When it comes to African film, there is one festival on the circuit you don't want to miss. Every two years, film enthusiasts and filmmakers from all over the continent troop to Ouagadougou for the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO). The festival, which was inaugurated in 1969 by the Burkina Faso Cultural ministry sought to … Continue reading Why is FESPACO losing it’s value? – An interview with Claire Diao
South Africa guitarist and songwriter, Sibusile Xaba takes you on an enchanting journey through time and space on his new double disc album, Open Letter to Adoniah and Unlearning. The debut album, released via independent label and incubator, Mushroom Hour Half Hour is an amazing project rooted in the freedom of improvisation and spirituality which … Continue reading Interview: Sibusile Xaba Shares The Creative Process Behind His Debut Album
On the album, Wanlov an avid social commentator, flexes his mastery of satire like never before, as he characterises the social condition of Ghana and Africa as a whole
What did Cameroon sound like in the 70s and 80s? What sound gleamed dancehalls and bounced of the shimmering shirts and oily curls of dancers shaking off stress at the end of the week? What rhythms reverberated the nuances of ever-changing lives for young Cameroonians who grew up in the new found freedom of independence? … Continue reading Album Review: Pop Makossa Takes You Back To Cameroon’s Famous Disco Craze
African music released in 2017 that you should pay attention to now ranging from afro-latin and north-african fusion to afro-beats afro-pop.
Against the constant humming of motorbike engines in the pastel grey skies of the Sahel-Sahara, a group of young women seek out opportunities in the midst of a breeze of political change. Ouaga Girls by director, Theresa Traore Dahlberg shows a cross-sectional view of the lives of young women in Burkina Faso. The 83min documentary … Continue reading Film Review: “Ouaga Girls” Shows The Young Women of Burkina Faso Like Never Before
Sifiso Khanyile’s documentary released in 2017 is a brilliant exposé on how the student uprising of 1976 became a landmark pit-stop on the road to liberation of the black South African
On this new LP, what you get from Oumou Sangare is what you would expect from a seasoned musician and more. She gives you the tenderness of her past, seasoned with the sweet promise of tomorrow without laboring you with too much or stepping away from who she is and what she stands for.
Ghanaian-Hungarian singer, Sena Dagadu is clearing her own sacred groove in the growing neo afro-soul scene. The long-time member of indie band, label and incubator Irie Mafia, spreads her wings towards new horizons on her latest release, Feathers. The afro-soul songstress’ third studio album is a compact yet explosive exposition of the growing afro-soul sub-genre … Continue reading Album Review: Sena Dagadu liberates Afro-Soul on “Feathers”
“Was it the real matrix they were showing?”, the exact words a friend said to me before bursting into laughter when I showed her a Ghanaian poster advertising the science-fiction box-office hit from the late 90s. And yes, it was the one. Despite the fact that Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne look nothing like Morpheus … Continue reading Fantasy Posters; Ghanaian Artists Who Reinvented Hollywood On These Movie Posters
We speak innovative Afro-futuristic griots Soul Science Lab about their latest album, Plan For Paradie