New Zealand's Weird Together Sign With Soundway Records + Release Vintage 'Gban Gban Lewa' Video [Premiere]

New Zealand's Weird Together sign with Soundway Records plus release the video for 'Gban Gban Lewa,' the first single off 'No Compromise.'

Weird Together is a kiwi global dance outfit formed by Tokyo-based/New Zealand music TV presenter Nick Dwyer and Auckland-based English producer DJ Dick "Magik J" Johnson, who began the project strictly in the studio two and a half years ago before expanding into a full live band with NZ transplants Karima Madut (vocals), Mavs Adegbite (percussion/vocals), Izak Chadderton (steel pan), and Alesano Schuster (steel pan), The Gaza Tripp (guitar) and Yonier Cuevas Vega (MC). It's been just over a year since Okayafrica premiered Weird Together's infectious, house-influenced "Karima's Story," named after and inspired by their Sudanese/Kenyan-born songstress Karima Madut. Though they've kept relatively silent as a collective since then (Dwyer recently drew acclaim for his Japanese video game music documentary series Diggin In The Carts for RBMA), the group has nonetheless kept busy readying their most ambitious work yet.

Officially signed with Soundway Records– the UK label behind some of our favorite releases from the likes of Batida, Débruit & Alsarah, Ibibio Sound Machine, Muyei Power and later this year South African "supergroup" Fantasma– Weird Together are set to make their Soundway debut this December with a digital EP entitled No Compromise. "Gban Gban Lewa" is the first track to come to light from the new release, and we're excited to premiere its throwback visuals here today. Shot on hi-8 cameras for a 90's vintage effect, the video is a proper introduction to the whole Weird Together crew including the band's Nigerian percussionist Mavs Adegbite, who lends his vocals to the track. Watch "Gban Gban Lewa" below and look out for No Compromise to drop 8th December via Soundway Records. Weird Together have shows coming up 9/27 at Crab Farm Winery, Hawkes Bay, NZ, and 10/4 at The Studio, Auckland, NZ.


Nana Mensah's 'Queen of Glory' To Screen At The 2021 TriBeCa Film Festival

Ghanaian-American actress, writer and filmmaker Nana Mensah talks tenacity in filmmaking and telling immigrant stories from a joyful perspective.

Much has changed in the time since Nana Mensah first had the idea for her directorial feature debut — a dark comedy about a Ghanaian-American scientist trying to reconcile her family heritage in the wake of her mother's death — and began the Kickstarter in 2014 that would help turn it into a film. It may have taken a few years, but the movie Queen of Glory is now showcasing as part of the TriBeCa Film Festival's 20th edition, with a world premiere set to take place at Hudson River Park on June 15th.

When Mensah began working on the film, she was trying to break into an industry that lacked roles for complex, conflicted characters — particularly for Black women. So, she co-founded a production company with her friend Anya Migdal to create those very kinds of projects. She has since forged a solid stage and screen career, with roles in Netflix's Bonding and 13 Reasons Why, as well as NBC's New Amsterdam, and in theatrical productions alongside the likes of Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Anthony Mackie. Last year she was in Ekwa Msinga's Farewell Amor, as well as Apple's Anthology series Little America, and she'll soon be seen in Netflix's The Chair with Sandra Oh this summer and Kogonada's upcoming film After Yang, with Colin Farrell. Yet through it all, Mensah has never lost sight of finishing her first film project.

She opens up about what it took to get the film from a mere idea to the TriBeCa Film Festival.

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu Collapses During Televised Ceremony

Secretary to Cabinet, Simon Miti confirmed that the head of state experienced sudden dizziness during a commemoration ceremony in Lusaka on Sunday.