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Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Muntu Vilakazi photographs the ‘Politics of Bling’ on Johannesburg’s East Rand

Muntu Vilakazi is an established photojournalist currently employed by City Press in Johannesburg. Today marks the opening of his first solo exhibition, which runs through March 16 at Goethe On Main in the trendy and controversial Maboneng Precinct. The show is titled “The Politics of Bling: An East Rand Culture Quest” and examines the flashy

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Top 10 Films of 2013

To be sure, 2013 has been quite a year for film, with plenty of great stuff to choose from. In terms of African cinema, this has been a particularly impressive time for short films, making it hard...

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Martin Scorsese digitally restores Djibril Diop Mambéty’s masterpiece Touki Bouki

The Criterion Collection has just released a new box set and it’s a big one. Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project collector’s set brings together six classic films from around the world. Among them is Senegalese filmmaker Djibril...

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The Donkey that Carried the Cloud on its Back

This is just a short post to give everyone a heads up on a crowd funding campaign for a new documentary on the construction of Africa's largest port on the island of Lamu, Kenya. The film will...

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Songs for Mandela [South African Edition]

This is the South African edition of our selection of Songs for Nelson Mandela. Last night we posted the international edition and many of our readers asked if we’d forgotten about the many South African musicians who’d written...

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

The Rory Peck Awards

The Rory Peck Awards, which took place on Wednesday, November 20 in London, are held to honor the work of freelance cameramen and women covering news and current affairs. This year’s finalists included two reports from Africa...

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Anthony Bourdain goes to South Africa

In a recent episode of his CNN "Parts Unknown," the American chef and writer Anthony Bourdain traveled to South Africa. In my mind at least, this episode was long overdue and in fact, I've even said so...

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The New South African Family Film

The South African family film, “Felix!,” premiered earlier this year at the Durban International Film Festival, before making the rounds on the international film festival circuit. It tells the story of a young boy, Felix Xaba, who...

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Introducing K. Sello Duiker’s novel ‘Thirteen Cents’ to US audiences

K. Sello Duiker’s short novel, Thirteen Cents is simultaneously gruesome, violent, deeply disturbing, whimsical, and beautiful. Ohio University Press has just released the post-apartheid novelist’s debut book in the US as part of its Modern African Writing...

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The U.S. premiere of Alain Gomis’ new film “Tey (Aujourd’hui)”

Alain Gomis’ latest film, Tey (Aujourd’hui) is a gentle and understated exploration of life, death, memory, and the passing of time. The film tells of Satché’s (played by Saul Williams) last day on earth, for it has...

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Charles Burnett and Govt Sponsored Biopics

Most of you may know Charles Burnett for his brilliant films “Killer of Sheep” and “To Sleep With Anger,” among others. But now it has been announced that Burnett is teaming up with the Algerian Ministry of...

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Kibwe Tavares’ short film “Jonah”

I have been trying to attend as many of The Future Weird’s (see here, as well) screenings as possible in recent months. The Future Weird is a monthly series focused on films by directors from Africa and...

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Belafonte and Scorsese plan TV series on Leopold II’s Brutal Rule in Congo

By now, a lot has been written on the history of Belgian King Leopold II’s deadly reign over his own private colony, Congo Free State from 1885-1908 (after which it became a formal Belgian colony and was...

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Review: Andrew Dosunmu’s “Mother of George”

From the opening moment of Andrew Dosunmu’s magnificent new film, “Mother of George” (we’ve talked about the film before here and here), the viewer is immediately transported into a dream space – one of deep indigos, radiant golds,...

Friday, September 13th, 2013

“The New Black” Films

Creatively Speaking is a monthly curated film series offering a diverse forum that highlights independent film by and/or about people of color. It is curated by Michelle Materre (a New School media studies professor) in partnership with...

Monday, August 12th, 2013

The ‘premature’ launch of South Africa’s second 24-hour news channel

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)–which commands the largest TV audience inside that country–launched its 24-hour television news channel at the beginning of August. It’s the second homegrown 24-hour news channel–the other, ENCA (ENews Channel Africa), which...

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

African Perspectives in Comics and Animation: The Agbaje Brothers

And now for something completely different: Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with John and Charles Agbaje, the two brothers behind The Elite Comics & Art Studio at Central City Tower. Their now concluded and...

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Moses Mololekwa and the loss of “new” South African innocence

Recently, I’ve found myself listening to more and more South African Jazz. In particular, I’ve been gravitating towards the late pianist and producer, Moses Taiwa Mololekwa. Now, I must admit that my appreciation for Mololekwa’s music did...

Monday, February 4th, 2013

New web series, ‘African Time,’ focuses on individual experiences of Africans living in the United States

The lightheartedly named African Time is a lovely new web series produced by the Waave + Dada artist collective.  Each short episode consists of a different individual discussing their individual experiences as Africans living in the United...

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Al Jazeera Joins The ‘Africa Rising’ Bandwagon

We recently posted a bit on Forbes Magazine’s list of the 40 richest Africans. In a similar vain, Al Jazeera has chosen to glorify Africa’s privileged few and feed into Western media outlets’ current obsession with the...

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

The Top 10 Music Videos of 2012

2012 is rapidly coming to a close, which means it’s time to assemble some of our favorite music videos from the past year. Indeed it’s no easy task to construct a video in which the moving picture...

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Social Media in Africa’s Revolutions

I recently visited the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (better known by its acronym MoCADA) in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn to view its current exhibition: NEWSFEED: Anonymity & Social Media in African Revolutions and Beyond. Running...

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Why didn’t Anthony Bourdain take his show to Cape Town?

Good on The New York Times for publishing an article on South African culinary options…I suppose something is better than nothing in this case. For those without a subscription, an article entitled “A Culinary Gateway to Cape...

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

When W magazine went to Johannesburg

Praise be to W magazine for its vanguardism! They have finally and single-handedly put the rest of the world on to how hip, cosmopolitan, and modern the city of Johannesburg truly is! At long last someone has...

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The loneliness of the Kenyan long distance runner

Xan Rice, the West Africa correspondent for Financial Times, has a piece in the most recent issue of The New Yorker (unfortunately you need a subscription) about the sensational, but short, career of the late Kenyan marathon runner,...

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

The magazine as Tumblr

Globetrotter is one of those vaguely defined, international, cosmopolitan culture and fashion magazines. With connections to Chicago, Lagos, and Jakarta, the magazine consists of an eclectic pastiche of commentary on various international trends organized into four sections: Art/Design,...