Image Source The global appreciation of West Africa’s Afro-beat music has grown significantly in the last decade. Afro-beat stars are touring the world, racking up record sales, winning awards and Read More..
Art & Film
The legacy of Nigerian music star Orlando Julius must not be overlooked
Image Source If there is one musician as commonly associated as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti with the West African musical movements Afrobeat and Afrobeats (never mind Afro-Blues and Afro-Soul), this is the preserve of Orlando Julius Ekemode. Given Fela’s Read More..
The Painter: Art and happiness in Burkina Faso
Image Source Artist Adjaratou Ouédraogo is more famous abroad than at home in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In The Painter, by filmmaker Ousmane Zoromé Samassékou, she organises a street art event Read More..
MoMA celebrates a ground-breaking Ivorian artist who drew a new language
Image Source In 1948, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, a young Ivorian former colonial navy officer, living in Dakar, Senegal—then the capital of French west Africa—had a vision. The skies opened up, Read More..
Tanzania’s Amil Shivji on Love and Resistance in Toronto Film Festival Period Drama ‘Tug of War’
Image Source For the first time in its 46-year history, a Tanzanian film is part of the official selection of the Toronto Film Festival, as Amil Shivji’s “Vuta N’Kuvute” (Tug of Read More..
Netflix’s first original Nigerian series builds on a hugely popular political drama set in Lagos
Image Source The official trailer for Nigeria’s first original Netflix series opens with a dramatic question, put by a reporter to fearless political operative Eniola Salami, the show’s lead character: Read More..