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Sarah Ozo-Irabor invite guests to pair books with songs or albums that spark the same emotional connection. We take you on a musical journey through the works of new and classic authors by using selected songs to (re)discover contemporary and canonical literature. An extended playlist of songs for each episode is available via link in the episode description. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @BooksAndRhymes. For feedback, feature and sponsorship request, email us: booksandrhymes@gmail.com. Subscribe to our mailing list: http://eepurl.com/gr0kD5

Books & Rhymes: The Podcast Books & Rhymes

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Sarah Ozo-Irabor invite guests to pair books with songs or albums that spark the same emotional connection. We take you on a musical journey through the works of new and classic authors by using selected songs to (re)discover contemporary and canonical literature. An extended playlist of songs for each episode is available via link in the episode description. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @BooksAndRhymes. For feedback, feature and sponsorship request, email us: booksandrhymes@gmail.com. Subscribe to our mailing list: http://eepurl.com/gr0kD5

    Psychogeography: Poor with Caleb Femi

    Psychogeography: Poor with Caleb Femi

    What is psychogeography? How does architecture affect our emotional, mental, and psychological wellbeing? Caleb Femi, a poet, educator, and multidisciplinary artist whose debut collection of poetry, Poor, celebrate and interrogate youth culture and masculinity, while the articulating the complex lived experiences of working class migrant communities in the UK join us in conversation. We use the music of Burna Boy, J-Hus, Wizkid, Guggs, Sunny Ade, and more to explore the problematic relationship between architecture and social stratification, the importance of finding and reading resonant poetry, the conversational between poetry and photography, and the philosophy that undergirds his work.


    **win signed copies** of Caleb Femi's debut collection of poetry, Poor, by subscribing to our mailing list here --> http://eepurl.com/gr0kD5. The winner will be selected from our list of subscribers and announced on Monday 16th of November.
     
    Listen to Caleb Femi’s curated playlist on Spotify, and Deezer. For more information on Caleb Femi’s work, follow him on twitter and Instagram.
     
    I am pleased to announce an international giveaway of two signed copies of Caleb Femi’s collection of poetry, Poor, in collaboration with Ed Public Relations. The giveaway ends on Monday 16th of November. For a chance to win one signed copy of the book, simply subscribe to the mailing list via link in the episode description. The winner will be seleted from our list of subscribers.
     
    For a chance to win the second signed copy, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @booksandrhymes, entry details will be posted.
     
    The song you heard in the intro and outro of this podcast is titled: Reset by Meakoom (Meakoom) link to her music is available on Bandcamp


    Books discussed and referenced in this episode:
     
    -     Citizen – Claudia Rankine
    -     Salt – Nayyirah Waheed
    -     The Light Song of Light – Kei Miller 
    -     Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth – Warsane Shire
    -     Surge – Jay Bernard
    -     The Perseverance – Raymond Antrobus
    -     My Darling From the Lions – Rachel Long
    -     Some Bright Elegance– Kayo Chingonyi
     
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Bridging the Gap: The Deep Blue Between With Ayesha Harruna Attah

    Bridging the Gap: The Deep Blue Between With Ayesha Harruna Attah

    What do writers mean when they say they are ‘possessed’ by a character or a story? How much intuitive freedom does MFA courses offer writers, and hwat is it like to discover and translate a 3000 year old Hieroglyphic Egyptian love story? We discuss these and more with writer and researcher, Ayesha Harruna Attah, author of four books including the recently published novel, The Deep Blue Between -- a multi-directional migration story of a displaced set of twins in 1800s Ghana, and its predecessor, The Hundred Wells of Salaga.


    We use the music of Mayra Andrade, Les Nubian, Sampa The Great, Nina Simone, Salif Keita and so much more to discuss Ayesha Harruna Attah’s experience of being mentored by, and working closely with the literary giant, Ayi Kwei Armah, her experience of being published in Continental Africa and Europe, and other topics. For more information of Ayesha Harruna Attah’s work, visit AyeshaAttah.com.


    Listen to Ayesha’s curated playlist on Spotify, Deezer and YouTube


    Continue the conversation by posting your thoughts on this episode on Twitter and Instagram by tagging us #BooksAndRhymes


    Ayesha Harruna Attah’s bibliography
     
    -     Saturday Shadows (Per Ankh Publisher)
    -     Harmattan rain
    -     The Hundred Wells of Salaga
    -     The Deep Blue between


    Books published as part of project that translates Hieroglyphics to multiple African languages:


    -     Sanhat
    -     Smi n skhty pn: Multilingual Translation of a 4000 year old African Love Story (also known as The eloquent peasant) translated by Ayi Kwei Armah, Ayeesha Harruna Attah et al.
    -     Skhmkht Ea: On Love Sublime- A Multilingual Translation of an African Love Poem.
    -     The instructions of Ptahhotep


    Books discussed and referenced in this episode:
     
