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Film: 'Otelo Burning' NYC [11/13 — 11/15] + Mixtape DL

Filmmaker Sara Blecher's 1989 South Africa-set 'Otelo Burning' takes viewers on the journey of township kids who find freedom through surfing.


The open waves off the coast of South Africa is the only place 16-year-old Otelo Buthelezi finds freedom under apartheid in the film Otelo Burning. Set in 1989, filmmaker Sara Blecher takes us on the journey of township kids who find the thrill of independence through surfing. The precision with which the beauty in this film was executed is evident in both the production stills and the trailer (full clip below). Audiences all over the world have seen this insightful film and now it has come to New York City for a limited engagement. Catch Otelo Burning 11/13-11/15 at re-Run Theater in Brooklyn. Go here for tickets.

>>>Download the Otelo Burning Mixtape featuring tracks from Zaki Ibrahim, Reason, Tumi, Tiago and others now

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Interview

Adekunle Gold Is Living His Best Life

We speak to the Nigerian star about how marriage and fatherhood have led him to find both newfound happiness and newfound freedom as an artist.

''I'm having the time of my life,'' says Adekunle Gold over a Zoom call while seated in his office in Lagos. ''I'm making songs that are so true to my current energy, my current vibe.'' When I got on the call with the 34-year-old artist on a Wednesday afternoon, the first thing I noticed was his hair tied up in little braids, the second was his wide smile. As we speak, the crooner laughs multiple times but it's his aura that shines through the computer screen, it lets you know better than his words that he's truly having the time of life.

Born Adekunle Kosoko, the popular Nigerian singer got married barely two years ago to fellow artist Simi. Last year, the power couple welcomed their first child. As we talk, Gold points to his journey as a father and a husband as some of the biggest inspirations at the moment not just as far as music goes but as his perspective in life and how he now approaches things.

''My [artistry] has changed a lot because being a father and being a husband has made me grow a lot and more.'' Adekunle Gold tells OkayAfrica. ''It has made me understand life a lot more too. I'm feeling more responsible for people. You know, now I have a kid to raise and I have a wife to support, to be a real man and husband and father for.'' He credits this journey with both his newfound happiness and a newfound freedom as an artist.

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