Collection 01 was inspired by the stories of change-makers and truth-seekers both celebrated and unknown. Below are references that informed the collection.

We invite you to explore them.


Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

A classic novel about Africa's cataclysmic clash with European imperialism. Told through the fictional accounts of Okwonko, a fiery Igbo warrior.



A riveting political thriller centered on the real life of Patrice Lumumba in the months before and after the Republic of the Congo achieved independence from Belgium in June 1960.


Make It Funky: Fela Kuti, James Brown and the Invention of Afrobeat

An essay comparing elements of James Brown's and Fela Kuti’s music, and the influence of funk on new Afrobeat style.


Stokely: A Life

An intimate, nuanced portrait of political radical and visionary, Stokely Carmichael.


Proudly We Can Be Africans: Black Americans and Africa, 1935-1961

A transnational exploration of the shifting meaning of Africa in the intellectual, political, and social lives of African Americans.



History told through rhythm and sound. Plug in and enjoy the ride.