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Transgender in Botswana

“Pula, pula, na, na, ke tla gola leng.” The ethereal club banger “My Body” by Kat Kai Kol-Kes and her band Chasing Jakyb is an ode to the physical meeting…..

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How do Senegalese talk about gay identities

A music video by Senegalese singer Ouzin caused some online stir in Senegal when it debuted last month on Youtube. “Beureung Barigo,” which means “rolling the barrel” in Wolof, is a mbalax style song with simple lyrics calling on listeners to ‘clap’ for the singer. Ouzin tells his audience that that he “doesn’t know anything yet, but I’m learning….” As of early February, the clip had been viewed more than 140,000 times on Youtube, discussed on local websites, Twitter and TV. But the attention to the video has more to do with denigrating Ouzin than with the popularity of the song.

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How to Please Your Man “Zambia Style”

Imagine you’re a 17 year old middle class Dutch girl. You just cycled home from another boring day at school. Trapped in the conventional humdrum of the day, you are…..

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Nothing to Lose? The art of Rotimi Fani-Kayode

Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s first solo show in New York opened last week. The British-Nigerian artist’s last works, large photographs of the naked male body, are on display at the Walther Collection…..

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'Lesbians Seeing Lesbians'

The South African photographer Zanele Muholi is exhibiting some of her work–at the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (26 Wooster Street) as part of an exhibition of contemporary photographers, “Lesbians Seeing Lesbians:…..

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Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa

Relevant (and longish) excerpt from Anita Desai’s review of Joseph Lelyveld’s new biography, _Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India_; in The New York Review of Books; she…..

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Well deserved

Before we close out the year we have to give a nod to the  Centre for Development of People (CEDEP) in Malawi, has won the 2010 AIDS and Rights Alliance…..