There’s a fast growing collection of cross-over hip hop songs produced by Central and West African artists making a living in the diaspora (especially in French-speaking hotbeds like Marseilles, Paris or Brussels), lyrically reaching back to the countries they’ve left. This collaboration between Togolese artist YaoBobby (rapping in Mina) and the prolific Fredy Massamba (singing in Lingala) on ‘(R)Evolution’ is another example. (You recognize the shirts.)
Until African officials stop lining their pockets with money that could be spent identifying and developing the best young talent the continent has to offer, dreams of an African nation winning the World Cup will remain elusive.
The Senegalese football jersey is a powerful symbol of nationhood and independence.
Football in Senegal is magic. That the team has qualified for their second World Cup, heightens the joy.
How do you tell a different story of Indians in South Africa, one that shatters long-held and reproduced stereotypes?
20 years after English and Tunisian football fans clashed in the streets of Marseille, their teams again meet in their opening match up.
A remembrance for Father’s Day.
One Ghanaian football fan wrestles with which teams to support in this year’s World Cup after the Black Stars failed to qualify.
A Canadian immigrant father’s Egyptian football nationalism, and reflections on World Cup fever from Cairo.
Reliving the epic quarterfinal match between France and Brazil at Mexico ’86.
We are exploring the culture and history of the World Cup for the next month while the tournament goes on.
It is worth revisiting the context for the mass killings, how historians have studied it since and casting a revisionist eye.
What will the renewed land debate in South Africa mean for the border woes of neighbors such as Lesotho?
Paul Biya’s inability to address the crisis in the country’s Anglophone region is pushing the nation to the brink.
South Africa’s national rugby team, the Springboks, gets a black captain for the first time in its history–24 years after the end of Apartheid.
Has migration policy reckoned with epidemics like Ebola?
A reflection on police brutality in Nigeria on the anniversary of the death of the ‘Apo Six.’
A group of esteemed Nigerian thinkers come together and chat about rapper Falz’s take on the viral “This Is…” video meme.
Why has Childish Gambino’s “This is America” video resonated with so many people around the world?
In INTL BLK episode 5, deejays Chief Boima and Francesca Harding take a look at race and cultural difference in Latin America through the lens of trap music.
While entertaining, the showy presidential campaign of Zimbabwe’s opposition may not amount to much on July 30th.