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Friday, October 24th, 2014

The Brazilian Election, Race

There’s a lot going on in the world these days, so you may not have been paying attention to Brazil. But the country has an extremely important election coming up this weekend – one that will decide amongst other things, who their president will be for the next four years. The reason this election is

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

For young musicians in Mozambique, “a career in music is a pipe dream”

Young musicians in Mozambique don’t have much opportunity to record and distribute their music. “Wired for Sound,” a mobile recording studio that currently tours northern Mozambique seeks to change that. The team of the founding member of...

Friday, September 6th, 2013

African Radio’s growing and enduring popularity

A few days ago, I overheard a BBC World Service presenter announce an on air discussion on media in Africa by saying that many young people “do away with radio and television” and get their news online...

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The Dutch Media Drama

Guest Post by Martijn Kleppe Even though the Netherlands have been known for their tolerant attitude towards “immigrants”, the last couple of years have seen several debates about the role of those immigrants in Dutch society. Second...

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Kenya’s #purplezebra Spring

Political springs, as in social movements that topple and/or transform political regimes, occur when the youth of a nation get on the move. And that may be what happened in Nairobi this past Monday. A harbinger of...

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Do you need another rap film?

Not, “Do you want another rap?”, but two documentaries on Hip Hop, with a similar focus, set in the same country, Uganda. Which for me, makes the differences in their presentation style all the more startling.

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Postcard from Jo’burg

Like many others, US photographer Krisanne Johnson headed to South Africa earlier this month but, as The New Yorker points out, she didn’t go there for the football. Johnson has been to South Africa several times over...

Friday, October 9th, 2009

VIDEO / YOUNG SOWETANS ON IDENTITY

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

NELSON MANDELA’S CHILDREN

Description of panel, titled “Mandela’s Ego,” scheduled for Friday, September 18, at The New Museum on the Bowery: Members of South Africa’s Generation X speak about the intricacies of post-coloniality. Expect complicated ambiguities as the panelists MC...

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

The fate of Christian civilization in Africa

An excerpt from J M Coetzee’s new (autobiographical) novel, “Summertime.” The excerpt was published in the latest issue of The New York Review of Books: