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Archive for September, 2010

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Out of Africa Redux

Every Journey Began in Africa. Oh, really? Checking in from that mythical magical place known as “Africa” (or, as Women’s Wear Daily reports, an “arid South African vista”) are Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, founders of the fashion brand, Edun, for which the above campaign was shot. The campaign is part of a push

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Music Wednesdays

The video for the remix of the song “Champion,” the tune by Nigerian reggae fusion artist, Pype, this time featuring other Nigerian heavyweights Dagrin, Vector, Naeto C, Sasha and GT.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The ‘Touareg’ Show

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The Nollywood Recipe

Nigerian director and producer, Ade Adepegba, speaking ahead of the new film festival, Nollywood Now–apparently the first entirely dedicated to the genre–that takes place in London from 6-12 October: Nigerians are the largest group of Africans living...

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Where does the money go?

Brett Davidson How transparent are governments? How easy is it for citizens to get hold of information about how governments are spending their money? It is this question that a recent international research project set out to...

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Manifest Destiny

Chief Boima Earlier this week I attended a panel at the UN’s Millennium Development Goals Summit on inclusive employment in Africa with participants that included such high profile figures as Mo Ibrahim, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and Mizengo Kayanza...

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Jacob Zuma Time

Sean Jacobs Note from a friend who closely watches the South African political scene: Below is a JZ post-Durban posting ,...

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Everyone’s an African

Brett Davidson Regional lobby group, the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), has drafted an equal rights manifesto in conversation with civil society, cultural and religious leaders from around the continent. It presents the arguments...

Monday, September 27th, 2010

White People Eat Fried Chicken

Allison Swank Just as Nelson Mandela went underground as the Black Pimpernel in 1961 to evade the white apartheid government, in this TV ad for  a popular South African fast food chain, this white Afrikaner family goes...

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Music Break

This is hipster stuff you can dance to at least. “Boomslang” (literally tree snake) by LV and Okmalumkoolkat.  The latter is one half of the new South African band, Dirty Paraffin.

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Sunday Ephemera No. 4

Sean Jacobs This is worth remembering. In 2004 the Liberian footballer George Weah was awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the Espys. (For those who don’t care: that’s sports channel ESPN’s versions of the Oscars.) This...

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Portico Quartet

Next Tuesday (September 28th)  and Wednesday (September 29th) London jazz group Portico Quartet–their sound has been referred to as “post-jazz” influenced by “… Steve Reich, Miles Davis, Philip Glass and Toumani Diabate.“–play New York City (@ Joe’s...

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Just give poor people money

Brett Davidson It is interesting to see “Social Protection” take the fore in discussions of the Millennium Development Goals at the UN this week (see Jamie Holmes’ piece on the Huffington Post, for example). Over the past...

Friday, September 24th, 2010

African Booty

Sean Jacobs Forbes Magazine–fresh from its cover story last week about Barack Obama’s “Kenyan, anti-colonialist tendencies” which he inherited from his “Luo tribesman father”–gets back to its normal business: reminding us who has real power. Its annual...

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Ethiopian Democracy Lesson

Sean Jacobs Earlier this week the Ethiopian prime minister Meles Zenawi addressed a public lecture on “leadership” at Columbia. Meles is in town for the UN’s talk fest slash summit on the Millennium Development Goals this week....

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Pieter Hugo’s Nollywood

I first saw Pieter Hugo’s ““Nollywood” at the opening party for his exhibit at Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, in January 2008. I went with a group of my students from the State University...

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Music Break

“Days of Fire” by Nitin Sawhney featuring Natty (his mother is from Lesotho, btw) performed in 2008 with the London Undersound Orchestra. The song is based on Natty’s first-hand accounts of the July 2007 underground train bombings.

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Spoek Comes to New York City

Spoek Mathambo, the part-time Johannesburg-based “… Post-Apartheid, Post-Hip Hop Posterboy,” is interviewed by BSTV during his first ever visit to New York City.

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Shakira’s animal skins

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

African ‘World Music’

Nigerian superstars P-Square doing “Do Me.” This is not your average world music band.

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Mali, Stand Up

Today marks 50 years of independence for Mali. We’ll leave it to Mokobé to properly mark the occasion. Be warned, it does involve some auto-tune.

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Yesterday and Tomorrow

Tom DeVriendt “Lobi” is a Lingala word meaning both ‘yesterday’ and ‘tomorrow’. Nine young film makers/artists* looked into this yesterday and tomorrow. Drowned in much noise Congo’s Cinquantenaire celebrations passed as fast as they came. In Lobi...

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

‘Someday We’ll All Be Free’

I first saw this video this summer when it was posted online. I love the swing treatment given to Donny Hathaway’s 1973 song by The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble and singer Bilal, Recorded live in Los Angeles, June...

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Cédric Gerbehaye’s Congo

You probably know Belgian photographer Cedric Gerbehaye from his portrait of Laurent Nkunda. That 2007 picture was part of a broader story on Eastern Congo. Gerbehaye is a frequent visitor to the Congo. Many of the resulting...

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Mugabe’s a Chicken

I don’t care much for Cape Town group Freshlyground’s muzak. But you can’t deny the cleverness of the video for their new single, “Chicken to Change.” They recruited the puppets–especially Robert Mugabe–from the intermittently funny, online South...

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Vogue Africa

Video of legendary 1960s model Bethann Hardison interviewing Togolese-American model David Agbodji for Vogue Italia. (Hardison is a longtime critic of the modeling industry’s favoring of white models; the video is from Vogue Italia’s Vogue Black site.)

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Music Break

Longtime readers of AIAC know that we love The Very Best, whose music, at least according to the MySpace, apparently falls under the categories “Melodramatic Popular Song / Showtunes / Tropical.” Right. Whatever you want to call...

Monday, September 20th, 2010

‘The Black Venus’

The 30-second trailer, above, for “Venus Noire” (Black Venus), the long-awaited film about the life of Sara Baartman, the 18th century young Khoi woman publicly exhibited as a circus freak in Europe and whose sexual organs were...

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Sunday Ephemera No.3

In 1984 Apple launched its new Macintosh personal computer with the commercial above. In Tunisia circa 2004, that same commercial, remixed, serves as a powerful commentary on the autocratic regime of Tunisia’s Ben Ali:

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Friday Links

I, like a few others here at AIAC, update my Twitter feed regularly, but occasionally I have to put some of these things in blog post form at the end of the week. * First up, performer...

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