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'Rwanda In Photographs: Death Then, Life Now'

Photos of daily Rwandan life are brought to an international audience in Andrew Esiebo and Brendan Bannon's 'Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now'

Award winning international photographers Andrew Esiebo and Brendan Bannon have come together in Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now, an exhibit seeking to shift the way in which Rwanda is viewed by the world, 20 years after the genocide. On view at The Cultural Institute at King's College London March 21st through April 30th, Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now is the result of a workshop led by Esiebo and Bannon in which Rwandan photographers "questioned the ways in which their country is portrayed internationally." The photos series, curated by Dr. Zoe Norridge from King’s College London and Mark Sealy from Autograph, brings pictures (above) of daily life in Kigali to an international audience. Find more details on the exhibit over here

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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