My Neighbour The Rapist - BBC - Golden Mtika
"My Neighbour the Rapist" is a controversial BBC documentary presented by Golden Mtika, that purports to showcase the sexual crime epidemic affecting a village in Johannesburg, South Africa known as Diepsloot. The presenter, a journalist who happens to reside in that part of town, and thus has an intimate knowledge on its ins and outs.
Golden Mtika interviews several "victims" and "rapists" who's stories are as appalling and sickening as they come. You will note that I enclosed victims and rapists in quotation marks. This is because, some of those that were interviewed alleged that they were paid to say what they said.
Since China appears to be "taking over the world" as a new super power, I thought that I might as well check out out their entertainment outside the Bruce Lee and Jet Li Kung Fu movies. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at quality of some of these shows and so below are my top picks for dramas from China.
1. Three Kingdoms
This 95 episode series, set in the Three Kingdoms (late Han) era of China and is based on a historical novel of the same name. It follows the rise and fall of various competing "warlords" and generals but focuses mainly on Cao Cao, Liu Bei, and Sima Yi.
Three Kingdoms boasts a great combination of political intrigue and epic battles (with a fair amount of mano e mano combat) which apart from anything else gives you a sense of how life (in a certain respect) must have been like. To this end, Ni Dahong's portrayal of Sima Yi gives us some insight as to what one would have to do in order to thrive in such an environment.
The only thing that really annoyed me, was the constant spitting up blood, notwithstanding the fact that I understand its place in Chinese theatrical traditions.
The staple of Caribbean conscious music is without a doubt, Reggae and happens to be my favorite genre of music. I could fill this list with Bob Marley's works alone, but for the sake of variety I am going to stick to one song per artist.
1. Bob Marley - Exodus
Bob Marley is the undisputed King of Reggae, and apart from his powerful lyrics, I think that a part of his success is attributable to the fact that he didn't always stick to the usual reggae beat, but rather incorporated a range of musical genres into his songs. Exodus, a song about liberation, is a perfect example of this (in fact I was jamming to this moments before my last exam at law school). When you here this song, you can't help but have the urge to get up and start skanking.
2. John Holt - Strange Things
John Holt, was a wonderful singer who focused mainly on love songs. Strange Things has a rather strange beat for a reggae song, which is partly what makes the song so great. This song is essentially about a lonely person wanting to have some "fun" on a Friday night. Despite its lyrics, its beat is perfect for a couples' dance.
3. Gregory Isaacs - Night Nurse
In the best Jamaican patois I can muster - "Cool Ruler a di boss" and Night Nurse proves it. The melody makes me give way to a slow skank, or bop if you will. Some persons say that this lover's song was about drugs rather than a lady, but whatever, its great nonetheless.