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Reviews and Receipts: Should You Give This Canned Egusi Soup a Try?

Canned Egusi soup? We had to try it. Welcome to Reviews and Receipts, featuring our host Ike Slimster.

Egusi is life, that's simply a fact. Egusi in a can? Well, we're not quite as sure.


Nigerian-owned food producer, Egunsi Foods is the brave brand, aiming to make stews like egusi (melon seed soup), obe ata (tomato stew) and gbegiri (black-eyed pea soup) accessible, by packaging them in plastic containers and selling them online or at your local Whole Foods. Bet you never thought you'd buy classic Nigerian dishes at the same spot where you get your gluten-free kale or whatever.

Yeah, we were curious about it too, so we had "Reviews and Receipts" host, Ike Slimster, try out some of their products.

Here's the verdict:

Credits:

Editor: Ike Slimster

Producer: Chika Okoli

Interview

Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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