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Inspiring writer Bura Bari Nwilo is our guest today and it is a real pleasure.
Like the late African hero Ken Saro Wiwa, he hails from Ogoni land- a paradise in Nigeria turned to a bed of conflict centered on oil, and as you read on; Bura reveals to us from his Port-harcourt base what this means to him.
His contagious humor and satiric sense has earned him even more fans on social media, and frankly speaking he brings joy to many with his wise cracks, much needed in beautiful and chaotic Nigeria.
Here’s the cover of his new book, A Tiny Place Called Happiness.
Now we invade the man in question, a little bit.
AFRIKAJUMP- Welcome Bura and thank you for talking with us. I’m curious to know which African writers have influenced you the most, and how?
BURA- In terms of simple storytelling, Achebe would take the honour and of course it is basically by reading his works. In terms of experimenting and taking unconventional approaches, Dambudzo (Dambudzo Marechera) would be the man. I have read the House of Hunger and some of his works published posthumously. I love Ms Adichie too. She works magic with intricate sentences and details.
AFRIKAJUMP- Like the great late Ken Saro-Wiwa, you are from Ogoni land. How does the past and present history of your ancestral home affect you as a person and as a writer?
BURA- Currently, violence among the young people give me sleepless nights and sometimes I want to create fiction but the thought of my mother in the village give me worries. The despoliation of the land and our insistence on government to take responsibilities are factors that spur any creative person.
AFRIKAJUMP- And as a writer?
BURA- I always feel that writers have a way of representing their cultures in their works. Mine is under-represented. See what Junot Diaz does with Dominican Republic. The fine memories I have of Ogoni and the people, of love and late night play in the sand, if I don’t capture them fictionally, I doubt if anyone would.
Ken Saro-Wiwa is a pathfinder when it comes to stories from this part of the world and I appreciate his styles and courage to tell it.
AFRIKAJUMP- If you were appointed by government as part of a team to support Literary Arts in Nigeria what top 3 remedies would you prescribe?
BURA BARI- We would give adequate support to indigenous publishing houses and create reading centres across the country. This would help to reunite book readers again. When you visit some of the libraries, either the rooms meant for literary discussions have been turned into shops or made into stores. We will bring it back. We’d set up reading contests so that young people would know that reading is cool too.
AFRIKAJUMP- You have a funny bone. Your book; Diary of a bloody retard is proof; and there’s that letter you wrote to Nigerian pop star Dbanj some years ago. Of course we cannot exclude your social media updates. Many Nigerians use humor as a survival mechanism. Is this your case too? Are you going to take your comic to perhaps the movies, and more?
BURA- Yeah. It is in my book on relationship – Diary of a Stupid Boyfriend and of course the recent book of short stories – A Tiny Place Called Happiness. Humor is one way to survive around here. It could be too dark and to see the lighter side of the things around here keeps life in us.
AFRIKAJUMP- Any past, present or future project(s) you want us to know about?
BURA- I am still promoting A Tiny Place Called Happiness. I may be working on a book of stories for young children. I have been researching that for a while. It is still developing. And yes, I am looking at going back to school, get a degree in African Studies and write some more.
AFRIKAJUMP- Can you try to describe your city in one word? Okay two words max.
BURA- Chaotically beautiful.
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We are currently feeling this new jam from Zimbabwean Rapper/MC Gerald Mugwenhi, alias Synik.
The track ‘Dream about you’ isn’t a solo effort, Synik teams up with his new crew Jazza Experiment with musicians Jazzafari and Lana Gasparotti. They are based in Lisbon, Portugal. The union is a perfect fit with Synik’s history as a conscious rapper who talks about Zimbabwean and global issues, through a combination of sounds from his culture like Mbira, with western influences.
After blessing us with releases like The Beta Version EP, The God Within Single as well as the ground-breaking Zimbabwean Hip-Hop album Syn City, hailed as one of the more accomplished Hip-Hop projects to come out of Zimbabwe in recent years and winning him 3 awards in the 2012 edition of Zimbabwe Hip-Hop awards, we are delighted with his new musical direction.
Jazza experiment is all about that eclectic sound that the group defines as Space-Jazz Offbeat.
For your health and well-being we recommend a thorough listening. The track is smooth and heavy and also features talented teenage saxophonist Bernardo Tinoco. Congrats guys.
Watch Jazza Experiment Dream About You here
Connect with the group here
AFRIKAJUMP had the real pleasure of sitting down with Nigerian rapper Teria Yarhere, more popularly known as M-Trill Teria. M-Trill has trilled audiences with hit songs that won him fans and awards until he changed directions to pursue other creative paths. He is back on the scene with his new musical work- ABOH. This word in Teria’s language from Delta state means CLAP.
M-trill talks about stuff he did while away from music, and more.
Further below is the premiere of the track and video on this page.
AFRIKAJUMP M-trill, how does it feel to be back on the scene with your new work, Aboh?
M-TRILL I think relieved is the right word. I feel relieved to be back, music doesn’t allow you a life if you do not answer it. Every song is a reminder of what you can do, so I’m happy to be making and putting out music again.
AFRIKAJUMP What were some of the lessons you learned from your recent past time of absence from mainstream music?
M-TRILL Quite a number, more business lessons though because I started a media support company. I learnt a lot about customer service. Your client’s troubles automatically become yours. I was waking up at 4am to respond to client needs. I loved the experience. I learnt how to better manage people, I learnt more about myself and what drives me. I think what I learnt the most was balance. The art of walking the thin line and catering to all needs at the same time.
AFRIKAJUMP Congrats M-trill. Can you tell us a bit about your new song Aboh, and what inspired it?
M-TRILL Aboh was partly inspired by my very first single “Bounce” off my first album. I began that song with a phrase “where my clap at”…turned out to be very effective for performances as it was the ice breaker between the crowd and myself. I also always liked the way the churches in Warri clap and praise. The claps alone are melodious so I wanted to try and infuse all that into this song.
AFRIKAJUMP Clearly it’s working for you. Welldone. Is this single part of a coming album?
M-TRILL Yes, the album locally made should drop this year by God’s grace. There’s a lot of music I want to free myself off. So, yes we will be dropping the album this year.
AFRIKAJUMP The influence of your culture is evident in your new video. What does culture mean to you?
M-TRILL For me, it’s the balance. I really don’t rap in pidgin or any of the local languages so infusing our culture in the beats and visuals is my way of balancing it for my target audience. I needed to find a way to let people know where I am from and I didn’t want any misconceptions.
AFRIKAJUMP If you had the power to change three things in Nigeria’s music industry for good, what would they be?
M-TRILL Royalties. I would change the ways royalties are collected so more artistes can live off their art. 2. Better media platforms for performing arts…so more TV and radio shows that go beyond playing music videos and more music related content, educative and entertaining content. 3. Celebrate the diversity in music, most of the songs in the industry sound the same and that’s because we do not celebrate the diverse talents that abound, I would like to change that.
AFRIKAJUMP Thanks bro. Lastly, can you describe your city in just one word?
M-TRILL Port Harcourt is my city and that’s Home. PH is home to me.
WATCH “ABOH ON YOUTUBE
LISTEN TO “ABOH” ON SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/user-34074749/mtrillaboh
CONNECT WITH THE ARTIST
Instagram – @Mtrillteria
facebook – @mtrillteria