From The Desk Of Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke: “The Man Died” By Wole Soyinka

Fatherland is Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke‘s third solo album and first under his own name. As you might assume from its title, the 13-track Fatherhood was inspired by the birth of his daughter Savannah last December. Says Okereke, “I’m fully conscious that this record is probably going to serve as a document for Savannah of the relationship between her fathers and who we were before she came into our lives. It feels important for her to see that we don’t have all the answers but we’re trying.” Speaking of trying, Okereke will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com over the next two weeks. Check back each day to see what he’s writing about.

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Okereke: Wole Soyinka is the distinguished African writer who was arrested a the beginning of the Nigerian civil war in 1967. The Nigerian government never formally charged him or brought him to trial; instead, they kept him imprisoned in solitary confinement for 27 months. The Man Died is the book Soyinka wrote about those months of being incarcerated. A courageous, moving account of how to be resilient in the face of adversity.

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