Blog entries from: AFRICA IS A COUNTRY


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November 23 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Sun Nov 23 2014, 22:35:10

A bunch of us went to the African Studies Association's annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is the world's largest gathering of Africanists. Much transpired. The problems with conferences this large is you can't cover everything. We made notes and hopefully we've found new contributors. For a general sense of what transpired, the tweets of [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Sun Nov 23 2014, 01:26:00

It was three days before Christmas in 1988. Much of the world--following a blisteringly hot summer--had really begun to worry about rising global temperatures. That night, Chico Mendes stepped outside of his cottage in Xapuri, Brazil only to drop dead moments later. Mendes, a unionist rubber tapper and environmentalist, was gunned down by a cattle [...]

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November 22 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Sat Nov 22 2014, 09:00:04

Every September, the Colombian region of Chocó, located along the country's Pacific coast, turns into an overwhelming party. The streets in the capital city of Quibdó are full of parades. Music takes over to celebrate the festivities of San Pacho. This festival, that reflects the history of cultural and religious colonization in Chocó, became a [...]

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November 21 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Nov 21 2014, 13:00:53

On October 30, as thousands of determined Burkinabe put an end to the 27 year rule of their Western-backed autocratic leader, Blaise Compaoré, journalist Hewete Selassie asked a question (in a tweet) that pops up whenever mass protests break out somewhere in Africa: "So is #BurkinaFaso the beginning of the African #Arabspring?" It is one [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Nov 21 2014, 10:00:27

Earlier this year I attended a museum opening in which the curator admitted to being completely unaware of the existence of Burkina Faso until shortly after the artist being presented, the late Christoph Schlingensief, had relocated there. It was an innocuous enough confession -- coming well before the leadership upheavals of the past two weeks [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Nov 21 2014, 08:00:22

One of the first thing I do on Friday morning is log on to the Mail & Guardian website to see the latest from Zapiro.  Jonathan Shapiro, better known as Zapiro, is a Capetonian political and social cartoonist whose work not chronicles current events in South Africa, but also provides visual critiques of political leaders, [...]

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November 20 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Nov 20 2014, 20:10:52

Central American migration, and especially the migration of undocumented children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to the United States, blew up in the American media during the summer. It was a time when many U.S. citizens felt that their government was deporting too many of these children back to the mostly violent and poverty-stricken [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Nov 20 2014, 08:24:08

In 2010, I acquired an illegal copy of The Clonious' Between the dots LP after hearing him play a set on Mary-Anne Hobbs' Generation Bass programme which used to be hosted on BBC Radio 1. I instantly fell in love with his production style, a gently-grinding jazz crusade characterised by lush-sounding synth pads and a [...]

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November 19 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Nov 19 2014, 13:00:48

Africa is a Country is pleased to premiere the music video for "Séké" by DJ Mellow and Steloo: The song, whose title means "crazy" in Ga, is part of Brussels-based DJ Mellow's A Slice of Bass EP. The collaboration between him and Accra's Steloo came about via Max Le Daron, who I mentioned Monday was one of the participants in Akwaaba Music's Roots of [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Nov 19 2014, 12:31:44

The filmmaker Sunny Bergman's documentary 'Our Colonial Hangover' will premiere in Amsterdam at the annual international documentary IDFA festival on November 27th.  The film reflects Bergman's personal search into national blackface character Zwarte Piet (Black Pete), Dutch colonial history and white privilege. Bergman herself has been active in campaigning against blackface. A teaser from the [...]

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