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Watch Shola Amoo's Subtle Sci-Fi Short 'Touch'

Watch Shola Amoo's 'Touch,' a short sci-fi film about love and technology starring Tanya Fear, Alexis Rodney, and Nina Edwards.


London-based Nigerian filmmaker Shola Amoo's film short Touch has made waves all over the international film scene since we posted the teaser back in 2013. After screening at London's Short Film Festival,  BAM's New Voices in Black Cinema's showcase, and Addis Ababa's Colours of the Nile Festival, Touch was released online last week for all to watch. The subtle sci-fi short tells the story of Jessica and George, two lovers navigating desire (and technology) in the expansive green fields of near-future Lincolnshire. Beautiful scenery, compelling performances from Alexis Rodney (Guardians of The Galaxy) and Tanya Fear (Kick Ass 2), and insightful commentary about the limits of human experience make the  film feel longer than its brief 13 minutes would suggest. Watch Touch below and stay tuned for Amoo's forthcoming feature length A Moving Image, starring Tanya Fear as “a 21st century creative in a rapidly gentrifying city.”

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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