Books & Rhymes: The Podcast

Books & Rhymes: The Podcast

By Books & Rhymes

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. Subscribe to the mailing list on booksandrhymes.com. Contact: booksandrhymes@gmail.com Follow @BooksAndRhymes on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/booksandrhymes/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/BooksAndRhymes Listen to an extended playlist of songs referenced in each episode here: https://open.spotify.com/user/booksandrhymes?si=KV87SCJ5QZujl_uMBMpiBQ.

Episodes

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 processWe 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/dipsauspodcastGet in touch with us via email: BooksAndRhymes@gmail.comFollow us on Instagram and Twitter: @BooksAndRhymes. Tweet your thoughts by using #BooksAndRhymes.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  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/08/2048m 46s

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.Get in touch with us via email: BooksAndRhymes@gmail.comFollow us on Instagram and Twitter: @BooksAndRhymesTweet your thoughts by using the hashtag #BooksAndRhymesThe song you heard in the intro and outro of this podcast is titled: Reset by Meakoom the song is available for purchase on BandcampListen 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...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/07/201h 19m

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=Ouzw8lRzTXekTOuYFwDywAThe 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.Get in touch with us via email: BooksAndRhymes@gmail.comFollow us on Instagram and Twitter: @BooksAndRhymesShare your thoughts on this episode using #BooksAndRhymesThe song you heard in the intro and outro of this podcast is titled: Reset by Meakoom the song is available on BandcampBooks referenced in this episode:The Silver Sword by Ian SerraillierAfrican Book of Short Story Writing – edited by Helon HabilaLittle Family – by Ishmael BeahLiterary Journals Referenced:Doek Lit Mag, Lolwe, Bakwa Magazine, Brittle Paper, Johannesburg Review of Books, Songs referenced this episode:Tomorrow – Salif KeitaSound Check - The MuffinzStimela – Hugh MasekelaMbube - Ladysmith Black MambazoAfrica – Salif KeitaAfrica – Yemy Alade ft. Sauti SolMake The Road by Walking - The Menahan Street Band  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/07/201h 21m

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.comListen 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-songGet in touch with us via email: BooksAndRhymes@gmail.comFollow @BooksAndRhymes on https://instagram.com/booksandrhymes/ and https://twitter.com/booksandrhymesShare your thoughts on this episode using #BooksAndRhymes   Books referenced in this episode: (Available for purchase online and in bookshops)In Live and Trouble – Alice Walker Songs referenced this episode:Suzanna - Sauti SolControl - Janet JacksonDon’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Nina SimoneTyrone: Live - Erykah BaduIf I Were A Boy – Beyoncé  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/07/201h 9m

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 AbaniWalking with Shadows - Jude DibiaShe 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 KutiDiallo - Wyclef JeanEkwe - Onyeka OwenuSweet Mother - Prince Nico MbagaJohnny - Yemi AladeSweetest Taboo - Sade Moving on Up - M PeopleUmqombothi - Yvonne Chaka ChakaLove Child - The SupremesJaiye Jaiye - Wizkid (featuring Femi Kuti)Manya - Mut4y ( featuring Wizkid)Booty Call - Mo’Hits All StarsFia - DavidoAll the Man That I Need - Whitney HoustonOne Moment in Time - Whitney HoustonShare your thoughts on this episode using #BooksAndrhymesSubscribe to the mailing list at Booksandrhymes.comGet in touch by sending an email to BooksAndRhymes@gmail.comFollow @BooksAndRhymes on Instagram and Twitter,  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
07/10/191h 8m

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 BensonTaxi Driver (I Don’t Care) - Mandy Brown OjugbanaProud - Heather SmallWork - Masters at WorkReviews of Lives of Great Men referenced in the discussion:Lives of Great Men by Chike Frankie Edozien – An African exodus – Diana EvansDiriye 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.Follow @BooksAndRhymes on Instagram and Twitter,Share your thoughts on this episode using #BooksandrhymesSubscribe to the mailing list at Booksandrhymes.comSend your questions and requests to: See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
30/09/191h 2m

In Search of History: House of Stone with Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma provides deeper context to her critically acclaimed novel, House of Stone – a sophisticated, philosophical and darkly humorous (re)telling of Zimbabwe’s history. We explore writing for a specific audience, censorship in Zimbabwean publishing landscape, weaponisation of history, the importance of documenting Gukurahundi massacre in fiction, understanding the ‘Born Free’ generation and so much more. Books mentioned in this episode (widely available for purchase online and your local bookshops). House of Hunger – Dambuzo MarecheraThese Bones Will Rise Again – Panashe ChigumadziStone Virgins – Yvonne VeraMy Sister The Serial Killer – Oyinkan BraithwaiteNervous Conditions – Tsitsi DagarembaA Thousand Years of Good Prayers – Yiyun LiA Strangers Pose – Emmanuel Iduma Songs referenced this episode (listen to the playlist on Spotify and YouTube): Zimbabwe – Bob MarleyDanger Zone – Thomas MapfumoRhodesians Never Die – David ScobieWhat’s Love Got To Do With It – Tina TurnerAboki – Ice PrinceCoffin For Head of State – Fela KutiUmoya Wami – Lovemore MajaivanaKeep It Moving – Empire CastCries of the Motherland - CaiiroReviews: Books & Rhymes’ review on BookstagramHelon Habila’s review in The Guardian NewspaperYiyun Li’s recommendation in Vanity Fair magazine  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
10/09/191h 24m

