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Listen to the ‘Inxeba’ Soundtrack

The album features music inspired by the movie 'Inxeba (The Wound).'

João Orecchia, one third of the South African band Motèl Mari, made music inspired by the South African movie, Inxeba (The Wound), some of which made it to the film. The soundtrack is now available, and it features remixes by RMBO (BLK JKS, Motèl Mari), Motèl Mari and Magnifera. It features the vocalists Rouge and Naty Kaly.


The 7-track album is called Alihlekwa: Inxeba (Remixes and Outakes), and is available both digitally and on cassette (for the collectors).

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NYC-based vocalist Rouge contacted Orecchia after watching the movie, expressing her interest in one of the songs. She recorded vocals over it. The song in the soundtrack she's featured in is called "The Wound (Magnifera Remix)."

Most of the music on the project is experimental electronic. It boasts the same intensity as the movie, and is dramatic, depicting different moods, ranging from suspenseful to eerie and even jovial. If you've watched Inxeba (The Wound), which was on circuit in February, you'll recognize some of the music in the album.

Listen to Alihlekwa: Inxeba (Remixes and Outakes) below and order a cassette here.


Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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