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'RAFIKI' Will Make Its First U.S. Theatrical Release Very Soon

Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu's groundbreaking film premieres in April at BAM in Brooklyn.

RAFIKI is finally making its way the big screen stateside.

The Cannes-favorite, directed by Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu (who's also one of our fabulous OkayAfrica 100 Women honorees), is set to make its first U.S. theatrical run at BAM in Brooklyn—premiering Friday, April 19.

RAFIKI follows the journeys of Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva), two fearlessly individualistic young women who, despite the fact that their fathers are rival political candidates, form a steadfast bond. When their friendship develops into romance, they must fight to protect their love in the face of societal prejudices determined to tear them apart. With a remarkable feeling for color, music, and the bustling street life of Nairobi, Kahiu crafts an empowering, sublimely moving love story.

Revisit the trailer below.


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The film recently got another nod at the 50th edition of FESPACO—Africa's oldest and largest pan-African film and TV festival. Mugatsia took home the award for 'Best Actress' for her noteworthy role in the film.

RAFIKI will be screening at BAM from Friday, April 19 through Thursday, April 25. Kahiu is due to make an appearance during the week-long run. For more information, visit BAM's website here.

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Rocking The Daisies is celebrating its 15th year of existence this year. The popular music and lifestyle festival recently announced they have added four new names on the bills—UK's Stormzy and Col3trane alongside US rapper YBN Cordae and the singer Ari Lennox.

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This Is What Fatoumata Diawara's NYC Concert Looked Like

In photos: the Malian singer performed a stunning show at The Town Hall.

Fatoumata Diawara played a mesmerizing show in New York City over the weekend.

The Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor had The Town Hall swaying to a selection of songs from her latest Grammy-nominated album, Fenfo, as well as other classic cuts.

Fatoumata was joined on the night by a four-piece backing band that followed her every word and guitar riff, as she showcased her special blend of traditional Malian music and striking Bambara vocal melodies with elements of modern rock, funk, R&B and afrobeat.

"I didn't want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage," Fatoumata has mentioned."But I wanted a modern sound because that's the world I live in. I'm a traditionalist, but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences but communicate them in a different style."

Fatoumata's main message, one which she stated throughout the show, is one of hope for the future of Africa and of female empowerment. It's "about the world, peace, how Africa can be a better place, especially for women, because I am one, and I am a survivor," she says. "I want to encourage those who have lost hope."

Browse through pictures from her show at The Town Hall, which was opened by Guatemala's Gabby Moreno, below.

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Bobi Wine Supporter Allegedly Killed by Ugandan Police During a Demonstration

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One person has been reported dead after Ugandan police reportedly attempted to disperse a crowd of Bobi Wine's supporters, according to the BBC.

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Togolese President Wins Re-election to Secure Fourth Term in Office

President Faure Gnassingbé prepares for a fourth term in office following an election wrought with fraud allegations.

Togo's electoral commission has just released the preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election.

President Faure Gnassingbé reportedly secured 72 percent of the vote while his main opposition and former Prime Minister Agbeyome Kodjo who straddled behind with just 18 percent of the vote, according to Aljazeera.

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