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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Transgendered in Botswana

“Pula, pula, na, na, ke tla gola leng.” The ethereal club banger “My Body” by Kat Kai Kol-Kes and her band Chasing Jakyb is an ode to the physical meeting of human body and rain. Kat is from Botswana, a country made up of 85 percent desert. Unsurprisingly, rain and water take on a mystical

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Pax Kaffraria: An Interview with Artist Meleko Mokgosi

What is most pleasing about Meleko Mokgosi’s work is also what many find elusive in contemporary artwork, the combination of both technical mastery and thought provoking concept. Even as I look at his works as images on...

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Blame it on Botswana

Spain’s monarchy is apparently having a hard time–in the latest round of scandals, one of the princesses is accused of public corruption along with her husband. But where did it all start to go wrong for the...

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Eating Nando’s in Gaborone

I spent part of last month at the biennial gathering of historians organised by the Southern African Historical Society. The conference at the University of Botswana was fantastic. Gaborone was, well, less so.* I think that the city is best...

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Meet photographer and photoblogger … Karabo Maine

Welcome to the inaugural post of our new weekly feature profiling the people behind blogs and/or tumblrs curated by Africans, on the continent as well as in the diaspora. The posts will highlight influences, genres, and point...

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

The best death metal band in Botswana

Botswana’s heavy metal scene has been covered before on photography blogs (mostly posts on the work of South African photographer Frank Marshall) and there’s a few music videos (like this one) floating around on Youtube. But there’s little actual video reports/profiles of...

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Gaborone is not a bore

Typing in ‘Gaborone’ in the New York Times search engine and taking a look at the first 21 articles makes for some curious maths. Of these first 21 pieces, 5 were published in the 1970s, 7 in...

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Tell NPR There Are Women in Botswana

National Public Radio featured a piece this morning entitled “Botswana’s ‘Stunning Achievement’ Against AIDS.” The article reported Botswana’s very high rate of HIV and, equally, its remarkably thorough and effective response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Here’s an...

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Lucy Liu’s Safari

At the moment when Africa is once again reduced to a cesspool of panga-slashing child soldiers and the abode of the world’s most dangerous man, a vanity piece on where Lucy Liu goes when she wants to...

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Hugh Masekela’s football skills

This is a music break with a football reference in there. In 1984 Hugh Masekela’s single “Don’t Go Lose It Baby” (off the album “Techno Bush”) reached number two for two weeks on the dance charts. The...

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

‘Africa’s burgeoning middle class’

At least 313 million Africans–that’s one in three Africans–can be defined as middle class, according to the African Development Bank. If you earn between $2 and $20 a day , working in “salaried jobs or own small...

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Mad Max in Botswana

We already know they can play. Now there’s evidence of heavy metal fashion in Botswana, an anomaly–according to photographer Frank Marshall– in Southern Africa’s mainly white metal scene. More here and here.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

International Death Metal Month

I won’t know the difference between heavy metal and death metal. But I had to post this link to a video of Botswana death metal band Wrust, on All Metal Resource. Via Ethan Zuckerman

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Lion Queen

From the trailer for The National Geographic’s “The Last Lions,” a film about a lioness in Botswana’s Okavanga Delta, that is nominated for the best documentary at The Academy Awards this year: Africa. Here the ancient dramas...

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Batswana Humor

The slim, fit-looking president of Botswana–considered one of Africa’s most eligible bachelors–says he is finally ready to get married but made it clear that overweight women need not apply. President Ian Khama, 57, has never been married,...

Monday, October 19th, 2009

BOTSWANA BLUES

The Botswana Democratic Party was returned to power in this weekend’s elections. The BDP has ruled the country uninterrupted since independence in 1966 through an electoral system–first past the post–that favors them just fine. The incumbent president,...

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

HEY BOTSWANA, GIVE THE BUSHMEN A BREAK

From “The Economist,” who goes a bit overboard on how different the ways of the Bushmen (known also as the San, or Basarwa in Tswana) are, but gets the larger injustice across: When Botswana’s High Court ruled...