On our Lists this week: Chidera Eggerue, and Lupe Fiasco

Manilla: Lupe Fiasco's 'Drogas Wave' album cover.

Manilla: Lupe Fiasco's 'Drogas Wave' album cover.

The Reading List

What a Time to Be Alone by Chidera Eggerue: A few weeks ago a friend and I talked about being alone versus being lonely. We swapped hilariously sad stories about the lengths we had gone to, to shake the alone feeling we had mistaken for loneliness. As the conversation drew to a close, she remembered a book a friend had told her about, What a Time to Be Alone.
Before she could tell me what was in it, the title won me over because I’m fascinated by my feeling alone when I’m constantly surrounded by loved ones. Unfortunately the book did not live up to my expectations: it’s a self-help book with not that many wise words. But I won’t let this stop the hunt for literary catharsis of some sorts. (ZH)

The Playlist

Drogas Wave by Lupe Fiasco: This is intelligent music, the kind that shocks you into submission early on, in the first bass strums of a Spanish guitar in the Spanish song Drogas.  Some of the songs were easy on the ear and consistent with Lupe’s hip-hoppy-cum-R&B sound. I don’t know about the Troi Irons feature that comes out of a Goth pop corner reminiscent of Evanescence. I’m still listening, though. (MB)

The Lists were compiled by Milisuthando Bongela and Zaza Hlalethwa

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