    -     One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    -     Daughters of Africa – Margaret Busby
    -     New Daughters of Africa – Margaret Busby
    -     The Eloquence of the Scribes: A memoir on the sources and resources of African Literature - Ayi Kwei Armah
    -     Two Sisters – Ama Ata Aidoo
    -     Woman who runs with the wolves: Myth and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype – Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    -     Bird by Bird – Anne Lamont
    -     Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun – Sarah Ladipo Manyika
    -     Indigenous Slavery in Ghana – Akosua Adomaa Perbi
    -     Slave Rebellion in Brazil: The Muslim Uprising of 1835 in Bahia – João José Reis
    -     The Healers – Ayi Kwei Armah
    -     No Sweetness here – Ama Ata Aidoo
    -     Cloth Girl – Marilyn Heward-Mills
    -     Tail of The Blue Bird – Nii Ayikwei Parks
    -     Of Women and Frogs – Bisi Adjapon
    -     Powder Necklace – Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
    -     The Justice – Boakyewaa Glover
    -     Ghana Must Go – Taiye Selassi
    -     Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
    -     The Prophet of Zongo Street – Mohammed Naseehu Ali


    Listen to Ayesha’s curated playlist on Spotify, Deezer and YouTube.


    The song you heard in the intro and outro of this podcast is by Meakoom
     
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    • 2 hr 26 min
    Literary Romance: If I Don't Have You with Sareeta Domingo

    Literary Romance: If I Don't Have You with Sareeta Domingo

    We explore why romance genre is generally disregarded or overlooked by literary critics, the privileges of being published by a small independent press, and so much more with Sareeta Domingo, an accomplished author whose third novel, If I Don’t Have You, a love story between a Black British journalist and an Afro-Brazilian film-maker is published as part Jacaranda Books and Arts #Twentyin2020 project.
     
    We use the music of ESKA, Prince, Erykah Badu, Neneh Cherry and more to discuss her non-traditional route to publishing, crafting & writing romance stories as an act of resistance, writing ambitious Black women with care, Sareeta Domingo also share her experience for writers who are weighing the option of either the wish to be published by a small independent or an establishment publishing house. For more information of Sareeta’s work, visit Sareetadomingo.com


    Listen Sareeta Domingo’s specially curated playlist for Books & Rhymes: The Podcast on Spotify and Deezer. Continue the conversation by posting your thoughts on this episode on Twitter and Instagram by tagging us @BooksAndRhymes


    Titles Authored or Edited by Sareeta Domingo
     
    -      If I don’t Have you
    -      Who’s Loving You
    -      The Nearness of you
    -      Love, Secret Santa
     
    Titles (and Poem) Referenced in the discussion:
     
    -      The Ballad of J. Alfred Prufrock (a poem) – T. S. Elliott
    -      The outsiders - SE Hinton
    -      Beloved - Toni Morrison
    -      Little fires everywhere – Celeste Ng
    -      The sky is everywhere -
    -      Ordinary people – Diana Evans
    -      My Sister The Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite
    -      Stay with me – Ayobami Adebayo
    -      Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives – Lola Shoneyin
    -      Behold The Dreamers – Mbolo Mbue
    -      The Terrible - Yrsa Daley Ward
    -      Simone is Still Single – Lisa Bent
    -      Bad Love – Maame Blue
     
    Recommended Romance authors:
     
    -      Alyssa Cole
    -      Talia Hibbert
     
    Songs Referenced in the discussion:
     
    -      Gatekeeper – ESKA
    -      The Ballad of Dorothy Parker – Prince
    -      Love Has fallen on Me – Chaka Khan
    -      The Nearness of You – Ella Fitgerald
    -      If I Don’t Have You – Gregory Isaac
    -      If I Don’t Have You (cover)– Sareeta Domingo
    -      Who’s Loving You – Jackson 5
    -      Orange Moon – Erykah Badu
    -      Flowers – Little Sims, Michael Kiwanuka
    -      Manchild – Neneh Cherry
    -      Things I Imagined – Solange
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Negotiating Sexuality: Black Sunday with Tola Rotimi Abraham

    Negotiating Sexuality: Black Sunday with Tola Rotimi Abraham

    Do writers of African descent have the freedom to write whimsical and quirky stories? How can readers support the works of under-discussed writers during COVID-19 global pandemic?
     
    We discuss these topics and more with Tola Rotimi Abraham, whose debut novel, Black Sunday (a coming of age novel set in Lagos, Nigeria, which tells the story of a fractured family coming to terms with an unexpected loss) has been shortlisted for the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Fiction. We use the music of Adekunle Gold, Teni The Entertainer, Shoma Madjozi and more to discuss consent in hyper-patriarchal societies, the inevitable emotional weight of (re)writing and editing traumatic scenes, & linguistic misnomers in the depiction of localised customs in literature published in the West. Listen Tola Abraham’s specially curated playlist Spotify, Deezer and YouTube. Listen to a playlist if sings curated by Tola Rotimi Abraham on Spotify, Deezer and YouTube.
    Continue the conversation by posting your thoughts on this episode on Twitter and Instagram by tagging us #BooksAndRhymes


     
    The song you heard in the intro and outro of this podcast is titled: Reset by Meakoom (Meakoom) link to her music is available on Bandcamp


     
    Purchase Tola Rotimi Abraham’s unforgettable novel Black Sunday online and in your local bookstore. 


