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Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Film Review: 100% Dakar – More than Art

Dakar has long been hailed as a center of African visual arts since President Leopold Senghor hosted the World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966. More recently African Artists and art enthusiasts descend onto the city for the Dakar Biennale, a major exhibit of contemporary African art that happens every two years. In the lead

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The ‘Born Free Generation’

The Fader (yes, they're still around) has been putting up a series of posts from Johannesburg (Obey You Collective: South Africa) that focuses on "artists, trail-blazers, and bright young talents from South Africa." (The series is paid...

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Vintage Cru: Challenging the Status Quo in South Africa with Dance

In the South African entertainment hierarchy, dancers are not usually considered to be at the top of the pile. DJs, singers and soapie stars often command greater audiences. Yet there’s a dance group out there that’s changing...

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Azonto Americana

Azonto has been huge in Ghana, obviously, and the rest of Africa. Then it made its grand entrance to London and the United Kingdom with some help from the British-born Ghana boy Fuse ODG, especially with Antenna...

Friday, June 14th, 2013

South Africa has a “Pro” Twerk Team

Welcome to AIAC’s (first?) NSFW post. South Africa has a “pro” twerk team. In what could have been an amazing Pan-African exchange, they came up short and better called themselves professionals. Full stop as I reluctantly throw...

Friday, March 29th, 2013

The TEN CITIES Project: Club Culture and Dance Music

“In Africa today, musicians keep in touch with global pop culture via the Internet and program locally flavoured music of explosive creativity, which in turn often finds its way back into the western world: powerful, urban and...

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Cairo mosh pit

A few days ago Tom posted another installment of 10 African films to watch out for, one of which is the documentary “Underground/On the Surface,” on the popular “second-class” youth music genre mahragan shaabi. While we wait to...

Friday, December 7th, 2012

“This is not Pantsula”

I got a treat when I was in Johannesburg recently. I was about to jump into a cab when this van pulls up and out piled these colorfully clad kids. With their exit came the loud blasting...

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

‘Africa’s first* transgender music star’

African governments don’t want us thinking that “homosexuality” is within the realm of their “traditional values”. So these leaders, even Nobel Peace Prize winning ones, use that as an excuse to justify the persecution and lack of protection for...

Friday, November 4th, 2011

‘Suit Up’

Nice video (Tiro Rose) and photographs (Ference Isaacs) of hip hop dancers from all over Cape Town, South Africa.

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

‘Hipster in Africa’

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Beyoncé’s German influences

Adria Petty, the co-director of Beyoncé’s new “Countdown” video which lifts entire sections from the work of Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, now says the dance references come from Germany, not Belgium, and from Audrey Hepburn....

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Maïmouna and African Urban France

Friday night at Sutra Lounge in New York, Maimouna Coulibaly will be performing alongside myself and DJ King Solo for Africology’s Afrique Sessions.

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Tofo Tofo

So about those pantsula references in Beyonce’s latest video: Beyonce and her choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr, had seen a Mozambican group, Tofo Tofo, on Youtube. This is Gatson talking to MTV about Tofo Tofo, above in someone’s...

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Abraham Lincoln and Fela Kuti

Some critics went after Bill T Jones for his musical portrayal of the king of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti, on Broadway. Here, in the link below, Mr Jones responds–indirectly–to criticisms of “Fela!,” during a discussion with Bill Moyers...

Friday, August 28th, 2009

THIS IS AFRICAN DANCE

On a recent episode of one of the hundred or so reality shows, America’s Best Dance Crew (a side project of one of the American Pop Idol judges), pop singer Beyonce presented “the Beyonce challenge” to the...