The new video for the song “Alf Hilat” by Moroccan lute player and singer Aziz Sahmaoui (he made his name playing jazz with the late Joe Zawinul), off ‘University of Gnawa’, his album (it came out late 2011) of “African” sufi devotional music from the border regions of Morocco and Algeria.
It is time discuss food sovereignty in the Middle East and North Africa, again.
During Christmas 1980, Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba performed at a concert in Lesotho that deeply challenged and disturbed South Africa’s apartheid regime. The record of that concert is being reissued.
No child should choose between having food, love, and a roof over their head or being their full self.
Historian Peter Cole’s book on dockworkers in apartheid South Africa and San Francisco gets beyond slogans to vital historical truths.
On the United Kingdom’s attempts to finance the construction of large-scale prison facilities in former colonies, to where it wants to deport undocumented migrants.
A UN film pushes an ambitious plan to mitigate the impact of climate change on the Sahel by planting trees across it. But, averting disaster requires even bigger thinking.
A new book of essays offers a nuanced glimpse into the complexities of reporting on the Arab world, including North Africa.
Prevailing thoughts on slums stress their transitory character, but the complexity of everyday life in slums, including how people manage survival, is lost in the way they are understood from the outside.
The so-called “peaceful transition” in Mauritania, from colonialism to political independence, isn’t unanimously understood as such inside the country, and it reflects older rivalries.
Where does the idea that Zambia is a Christian nation come from?
The works of Frantz Fanon can be read as architectural renderings of rights, futures, and generations toward a “very different Afro-futurism.”
Irreecha, an annual ritual celebrated at the end of Ethiopia’s rainy season, offers a window into contemporary socio-political issues.
The historical novel is in vogue across the continent, challenging how we conceive of the nation, and how we write its histories.
To say we are “allies” would be to delude ourselves into thinking that some of us are safe. We are not safe.
A Nigerian play and its leading man confront western misrepresentations.
For immigrants—especially African and black immigrants to Western countries—the question of home is complex.
South African film production house kykNET’s dominance skews storytelling on the country’s screens.
Davis, who died at 84 on October 15th, was a prominent leader of the anti-apartheid movement in the US and an analytical thinker and visionary.
While Sisulu’s political career was less celebrated than Nelson Mandela, his wasn’t much less remarkable.