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Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Music Break

We like Dakar-based rapper Awadi around here. Now he’s teamed up with Tunisian artist Samy Dorbez to bring us “Dégage” (Leave), a warning to all those that refuse to relinquish power (many on this list) and a hat tip to those that are fighting for that to change.

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Will the ‘Real Africa’ Please Stand Up?

Karen Rothmyer writing in this month’s Columbia Journalism Review on why NGOs prefer bad news when it comes to Africa:

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

What’s Kenya Got To Do With It?

That was our second question. Our first was, “What is this?” The answer to the latter is Music for RAIN (Replenish Africa Initiative), a Coca Cola-backed project described as the “music community’s response to the problem of...

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Tit for Tat

What happens when journalists attack? To find out, look no further than the pages of this month’s “Columbia Journalism Review.” The story begins with “One Man’s Rwanda,” Tristan McConnell’s feature on American journalist Philip Gourevitch, most famous for...

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Music Break

Among artists that need no introduction are The Noisettes, and their lead singer Shingai Shoniwa. Here they cover Miriam Makeba’s “Kilimanjaro,” then segue into their own “Never Forget You.” Bonus: you can download the entire session here....

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Music Break

Earlier this year, Belgian-Rwandan singer Stromae spent several weeks at number one across various countries in Europe with “Alors On Danse.” I can see why. Below the jump, Stromae gets the Kanye West treatment. Happy Friday.

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Music Break

Zambia’s JK may now be a part of African supergroup One8 but on his own, he’s not bad. “Kapiripiri” is as catchy as they come.

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Keep Africa Alive, cont.

Today is World AIDS Day, which means you can expect the gatekeepers of Team: Save Africa to be in exceptionally fine form. In years past, Bono and (RED) have reigned supreme but this year brings a new...

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Music Break

We love Ghanaian-American rapper Blitz the Ambassador around here and, frankly, you should too. He was in Washington, D.C. a few weeks ago, and, while the weather was dreadful, this was not a show I was planning...

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

I Believe You Can Fly, Africa

Guess who’s back, pinch-hitting for the Africans? R. Kelly! If you liked his contribution to the 2010 World Cup, “Sign of a Victory,” (and who didn’t!?), then you’ll likely enjoy “Hands Across the World,” the track he...

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010


If you’ve got four minutes, here’s the trailer for the highly anticipated (that’s debatable) biopic of Winnie Mandela, starring Jennifer Hudson as the title character and none other than Terrence Howard as Nelson Mandela. It...

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Music Break: Unité En Guinée

This Sunday, Guineans will go to the polls in a presidential run-off contest between ex-Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo and his rival Alpha Condé in what is considered their first democratic election since independence in 1958. It’s...

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Music Monday

In which the super crew from Sierra Leone, Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew, remix Vampire Weekend and Paul Simon, who are well known, of course, for remixing (appropriating?) sounds from across the African continent. I’m a...

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Time To Vote

Today marks 85 days until the scheduled southern Sudan referendum for independence, the significance of which cannot be overstated. Just ask George Clooney, new special adviser on Sudan to presidents and policymakers alike. The two-time Sexiest Man...

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The Supermodel’s Revenge

For a brief moment this past August, the world worked itself into a frenzy over Naomi Campbell’s “hostile” turn on the witness stand at The Hague. Finally, it seemed, we had the perfect ammunition to level at...

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Posted Without Comment

Take it away, dear readers. Via

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Music Break

In case you missed it, here is one the stars of the 2010 World Cup, Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan, making his debut as Baby Jet, in the video for Castro’s “African Girls.” Despite all the bling, bubbly and...

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Music Mondays

We’ve written about London-based, Zimbabwean artist Tinashé before, and thanks to DJ Edu, I haven’t been able to get his song, “Zambezi,” out of my head. Below the jump, check out the acoustic Mbira version. Happy Monday.

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Black Babies Redux

What’s old is new again. This time from French fashion magazine, Numéro, which manages to merge two of our favorite (fashion) trends into one spread: black babies and blackface! I would be offended except this is completely...

Friday, October 1st, 2010

No surprises, rappers JJC and Sway “are Africans”

Today, Nigeria celebrates 50 years of independence. To mark the occasion,* we bring you Nigerian-British rapper JJC’s collaboration with Ghanaian-British rapper Sway, and their remix of a song that Sean recently characterized as “hip hop meets twentieth...

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Truth Will Out

While we were on vacation this past summer, something big happened. Many of you no doubt have heard by now of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ mapping report, which, among other...

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...

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.

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...

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Bruxelles, Ma Belle

I know we usually do music on Mondays and Fridays but some things just have to be shared. From Belgian rappers 13HOR and Daddy-K comes an ode to Brussels, a remix of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ ode...

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Africa: The Final Frontier

If you can afford it, you can’t afford to be without it. That would be the tagline for Spears Wealth Management Survey (WMS), a British magazine I had never heard of until yesterday, when I ran across this...

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Stuff White People Do*

He’s back. If you’re new to the discussion, here’s a brief recap: Kristof recently answered some of his reader’s questions, including one submitted by Texas in Africa (TIA) in which she asked why his columns about Africa...

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Streets is Watching

Oh no she didn’t. (Shakira gets asked about the origins of “Waka Waka” about 30 seconds into this press conference during the World Cup in South Africa.) Seriously, who didn’t already know this song when they heard...

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010


“Africa’s World Cup” is over, but many of us know that on the continent, the games will continue. Such is the all-consuming passion for football in Africa, a fact that Antwerp-based photographer Jessica Hilltout aimed to capture...

Friday, July 9th, 2010


Posted without comment because I’m tired and I can’t be preoccupied with the exploits of the white hipster set. *Translation.

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