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The Official Trailer for 'The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind' Is Here

Here's a glimpse of what we can expect in Chiwetel Ejiofor's directorial debut that's set to premiere on Netflix soon.

Get your tissues ready.

Netflix has released the official trailer for the highly anticipated depiction of Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba's life—The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. The directorial debut of Nigerian-British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is due to premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival today, ahead of becoming available for streaming on the platform March 1.


In the clip, we are finally introduced to the compelling and inspirational storyline, which also might induce a thug tear or two. We meet 13-year-old William, played by Kenyan actor Maxwell Simba, as well as Ejiofor starring as his father, Lily Banda, Noma Dumezweni, Aissa Maiga, Joseph Marcell, Philbert Falakeza and Lemogang Tsipa. The film depicts William's unconventional invention to save his family and village from famine.

Watch the trailer below.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind | Offical Trailer [HD] | Netflix youtu.be

Music

6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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