On March 6, 2018 Netflix award-winning director Jonny Von Wallström is premiered his new documentary series The Confused African exclusively on YouTube.
It is a story about identity, music and corruption in Uganda featuring Ugandan Artist and TV personality Ken Daniels and well-known rapper Navio who uses music to speak about the country’s issues.
It started out in 1992 when he joined Swahili Nation that was formed in the 90’s by Kenyan brothers Muturi. A couple of years ago, he decided to move back to Uganda because he felt responsible and wanted to be a part of the change that was happening in the country.
“It is tough to come to a new country, whether it is Sweden, Uganda or The United States. You have to learn the language and adapt to the society. For me, it was tough to move to Sweden, but it was also tough to move back to Uganda after all those years away.”
He says he hasn’t been living in the country for a long time, and now he shares his story of what it is like to come back in a new documentary series called “The Confused African”.
“I think that my political view and world view has changed since I left Uganda. There is a difference between Sweden and Uganda in many ways. Good and bad. Sometimes I feel like a confused african, that’s where the title comes from“.
In 2017, Uganda was ranked among the top 25 countries with escalating corruption by the Transparency International Uganda (TIU) report. The documentary follows Ken and well-known rapper Navio. Two creative artists who care deeply about the topic. In the series, they explore culture, talk politics, and use music to help make a change.
“What I have realized is that Uganda is not what it used to be. Today, Uganda is in a very good place, the Infrastructure and the whole society is improving. In 5 years, I think you will see a big difference…,” says Ken.
“I feel like many more people are willing to fight for the right to speak up and change things. It was in a different way before. Back in the days, people didn’t do that”.
In March, the first episode of the documentary about Ken Daniels was released. It is a 8-part documentary series that will go on for 8 weeks.
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Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Spur Magazine. He is also the co-founder of the Innovware project.
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