S1 Episode 12 – African Artists, Western Collaborators, and Lemonade

Although late to the to the #Lemonade dissection game, the Ladies of NYAC discuss a less explored running theme in Beyonce’s last two albums – her collaborations with brilliant African writers; Chimamanda Adichie on self-titled Beyonce and Warsan Shire on Lemonade. Joined by book blogger extraordinaire and longtime listener/supporter Darkowaa (@AwoDeee), we talk about our favorite tracks off the Lemonade album, the pros and cons of being featured in such high profile work, the limited visibility and reach African works of art have in Africa, and what it takes for African artistry to gain a wide following.

Resources:
Articles about Warsan Shire
www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural…oet-warsan-shire
www.nytimes.com/2016/04/28/arts/m…emonade.html?_r=1
African books for Western eyes
www.nytimes.com/2014/11/30/opinio…rn-eyes.html?_r=0
Chimamanda’s Sister
www.vanityfair.com/culture/2016/04…chie-sisterhood
How not to talk about African Fiction
www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/…african-fiction

Mentioned:
Eat Drink Lagos Brunch Club
eatdrinklagos.com/the-lunch-club/
Brittle Paper – Resource for finding Literature by African writers
brittlepaper.com/

What we are reading/listening to/watching:
Drake’s Views
Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory
Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo
Diana Gabaldon’s Lord John and the Private Matter
Starz’ Outlander
Netflix’s Grace and Frankie
Angela Flournoy’s The Turner House

Show was mixed by Ifeoluwa Olokode, and theme music is “Ayo” by the über talented Femi Leye.

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