Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
We tracked down Abdellah Karroum in Paris, and asked him some questions about the Biennale Regard Benin 2012, of which he is the artistic director (more on that in yesterday’s post). Born in 1970 in Morocco, he is artistic director of L’appartement 22, an experimental space for exhibitions and residencies in Rabat, which he founded in
Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
As the Beninese proverb rings out, ‘an old story does not open the ear as a new one does’. No illusions exist in here. If dolls never die, neither does their past. Much like the synthesised histories...
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
Not sure what it says about France that Dominique Strauss-Kahn (he is portrayed as a victim of a conspiracy) and David Beckham (a 36-year-old player is entrusted with bringing back gloss to French football) dominate the headlines there this week....
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
There’s been a resurgence interest in the inscrutable African mask in several museums lately, including this horrible one at the Barbie Museum. Its as if the more evidence there is that the African of the European imagination does...
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
“A part James Brown, vive Poly-Rythmo!” Or, “James Brown aside, viva Poly-Rythmo. That’s what the youth were saying in Niamey.” Honestly, I didn’t know the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou was still around. - Tom Devriendt
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
Some bad 1970s West African funk courtesy of one of the continent’s craziest bands, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. This track is called “Gbeti Madjro.”