    Authors & Books referenced:
     
    -     We Need New Names - Noviolet Bulawayo
    -     Helen Oyeyemi
    -     Tade Thompson
    -     Nnedi Okorafor
    -     The Vanishing Half - Brit Bennett
     
    Songs Referenced:
     
    -     John Cena – Sho Madjozi
    -     Surrender – Natalie Taylor
    -     Ire – Adekunle Gold.
    -     Teni – Uyo Meyo
    -     Brown Skin Girl - Beyonce
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Let Us Speak for ourselves: Things Fall Together with Muthoni Muiruri

    Let Us Speak for ourselves: Things Fall Together with Muthoni Muiruri

    What is Bookstagram and how is it shaping readers' engagement with books? What are the strategies for maintaining a healthy reading habit amidst COVID-19 pandemic? Is the term ‘African literature’ a form of self othering? We discuss these and more in today's episode with Muthoni Muiruri, a Kenyan researcher and literary activist.
     
    Muthoni is the founder SomaNami.co.ke, a blog where she promotes and reviews books by Continental and diaspora African writers. She is the co-founder of The African Review, and the recently launched Things Fall Together vodcast that explores the intersection between literature, life, culture and community. She hosts Bookish Pipo Book Club a monthly in-person book club based in Kenya. Follow Muthoni on Twitter and Instagram
     
    Listen to playlist of the songs referenced in this episode on Spotify, Deezer and YouTube
     
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    Books referenced:
     
    -      Americanah - Chimamanda N Adichie RThings Fall Apart
    -      No Longer At Ease – Chinua Achebe
    -      Arrow of God – Chinua Achebe
    -      The Concubine - Elechi Amadi
    -      Efuru - Flora Nwapa
    -      The DragonFly – Yvonne Adhianbo
    -      We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawaiyo
    -      What it Means When A man Falls from The Sky – Lesley Nneka Arimah
    -      The Secret Lives of baba Segi’s Wives – Lola Shoneyin
    -      Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo
    -      Kintu – Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
    -      The Havoc of Choice – Wanjiru Koinange


    Songs Refernced:
     
    -      Therapy – India.Arie
    -      All Night - Beyoncé
    -      Extravaganza – Sauti Sol
    -      Read All About It – Emeli Sande
    -      Africa – Yemi Alade ft. Sauti Sol
    -      Emotional Rollercoaster – Vivian Green
    -      What Now– Rihanna
    -      Brown Skin Girl – Beyoncé ft. Wizkid
    -      Run The World - Beyoncé


    Listen to the full paylist on Spotify, Deezer and YouTube
     
    The song you heard in the intro and outro of this podcast is titled: Reset by Meakoom (Meakoom) link to her music is available on Bandcamp
     
     
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Literature Infrastructure: De Goede Immigrant with Ebissé Wakjira Rouw

    Literature Infrastructure: De Goede Immigrant with Ebissé Wakjira Rouw

    Ebissé Wakjira Rouw, co-founder of the Dutch multimedia powerhouse, Dipsaus (Dipsaus.org) joins us in conversation by using the music of Luther Vandross, Nas, Lil Wayne, City Girls and Mahmoud Ahmed to discuss publishing while Black in the Netherlands and Europe, navigating work-life balance in light of COVID-19, translating writings by Continental and Diaspora African writers and more.


    We also discuss recent and forthcoming Dipsaus publications such as: the Dutch translation of Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider, Afro-Lit – Moderne Literatuur Uit De Afrikaanse Diaspora, and DeGoede Immigrant (the Dutch iteration of the ground-breaking anthology, The Good Immigrant).


    The playlist of songs referenced in this episdoe is available on Spotify and Deezer


    Keep up to date with Ebissé by visiting dipsaus.org. Follow Ebissé @DipsausPodcast on Twitter and Instagram:


    Get in touch with us via email: BooksAndRhymes@gmail.com Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @BooksAndRhymes.
     
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    Books referenced in this episode:
    -     A Strangers Pose - Enmanuel Iduma
    -    De Goede Immigrant – Edited by Dipsaus
    -     Sister Outsider – Audre Lorde
    -     Afro-Lit – Moderne Literatuur Uit De Afrikaanse Diaspora – Edited by Dalilla Hermans and Ebissé Wakjira Rouw
    -      Hallo Witte Mensen - Anousha Nzume
    -      Fikir esle Meqabir - Hadis Alemayehu


    Songs referenced this episode:
    -      Never too much - Luhter Vandross is our jam where Noush put a ring
    -      Stuntin like ma daddy - Birdman, Lil Wayne,
    -     If I ruled the World - NAS, Lauryn Hill
    -     Where the bag at - City Girls.
    -     Tizita – Mahmoud Ahmed


    Podcast referenced in this episode:
    -     Spectrum Podcast
    -     Fufu & Dadels
     
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    • 1 hr 13 min

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