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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

The everyday lives of African immigrants in South Africa

The experience of African immigrants living in South Africa has previously been portrayed through images of violence, deportation and police brutality. Local photographer, Sydelle Willow Smith, attempts to challenge these visual stereotypes in her exhibition Soft Walls (the show runs till April 2nd at The Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg), by depicting everyday scenes that, seemingly,...

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Zambian skull found in London art gallery

Discovered in 1921 in Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia (now Kabwe, Zambia), the original skull resides in the National History Museum in London, who made this replica for the Lusaka National Museum. The skull, also called the Kabwe...

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

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 deprived of the stirring type of high...

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Songs for Chipolopolo (or Africa Cup of Nations Playlist N°4)

By Charles Mafa* It’s death or glory today for defending champions Zambia, who must beat Burkina Faso to make it to the quarter-finals. Anything less will be a major disappointment. Just in case the Chipolopolo boys need...

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

What we learn from day seven of the 2013 African Cup of Nations

That was a duel between Zambia and Nigeria. Two equally matched opponents facing each other in the Mbombela Stadium. Each team intent on gaining that certain satisfaction. The Super Eagles wanted to cut down the Champions. The...

Monday, January 21st, 2013

What We Learned From Day Three of The 2013 African Cup of Nations

Ethiopia’s wily head coach Sewnet Bishaw turned this game with a substitution on 64′, bringing on Addis Hintsa in central midfield. It was Hintsa’s through-ball that opened up the Zambian defence, which four minutes earlier had been...

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Afcon 2013 Preview: Can Zambia’s Chipolopolo do it again?

Guest Post By Charles Mafa* Zambian fans know what it’s like to participate in the Africa Nations Cup. Their national team take part in 15 tournaments (0ut of a total of 28) so far. The team twice...

Friday, December 28th, 2012

The 10 Greatest Sporting Moments of 2012

Next year we hope Nigerian super-pastor T.B. Joshua will let us know what 2013′s top 10 sporting moments will be well ahead of time (we’ll be starting our dedicated sports page “Football is a Country” in the...

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Zambia’s Gossip Girl

Even as a child, I knew Zambia was a media dictatorship. No one dared say too much that criticised the government; and anyway, where did we get our daily news? Two sources — a nationalised newspaper, and...

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Film Africa (2): ‘When China Met Africa’

Bleeding, splintering, RGB pixels paint repeated images of handshakes and embraces — filmed off a television screen, or from existing filmed material — until they expand to a short panorama of the China-Africa Summit held in Beijing...

Monday, October 1st, 2012

My favorite photographs N°8: Sydelle Willow Smith

Among the most striking portraits in South African photographer and filmmaker Sydelle Willow Smith’s online portfolio are those taken in the Western Cape, reflecting much of what Cape Town and the wider province stand for: the engaging...

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

10 things we learned from the African Cup of Nations qualifiers

1. This high-stakes knockout format might not be so bad after all. Qualifying groups are long, turgid affairs, especially the European ones, international football’s equivalent of the snoozetastic-but-moneyspinning Champions League group stages. Knockout football puts the big...

Friday, June 8th, 2012

New Media and Activism

A couple of weeks back I had the privilege of being able to bring together a few of the leading lights in social media in eastern and southern Africa, for a discussion about the role of social...

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Friday Music Bonus Edition

Our weekly round-up of new (and a little less new) music videos. First, this great video for ‘I Am An African,’ the first single of Dutch-Ghanaian artist Papa Ghana’s EP ‘I Am An African.’ (The song came out...

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

A Cappella Slaves

Ever seen a poster for a touring boys’ choir from Zambia? The adverts show a collection of cute young boys, grinning from ear to ear. Just in case American audiences wouldn’t recognise that they are from Lion...

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Chipolopolo Music

The closer we got to Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations final, the more Zambian music videos started appearing in our feedreaders (especially: Zed Beats). Mag44, Tio, Pompi & Chungu take the prize for the best tune, Tribal...

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Everybody wants in on the final

Some coupe decale to warm you up for the African Cup of Nations final later today between Cote d’Ivoire (the favorites) and Zambia (the team everybody is rooting for). Here, here and here are some links to...

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Chipolopolo

Everyone wanted to see Cote d’Ivoire play Ghana in the African Cup of Nations final on Sunday. A heavyweight clash between the two West African giants, it held the promise of a meeting of “golden” generations. The...

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Zambia’s Turn

Now, what with Zimbabwe in political and economic shambles, South Africa deemed too frightening to do the feel-good-post-apartheid tour, and Egypt and Tunisia in turmoil, where do Tina Brown (who asked her people to find the “Five...

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

All Senegal has left is a fight song

So in the end Senegal have been eliminated from the African Cup of Nations after two bad defeats–first to Zambia and today to one of the co-hosts Equitorial Guinea. And I thought they have an expensive strike...

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Something quintessentially Zambian

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Elections in Zambia

In the 3rd grade, I came back fresh from my first civics lesson in Mrs. Marshall’s class at Nkana Trust School, to announce, “Zambia is a One-Party Participatory Democracy. Kenneth Kaunda is our President. He believes in...

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

TMZ’s Harvey Levin and the murderous ‘natives’ in the Congo

I grew up in the Copperbelt Province, near the small mining town where Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane crashed in September 1961, as he was en route to negotiate a cease-fire in Katanga Province in the Congo. My father, who stuck a small...

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Music Break / Ken’s Song

Some rural flavor from Hambale, Zambia. Filmed by David Tree. H/T: Adrian Bischoff.

Friday, February 11th, 2011

‘Old and New Colonists in Zambia’

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Music Break

Zambia’s JK may now be a part of African supergroup One8 but on his own, he’s not bad. “Kapiripiri” is as catchy as they come.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Where does the money go?

Brett Davidson How transparent are governments? How easy is it for citizens to get hold of information about how governments are spending their money? It is this question that a recent international research project set out to...

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

America Through Zambian Eyes

Add one more to yesterday’s list. Also screening at Cannes this year, as part of the prestigious Director’s Fortnight is ZedCrew, a Canadian production set in Zambia about Zambian rappers trying to make it big in the...

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Homosexuality is Illegal in 37 African Countries

Radio Netherlands International has a 51-minute, really good, program on the hysteria and violence against gay people on the continent. Guest include Ian Swartz, founder of a gay rights organisation in Namibia, and Scott Long from Human...

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The Noisettes, ‘Never Forget You’

It’s my blog so I can post “Never Forget You” by the Noisettes again. The band is tight. And I am a big fan of their singer and bassist, Shingai Shoniwa.