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This Short Film Gives New Life to M.anifest & MiCasa’s ‘Be My Woman’

A new short film from the Ghanaian MC and the SA house band.

In August, M.anifest and MiCasa released the Johannesburg-shot music video to their collaborative song, "Be My Woman."


The two acts are now sharing the short film version of the same video for the first time. This new version's been stripped off M.anifest and MiCasa's performance scenes from the music video, resulting in a short film that traces the lead model's journey from waking up in the morning to meeting up with M.anifest, who drives away with her in a vintage car.

"We are just trying a new approach to everything we are doing," says Makere Thekiso, the music video and short film's director in an email to OkayAfrica. "Art has no rules, and we figured let's cut a different version of the music video. Motheo Moeng (DOP) and I decided to try it as were shooting it on the day. The music underneath it gives a different feel. We tried not to overthink the whole process and just have fun with it. We also think films have a longer life span than music videos, and it can live in different platforms besides just music channels. M.anifest makes art and his approach to his music is very different so, visually, that is always the challenge."

M.anifest, in an email to OkayAfrica, says he enjoys collaborating with Thekiso and Moeng, "because they see beyond the music video."

"The song is a spark, the video is a visual pleaser, and this short film is tense and beautiful. It's another layer to the 'Be My Woman' body of art," says the rapper.

Watch the "Be My Woman" film, premiering below, and revisit our behind the scenes coverage of the shoot here.


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News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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