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Fall in love with reading while flipping the script with a musical twist on your favourite books. Join Sarah Ozo-Irabor as she takes you on a musical journey through the works of new and classic authors. Listen to an extended playlist of songs referenced in each episode via link in the show note. Subscribe to the mailing list on booksandrhymes.com. Contact: booksandrhymes@gmail.com Follow @BooksAndRhymes on Instagram and Twitter.

Books & Rhymes: The Podcast Books & Rhymes

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Fall in love with reading while flipping the script with a musical twist on your favourite books. Join Sarah Ozo-Irabor as she takes you on a musical journey through the works of new and classic authors. Listen to an extended playlist of songs referenced in each episode via link in the show note. Subscribe to the mailing list on booksandrhymes.com. Contact: booksandrhymes@gmail.com Follow @BooksAndRhymes on Instagram and Twitter.

    Ask A Caine Prize Judge with Ebissé Wakjira Rouw

    Ask A Caine Prize Judge with Ebissé Wakjira Rouw

    Ever wondered what goes on in the judging panels of literary prizes? Look no further as we speak with one of the judges of the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing on the process


    We speak to Ebissé Wakjira Rouw, an Ethiopian-Dutch literary editor, publisher, co-founder of Dipsaus – a multi-media organisation that specialises in amplifying the voices and lived experiences of Black and People of Colour in the Netherlands. Ebissé was also a judge for the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing.


    In the first of our two-part conversation, we use the music of Destiny’s Child, Luniz & Jodeci to discuss the position that literary prizes occupy within the African landscape, and the process of judging the 2020 Caine Prize for Africa Writing. 


    Ebissé also answers listeners questions submitted via our social media handles. Tune in next week for Part Two of our conversation when we discuss in detail, Black Lives Matter & publishing while Black in the Netherlands and Europe.


    Keep up to date with Ebissé by visiting dipsaus.org.@ Follow DipsausPodcast) on Twitter: Twitter.com/DipsausPodcast and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dipsauspodcast


    Get in touch with us via email: BooksAndRhymes@gmail.com
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    Listen to playlist of the songs referenced in this episode on Spotify: (https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6EYp2ooxDxRggrjY2zLb8m?si=f2e5TnjJRtqapjmPBk-s6g) and
     Deezer: (https://www.deezer.com/playlist/7968449502?utm_source=deezer&utm_content=playlist-7968449502&utm_term=3657907042_1596491396&utm_medium=web)


    The song you heard in the intro and outro of this podcast is titled: Reset by Meakoom (Meakoom) the song is available for purchase on Bandcamp
     
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    • 48 min
    Resistance to Prescription with Jowhor Ile (AKO Caine Prize)

    Resistance to Prescription with Jowhor Ile (AKO Caine Prize)

    We conclude our one-to-one conversation with the shortlisted writers for the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing. Today’s guest is Jowhor Ile, a Nigerian writer, author of the novel And After Many Days and visiting professor at West Virginia university whose story, Fisherman Stew is vying for the £10,000 prize.


    We use the music of Fela Kuti, Sade, Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone, Onyeka Owenu, Cardinal Rex Lawson and more as selected by Jowhor to discuss food as an expression of love in his story Fisherman's Stew - an intimate otherworldly love story. We also explore the process of conveying intimacy in writing, reflecting older women in romantic relationships and Jowhor’s writing habit.


    Listen to the playlist of the songs referenced in this episode Spotify: (https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4ZFAMP6BH40iBYpYt4XlFb?si=LRp4_qNCSZyNa64iVp_gA) , YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDgjkF9kUHflHN-Qz7zDhQSIGAKG1JSPI) and Deezer (https://www.deezer.com/playlist/7940429442?utm_source=deezer&utm_content=playlist-7940429442&utm_term=3657907042_1595852139&utm_medium=web)


    The winner of the AKO Caine Prize will be announced online. Visit CainePrize.com for more details. The shortlisted stories are also available to read on Caine Prize website.


