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Through Podcasting, Selly Thiam Shares AfroQueer Stories

Under the banner of her digital media organization, AQ Studios, the Senegalese-American journalist has produced a number of documentaries, as well as hosted panels and film screenings, focussing on LGBT issues across the African continent.

When Selly Thiam started curating queer stories from the African continent about 15 years ago, one of the first people she spoke to told her there were no indigenous names on record for queer Africans. “I was interviewing an Igbo man, a priest from Nigeria, and for him, he didn’t have any language for it at the time,” the Senegalese-American journalist and oral historian told OkayAfrica.

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Interview: Tecla Ciolfi On The Journey To Starting Her Popular Podcast ‘Texx Talks’

South African music journalist Tecla Ciolfi launched her podcast 'Texx Talks' at the height of lockdown in 2020. Since then, it has become one of the most notable music platforms in the country.

Tecla "Texx" Ciolfi has been a part of the South African music industry for approximately 15 years, in different capacities, most notably as a music journalist (Rolling Stone South Africa, Cape Times,Your LMG) — as well as the founder and editor-in-chief of the music blog Texx and The City. Between 2013 and 2017, Tecla was the South African editor for the French streaming platform Deezer.

Her recent venture into podcasting is an expansion of Texx and The City. In her weekly podcast Texx Talks, now in its fifth season, she interviews some of the country's top musicians. She's previously hosted the likes of Nasty C, Jeremy Loops, Shekhinah, and a lot more. And in South Africa's burgeoning podcasting scene, Texx Talks has become one of the country's most notable podcasts.

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