Welcome to Vol 75 of The Spread!
The Spread is a weekly edit of the best stories and global news on Africa(ns) influencing mainstream culture.
Welcome new to our subscribers who signed up since the last issue! If you haven't already, hit subscribe and join 3,546 culturally-curious people.
Now, on to the real peel...
🔥 Trending Stories
- A world famous chef returns home to Ethiopia via Semafor
- Nigeria’s storied expression of joy: the tale of Fuji music via Far Out
- A Tribe Called Judah becomes highest-earning Nigerian film via BBC
- The joys and pains of collecting African art via CNN
- From Botswana to Costa Rica: Most Interesting New Hotels of 2024 via Robb Report
- How to get into... Senegalese movies via i-D
- Wangari Mathenge's paintings reframe Kenya's domestic workers via i-D
⏳ Trivia Time
Who became the first African woman to win the German Peace Prize in Literature in 2021?
A) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
B) Tsitsi Dangarembga
C) Ama Ata Aidoo
Scroll to the very bottom for the answer.
🧭 A Marmalade Guide To...
EDM's Growth in Nigeria's Music Scene
In Nigeria, electronic dance music, or EDM, has become more and more popular during the past ten years. EDM, which combines traditional African sounds with contemporary synthetic beats, has carved out a flourishing niche for itself because of the growing interest from young culture and easier access to production equipment. This guide examines the development of EDM from three angles: the club environment, Afrobeat crossover, and the cultural identity of young Nigerians.
The epicenter of the Nigerian EDM scene is now Lagos, home to clubs like Coconut Grove, Ember Lounge, and Nok by Alara that create trends in the industry. These venues set themselves apart with sophisticated stage setups that feature EDM DJs and dancers spinning house, techno, and electro tunes.
Get 50% off VIP Club
To celebrate the launch of Experiences by Marmalade, we’re giving you 50% off VIP Club membership if you sign up this week!
Join today to enjoy all these great perks:
- Instantly unlock all VIP deals 🔒
- 2x more deals than free subscribers 💌
- 24hrs+ priority access to all deals 🍽️
- VIP exclusives you won't find elsewhere 🔥
PS - 50% sale ends at midnight on Sunday 21st January, don't miss out!
📰 Reading: The beautiful manifesto of Daniel Kaluuya. With his directorial debut The Kitchen, the Oscar-winning actor is turning his gaze back home – and showing the world another side of the UK
📺 Watching: (Un)credited. Dive deep into the past, present and future of influential dance moves and celebrate their creators. Get to know the origins of Afro Dance in Nigeria and how it has shaped a global mainstream culture.
🎧 Listening to: I Said What I Said Podcast: Everybody Is Not Okay. They also talk about the struggles of moving back to Nigeria, taking charge of your life, being gentle with yourself
🎟️ Booking: JAM 'Games Night Edition'. Get ready to JAM with us at the Ultimate House Party Experience! This isn't just any party – it's a games night special where you can meet dope new friends and make lasting memories.
👀 Eyeing: A pair of limited edition LABRUM x adidas Samba OG or adiFOM Stan Smith Mules.
👏 That's a wrap!
Did we miss anything? Or just want to say hey? We'd love to hear from you! You can...
- 🚀 Advertise in this newsletter
- 📸 Follow us on Instagram
- 💬 Connect on LinkedIn
- 💌 Reply to this email
- 👨🏾💻 Speak to us about a creative project
Did someone forward this email to you? 👉 Sign up here