Blog entries from: AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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September 30 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Sep 30 2014, 09:00:27

"Pula, pula, na, na, ke tla gola leng." The ethereal club banger "My Body" by Kat Kai Kol-Kes and her band Chasing Jakyb is an ode to the physical meeting of human body and rain. Kat is from Botswana, a country made up of 85 percent desert. Unsurprisingly, rain and water take on a mystical [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Tue Sep 30 2014, 03:00:16

"You've got a car? It's less than two hours from here" says a Rasta woman I've known for a total of ten minutes. In that time, she's managed to convince me to travel with her to a town nearby (or was it me trying to convince her?) on a hunt for medicinal herbs. The ganja in [...]

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September 29 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Mon Sep 29 2014, 17:50:39

The South African filmmaker Aryan Kaganof has collaborated with parliamentarian Andile Mngxitama on a booklength collaboration, From a Place of Blackness. Bongani Kona, in a review for Chimurenga Chronic, says it is not book, but "... a collage of sorts, a collection of off-the-cuff email and sms exchanges, newspaper extracts, provocative artworks, essays, poetry and quotes culled from canonical literature on blackness [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Mon Sep 29 2014, 12:00:00

The essayist T.O. Molefe (he is a contributor here too) has a new op-ed column up at He writes about "South Africa's War on Women." The oped opens with a discussion of why South Africans appear so blase about gender violence. Molefe writes, "... crimes against black lesbians don't register on the public's radar amid the [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Mon Sep 29 2014, 10:00:45

Can an algorithm be racist? Google's translator (the new 2.0 version) works statistically. That Connectivist article (at the link) calls it "the great equalizer." Unlike the first iteration that was based on the input of grammar rules and vocabulary lists, this one draws from a vast pool of actual texts to produce a softer, truer [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Mon Sep 29 2014, 08:00:57

Linda de Mol is enormously popular in The Netherlands. She hosts tv game shows, even has her own talk show, speaks German fluently, and moreover, comes across as very approachable. (She also happens to be the sister of John de Mol, the co-founder of Endemol, the company that should be blamed for "Big Brother," "Deal or [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Mon Sep 29 2014, 03:00:41

I wouldn't be surprised if the two white South African students--Mark Burman and Ross Bartlett--who donned blackface and dressed up as "Venus and Sarena Williams" at a party at the University of Stellenbosch were sitting around a fire last week to celebrate the Heritage Day holiday. They might have even called their friends doing their gap year [...]

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September 26 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Sep 26 2014, 12:00:53

The second edition of the Hipster's Don't Dance monthly chart on Africa is a Country is here! Check it below, and be sure to visit the HDD blog regularly for all their great up-to-the-timeness out of London. Wizkid - In My Bed Last time we did a chart we bemoaned the fact that Wizkid wasn't releasing his 2nd Lp, [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Sep 26 2014, 11:28:29

Mos Def, now living in Cape Town and collaborating with Petite Noir, talking to Dazed Digital. I don't think that there's necessarily one sound of Africa. Consider the Blk Jks and The Brother Moves On, those that are into Marimba music and the whole devotional gospel sound like St Vincent and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. You'll find similarities [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Sep 26 2014, 10:00:59

Both domestically and abroad, the issue of sexual harassment has been called a sickness in Egyptian society. Abroad what had previously been framed mostly as an annoyance for female tourists was thrust into the spotlight in 2011 following now infamous and violent attacks on both foreign journalists and local woman during the protests that led [...]

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