Why is FESPACO losing it’s value? – An interview with Claire Diao

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

Film Review: UPRIZE! A Critical Look At The Infectious Spirit of Student Resistance in South Africa In 1976

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

Oumou Sangare Charms “Today’s People” with new album “Mogoya”

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.

Album Review: Sena Dagadu liberates Afro-Soul on “Feathers”

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”

Fantasy Posters; Ghanaian Artists Who Reinvented Hollywood On These Movie Posters

“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

Revisiting Bubblegum Pop from South Africa with Umoja 

  Contemporary South Africa music tends to be driven by electronic music, especially post apartheid music like Kwaito. Musicians in the 80s, attracted to the warbly yet syrupy sounds from cryptic synthesizers, organs and guitars helped lay the foundations for the deep house and Kwaito craze that dominates current South african music.  Bubblegum pop and … Continue reading Revisiting Bubblegum Pop from South Africa with Umoja 

Super 16 [Take 3] – African Short Films you should see

  Super 16 keeps looking for filmmakers finding new and creative ways of telling their nuanced, authentic stories centered on people of colour. This edition is particularly polarized towards experimentation both in the areas of film and music. Our selection features shorts from the continent and the diaspora, worthy of your time. You can also … Continue reading Super 16 [Take 3] – African Short Films you should see

Album Review: Daymé Arocena – Cubafornia

In 2015, Daymé Arocena dropped her debut solo album, Nueva Era to critical acclaim in the Afro-Cuban and Jazz circles across the world. She proclaimed and ushered her audience into a new era of Afro-Cuban music with serenading yet powerful melodies about mystical spirits and losing love on singles such as her sleeper hit, Come … Continue reading Album Review: Daymé Arocena – Cubafornia

Album Review: Jinja – The Nile Project

  Nature awakens with such graceful force on The Nile Project’s second album, Jinja. 15 musicians from 11 countries who drink from this magnificent waterbody alloy their sounds to make a passionate plea for this river. The Nile’s existence in critical, not only to the daily lives of the people of the countries through which … Continue reading Album Review: Jinja – The Nile Project