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8 Aug

Africa Enters Space Race w/ Ghana’s First Satellite Orbiting Earth

by Jake Bright | Tech Crunch The GhanaSat-1―Ghana’s first satellite―began its orbit recently, with a little help from some friends. The cubesat, built by a Ghanaian engineering team at All Nations University, was delivered to NASA’s International Space Station in June on a SpaceX rocket that took off from pad 39aat Kennedy Space Center, a NASA spokesperson confirmed. The GhanaSat-1 deployed into orbit from the Center in July, and is now operational, according to project manager Richard Damoah, a Ghanaian professor and assistant research scientist...
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30 Jul

150 Records by African Women You Should Listen To

Muthoni the Drummer Queen. Image courtesy of the artist. by OKAYAFRICA Just like NPR and The Fader, the OkayAfrica team took a stab at listing 150 records made by amazing African for you to discover and rediscover. We hope you enjoy listening through as much as we enjoyed putting together this list of African women who’ve shaped African music from the continent and around the world. 1. Alsarah & The Nubatones (Sudan) – Manara 2. Angelique Kidjo (Benin) – Logozo 3. Asa (Nigeria) – Beautiful Imperfection 4....
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24 Jul

“In the Heart of the Overberg”

by Louzel Lombard Steyn | Traveller24 (I haven't been able to find much about this stunning film short; I question why it is narrated in Afrikaans.) Cape Town - A stunning new short film has captured the iconic Overberg in all its beauty from a refreshing, local perspective. The exquisite landscapes captured in the footage will give you all the feels...
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8 Jul

Africa Now: The New Diasporic Renaissance

Wardrobe: Abasi Rosborough   by Stephanie Smith-Strickland | High Nobiety In 2005, London-born, Nigerian-Ghanaian novelist and essayist Taiye Selasi wrote an article for Lip Magazine titled, Bye-Bye Babar. The article, a reflection on the shifting nature of African identity, presented a new term for which to describe a generation of global professionals and creatives with strong ties to the continent: Afropolitan. Selasi defines Afropolitans as, “the newest generation of African emigrants, coming soon or collected already at a law firm/chem lab/jazz lounge near you. You’ll know us by...
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4 Jul

11 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

From the sidesplittingly funny to the culturally informative. by  Gena-mour Barrett | Buzzfeed   1. Melanin Millennials w.soundcloud.com What it is: Londoners Imrie and Satia talk race, news, and British pop culture in this laid-back, funny podcast. The show is broken up into several sections, including "Melanin Magic", recognising the achievements of women of colour in the community, Afrobates, a debate on a hot topic, and "Side-eye of the Week". You should listen if: You're a fan of deep, meaningful chats where no topic is off...
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4 Jul

Prince Nico’s “Sweet Mother” Sold More Than Any Beatles’ Record

by Sami Kent | Narratively In a life bookended by tragedy, Prince Nico Mbarga poured joy into his music, including the most popular song in African history. But his own story has never been told — until now. Twenty years ago the man who recorded one of the most successful songs of all time was thrown off a motorbike by a car in Calabar, Nigeria. He hit his head on the road and was rushed to the hospital, where he lay for two...
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26 Nov

“The Prophecy”: Senegal’s Trash Transformed Into Haute Couture Art

Fabrice Monteiro, “The Prophecy #1” (2013) (image via Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, © Mariane Ibrahim) by Carey Dunne Hyperallergenic In The Prophecy, a striking series by Dakar-based photographer Fabrice Monteiro, majestic alien creatures wear hoop skirts and headdresses made from soda cans, garbage bags, fishing nets, tortoise shells, and the odd baby doll. It isn’t just fashion photography at its most theatrical and cinematic: There’s a vivid environmentalist message here, though it doesn’t look like any anti-pollution campaign you’ve ever seen. To visualize the pollution problem that plagues Senegal, Monteiro collaborated with fashion designer Doulsy and the Ecofund Organization to...
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3 Oct

AFRIPEDIA: 5 Short Films + Live Musicians: Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Kenya & Angola Afrofuturistic Film/Music/Discussion – 11/14 +15/2015

