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FOKN Bois

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Dubbed by Afropop Wordwide as "the cutting edge of satire in African hip-hop," FOKN Bois' bold, taboo-bashing raps have brought the Ghanaian duo to global recognition.

Wanlov the Kubolor and M3nsa began collaborating while at college together in Cape Coast. At the time, American-style hip-hop dominated popular music channels, and together, the pair has helped bring Ghanaian references and identity back into locally produced hip-hop. "We are now making it cool to be a free-thinking Ghanaian," Wanlov has said. No one could accuse FOKN Bois of not being free thinking, as their tracks lampoon social taboos in Ghana. "Thank God We Are Not a Nigerians" mocks the pressure of Nigerian artists to live up to the legacy of Fela (and widespread affinity for maintaining tradition); "Strong Homosexual Guys" pokes fun at pervasive fear and intolerance for homosexuality in the majority-Christian country; "Sextin Islamic Girls" pushes back against the perception of Muslims as overwhelmingly devout. "We just talk about [these issues] so we won’t explode," they've said.

FOKN Bois also produced and starred in Coz Ov Moni, the world’s first musical scripted in Ghanaian pidgin English, in 2010; a sequel premiered in 2014.

Protest Today: Exotica, Commercialism, Noise

Kunstquartier Studio 1, Fri 05.02.2016, 17:00

Wanlov the Kubolor, M3nsa, Angie Balata, Adam Harper. Host: Olaf Karnik

Ghana is the Future

Kunstquartier Studio 1, Fri 05.02.2016, 18:30

Films by FOKN Bois and Peter Guyer & Thomas Burkhalter, followed by talk with the directors.

Disco Halal

YAAM II, Sat 06.02.2016, 23:59

Spatzhabibi, FOKN Bois, Autarkic, Moscoman b2b Delfonic