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Blitz the Ambassador's 'The Burial of Kojo' Is Heading to Netflix Very Soon

This is the 22nd acquisition for Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY.

After a successful world premiere at the 2018 Urbanworld Film Festival, even more folks will have the opportunity to experience the whirlwind of Blitz the Ambassador's debut feature film, The Burial of Kojo, very soon, Deadline reports.


ARRAY, Ava DuVernay's film collective centered on inclusive storytelling, has acquired the film—locking in distribution rights for the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The Burial of Kojo is due to drop on Netflix March 31 with a national screening tour launching March 18.

"Through his fantastic film, director Samuel "Blitz" Bazawule weaves African mythology and socio-political issues into a stunning tapestry punctuated by both drama and dreams," Tilane Jones, ARRAY's vice president, says to Deadline. "We are proud to present the gorgeous Ghanaian film, The Burial of Kojo, as our 22nd ARRAY acquisition."

An official selection of this year's Pan African Film Festival, the film follows Esi (Cynthia Dankwa), as she looks back on her childhood and the tense relationship between her father, Kojo (Joseph Otisman) and her uncle, Kwabena (Kobina Amissah-Sam). The film is also inspired by the illegal small-scale gold mining industry in Ghana, often known as galamsey.

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The film chronicles the tale of two brothers through the gifted eyes of a young girl who transports the audience to the beautiful lands of Ghana and other worlds that exist between life and death.

Watch the trailer below.

ARRAY’S 'THE BURIAL OF KOJO' | Teaser Trailer youtu.be

"I wanted a young female protagonist to lead the story," Blitz the Ambassador shares with us, reflecting on the importance of representation and power. "The father-daughter relationship is not something you see a lot in television and film, but also how power is vested in children. But because of that power, the girl-child is always sanctioned, as others fear that power."

Read more from our in-depth conversation with the cast and crew of The Burial of Kojo here.

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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