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  • African Leadership - February 20, 2014

    Joyce Banda: Lame Duck

    Unlike the international community, Malawians aren’t surprised that Joyce Banda is not a shoe-in for president.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, meets with Malawi’s President Joyce Banda Sunday (in 2012) at the State...

  • African Leadership - February 20, 2014

    President Mugabe @90

    The last of the liberation war generation capable of articulating the cause is now more symbol than leader.

    President Mugabe of Zimbabwe President Mugabe turns 90 this week. He is probably the last of Zimbabwe’s liberation war...

  • “I could rape you, you know that?”

    How did we lose our humanity to such an extent...

    Rape is so common in South Africa that we have developed a “rape culture” that allows us to dismiss, joke about or condone rape....

  • Uganda’s anti-gay bill

    Obama joins Museveni and Ugandans in an orgy of...

    President Museveni of Uganda (Source: Wikipedia) Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda recently signalled his intention to sign...

  • Light skin, dark skin

    The Politics of Skin Colour: Why do...

    Before and after pictures of Ghana's Most Beautiful pageant winner (2009) Miriam Abdul Rauf, popularly known as Nasara. She says she sees...

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African Leadership

  • February 20, 2014

    Joyce Banda: Lame Duck

    Unlike the international community, Malawians aren’t surprised that Joyce Banda is not a shoe-in for president.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, meets with Malawi’s...

  • February 20, 2014

    President Mugabe @90

    The last of the liberation war generation capable of articulating the cause is now more symbol than leader.

    President Mugabe of Zimbabwe President Mugabe turns 90 this week. He is probably...

  • January 21, 2014

    Jacob Zuma, think like an African

    Zuma appears to believe the myth that the more an African country was colonised, the better developed it is

    (Photo: Reuters) President Jacob Zuma is generally a man who harbours little fear...

  • January 16, 2014

    The ANC needs a wake-up call.

    Many are now asking: “What has the ANC achieved over the past twenty years?”

    Jacob Zuma campaigning I stand in a queue, snaking along the sidewalk, rubbing...

Music video

March 1, 2014 - Thomas Gesthuizen

Seun Kuti - IMF ft. M1 from Dead Prez

Nigeria

‘IMF’, the latest track by Seun Kuti (Fela’s son, if you didn’t know) is not just another modern afrobeat track. To begin with, it features Dead Prez’ M1, who released another video on the same day, the equally great ‘Be Sekou’ together with Divine. Musically the song also has a slightly punky edge and it’s more uptempo than a lot of the staple afrobeat that has been coming out lately.

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  • Opinion - March 6, 2014

    If Oscar's victim had been black

    "The most eagerly awaited trial in South African legal history"? What if Reeva Steenkamp had been a black man?

    Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius stands inside the court as a police officer looks on...

  • Opinion - February 25, 2014

    Spot the illuminati

    All-seeing eye? Your illuminati obsession might just be making you blind to the real struggles for power.

    Successful African artist? Sure sign of illuminati membership. Increasingly, in...

  • Opinion - February 24, 2014

    Ejiofor wins, governor loses mind

    What does it say when a state governor takes out a full-page ad congratulating BAFTA winner Chiwetel Ejiofor?

    British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor poses with the award for a leading actor for his work...

  • Suddenly, being African is cool

    The mainstreaming of African stars in Hollywood will adjust stereotypes and leave permanent change

    Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue, 2014, featuring Lupita Nyong’o (Kenya), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Nigeria / UK)...

  • Uganda’s mini-skirt ban decoy

    While Ugandans are distracted by sex, a potentially more disastrous bill is going unnoticed.

    While Ugandans are distracted by the decoy of sex (aka pornography and the mini-skirt hoopla), a potentially more...

Visual Arts

  • February 24, 2014

    Suddenly, being African is cool

    The mainstreaming of African stars in Hollywood will adjust stereotypes and leave permanent change

    Vanity Fair’s Hollywood issue, 2014, featuring Lupita Nyong’o (Kenya),...

  • February 17, 2014

    New African Photography

    “The more foreigners see our work, the more they’ll understand that we’re the masters of our identity.”

    “Tailored Gang”. For SA fashion label SKORZCH , whose founder, Zano...

  • January 27, 2014

    "Rabbit" in Mandela’s ear

    #SaveTheRabbit: Worldwide media storm greets bronze rabbit surreptitiously lodged in the ear of new Mandela statue

    The infamous rabbit in Mandela’s ear A tiny rabbit is at the centre of a...

  • January 24, 2014

    6 Kenyan artists you should know

    The meaning of “Freedom” as interpreted by six Kenyan artists

    Still from Shooting People by Peterson Kamwathi In celebration of Kenya at 50...

  • January 22, 2014

    Sekano: Painter, Poet, Pianist

    “I decided to destroy the apartheid in my thoughts by using colour, by breaking the colour bar.” - Charles Sekano

    Charles Sekano - Self portrait From the early 1980s to 1997 when he went back to...

  • January 21, 2014

    Lupita Nyong'o: Fame and fame

    Can the success of such films have any tangible impact on local African film industries?

    Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o (Right) in 12 Years a Slave There is a certain irony...

  • January 20, 2014

    Fancy a Designer Coffin?

    Fancy “going” in a fish, piano or Mercedez Benz coffin?

    Eric [centre] with fans and one of his creations Eric Adjetey Anang and Jean Michel...

  • January 15, 2014

    Portraying immigrants in film

    "Often when the African immigrant is portrayed in film, they are portrayed in such a negative light." - Andrew Dosunmu

    Nigerian filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu, who is to direct Focus Features’ drama Fela...

New Releases

  • Playful electronica, proverbs and unusual samples from West to South Africa: Oy’s “No Problem Saloon”

    Oy and her masked co-conspirator Lleluja-Ha (Photo credit: Zoë Noble ) It’s not every album where the squeal of a taxi brake in Burkina Faso is a recurring motif. Leftfield real-life samplers Oy (composed of Swiss-Ghanaian Joy Frempong and co-conspirator Lleluja-Ha) are not your typical popsters however… Their upcoming opus No Problem Saloon was based on a trip that Joy made to West and South Africa in late 2010 to early 2011 with the aim of sampling the most inspiring sounds (some of the other samples come from knife grinders, washing machines and South African pop mavericks BLK JKS ) and cataloguing the most intriguing proverbs. more >

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  • “Remember who we are” – DJ Zhao’s NGOMA Classic 2 - Afrobeat

    Since Fela’s voice is much cooler than mine, I have switched out my intro with his, and this mix originally made to promote BlackBox number 1 has grown into a proper NGOMA release – with a few changes and much new goodness, including two wicked special edits – one of the Ethio classic by Mahmoud Ahmed (following a funktastic number by Berlin’s own Woima Collective ), and another of a very unique cosmic disco track by the techno-head Lego Welt ’s Afrocentric alter ego Nacho Patrol . Old version of this mix can still be heard here . more >

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