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Pharoahe Monch Is Performing In South Africa This Month

Pharoahe Monch will be performing at Back To The City, South Africa's biggest hip-hop festival.

Revered hip-hop lyricist Pharoahe Monch is the international act for this year's Back To The City festival, which will take place on April 27 (Freedom Day).

In the past, the festival, alongside the cream of the crop of SA hip-hop, has hosted the likes of Skyzoo, Cappadonna, Elzhi, among others.


South African artists on the line-up include Cassper Nyovest, Riky Rick, Nadia Nakai, A-Reece, Yugen Blakrok, ProVerb and a whole lot of others.

Back To The City, which is now in its 12th year, is the biggest annual hip-hop festival in South Africa, attracting thousands of hip-hop fans from all across the country. It's not just a rap festival, but it showcases all elements of the art including DJing, graffiti and b-boying.

You can view the whole line-up below, and buy tickets here.


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Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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