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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

The Friendship Between China and Mozambique Will Last Forever Like the Heavens and the Earth

In Maputo, the “Garden for Sculptors” behind the Museu Nacional de Arte on Avenida Ho Chi Minh has become a kind of prison yard for Mozambique’s various Ozymandiases, a semi-public dumping ground where colonial monuments now crumble quietly away. A marble European baroness reclines in thick robes, the grasses growing up around her base. Both

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Mozambican Occupations: The Work of Photographer Felipe Branquinho

Photographer Felipe Branquinho’s work is an impressive recent contribution to efforts to move away from clichés of rural Africa and reminds us of the dynamic urban landscapes of African cities. Branquinho focuses on the majority of these cities’...

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Another Hero Story: CNN’s “Mozambique or Bust” Documentary

A story about “how ordinary people come together to do something extraordinary,” this is how the Actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking, Mira Sorvino, introduces the work of four white Americans who send over...

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Photographer Mário Macilau’s Portraits of the “Forgotten” Elderly

On display this month at the Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano in Maputo are Mozambican photographer Mário Macilau’s portraits he made of elderly people all over the continent (Nigeria, Congo, Mozambique, Cameroon, Kenya, Mali, etc.) during the year 2012....

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

My favorite photographs N°1: Zachary Rosen

We’re starting a new weekly series today. We ask photographers who make portraits of African subjects to introduce us to their work. Basically they pick their five favorite photographs, describe the subject matter, what brought them to...

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

In Search of Maputo

David Patrick Lane writes on 'Searching for Pancho', a short film by South African filmmaker Christopher Bisset about the work of Pancho Guedes, perhaps the most renowned of all building designers -- about five hundred structures all...

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Recycling Rubbish

Many of you know those spectacular images of burning computer parts and beautiful, sad young men, taken in some God-forsaken corner of polluted Ghana where the ‘West’ has dumped all its obsolete toys to be ‘recycled’. Now,...

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Moçambique Popular

Long before football blogging became commonplace and banal (think Dirty Tackle and The Spoiler), Davy Lane blogged about football. He started again before the 2010 World Cup which took him to South Africa and then post-World Cup...

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Music Break

The video for “Fairy Tale” by South African-based Mozambican band, 340ml. The video was shot in the Mozambican capital, Maputo.

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

‘Every single day is hot in Mozambique’

I want to see more of this film: The slam poet, Capela, is shown in a clip from the new short, “Slam Video Maputo” by Austrian director, Ella Raidel. The film explores “… the making of self-image...

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Mozambican Democracy

Elections in Southern Africa is usually one big party if you’re the ruling party and if you’re not in Zimbabwe. Take Mozambique, South Africa’s small neighbor to the northeast, where the rapper MC Roger sells record on...