackles the tension among black and brown people through a series of interviews.

DIASPORAAldo Villegas, known by his stage name Bocafloja, is a rapper, poet, musician and social activist, based in New York city.


He recently directed a documentary called Nana Dijo; Irresolute Radiography of Black Consciousness, which is about race politics regarding Blackness in the context of Latin America.

“I am of African and indigenous descent born in Mexico, so colonialism and body politics is something I’ve dealt with personally,” says Bocafloja in an e-mail to OkayAfrica.

The documentary tackles the tension among black and brown people through a series of interviews with black and Latino individuals of all ages. The subjects share their thoughts on blackness and anecdotes of when they experienced prejudice in their communities because of their skin color. 

The documentary was originally released in released in 2016, mostly at film festivals and colleges all over the US, Europe and Latin America. It was finally released on Youtube this month.

Nana Dijo; Irresolute Radiography of Black Consciousness is a poignant and honest film that shows both sides of racial tension among black and brown people. It has artistic shots and cutaways, and is a good entry point to conversations people of color all around the world need to have.

Watch Nana Dijo; Irresolute Radiography of Black Consciousness below.

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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