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OkayAfrica Presents a Screening of 'Garden of Eden,' a Film About Self-Discovery

OkayAfrica has teamed up with Okayplayer and bklyn boihood for a night of film, performances and dialogue centered on the film 'Garden of Eden.'

OkayAfrica has teamed up with Okayplayer and bklyn boihood for a night of film, performances, and dialogue centered on Garden of Eden— a film by Imani Dennison and Robin Williams, about 17-year-old Jaliyah (Anyanwu Uwa), a recently outed lesbian coming to terms with her sexuality while trying to deal with her father's disapproval and navigating homelessness in New York City.


The event will be hosted by Vanessa Newman with DJ Adair on the turntables. There will be live performances by strong>Rum.Gold, EL TSID, and &source=gmail&ust=1490731179858000&usg=AFQjCNHW95VNwgCFSguN2QTdDuSvylgr0w" href="https://vimeo.com/170248460" target="_blank">Nia & Ness. Afterwards, Okayplayer contributor, Myles E. Johnson will chop it up with the team behind the film.

It's going down Friday, March 31 at Okay Space from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Join the Facebook invite for more details, you can RSVP here.

Check out the trailer for Garden of Eden below.

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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Joeboy Shares Visuals for New Track 'Lonely'

Joeboy has dropped the music video for his latest track 'Lonely'. The endearing track features on his upcoming debut album 'Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic'.