[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFva3UeSxtU&w=560&h=315] Clip of performance of Cross Continental Black Nation at the Nuyorican on New Year’s Open Mic 2013. Just a day after my return from Nigeria.
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/62495996 w=500&h=281] Ololade Siyonbola Pays Tribute to Chinua Achebe-Long Version. from Rukayat Aliyu on Vimeo.Nigerian Author Ololade Siyonbola pays tribute to Chinua Achebe, noting how his writing influenced her tremendously even as a child. The headwrap signifies respect to the departed. See the “Open Letter” at UPTOWN Magazine.
One of the most powerful tracks I have ever loved. Fell in love with Talib for taking it to my hometown. I’m mad though that this vid has only 400K views. Whereas the trash on Youtube gets 5 mil+ [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c5mDTq3sgo&w=420&h=315] I love it especially because I don’t believe musik of enlightenment should have to […]
I really enjoyed this vid. S/He really went in, covering so many of the “nations” in AFRiCKA. I wish he had referred to the Rwandese as Rwandese or Kinyarwanda though. I was hoping they wouldn’t acknowledge that Belgian-induced Tutsi/Hutu bull. But anyway, enjoy! The song is dope! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6XfxrYbXNE&w=420&h=315]
I’m supposed to be writing an article about Gays in Africa for Applause magazine. I’m hesitant because I have so much to say, and so much controversy to start 😉 How many of my gay friends will hate me after it is written? Will the magazine agree with what I have to say? Is it […]
The day got better. Today was one of those days when perseverance paid off. Reminded me to keep doing what I must do. Aside from poetry, there is Yoruba. Although, there is actually no distinction since Yoruba language is poetry. I started this Yoruba school journey over 5 years ago; after spending a year seriously […]
Why are people always looking for photos of malnourished children? Apparently, the photos I posted with Nigeria in 11 are responsible for 99% of the traffic to this site. Wow! Anyway, in other news, Summerstage is usually something I look forward to in NYC summer. There are usually at least a couple of dope African […]
Ololade Siyonbola became a storyteller at the age of 6, when she fashioned a camera out of paper and began illustrating the stories in her head. Upon migrating from Nigeria to the UK to the US, Siyonbola documented her experience as an immigrant in poetry, fiction and visual arts. Siyonbola founded Exodus to Africka International […]
Is overwhelmed by the joy of my people Following this victory And knows it will be even better than this When the last battle is won Is holding her breath Hoping not to be devastated at the disappointment of her people by this blessing But to exhale the exhale of victory with her people In […]