Blog entries from: AFRICA IS A COUNTRY


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October 24 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Oct 24 2014, 14:15:48

There's a lot going on in the world these days, so you may not have been paying attention to Brazil. But the country has an extremely important election coming up this weekend - one that will decide amongst other things, who their president will be for the next four years. The reason this election is [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Oct 24 2014, 12:00:18

"The thing about Joburg," observes rapper and producer Sam Turpin "it's kind of on the scale of rich and poor." Sam's music explores themes of growing up in a changing South Africa. He's constantly questioning, learning and adjusting according to the dictates of his environment - oftentimes one not receptive and trusting of white people [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Fri Oct 24 2014, 10:00:24

'Kushn' is a chic, afro-futurist fashion and design store based in Cape Town. Owners Greer Valley and her husband, Themba Mntambo, started the company three years ago using leather and colourful woven cloth sourced from textile co-ops in Ethiopia and Ghana. The store's name is a play on the kingdom of Kush - which was [...]

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October 23 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Oct 23 2014, 18:00:52

The "Of Africa" symposium begins at the Royal Ontario Museum tonight with a keynote by Binyavanga Wainana.  The gathering is an attempt by the museum to finally move beyond its vile and condemned 1989 exhibit "Into the heart of Africa."  The display on entering that exhibit was a portrait of a British coloniser stabbing a Zulu [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Oct 23 2014, 18:00:52

The "Of Africa" symposium begins at the Royal Ontario Museum tonight with a keynote by Binyavanga Wainana.  The gathering is an attempt by the museum to finally move beyond its vile and condemned 1989 exhibit "Into the heart of Africa."  The display on entering that exhibit was a portrait of a British coloniser stabbing a Zulu [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Thu Oct 23 2014, 08:00:06

Finally South African hip hop is spurring national debate, and it's not Die Antwoord.  No it is Dookoom, the new Cape Town hip hop outfit fronted by local legend Isaac Mutant, which has caused a huge stir with its video "Larney Jou Poes" (roughly translated: Boss, your cunt.) Much has been written about the video, from [...]

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October 22 2014

From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Oct 22 2014, 16:00:16

I was home alone one Friday night around 2001 watching, as was tradition, one of the music shows which came on at SABC 1 during that period. It could've been Studio Mix during its dying years, or Basiq with Azania, or Castle Loud with Unathi and Stoan. The first video played after a Telkom ad. [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Oct 22 2014, 14:00:09

Dakar has long been hailed as a center of African visual arts since President Leopold Senghor hosted the World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966. More recently African Artists and art enthusiasts descend onto the city for the Dakar Biennale, a major exhibit of contemporary African art that happens every two years. In the lead [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Oct 22 2014, 12:00:14

Zambia, the country its young people fondly call "Zed," is the next in a number of African countries to turn 50-they are the firstborns of the first wave of African countries to gain independence in the 1960s. Zambia's turn came on 24 October 1964, a day chosen because it was United Nations Day. That kind [...]

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From AFRICA IS A COUNTRY Wed Oct 22 2014, 10:00:54

Any African who has ever tried to visit South Africa will know that the country is not an easy entry destination. South African embassies across the continent are almost as difficult to access as those of the UK and the United States. They are characterised by long queues, inordinate amounts of paperwork, and officials who [...]

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