AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Rai

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Malaika

Rare footage of Miriam Makeba performing her standard “Malaika” (a Kenyan love song in Swahili) on Italian television in 1969.  Meanwhile, the song has been covered by a lot of people–like Angelique Kidjo, Boney M(yes Boney M) and old school Kenyan musicians like Fadhili Williams–but film director Nerina Penzhorn swears by another South African singer

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Martin Scorcese namechecks Ousmane Sembene

Mainstream American film culture is so insular (except when it comes to European cinema) that you’re shocked when one of its stars, like director Martin Scorsese–who was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2010...