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
With his sophomore tape, Kyekyeku has created a wholesome sound referencing his influences yet asserting his personality at the same time. You get the nostalgic appeal of golden-age highlife alloyed with the refreshing flavor of the present transporting you to Ghana music paradise!
Filmmaking is one the most efficient story-telling tools, offering a visual representation to a narrative, and it is no coincidence that British Ghanaian poet, Victoria Adukwei Bulley chose it for her poetry project, Mother Tongues. The film project is an intergenerational translation series that takes the works of african poets from English into Ga, Yoruba, … Continue reading Interview: Victoria Adukwei Bulley Creates A New Space For African Poetry With “Mother Tongues”
Funding is where many dreams go to die. Well, not necessarily. However, the success of your artistic project does hinge on your ability to invest financially in it. Yet the creative industry in Africa tends to be criminally underfunded, causing many to let go of their expressive desires. African filmmakers are not exempt from this. … Continue reading Funding For African Filmmakers : July – August 2017
Going through Anbuley’s Soundcloud page is like stroll though an Afrofuturist garden, where cosmic rhythm an melody are in bloom. The singer's raspy and rousing vocals lend her a unique layer to the polarizing music she producers. You would not find anyone, anywhere sounding like her
It's been a while but Super 16 is back. For those of you unfamiliar, Super 16 is a monthly list of short films for Africans by Africans from all over the world that we recommend you see. Everything from experimental performances to short documentaries find their way onto our reel as long as they attempt … Continue reading Super 16 [Take IV] – African Short Films To See
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