Postcolonial Trauma: A Small Silence with Jumoke Verissimo

Celebrated writer and poet, Jumoke Verrisimo, discuss the complexities of fictionalising personal pain in fiction, idealisation of mothers in Yoruba culture, the infliction of emotional traumas on loved ones as coping strategy for much deeper unarticulated psychological distress, and her debut novel, A Small Silence - a quietly disturbing coded novel that humanises historically underserved communities in fiction while inviting the reader to explore the psycho-social implication of loneliness and isolation.Read Brittle Paper's review here.  Songs referenced this episode (listen to the playlist on Spotify and YouTube): A Beautiful Imperfection – AsaThe Way I Feel – AsaI am A Rock – Simon and GarfunkelGravity – John Meyer         Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Nina SimoneAin’t No Sunshine – Bill WithersArmy Arrangement – Fela KutiDisturbia – Rihanna This episode was recorded in partnership with Cassava Republic Press at Library - A luxurious members only club situated in central London. Share your thought on this episode using the hashtag #BooksandrhymesFollow @BooksAndRhymes on Instagram and Twitter,Subscribe to the mailing list at Booksandrhymes.comEmail your thoughts to BooksAndRhymes@gmail.com  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/09/191h 5m

When Writing Begin to Sing: In dependence with Sarah Ladipo Manyika

In celebration of its 10th anniversary launch, Sarah Ladipo Manyika takes us through the musical landscape of her novel, In Dependence, a sweeping love story spanning four decades, steeped in pan-African post colonial politics. We use the playlist curated by Sarah Ladipo Manyika to unpack the reasoning, research and writing process behind the novel, In Dependence. We explore the import of musicians such as Hugh Masekela, Nina Simone, Bob Marley, and many more in bringing literary narratives to life. Sarah Ladipo Manyika also expands on the import of Toni Morrison’s advice to writers in her acceptance speech for the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature. This episode was recorded live at Foyles flagship bookshop in Charring Cross, London, in partnership with Cassava Republic Press. Books and articles mentioned:In Dependence – Sarah Ladipo ManyikaLike A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun - Sarah Ladipo ManyikaNew Daughters of Africa - Edited by Margaret BusbyWe Need New Names – NoViolet BulawayoLagos Noir – Edited by Chris AbaniThe books mentioned above are widely available for purchase online and your local bookshops. Articles referenced: interview with Toni Morrison, On meeting Toni Morrison, and ‘On Meeting Mrs Obama’ Film referenced: Mother of George – directed by Andrew Dosunmu Songs referenced this episode (listen to the extended playlist on Spotify and YouTube):Market Place – High MasekelaWaiting in Vain – Bob MarleyReinfiltrator – FalanaStart Again – FalanaHear Me Lord – Oliver Tuku MtukudziShe’s a Bad Mama Mama – Carl CarltonAmen/ This Little Light of Mine – Etta James  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
14/08/191h 2m

Do What You Gotta Do: Caine Prize for African Writing

A special live episode recording with the shortlisted writers for the Caine Prize for African Writing, 2019: Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria)‘Skinned’, Meron Hadero (Ethiopia) ‘The Wall’,  Cherrie Kandie (Kenya) for ‘Sew My Mouth’ Ngwah-Mbo Nana Nkweti (Cameroon) for ‘It Takes A Village Some Say’, and Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor (Nigeria) for ‘All Our Lives’; in partnership with the Caine Prize.The stories can be read in written and audio formats here: http://caineprize.com/the-shortlist-2019Tweet your thought on this episode using the hashtag #Booksandrhymes, follow @booksandrhymes on twitter and instagramA playlist of the songs featured in this episode including a specially curated soundtrack to each story is available on Spotify and YouTubeI’m so thankful for your positive feedback on previous episodes of the podcast. Subscribe to the mailing list at booksandrhymes.com.Do me a favour and subscribe, rate, and review Books & Rhymes on iTunes and your favourite podcast listening platforms.Tell your friends about the podcast and continue the conversation by following @booksAndRhymes on twitter, and instagramThe song you heard at the intro and outro is titled Dismembered by Meakoom.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/07/191h 36m