From Afripedia.com: When Africa is changing, when the world is changing and the perspective is shifting, the image of Africa and Africans needs to change too. Afripedia is promoting and collaborating with a new generation of storytellers leading the way. A source for art, design, videos, photography, fashion, visual arts, music and contemporary culture from the African continent and African creatives working all over the world, Afripedia is a platform and future forum for African creatives worldwide. Five short films and live musicians...
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17 Apr

iROKOtv Is the African Netflix

Image credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei / Getty Images $3 a month gets you thousands of hours of Nigerian and Ghanaian films. by Rawiya Kameir The FADER Nigeria's film industry releases something like 1,000 films every year, making it almost twice as prolific as Hollywood and second only to Bollywood, size-wise. Films like Last Flight To Abuja and The Return of Jenifa can be relatively low-budget, running more on pure drama and soap opera-like narratives than fancy cinematography. But as Nollywood's audience and repute has...
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9 Apr

Hassan Hajjaj’s “A Day in the Life of Karima: A Henna Girl” World Premiere

Produced and directed by Hassan Hajjaj, 2015, 71 minutes, color Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj’s first feature-length film, Karima: A Day in the Life of a Henna Girl, premieres at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater May 13th, 2015 FREE. Taking viewers into the world of one Hajjaj’s most iconic series, Kesh Angels, the film depicts the “henna girls” of Marrakesh. During the course of a day, Hajjaj follows a businesswoman named Karima and her friends, who work as henna artists in Jemaa...
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26 Feb

The Art of Victor Ehikhamenor, Discovered Through Fashion

Art Lovers | Eye Love You by blackfabulousity We’ve always believed that fashion as an art form, can throw down its commercial guns and take on the full embodiment of the creative arts, as was aptly illustrated through the fabrics of Ituen Basi’s Spring Summer 2014  ‘Ekemini’ collection showcased at the 2013 Music Meets Runway.                                                               The collaboration which brought two energetically creative forces together went beyond just slapping the artist’s patterns and paintings on a piece of fabric. They created living art, the models became...
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18 Feb

The Brother Moves On, My South African Brothers From Another Planet

LISTEN: “Wenu Wetla”(full 16 minutes) from The Golden Wake​ [​MASTERED] by The Brother Moves On. The Golden Wake[MASTERED] by The Brother Moves On (This is a review from the fantastic blog Bold As Love by my music tastemaker-writer-programmer friend Rob Fields. I couldn't do nearly as good a job, so I just made a few updates.)   The truth is, this is all Andrea Clarke’s fault. A couple of Saturdays ago, I was listening to Andrea’s show on WBAI, Sister From Another Planet where, for nearly an hour, she...
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15 Feb

“Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience, 1950s – 1990s”

"High Street Kensington, 1976" | Photograph: The Estate of Al Vandenberg/Victoria and Albert Museum Founded in 1981, the Black Cultural Archives’ mission is to collect, preserve and celebrate the heritage and history of Black people in Britain. They opened the UK’s first dedicated Black heritage centre in Brixton, London in July 2014. Their unparalleled and growing archive collection offers insight into the history of people of African and Caribbean descent in Britain. The bulk of the collection is drawn from the twentieth century to the present...
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15 Feb

“Oya: Rise of the Orishas”- Reimagining Orishas as Modern-Day Superheroes

I've been waiting for this film since the buzz about it years ago. by Tambay A. Obenson Shadow and Act British filmmaker Nosa Igbinedion's "Oya: Rise of the Orishas" is now available to watch in full online. Long-time readers will recall that it's a project we've been following on this blog for about 2 years, since the filmmaker took to crowdfunding to raise money to complete it. A welcomed project that digs into the pantheon of Orishas as inspiration for a superhero-style picture, here's a description...
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13 Feb

New South African Superhero Comic “Kwezi” by Artist Loyiso Mkize

by Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK [I love that the sister isn't half naked; I'm a fan already.] Check out 'Kwezi', the new comic book series which is getting rave reviews over in South Africa and and now world wide. Created by acclaimed artist Loyiso Mkize, the series is centered on 19 year old Kwezi, a typical South African youngster - immersed in popular youth culture - who develops a connection with his traditional roots,. Mkize says, “It is the journey of a young man. He starts...
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