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Short Film Re-Imagines 'Death in Venice' As A Story Of African Migration Across The Mediterranean

'Sea of Ash' short film re-imagines Thomas Mann’s 'Death in Venice' within the context of African migration across the Mediterranean.


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Sea of Ash is a new short film from South African visual artist and filmmaker Michael MacGarry that re-imagines German author Thomas Mann’s 1925 novella Death in Venice within the context of African migration across the Mediterranean. Filmed in various locations throughout Italy, Mann's Tadzio becomes a young West African refugee who has survived the treacherous sea journey into Europe. Running at just over thirteen minutes, the narrative follows Tadzio, played by Senegalese actor Pape Babacar Kebe, from the mountains of northern Italy to the Venetian coast where he embarks on a doomed attempt to return home.

MacGarry recently told Design Indaba that "[his] work principally concerns the ongoing ramifications of imperialism on the African continent.” His previous short Excuse Me, While I Disappear won the El Rey Award for Excellence in Narrative Short Filmmaking at the 2015 Barcelona Film Festival. Sea of Ash will premiere at the FNB Joburg Art Fair in September 2015. Watch the film's trailer below.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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