Dark Angel: My Sister The Serial Killer with Oyinkan Braithwaite

This week’s guest is Oyinkan Braithwaite, author of My Sister The Serial Killer, the critically acclaimed debut novel recently shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction. We discuss her strategies for coping with criticisms, the importance of being grounded in faith, and the eccentricities of Nigerian humour which underpins the novel.In the second half, Oyinkan takes us on a musical journey through several books including Jane Eyre, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and why she cried uncontrollably after reading A voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers.An extended playlist of Saraiya Bah’s musical pairings is available on Spotify and YouTubeSubscribe to the mailing list at booksandrhymes.com.Tune into next week’s episode with Lydia Levy Kakwera, whose piece “That Idyllic Home” was recently published in Writvism anthology titled: Unbreakable Bonds. we discuss migrant literature and the art of maintaining a consistent reading habit.Subscribe, rate, and review Books & Rhymes on iTunes and your favourite podcast listening platforms. Tweet your thought on this episode using the hashtag #Booksandrhymes, follow @booksandrhymes on twitter and instagram The song you heard at the intro and outro is titled Dismembered by Meakoom.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/05/191h 29m

A Society Within: 'Seeing' Yourself in Literature with Saraiya Bah

I am joined by Saraiya Bah, a British poet and cultural producer of Sierra Leonian descent, whose work draws on the West African tradition of storytelling. In our discussion, Saraiya draws connections between Malcom X & Nas, Erykah Badu’s music & teenagers in inner city London, and Saraiya situates Lauryn Hill’s work in Mariama Ba’s iconic nove, So Long a letter.Saraiya Bah is an entire mood! Her honest engagement with literature is inspiring. Listen to her poetry and find out more about her works on saraiyabah.co.uk.An extended playlist of Saraiya Bah’s musical pairings is available on Spotify and YouTubeI’m extremely excited to announce that I will be hosting another live episode on the 23rd of May at Foyles bookshop in central London, with Sarah Ladipo Manyika, who will no doubt take us on an insightful and honest discussion about her beautifully written and unforgettable novel, In Dependence. Tickets are available here.I’m so thankful for your positive feedback on last week’s episode with Namwali Serpell. Subscribe to the mailing list at booksandrhymes.com, for a chance to win one of two signed copies of her debut novel, The Old Drift. The winner will be announced in the next episode.Tune into next week’s episode with the Oyinkan Braithwaite, author of My Sister The Serial Killer, a novel that was recently shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for fiction as we discuss her strategies for coping with criticisms, the importance of being grounded in faith, and the eccentricities of being a Nigerian.Subscribe, rate, and review Books & Rhymes on iTunes and your favourite podcast listening platforms. Tweet your thought on this episode using the hashtag #Booksandrhymes, follow @booksandrhymes on twitter and instagram The song you heard in the intro and outro is titled Dismembered by Meakoom.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
15/05/191h 9m

Emotional Landscape with Namwali Serpell

Namwali Serpell, author of the critically acclaimed debut novel, ‘The Old Drift’, takes us on a musical journey through the 20 year period of writing the novel, the problematic nature of literary prizes, the strangeness of reality, and the historical meaning of the phrase 'Muzungu'. We also discuss the connections between 'The Old Drift' and Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Bjork, Tracy Chapman, Larry Maluma and Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makimbi. Namwali Serpell has curated a special playlist to her debut novel, The Old Drift for Books & Rhymes: The Podcast which you can listen to on Spotify: (https://open.spotify.com/user/booksandrhymes/playlist/1UEnf0e6NphMjyKLjuSEjp?si=9nq7TqSASG-_PTG8CFS38A), you can also watch the music videos on our Youtube playlist: (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDgjkF9kUHfkteN9jjSyVrSMKJW9MHGIC).This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at the iconic Waterstones bookshop in Gower street, London. Subscribe to the mailing list at Booksandrhymes.com Get in touch with us via email: BooksAndRhymes@gmail.com Follow @BooksAndRhymes on https://instagram.com/booksandrhymes/ and https://twitter.com/booksandrhymes Share your thoughts on this episode using #BooksAndRhymesBooks & Rhymes: The Podcast theme song is by Meakoom: https://open.spotify.com/album/7xH8SSzkpuaRCKUEPuyB6W?si=-pOF6BuFRkeUC8iaL-j15w: . You can find her catalogue here: https://meakoom.bandcamp.com/.Books referenced: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell’s Africa39: New Writing from Africa South of the Sahara- Edited by Ellah WakatamaShort Stories Referenced: The Sack - Namwali Serpell Muzungu - Namwal Serpell Kintu - Jennifer Nansubuga MakumbiSongs Referenced: Homogenic - Bjork Joga - Bjork Chakolwa (Drunkard) - Larry MalumaTeclo - PJ Harvey. Crossroads - Tracy Chapman.The playlist is available on YouTube and Spotify.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/05/191h 9m

Episode 00: Introducing Books & Rhymes, the podcast

Welcome to Books and rhymes, the podcast that makes you fall in love with reading, whilst flipping the script with a musical twist on your favourite books. I invite guests to pair a book with a song or an album that sparks the same emotional connection.I’m your host, Sarah, a west African in the diaspora with a deep abiding love for the written word. Join me every Monday on a musical journey through the works of new and classic authors. An extended playlist of songs featured in each episode is available on booksandrhymes.com (Subscribe to the mailing list for a chance to win signed copies critically acclaimed books).Subscribe, review and rate Books & Rhymes on iTunes and your fave podcast listening platforms.Follow Books & Rhymes on Instagram and Twitter.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24/04/194m 34s
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