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Michaela Coel Set to Star In Upcoming Feature-Length Musical 'Been So Long'

The 'Chewing Gum' showrunner is the lead in a new London-set musical 'Been So Long.'

If you're like us and can't seem to get enough of Chewing Gum showrunner, Michaela Coel, then you'll be just as excited to know that the British-Ghanian actress will star in an upcoming full-length feature based on a popular stage musical that premiered at London's Young Vic theater back in 2009.


Been So Long, is a modern love story that follows Simone (Coel), a single mother who falls for a stranger during a night out in London's, vibrant Camden neighborhood. "Set against the backdrop of an ever-changing city, Been So Long is a fresh take on love, life and moving on," reports Shadow and Act.

We'll get a chance to see Coel's musical chops, as the cast features a slew of talented dancers and singers including Arinzé Kene, George Mackay, Ronke Adekoluejo and more. The film's soundtrack is said to feature an eclectic mix of originally produced R&B, UK dance, and neo-soul songs.

She's already captured our hearts as Tracey on Chewing Gum, and she'll likely do so again when we see her on the big screen!

The latest season of Chewing Gum hits Netflix on April 4!

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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