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    The song you heard in the intro and outro of this podcast is titled: Reset by Meakoom the song is available for purchase on Bandcamp


    Listen to Rémy Ngamije's playlist to Fisherman on Brittle Paper here: https://brittlepaper.com/2020/06/listen-to-remy-ngamijes-playlists-for-the-2020-ako-caine-prize-shortlisted-stories/
      
    Books referenced in this episode:
    Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe
    And After Many Days - Jowhor Ile
    What It Means When A Man Fall From the Sky – Lesley Nneka Arimah
    Quintessentially Efik Recepies: Foods of Nigeria-- Nky Iweka
    Longthroat Memoirs: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds-- Yemisi Aribisala
     
    Songs referenced this episode:
    Berebote - Cardinal Jim Rex Lawson
    Nothing Even Matters - Lauryn Hill ft D’Angelo
    Iyogogo - Onyeka Onwenu
    Look before you Cross - Evi-Edna Ogholi
    Miles Runs the Voodoo Down - Miles Davis
    Nights - Frank Ocean
    Sade - The Sweetest Taboo
    Trouble Sleep Yanga go Wake Am - Fela Kuti (song)
    Lilac Wine - Nina Simone


    Listen to the full playlist on:
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/3IT7rZ8pZyVVqhyQbj7PTI?si=BqDbcbP9T_e5vEY0-qHa2Q
    Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/playlist/7940429442?utm_source=deezer&utm_content=playlist-7940429442&utm_term=3657907042_1595852139&utm_medium=web
    YouTube: https://www.deezer.com/playlist/7940429442?utm_source=deezer&utm_content=playlist-7940429442&utm_term=3657907042_1595852139&utm_medium=web
     
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Move In Power with Rémy Ngamije (AKO Caine Prize, 2020)

    Move In Power with Rémy Ngamije (AKO Caine Prize, 2020)

    We continue our special one-to-one interview with the shortlisted writers for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing with Remy Ngamije, a Rwandan born, Namibian writer, editor and photographer whose story, The Neighbourhood Watch is vying for the £10,000 prize.


    The Neighbourhood Watch is a narrative of five disenfranchised people on their quest for survival on the margins of society. We use the music of Hugh Masekela, Salif Keita, Yemi Alade, Lady Smith Black Mambazo - as selected by Rémy to unpack the intricacies of the story. We address poor representations of female characters in fiction written by men, while Rémy opens up about the triumphs and challenges of spearheading DoekLitMag.com, a literary journal expanding the reach of Namibian literature.


    Listen to Remy's playlist exclusively curated for Books & Rhymes: The Podcast here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6P3fYvMOt4tWFWvJdbtn7c?si=Ouzw8lRzTXekTOuYFwDywA


    The winner of the AKO Caine Prize will be announced online on the 27th of July, 2020. The event is free and open to all. Visit CainePrize.com for more details. The shortlisted stories are also available on the AKO Caine Prize website.


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    The song you heard in the intro and outro of this podcast is titled: Reset by Meakoom the song is available on Bandcamp




    Books referenced in this episode:
    The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier
    African Book of Short Story Writing – edited by Helon Habila
    Little Family – by Ishmael Beah


    Literary Journals Referenced:
    Doek Lit Mag, Lolwe, Bakwa Magazine, Brittle Paper, Johannesburg Review of Books,
     
    Songs referenced this episode:
    Tomorrow – Salif Keita
    Sound Check - The Muffinz
    Stimela – Hugh Masekela
    Mbube - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
    Africa – Salif Keita
    Africa – Yemy Alade ft. Sauti Sol
    Make The Road by Walking - The Menahan Street Band
     
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Narrative Closure with Erica Sugo Anyadike (AKO Caine Prize, 2020)

    Narrative Closure with Erica Sugo Anyadike (AKO Caine Prize, 2020)

    AKO Caine Prize for African Writing shortlisted writer, Erica Sugo Anyadike, the Tanzanian multi-hyphenated creative powerhouse discuss her subversive story, How To Marry an African President with Sarah Ozo-Irabor.


    We use selected music curated by Erica to unpack among other things, depictions of female partners of powerful men, Black women with care, and writing against the singular African narrative. We discuss the process of writing the How To Marry An African President, and what it means to truly demystify the process of writing. 


    Read the shortlisted AKO Caine Prize stories including How To Marry and African President online at CainePrize.com
    Listen to playlist of songs exclusively curated by Erica Sugo Anyadike for Books & Rhymes here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2LptjYb0xsh7tNwlB2H9PL?si=sA_IIdd4SsyU1-tx_2T7vQ.


    The winner of the 2020 AKO Caine Prize for African Writing will be announced on Monday 27th of July, the announcement will be accompanied by the screening of a specially commissioned film by renowned filmmaker Joseph Adesunloye.
     
