Lamin Fofana tribute to Chinua Achebe

“I wanted to pay homage to the late Professor Chinua Achebe, Africa’s foremost writer and one of the most important writers of the 20th century. His work influenced me immensely; my sense of identity, vision of Africa, the power of storytelling, having a voice, dignity, and grace. I read Chike and the River when I was ten years old. Nearly two decades later, I continue to draw inspiration from his novels and essays including Arrow of God and Home and Exile. It is by total coincidence that I’m revealing this now – but it is fitting that November 16, 2013 is the first post-humous birthday of Chinua Achebe.

“Homage (Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.)” is something I made earlier this year, around the time of Achebe’s passing. It is composed almost entirely of samples from  cassette I got from the WFMU library.

“Grace (Binyavanga Wainaina Remembers Chinua Achebe)” is an appropriated/hijacked audio of acclaimed writer Binyavanga Wainaina talking about Chinua Achebe with some natural sounds and music added. Binyavanga is also a hero. He played at the release party for my last EP.” – Lamin Fofana

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