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Video: Ntone Edjabe's African Discourse

"Discourse on Africa is geared towards simplicity, everything must be simple, 'he's a poor black man, he's a victim,' like there has to be a simple story, in a way this is what signifies Africa and global consciousness," Cameroonian publisher, Ntone Edjabe explains on CNN (above). "The moment you bring a degree of complexity to it, it kind of throws people off, they just don't know where to look anymore” he adds. Edjabe is the publisher of an avant-garde pan-African literary journal, Chimurenga, which Simon Kuper, writing in the Financial Times, dubbed to be better than The New Yorker. The influential journal - which canvasses submissions from writers across Africa and beyond - tries to add complexity and nuance to the study of life and art forms on the continent. The latest issue takes the form of a retrospective newspaper published during the ‘xenophobic attacks’ which took place in South Africa in 2008. Check out Chimurenga’s website.


 

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Amadou & Mariam Forever

We talk to the legendary Malian duo about their rich past, songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities.

Amadou & Mariam don't require an introduction.

The couple has been making Afro-blues music for over 35 years, drawing inspiration from their home of Mali, for over 35 years.

Their 1999 albumSou Ni Tilé sold 100,000 copies. In 2005, their album Dimanche à Bamako won the French Victoire de la Musique prize for Best World Music Album of the year and the BBC Radio 3 Award for Africa. It also went platinum in France after selling over 300,000 copies. The duo have performed with U2, Coldplay, Blur and many others.

We caught up with them below for a conversation about their rich past, their songwriting process and their advice for young African artists with disabilities, ahead of the duo's performance at the upcoming London Jazz Festival 2021.

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