More Aphrike #5 with Taiye Selasi and Bill Sellanga
M.Bassy, Hamburg, Germany 07 Oct 2017
Taiye Selasi (left), Bill Sellanga (right). Courtesy of M.Bassy.
In the fifth part of the event series “More Aphrike” the focus is on cultural belonging and the forming of individual identity in a world which is becoming more fluid while simultaneously raising new borders.
The guests will be author TAIYE SELASI and musician/producer BILL SELLANGA. The author TAIYE SELASI defined the term »Afropolitan« for a new generation of cosmopolitans with African roots, who feel at home in the metropoles of Africa as well as in those of Europe or the United States. Nairobi-based BILL SELLANGA, aka Blinky Bill, mixes the sounds of Kenya with music from other African countries and reaches people far beyond the continent.
Taiye Selasi is an author and photographer. Born in London and raised in Boston, she holds a BA from Yale and an MPhil from Oxford. In 2013 Selasi’s debut novel, the New York Times bestseller Ghana Must Go, was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by The Wall Street Journal and The Economist. The same year Selasi was named to Granta’s once-in-a-decade list of Best Young British Novelists. Her 2015 TED talk, “Don’t Ask Where I’m From; Ask Where I’m a Local,” has reached over two million viewers. She is writing her second novel in Berlin.
Blinky Bill (Bill Sellanga) is a kenyan musician/producer and DJ and a founding member of the forward thinking art and music collective Just A Band. His music is a mix of futuristic african beats meets Funk, Hip Hop, Electronica and a hint of Jazz. He released is first solo ep „WE CUT KEYS WHILE YOU WAIT“ this year.