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'Polyglot,' Web Series On Young Creatives Of Color, Teases Upcoming London Episode

For its third episode, web series 'Polyglot' will take viewers from Berlin to London, where artist Roger Jean Nsengiyumva struggles to get by


Filmmaker and actor Roger Jean Nsengiyumva stars in the latest episode of Polyglot (Photo: Ferhat Yunus Topraklar)

In the third episode of Polyglot, viewers will journey from the scripted web series' original locale of Berlin to another European metropolis. "My Own" centers on Roger Jean Nsengiyumva, an artist struggling with the challenges of living in the expensive, harsh city of London.

According to series creator and director Amelia Umuhire, Roger has a "somewhat special relationship" to Amanda (played by Umuhire’s sister, Amanda Mukasonga,) the Berlin-transplant rapper and poet highlighted in the series' first two episodes. UK rapper Afrikan Boy will also make a musical guest appearance.

"The episode follows Roger around town on his quest to kill the creeping feeling of loneliness and boredom after losing an important person in his life," Umuhire told Okayafrica via email. "I'm really excited because its a different city, a different character and a different visual and musical style. This was a very intuitive and incredibly tightly shot collaboration and the shooting experience translates in the feeling of the episodes. I want the viewers to experience a new side of Polyglot."

Polyglot, which was launched in April by the Rwandan-born, Berlin-based sisters, explores the multi-hyphenate identities of young creatives of color in Berlin.

“There is this one image of Germany, like you have white people speaking German, if you look at the TV landscape for example. Black people only appear as nurses, or cooks,” Umuhire told NPR Berlin. “You don’t get to know people, this big part of Germany and Berlin, because they are kind of marginalized in media.”

“If I were in a TV show, normally as me a black woman, I wouldn’t get to be this real, as this 3D, as deep as a character, you know,” Mukasonga added.

Did you miss the first and second episode of Polyglot? Check out the videos below to catch up and look for the premiere of episode 3 later this month on Okayafrica. Keep up with the series on Facebook and Instagram.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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