Blog entries from: AfriPOP!

What's new and what's next in Global African culture

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October 25 2014

From AfriPOP! Sat Oct 25 2014, 03:53:59

Quite like a dark crimson rose Seinabo Sey's timbre and music are solemn, almost heavy, and yet they are equally enchanting and moving. Besides her earlier releases like Younger and Hard Time, she recently recorded a mellower and more sombre interpretation of Clean Bandit's 90s-inspired electro hit Rather Be featuring Jess Glynne. Her current release, Pistols at Dawn, is the third from her EP For Madeleine and it is just as piercing and poignant. The official [...]

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October 24 2014

From AfriPOP! Fri Oct 24 2014, 07:58:31

I Of Africa - the brainchild of New York-based model Aina Fadina - has returned for a second season. The web-series features interviews with "Africans and friends of Africa, performing progressive work around the world, be it in art, fashion, music or business". Fadina, as the creator and host of the series, explains that through it she intends to celebrate "individuals who are inspired by the African continent". Older episodes [...]

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From AfriPOP! Fri Oct 24 2014, 07:17:17

After uploading this tantalizing teaser about a week ago, menswear brand that marries "Neapolitan tailoring & African aesthetics" Ikiré Jones has released a short film called Ritual Union to show off their boisterous fall/winter collection Of Saints and Savages. Ritual Union stars Ikiré Jones designer Walé Oyéjidé, who also wrote the story for the short. He enlisted a few of his friends to feature in the film donning the garments [...]

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From AfriPOP! Fri Oct 24 2014, 06:20:45 Following his moving collaboration with Zakes Bantwini not too long ago and adding to the long list of projects he appears on this month, Ziyon has released the video for his single OIAM (One in A Million). The video was directed by Justin Campos. The song came out in the winter of 2014 and it is the first single off his solo effort Audio Alchemy. Quite obviously (or maybe [...]

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October 17 2014

From AfriPOP! Fri Oct 17 2014, 11:06:14

Stocktown Films has developed a five-part documentary series that aims to provide us with more intimate portrayals of creatives from African cities and the art scenes they inhabit. The Afripedia series might be considered to be the film version of an encyclopedia of urban art. The filmmakers wanted to create an information resource - a visual one - "for viewers who are eager to discover the cultural scene across the metropolises in [...]

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October 10 2014

From AfriPOP! Fri Oct 10 2014, 00:05:32

afriPOP! Presents... South African emcee/poet Tumi Molekane sits down for a conversation about hip hop across borders with American emcees Toni Blackman and Chen Lo, this Sunday in Brooklyn. The conversation/panel will be followed by a performance by Tumi Molekane, and a cipher. Cocktails by Nucomme's Witches Brew Learn more about... Tumi Molekane Toni Blackman Chen Lo RSVP here.

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October 3 2014

From AfriPOP! Fri Oct 3 2014, 14:23:23

The South Africans are coming! The South Africans are coming! Much to our delight, Carnegie Hall is celebrating the 20th anniversary of South African democracy with a month-long series of performances, panels, and art shows. The Ubuntu Festival, which runs October 8- November 5, is like Christmas for any African music lover. On the music front, the best part is that the festival merges the young (Toya DeLazy, The Soil) [...]

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From AfriPOP! Fri Oct 3 2014, 13:28:49

The last time we spoke with the team behind the My Africa Is series, they had traveled to Lagos, Nigeria where they highlighted some amazing recycling initiatives. Nosarieme Garrick and Kathleen Bomani created the series with idea of wanting to show a different side of the African continent. "We won't be showing the minority of the African elite popping champagne in the clubs," Nosa told us. "We will be showing [...]

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From AfriPOP! Fri Oct 3 2014, 13:14:04

Timaya's new and ebullient music video for his latest release Sanko feels like one of the those kinetic old school ragga videos whose sole purpose was to show off the nearly acrobatic but scarcely choreographed dance moves in bouncing displays of fluorescent or metallic colours. Yet, this feels like the only way the groove and feel of the song could be truly captured. Sanko is one of the songs from [...]

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From AfriPOP! Fri Oct 3 2014, 13:06:16

Zeus and Mizo Phyll have just come off their Fever mini-tour which took them to Thohoyandou, Gaborone and Cape Town. The 10 day (or so) tour was a refreshing effort by the two to promote the video for Zeus's single Fever, on which Mizo Phyll is featured. It took some time for the video to hit the innernets (yes, the innernets) since it debuted on one of those music channels [...]

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