Who are you to yourself, when no one is around?
Axel Kacoutié is not afraid to explore uncomfortable territory. We tread, not so lightly, on topics around their cultural identity, from Ivorian roots to British citizenship. We also explore questions around Axel’s racial identity, and how the Berlin Conference from 1884, where Africa was neatly divided amongst European colonizers, still affects people today.
Axel questions and makes sense of identity through expression, through art, and through writing. A few works mentioned in the episode were:
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Axel Kacoutié is a creator who's been crafting sound, music, and words to challenge the familiar and revive a magic in the mundane. They are also the Creative Director of Sound for Guardian Podcasts and the sound designer and theme composer for its flagship daily news podcast, Today in Focus.