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This Emotional Film Showing a Glimpse of Lisbon's Afro-Portuguese Music Scene Is a Must-See

'Pai Nosso' is a stunning short doc about young people caught in the diasporan drift between Angola and Portugal.

Pai Nosso, a short film directed by Clayton Vomero, introduces us to 23-year-old DJ Firmeza—a Lisbon-based Angolan producer and DJ whose family emigrated to Portugal in the 90s.

DJ Firmeza, whose real name is Cilio Manuel, discerns grief and faith as the film follows him around Quinto Do Mocho, a notoriously rough neighborhood on the outskirts of Lisbon.

Although the community is improving, the young people are caught up in Portugal's alarming youth unemployment crisis—DJ Firmeza is an example of how music can be a way out, as his work reaches millions of listeners on the internet.

"Firmeza represents a growing generation of youth left on their own to decide their place in the world," Vomero says in a statement. "The memory of his father, the musical talent that speaks for itself, and the neighborhood that is his home are integral parts of the film and the 23-year-old man that is Firmeza. I think this concept of self is something that speaks to many people now. We have our memories, our self-worth, and our friends, and not much else."

The film provides an emotional and personal look into the artist's life, where he talks about the recent passing of his father, his struggles with mortality, and his belief and faith in God and himself, and his hope for his future.

"One day I wish that I could show him that we are here," Firmeza says of his father in the film. "That we've become someone like he wished so many times. You see, they emigrated for us. I wish he could know I'm doing the right thing in return."

Watch Pai Nosso, produced in collaboration with The FADER, below.

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

Meet Duro Arts, the Man Behind Your Favorite Afrobeats Album Covers

We talk to the Lagos-based digital artist about his work with Olamide, Phyno, Falz and more.

Duro Arts has found himself illustrating the cover artwork for a new wave of Nigerian musicians. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Oluwadurotimi Bolaji Idowu started digital art in 2010, at a time where afrobeats music was still grasping its feet. Now, 11 years later, he has made covers for heavyweight hitmakers like Peruzzi, Phyno, Olamide, Zlatan, Oxlade, and Davido.

We caught up with Duro Arts on a Sunday afternoon over Zoom. He took the call from Accra, Ghana, where he's currently working. We talked about his journey as a digital artist, his portfolio, creative process, and the changes he'd like to see in the creative industry.

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