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Radr Essentials vol. 15: Zilla Oaks, Alain Mabanckou And More

Yuu- Zilla Oaks

Zilla Oaks steals every listener’s attention with this very catchy immersive track. The fast paced hook and verses will keep listeners’ heads bobbing while Zill Oaks blazes through the track. Feel the vibe here:

Celine- Amaarae

Amaarae is the queen of ambient sultry music and this track is no exception. Off her latest album The Angel You Don’t Know, this track will make listeners long for a Celine they never met.

Kilofeshe- Zinoleesky

This track shot artiste, Zinoleesky to the limelight of the Nigerian music game. Not only does the songs pacing some as a surprise his seamless use of indegenous street music and his own personal sound makes this track a love at first listen.

DKMV- Kizz Ernie

Kizz Ernie makes a comeback with the upbeat/dance Afro-house record titled “DKMV” (Don’t Kill My Vibe) as he taps into the South African market with the drums and piano infusion. Highlighted by the amapiano instrumental, Kizz Ernie blurs genres and pleases ears with his newest project, give it a listen here:

Books

Harvest of Skulls by Abdourahman A. Waberi 

Harvest of Skulls revisits the genocide that took the lives of over a million people. Waberi places this short, intricate novel in 1998 Rwanda, four years after the genocide, weaving horrific memories and allusions to the atrocity into stories of dealing with the trauma. Divided into “Fictions” and “Stories,” the book is broadly categorized as fiction but maintains a heavy autobiographical bent; critically holding the terrible events to the light and demanding that it be seen.

Black Moses by Alain Mabanckou

The book follows the story  of the life of a Congolese orphan. Alain Mabanckou’s Black Moses is the story of the life of a Congolese orphan named Moses. His full name is Tokumisa Nzambe po Mose yamoyindo abotami namboka ya Bakoko, which means “Thanks be to God, the black Moses is born on the earth of our ancestors” in Lingala. The story is one of wit and change as Moses is thrown about by the everchanging waves of life and a newly socialist Congo.

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Betty Godson