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A Film Inspired By Zadie Smith's Refugee Novella Is In Development

British novelist Zadie Smith's refugee novella 'The Embassy of Cambodia' is in development with 'Ex-Machina' producers attached.


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An untitled film project inspired by Zadie Smith’s 2013 novella The Embassy of Cambodia is in the works, according to Shadow and Act. The 69-page short novel—which was first featured in a February 2013 issue of The New Yorkercenters on Fatou, an Ivorian live-in housekeeper and nanny who works for a wealthy Pakistani family in northwest London. 

Described as both a “refugee drama” and “half-adaptation, half original story,” the movie will chart a Gambian woman’s boat journey to the United Kingdom by way of Libya and Italy. Smith and her husband poet Nick Laird have already written the film, Screen Daily reports, while producers of the sci-fi hit Ex-Machina are slated to produce. 

British film production company Film4 reportedly announced the development in an exclusive interview with Screen magazine. The highly-anticipated adaptation of Smith’s award-winning novel On Beauty has also been in development with the studio since 2012 with Kasi Lemmons attached as screenwriter and director.

(H/T Shadow and Act)

Check out this recent conversation between Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche as they talk writing, women, and feminism at the Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture.

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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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