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The personal and spiritual growth doesn’t stop in Burna Boy’s Twice as Tall

As much as mainstream Western music-media outlets compare contemporary African artists to one another, often flattening the expansiveness of their sounds under a single Afrobeats umbrella, some musicians from the continent continue to prove they’re in a league of their own with every new release. Burna Boy’s new fifth studio album, Twice as Tall, is […]

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Nigerian juju and Afrobeat veteran Kaleta brings the groove with Super Yamba Band

Leon “Kaleta” Ligan-Majek came into his talents in the early 80s—at exactly the right time to bridge two disparate genres of Nigerian music. Kaleta’s family relocated to Lagos from his native Benin during his adolescence, and after playing guitar and singing in church he began performing professionally throughout Nigeria. While he was still a young […]

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Economist and PBS Kick Off New Documentary Project With Chicago Film

A new documentary film by Chicago’s Dawn Shapiro concludes with a startling admission. Shapiro’s setting is rural Nigeria and her subject childbirth, and just before the credits roll we are told: While documenting these stories, the filmmakers worked in unison with families and healthcare workers to accurately portray pregnancy and childbirth. Several times we affected […]