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'Been So Long' Starring Michaela Coel & Arinzé Kene Is Coming to Netflix Very Soon

Finally!

Netflix's black film vertical Strong Black Lead took to Twitter to announce the release date for Been So Long—a feature-length musical starring the illustrious Michaela Coel and artist to watch Arinzé Kene.


We first got wind of the project being in development last year and it'll finally be available for viewing globally via Netflix on October 26.

Check out the synopsis from Netflix below:

Romance, rage and revenge. 'Been So Long' is a neon soaked, modern day romance set on the streets of London's musical hot-bed of Camden. We follow Simone (Michaela Coel), a dedicated single mother who, on a rare night on the town is charmed by a handsome yet troubled stranger, Raymond (Arinzé Kene), igniting old and new feelings. Set against the backdrop of an ever-changing city, 'Been So Long' is a fresh take on love, life and moving on.

Been So Long is also based on the stage play created by Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill. It's been well-received by critics since its premiere at The Young Vic.

The solid cast for the feature film is rounded out by George Mackay (Gil), Ronke Adekoluejo (Yvonne), Ashley Thomas, Luke Norris, Joe Dempsie, Rakie Ayola and Mya Lewis.

Shadow and Act reports Netflix snagging the global rights to the film is their biggest UK deal yet. The film is supported by the British Film Institute (BFI) and Film4 with Lizzie Francke, Eva Yates, Jane Wright and Indira Guha as the executive producers.

UPDATE 10/01/2018: The trailer for Been So Long is here.

Take a look at a glimpse of the musical feature below.

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It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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