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William Onyeabor Talks With The BBC In His First Ever Radio Interview

Nigerian funk/synth musician William Onyeabor sits down with the BBC's Lauren Laverne for his first ever radio interview.


Just a few months after David Byrne's record label Luaka Bop presented Atomic Bomb! Who is William Onyeabor at Central Park and subsequently released Nigerian funk/synth melder Onyeabor's entire discography, the man himself sits down with the BBC's Lauren Laverne for his first ever radio interview. Proceeding in installments each day this week, the talk covers his affection for music, his reasons for leaving it, and his artistic heroes, amongst other subjects. In this first excerpt, the musician-turned-industrialist tells Laverne of his musical origins, as well as the genesis of his equipment-decked recording studio. Speaking by phone from his home in Enugu, Nigeria, Onyeabor mentions his "humble" beginnings in which he "was fighting to survive" and says that he eventually made his way to Stockholm, Sweden where he learned "record manufacturing techniques" and discovered that he wanted to make music that "will help the world, the way it counts." Listen to this bit of Laverne's extended interview with Onyeabor below in which he also mentions plans to play again and new music that he's making. Keep posted for more coverage of it as it airs throughout the week.

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In Conversation with Candice Chirwa: 'Menstruation is More than Just Bleeding for Seven Days.'

South African activist Candice Chirwa, the 'Minister of Menstruation', speaks to us about what a period-positive world looks like, the challenges menstruators face even in 2020 and her important advocacy work with QRATE.

It's 2020, and naturally, tremendous advancements have been made across various spheres of society. From the prospect of self-driving cars and drones delivering medicines to rural areas to comparatively progressive politics and historic "firsts" for many disenfranchised groups, we've certainly come a long way. However, in the midst of all that progress, there is still one issue which continues to lag behind considerably and consistently, particularly in less developed countries: menstruation.

Candice Chirwa is a young Black woman on a mission to fiercely change the disempowering narratives and taboos that still shroud the issue of menstruation. The 24-year-old South African activist, who is endearingly known as the "Minister of Menstruation" on social media, wants young girls and women to not only accept but embrace their bodies fully in a society that insists on speaking in hushed tones about a perfectly normal biological process. Both Chirwa's research and advocacy work with the UN and her award-winning NGO, QRATE, has focused on dispelling common myths about menstruating, removing the shame and stigma around it and giving menstruators the knowledge and tools they need to navigate their world through impactful workshops.

And when Chirwa isn't collaborating with Lil-Lets, one of the biggest sanitary product brands on the continent, or co-authoring a bad-ass book titled Perils of Patriarchy, she's dominating the TEDx stage and making sure that her audience, no matter how diverse or varied, leaves the room feeling comfortable and courageous enough to boldly shout the word "vagina".

We caught up with Chirwa to discuss what initially compelled her to become a "period-positive" activist, her continued advocacy work with QRATE and what kind of world she imagines for menstruators.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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