"African Dances" by Ugandan artist: Gloria Ssali
- Igbo dance, Nigeria
- Reed dance, Swaziland
- Warba dance, Burkina Faso
- Bakiga dance, Uganda
- Kuduro dance, Angola
- Maasai dance, Kenya
- Quda dance, Eritrea
- Saharwi dance, Western Sahara
- San dance, Botswana
- Traditional dance, Central African Republic
Author Barnaby Phillips chooses fiction and non-fiction that shows an often caricatured nation in all its rich variety
From the Guardian, the top ten books on Nigeria. What would you add (or subtract)?:
On their reunion, Chris Saunders, and self-proclaimed “demagod” Okmalumkoolkat bring Holy Oxygen I to spiritual life. The “Allblackblackcat” video, which premiered today over onthe Fader, is a hyper-surreal take on a Zulu cleansing ceremony performed on a male member of the family before funerals, a ritual which Okmalumkoolkat himself experienced as a child. It’s a pantsula nightmare (or daydream, however you want to look at it) that vies with Saunder’s own Nozinja dance clip for the most striking video of 2014. Watch “Allblackblackkat” below, which as the Fader explained, “plays with memory, reality and generational shifts.” The four-track Holy Oxygen I EP, co-produced by Vienna’s Cid Rim and The Clonious, is out now via Affine Records. For more from the Future Mfana mastermind download Spoek Mathambo‘s all-Okmalumkoolkat Future Sound of Mzansi mix plus get the scoop on “Holy Oxygen,” “Fancy Footwork,” and “iJusi” off his debut EP.
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Meet Tampose Mothopeng, Transsexual Man From Lesotho
"I’m from Lesotho," Tampose Mapotheng says assuredly. "I’m a human rights defender. I’m a transsexual man." Read more at npr.org.
Mapotheng works with Matrix Support Group, and would like to help strengthen the youth network in Lesotho. He recently developed a LGBTI youth network with the purpose of motivating, strengthening and building young leaders of Lesotho for a better future in Lesotho.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Presents: Snapping Cities 2014.
The Official Brief: Snapping Cities is an opportunity for photographers of all abilities and ages, to capture through their own lenses, urban life in Africa.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) is seeking images that capture inspiring ways of tackling urban challenges in African cities. This may be modern innovation or a basic adaptation of day-to-day life. The theme is open to your personal interpretation but we’re looking for beautiful, inspiring and original photographs.
A selection of the best photographs will be displayed at the 2014 Ibrahim Forum on African Cities in Accra, Ghana, in November, with prizes for the top three entries.
The Prizes: Winners will be selected for the top three prizes.
- A selection of the best photographs will be displayed in an exhibition at the 2014 Ibrahim forum in Accra, Ghana, in November
- Selected entries will also be displayed on the MIF website
- All photographs must be submitted by 5pm on 10 October 2014*
- Entries will be judged by the MIF secretariat
- First prize - $500, Second prize - $200, Third prize - $100.
*The Foundation Secretariat is based in London so I’d adhere with the GMT/BST time zone but it’s best to contact them for official clarity.
in association with channel ED and the 35th Durban International Film Festival, a world first will be taking place this month when a full week of African documentary films are broadcast across sub-Saharan Africa on DStv channel ED (channel 190) and GOtv (channel 65), from the Durban International Film Festival, the largest film festival in South Africa that takes place from July 17 to 27.
This unique film event will see a diverse and exciting range of films screened across 49 countries of sub-Saharan Africa.
The AfriDocs Film Week will connect the largest film festival in Africa through a “film festival on your screen,” featuring documentary films from thirteen countries in Africa – The D.R.C., Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda.
"So many documentary films have been shot in Africa, but very few have been seen by African audiences," says AfriDocs Executive Producer Don Edkins from Steps in Cape Town. "This heralds a new era of distribution for the continent."
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The Amazing Connections Between the Inca and Egyptian Cultures
"The ancient Egyptians (in Africa) and the ancient pre-Incas/Incas (in South America) evolved on opposite sides of the globe and were never in contact.
Yet, both cultures mysteriously possessed the same strikingly identical body of ancient art, architecture, symbolism, mythology and religion.
The Victorian era scholars, faced with this enigma, concluded that both cultures must have been children of the same Golden Age parent civilization, “Atlantis.”
Today, Egyptian/Inca parallels are not only being ignored by American and Western scholars, they’re being suppressed.
Many baffling and unsolved similarities link the ancient Egyptians and the ancient pre-Incas/Incas ― even though both cultures evolved on opposite sides of the planet, separated by oceans” Read More