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Blitz Bazawule talks “The Scent of Burnt Flowers” and “The Color Purple” on The Daily Show

“Stories can be nonlinear. They’re powerful tools” ….Filmmaker, artist, and writer Blitz Bazawule made an appearance on The Daily Show, describing how his grandmother’s storytelling in Ghana led him to create art in many mediums, including writing his debut novel “The Scent of Burnt Flowers” and directing the musical feature adaptation of “The Color Purple.”

Ghanaian rapper and film director, Blitz Bazawule also known as “Blitz The Ambassador” has been getting critical acclaim around the world since the success of his 2018 drama film, ‘Burial of Kojo’.

Bazawule is a composer and musician of four studio albums: Stereotype (2009), Native Sun (2011), Afropolitan Dreams (2014) and Diasporadical (2016). He co-directed Black Is King with Beyoncé and Emmanuel Adjei, helming the South African shoot.

Bazawule’s The Burial Of Kojo premiered at Urbanworld Film Festival where it won Best Narrative Feature (World Cinema). It also won the Grand Prize at the 2019 Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt. Bazawule is the founder of Africa Film Society, an organization focused on the preservation and distribution of classic African cinema. He is a Senior TED Fellow and recipient of the Vilcek Prize.

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