Visual Arts

  • 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)...

  • 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 Sithetho , won the SA Fashion...

  • "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 worldwide media storm. Yes, you...

  • 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 years, six artists explore what...

  • 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 his now Independent homeland of...

  • 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 about the frequency with which...

  • 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 Audry are no ordinary...

  • 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 Kuti, a film about the father...

  • Photographing Burundi

    Giving Burundians the chance to see themselves portrayed differently

    (© Gwaga ) African photography is on the rise. From street to art photography, conceptual and documentary...

  • Being African

    A conversation about African identity in a globalised world with Caine Prize-winning author Tope Folarin

    Nigerian Pentecostal church When the Nigerian writer Tope Folarin won the Caine Prize for African Writing last...

  • AFRIKAMERA highlight: “IMBABAZI”

    "I often ask myself how I would feel and react if I met the people who killed my father in Gisenyi in 1994."

    Film still from Rwandan filmmakerJoel Karekezi’s film “Imbabazi: The pardon". It was one of the films...

  • Review: A Letter to Mandela

    In this thoughtful analysis of Mandela's legacy, the filmmaker ask what freedom means in present day South Africa

    South African filmmaker Khalo Matabane writes several imaginary letters to Nelson Mandela in which he questions...

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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 >