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Monday, October 27th, 2014

The Dookoom debate in South Africa

Sometimes one can’t help but feel disheartened by the way we speak to each other in South Africa. Or rather, how people talk past each other, or about each other. Despite the fact that the peaceful transition to democracy in South Africa, often hailed as a “miracle,” was due to the ability of former enemies

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

First thoughts on Mali’s second coup

Mali’s interim Prime Minister—and NASA’s ex-interplanetary navigator—Cheikh Modibo Diarra was chased out of office Tuesday morning. He’d been arrested the night before by soldiers under the orders of Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo, the man who led the...

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Coldplay in the Karoo

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Lady Gaga lives in Lagos

The video for Goldie Harvey’s new single “Don’t Touch,” opens in black and white, on a pair of bejeweled lips.  A rapid sequence of images reveal a female dancing in a glow-in-the-dark corset and frilled mask; star-shaped...

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Hélène Amouzou

Hélène Amouzou was born in Togo but has been living and working in Brussels for a while now. Some years ago, she took up photography. The results are self-portraits taken “mostly in her attic”.

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Red Bull

As the World Cup nears, I am going to be a bit soccer-centric.  Last week I posted a goal by Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o. Now its the turn of Spain’s Fernando Torres, who for now plays his club...

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Blk Jks, Molalatladi

The editing and cinematography for music videos by South African music acts keep on improving.. Take this new music video for the song “Molalatladi” by Johannesburg rockers, Blk Jks. Directed by Chell Stephen it is incorporates clips...

Friday, November 6th, 2009

MUSIC BREAK / DELROY WILSON

It’s Friday, I’m tired, but I’m in a dancing mood. This is good, but my favorite Delroy Wilson track, still? “True Believer in Love.”

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

MUSIC BREAK / DIRTY PROJECTORS

I don’t necessarily like everything this Brooklyn group brings out, but I definitely feel this song, “Stillness is the Move,” (released earlier this year) as well as the video shot in Vermont. What’s with the llamas?) by...

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

MUSICAL BREAK / DRIEMANSKAP

The new video (posted on Youtube last week) for “Camago,” the first single off the Cape Town hip hop group‘s new album, “Igqabhukil’ Inyongo.” The song, in Xhosa, is “… about the importance of respecting and celebrating...

Monday, October 12th, 2009

VIDEO / MOS DEF LIVE IN JAPAN

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

MUSIC BREAK: BAAY BIA “LIY AM AMMA”

New music video for Senegalese musician, Baay Bia‘s “Liy Am Amma” (in Wolof with English subtitles) shot by Magee McIlvaine for Nomadic Wax.

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

NEW MUSIC: UGANDA’S BABALUKA

Ugandan hip hop artist Babaluka, who is part of the Bataka Squad Crew (Babaluka was also featured in the documentary “Diamonds in the Rough” about Ugandan hip hop) performs the song “Obontubulamu.” The video is...