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Video: 34th Anniversary of Steve Biko's Death


Steve Bantu Biko, activist against the South African apartheid government and leader of the Black Consciousness Movement, died from head injuries while in police custody 34 years ago today. Compilations of Biko’s writings are published in the book, I Write What I Like, where Biko says: “... in time we shall be in a position to bestow upon South Africa the greatest gift possible - a more human face.”

A Tribe Called Quest and Peter Gabriel have both paid tribute to Biko through songs dedicated to him. Below, Gabriel performs his song, "Biko" live at a show in 1987. The accompanying video is scenes from the Hollywood film Cry Freedom about the relationship between Biko and liberal white journalist Donald Woods. The film stars Denzel Washington and Kevin Kline.

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Amaarae Breaks Down Her Hits In OkayAfrica's New Video Series 'Decoded'

In Decoded, our favorite African artists dive deep into their music, lyrics and share notable behind-the-scenes moments.

We're launching Decoded, our brand new pop-up style video series featuring the latest, buzzing African artists' music and influences.

We kick things off with Ghanaian-American singer-songwriter-producer Amaarae who has been making waves with the release of her debut album, The Angel You Don't Know.

In our first-ever Decoded episode, Amaarae breaks down hit songs like "Trust Fund Baby", "Jumping Ship" with Kojey Radical as well as her Southern rap musical influences. She also mentions being inspired by an op-ed that she penned for OkayAfrica in 2019, and her mother's role in helping her coin the album title The Angel You Don't Know.

When all is said and done, Amaarae just wants to give other young women "an option not to have to be the archetypal female African artist, and give them an opportunity to expand all of their possibilities, explore all the different genres, and still be successful and get this money." Amen to that!

Check out our first episode of Decoded with Amaarae below.

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