AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014

“How was Africa?”

“Welcome back to civilization,” a family member said, slapping my shoulder. “How was Africa?” That was the refrain I encountered most frequently upon returning to the United States after conducting a year of fieldwork amongst northern Malian internally displaced persons and refugees. I’d been away for all of 2013. During the first six months I

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

My Favorite Photographs: Arnaud Contreras

The Sahara is changing fast. Still a beautiful desert but not just that. Most populated cities such as Tamanrasset or Timbuktu are microcosms that reveal all the problems of those former touristic regions: threats of terrorism, trafficking,...

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Tamani: A Day in Ouagadougou

The documentary below, “Tamani”, is an hour long film by Nicolas Guibert and Sébastien Gouverneur, recorded in Burkina Faso back in 2008. Structured as if you are spending a day in Ouagadougou, untroubled by time-consuming public transport...

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Looking Back on FESPACO 2013

The 23rd edition of the famed West African film festival FESPACO ran last month in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. We previewed it here. Since the festival, we asked two filmmakers—Newton Aduaka (who attended) and Haile Gerima (who stayed away)—and...

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Who killed Thomas Sankara?

Burkina Faso’s president, Blaise Compaoré (that’s him above posing in between Michelle and Barack Obama at the UN a few years ago), is receiving some mixed PR right now. The Telegraph in the UK has said that...

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Do filmmakers still care for FESPACO?

FESPACO, or as it known as by its full name, the Festival of Pan African Cinema in Ouagadougou, opened its 23rd annual edition Sunday. The theme: “African Cinema and Public Policy in Africa.” Created in 1969, it...

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Watching the African Nations Cup Final at The Shrine in Harlem

February 10th, 2013, 1:30 pm. The Burkinabe and Nigerian expatriate communities were out in force for the Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday afternoon in Harlem at the Burkinabe-owned music venue, The Shrine.

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Nigeria: Kings of Africa for a third time

Make una no vex, I’m running on less than 2 hours of sleep, and for good reason. Scratch that, FOR GREAT REASON. Thirteen years of sorrow, hurt and pain were wiped out in an instant a few...

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

Afcon Final Preview: Will it be Keshi’s time or can the Burkinabé shock the world in Soweto?

Nineteen years ago, a Super Eagles team captained by one Stephen Okechukwu Keshi won the Africa Cup of Nations in Tunis. Will it be Keshi’s time again in Soweto today? We leave the serious predictions to the...

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Burkina Faso are this year’s Zambia

Zambia’s victory in last year’s Africa Cup of Nations was a great story, and one that even the crustiest of cynics could get behind. A team returned to the site of the national tragedy in which their...

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Burkinabe Rapper Art Melody’s Playlist For Les Étalons (Afcon 2013 Playlist N°3)

By Mamadou Konkobo (aka Art Melody): Later today we play against Zambia for a place in the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations. We are first in our group, we just need to handle it well. Zambia...

Monday, January 21st, 2013

What We Learned From Day Three of The 2013 African Cup of Nations

Ethiopia’s wily head coach Sewnet Bishaw turned this game with a substitution on 64′, bringing on Addis Hintsa in central midfield. It was Hintsa’s through-ball that opened up the Zambian defence, which four minutes earlier had been...

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

My favorite photographs N°10: Candace Feit

I wasn’t familiar with the work of photographer Candace Feit before browsing the web recently, following up on the online presence of a South African organisation I hold in high regard. (The organisation/project/incubator is based in the...

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Is Hip-Hop artist Ismael Sankara related to Thomas Sankara? Does it matter?

There are many things in life that really don’t matter all that much, but are very intriguing. The line between a person’s privacy and how to inappropriately disturb it by sticking one’s nose where it’s not invited...

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

The United States of Africa

The rapper Awadi was a founder of a Senegalese’s brand of political hip hop. As ‘kola wrote on this blog, Awadi was at the forefront of a 1990s social movement that helped to galvanize a youthful constituency...

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

‘My Africa is in the dark’

Malian rapper Mokobe ripped into French perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain’s comments about “hard working blacks” in his recent video, “Ca passe tout seul.” Now Burkinabé MC Art Melody takes on Nicolas Sarkozy and other “chefs d’états.”  That’s a...

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

An opera village in Burkina Faso

Christoph Schlingensief’s utopian vision for an opera village in Burkina Faso, where a stage, rehearsal space, school, hospital, hotel, church, and large communal kitchen, would be constructed for the community to produce work and live within was...

Friday, August 5th, 2011

August 5, Burkina Faso

Why not start the celebration of Burkina Faso’s Independence with an explosive live performance by rapper Art Melody. (You gotta love his t-shirt!)

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

‘This president will have to go, and he will leave’

Not your usual music break. The song that got the Burkinabe reggae singer Sams’K Le Jah into trouble with the authorities in his home country where Life President Blaise Compaore has been in power since 1987 after...

Monday, May 30th, 2011

How much do the Burkinabe artisans get?

Produced in a limited edition , with each piece unique, the ‘Muse Two Artisanal Recycled’ bag marries the savoir-faire of Yves Saint Laurent leather goods with the artisanal handiwork of women from Burkina Faso. H/T:...

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Africa’s media considered

By Elliot Ross, Guest Blogger We don’t give Africa a pass just because we are Africans. It’s a mistake to respond to blanket negative coverage with blanket positive coverage. Africa is overexposed not underexposed. We just get...

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Fespaco

Photographs by Andrea Frazzetta In late February, a month before violent protests by the military in Burkina Faso prompted President Blaise Compaore to dissolve his government, an enthusiastic crowd swarmed Place des Cinéastes in the capital city,...

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Cheryl Koralik’s Heat of Darkness

Cheryl Koralik’s images of Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, and Burkina Faso are a panoply of black and white – containing a beauty that is hard not to find deeply alluring. “Masques,” Koralik’s series of twelve images from Francophone...

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

92Y Tribeca: African Hip Hop and Film

On Saturday, February 20, record company Nomadic Wax is hosting “A Night of African Hip-Hop Film, Conversation and Live Music featuring Meta and the Cornerstones” at the 92Y Tribeca. The evening opens with a screening of the...

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

African Soldiers

OBC & Konkret 53 from Burkina Faso. Another Magee Films production.

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

MUSIC / LUCAS LIGETI AND BURKINA ELECTRIC

I like the sound of Brooklyn band, Burkina Electric. Here they perform with composer Lukas Ligeti on “Soundcheck,” a music program on WNYC, the New York City public radio station.