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Kenya Film Classification Board Bans 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Kenya Film Classification Board bans Martin Scorsese's latest film, 'The Wolf of Wall Street.'


Late last week the Kenya Film Classification Board took to facebook to "ban" Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, his 3 hour+ latest saga of greed in the pursuit of the American dream. The KFCB, who "regulate exhibition of film content to the public," posted the following statement:

"There is a LIMIT to everything and we believe the Kenyan public deserves better. WOLF OF WALL STREET has been RESTRICTED. The film is NOT for sale, exhibition or distribution in KENYA. Violators shall be PROSECUTED."

KFCB's move has come with an online backlash, and not to mention, curiosity-induced publicity that has sparked a surge in viewership. We ourselves had  a few questions for the folks at KFCB. How do they plan on blocking online streams? Who gives non-governmental agents, such as themselves, the authority to decide what is and isn't right for consumption by the Kenyan public? How will they "prosecute" said "violators"? Before we had a chance to reach out to the board, NTV anchor Larry Madowo spoke with KFCB "Corporate Communication Manager" Evelyn Mbuni to ask these questions and more. Watch the insightful interview below.

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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