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Trailer for Short Film ‘Flowers’ By Rising Sierra Leonean-American Filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu Debuts

‘Flowers’ builds on the successes of Jusu’s short films ‘African Booty Scratcher’ and ‘Say Grace Before Drowning.’

Up-and-coming Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu and partner Yvonne Shirley have been hitting up the summer film festival circuit in the U.S., promoting their short film Flowers, which they wrote and directed together.


The coming-of-age drama set during a Brooklyn summer about a 17-year-old’s revenge prank gone terribly wrong had its world premiere at the 20th Annual 2016 Black Film Festival in June.

Filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu

Flowers builds on a streak of success for Jusu, a New York University MFA program graduate, who has received the prestigious NYU Spike Lee fellowship  for her short film Say Grace Before Drowning as well as a Director’s Guild Honorable Mention and a HBO short film award for African Booty Snatcher (2007). Both film projects have been acquired by HBO.

While the short film version of Flowers is currently in post-production, check out the menacing trailer above.

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Photo: Mariela Alvarez.

Interview: ÌFÉ Blends Music & Religion to Honor Those Who Have Died During the Pandemic

Producer and percussionist Otura Mun talks about his latest EP, The Living Dead, and how he traces the influences of West Africa in his new work.

There are bands that open up a spiritual world through their music. ÌFÉ is one example. An electro-futurist band that fuses Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jamaican dancehall with Yoruba mystical voices. With the success of their 2017 debut album "IIII+IIII" (pronounced Eji-Ogbe), ÌFÉ has reached an audience that is looking for Caribbean and contemporary sounds.

The Puerto Rican-based band just released a new EP, The Living Dead- Ashé Bogbo Egun, that aims to heal and honor those who have died during this pandemic. Otura Mun, the band leader, is an African-American producer and percussionist, who began a personal journey about a decade ago, when he landed in San Juan, and decided to move there. He learned Spanish, dug deep into his African ancestry and started to practice the Yoruba-Caribbean religion of Santería.

ÌFÉ, which means "love and expansion" in Yoruba, ties two worlds, music and religion, artistically. This new EP modernized prayer songs to hopefully make them more accessible to a younger generation. OkayAfrica spoke with Otura Mun on his latest work.

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