On our Lists this week: Ali Wong, Al Massrien, and Doja Cat

'How Can a Man Die Better' recalls the early life and cultivation of Robert Sobukwe’s brilliance in spite of a system that was set up to suppress it.

'How Can a Man Die Better' recalls the early life and cultivation of Robert Sobukwe’s brilliance in spite of a system that was set up to suppress it.

The Reading List

Robert Sobukwe - How Can a Man Die Better by Benjamin Pogrund: This is one of the multiple books I am currently reading, inspired by the death of his wife Zondeni Veronica. For now, I’m reading up on the early life and cultivation of Sobukwe’s brilliance in spite of a system that was set up to suppress it. I’m in the Healdtown and Fort Hare years.
I’m going to take my time. (MB)

The Playlist

Mooo! by Doja Cat: Sometimes I take myself a little too seriously. I need to let loose and remember how I’m a youngin in the process of eating my youth. So far, the best way to do this is by blasting some meme music in my headsets at the gym or on my way to work. And in terms of meme music, I’m going to go ahead and declare this as my Spring anthem. It’s literally the smartest basic song where Doja Cat takes on the persona of a cow to come up with the wittiest rhymes about being the head cow on Old MacDonald’s farm. (ZH)

West El Ghabat by Al Massrien: This song was part of my Sunday routine this week. While watering all of my plants, I was listening to popular Egyptian music from the 70s and 80s and I haven’t been able to skip past this song by 6 member band Al Massrien, who have a divine way to make pop from jazz, funk and a quasi discoteque sound that one can only place in the Arab world. (MB)

Ethiopiques: Revolt of the Soul directed by Machiek Bochniak: Not unlike the ska era in newly independent Jamaica, this documentary looks the growing of the Ethiopiques scene under the blind eye of emperor Haile Selassie. Amha Eshete, a record store owner, notices his customers love for all this soulful and funky and sets about trying to replicate a local scene. The idea takes off, but regime change is on the horizon in Ethiopia and the scene quickly runs into the ground. From here it is the story of how one Francis Falceto tries to revive the scene and coax Mahmoud Ahmet back into one last recording. (KS)

Hard Knock Wife by Ali Wong: For me, this special feels like it’s how more comedy should be like; helmed by women talking real life game about what it means to be a woman this century. Everyone has their funny, but the best part of this comes from the feeling that none of this is made up. (KS)

The Lists were compiled by Milisuthando Bongela, Kwanele Sosibo, and Zaza Hlalethwa

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