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Marian Mereba 'Room For Living Remixes'

Listen to 'Room For Living Remixes' EP from Ethiopian-American soulstress Marian Mereba.


We've been feeling Ethiopian-American songstress Marian Mereba since Revivalist first tipped us off to her folky soulfulness. With today's release of Room For Living Remixes we thought we'd do our part to spread the ATL via Philly singer some love. The reworked collection transforms simplicity through soul on the standout original EP into rainy day, hip-hop concoctions with dreamy bass production. This one hits a bit close to home in the office, dots connecting all throughout the Okay fam. ?uestlove even gets a shout at one point. Snaps to OKA fashion guru Poundo for spotting Marian graced in Senegalese designer Selly Raby Kane's Seraka label for the above featured album art (more Prêt-À-Poundo thoughts on those modern shapes here). Listen to the remixed EP and watch the Philly native discuss her Ethiopian heritage with the Revivalist below.

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Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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