    The song you heard in the intro and outro of this podcast is titled: Reset by Meakoom the song is available on Bandcamp: https://meakoom.bandcamp.com/track/reset-books-rhymes-podcast-theme-song


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    Books referenced in this episode: (Available for purchase online and in bookshops)


    In Live and Trouble – Alice Walker
     
    Songs referenced this episode:


    Suzanna - Sauti Sol
    Control - Janet Jackson
    Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Nina Simone
    Tyrone: Live - Erykah Badu
    If I Were A Boy – Beyoncé
     
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Confronting Erasure (Part Two): Lives of Great Men with Chike Frankie Edozien

    Confronting Erasure (Part Two): Lives of Great Men with Chike Frankie Edozien

    In the concluding conversation on his memoir, Lives of Great Men, Chike Frankie Edozien offers greater depth into his career as a journalist in the United States of America (USA). We use a specially curated soundtrack as a musical backdrop to discuss Edozien's experience as one of few African Journalists who covered the highly publicised case against the New York police department for the racial profiling and murder of Guinean student, Amadou Diallo. Edozien elaborates on the importance of professional bodies such as the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) in propelling the careers of aspiring journalists. We also discuss responding to homophobia among family members.


    A playlist of the songs referenced in this episode is available on Spotify and YouTube.
     
    Lives of Great Men is published by: Team Angelica (UK), Ouida Books (Nigeria), Jacana Media (South Africa).


    Books referenced in this episode: (Available for purchase online and in bookshops)
    The Face: Cartography of the Void - Chris Abani
    Walking with Shadows - Jude Dibia
    She Called Me Woman: Nigerian Queer Women Speak - Edited by Azeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan and Rafeeat Aliyu
     
    Songs referenced this episode: (listen to the playlist on Spotify and YouTube.):
    Lady - Fela Kuti
    Diallo - Wyclef Jean
    Ekwe - Onyeka Owenu
    Sweet Mother - Prince Nico Mbaga
    Johnny - Yemi Alade
    Sweetest Taboo - Sade 
    Moving on Up - M People
    Umqombothi - Yvonne Chaka Chaka
    Love Child - The Supremes
    Jaiye Jaiye - Wizkid (featuring Femi Kuti)
    Manya - Mut4y ( featuring Wizkid)
    Booty Call - Mo’Hits All Stars
    Fia - Davido
    All the Man That I Need - Whitney Houston
    One Moment in Time - Whitney Houston


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Confronting Erasure (Part One): Lives of Great Men with Chike Frankie Edozien

    Confronting Erasure (Part One): Lives of Great Men with Chike Frankie Edozien

    Journalist and Lambda award winning author, Chike Frankie Edozien, offers an intimate portrait of his life in his memoir, Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man. We begin the discussion with Edozien’s reaction to the attention the memoir has garnered (including winning the 2018 Lambda literary award), after which we reflect on the importance of being reviewed critically by astute readers, coming of age as same gender loving young man in Nigeria, the criminalisation of homosexuality in West Africa, and the circumstances that compelled Edozien to pursue a career in journalism.


    The playlist of the songs referenced in this episode is available on Spotify and YouTube.
     
    Lives of Great Men is published by: Team Angelica (UK), Ouida Books (Nigeria), Jacana Media (South Africa).
     
    Songs referenced this episode: (listen to the playlist on Spotify and YouTube.):
     
    Taxi Driver (I Don’t Care) - Bobby Benson
    Taxi Driver (I Don’t Care) - Mandy Brown Ojugbana
    Proud - Heather Small
    Work - Masters at Work


    Reviews of Lives of Great Men referenced in the discussion:
    Lives of Great Men by Chike Frankie Edozien – An African exodus – Diana Evans
    Diriye Osman Reviews Chike Frankie Edozien’s Triumphant Memoir
     
    Books referenced in this episode: (Available for purchase online and in bookshops)
    Sista! An Anthology of Writing by and about Same Gender Loving Women of African/Caribbean descent with a UK connection - Edited by Rikki Beadle-Blair, John R Gordon, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah.
    Return to Love: Reflections on the principles of a “Course in Miracles" - Marianne Williamson.


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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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Beatrice UK ,

Great podcast for book lovers

Absolutely loved every episode! What an exciting format, genuine and funny podcast. It’s made me fall back in love with reading. Thank you Books and Rhymes.

aplayfulday ,

Filling a Gap

In a saturated podcast market right now, Sarah is delivering the perfect audio. She’s funny, fiercely intelligent and interviews with insight and passion. I love the mix of books and music that gives more insight into an authors personality than “tell us about your journey”. A much needed podcast!

EQdheeray ,

If movies can have a soundtrack why not books?

I've been looking for a while for a podcast like this! There is an intimate, engaging, soul feeding nature to these converations- episode to episode. What a great idea it is to bring music and books together like this! The live podcasts format feels like you're catching up with old friends and what more could you ask for as a reader but to connect with the author in the same way you've connected with their words?

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