Friday, July 26th, 2013

Liberian Independence, Staten Island Style

This past Spring I wrote an article for the Red Bull Music Academy about the music and nightlife communities clustered around African neighborhoods in New York. A key motivation behind writing that article was to bring some visibility to the many diverse communities of African immigrants within the city that aren’t always visible to the average New

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Nigerian Independence

Okay we’re a day late. (It’s Sean’s fault.) Happy Indpendence Day Nigeria. Your music industry is too large and prolific and dominant across the continent and the globe to sum up in a few videos, but here’s...

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Independence August

Since we’ll be on break for a minute (details tomorrow) when the following central African countries celebrate their independence days, let’s do a quick roundup for Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, and Gabon. August 13, The Central...

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

August 11, Chad

There’s still time left to recognize Chad’s Independence Day today, and keeping with our regular feature, we’re posting popular music from the country. First up is a short clip of Mounira Mitchala, handling a live show in...

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Independence Day: Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire celebrated their 51st year of independence from France yesterday. Music has played a role in national political identity throughout the country’s conflict. I’m sure that it will continue to play a role as the country...

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!)

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

July 5, Algeria

On its 49th year of independence from France, Algeria is undergoing another popular anti-colonial (and anti-Bouteflika) movement. Like some other African states whose independence days we’re celebrating through pop music, Algeria may have an entirely different independence...

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

A view of Sierra Leone

Danish photographer Kim Thue has worked on his ‘Freetown Fifty’ project for around 6 months already, and in March he is going back to finish his work. AIAC got an interview with Kim Thue and the permission...

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Congo 50

Guest post by Brussels-based anthropologist and, more importantly, Africa is a Country reader Tom Devriendt on a new graphic novel written and illustrated by a group of Congolese graphic artists taking stock of the half-century of DRC...

Sunday, October 4th, 2009


It’s the 49th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence from Britain this weekend. From the outset the colonial leaders wanted to prevent the country from developing, but the new leadership class has not been any different. The management of...