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

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

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

Amara Toure Is Missing

Album Review: Amara Touré 1973-1980 Amara Toure is missing. Nobody knows where he is, if he is alive or whatever happened to him since the 1980s. Yet, his body of work, which is all he is survived by, is one of the most irreplaceable African music discographies of all time. The Guinean went to Senegal … Continue reading Amara Toure Is Missing

Super 16 [Take II]: African Short Films to Watch

Super 16 is back after a short hiatus. On this edition we showcase four short films from the continent and beyond that you should watch now! In no particular order, here are some of the short films from across the country that we enjoyed watching over the past month. They represent the growing quality of … Continue reading Super 16 [Take II]: African Short Films to Watch

Special Sauce – Sabolai Mix

African Electronic Music is one of the most criminally underrated genres of all time. Usually, major labels and music media tend to group all music from the continent under one vague and lazy category: World Music. This tag undermines the genius work of artist who have toiled to innovate new and distinct sounds, mirroring their … Continue reading Special Sauce – Sabolai Mix

Album Review: Katapila Trotro – An Electrifying Sonic Portrait of Ghana’s capital

It is hard to find a soundtrack that would illuminate the intricacies of the city of Accra due to its volatile and mercurial nature. At some tangents, the city is a cool breezy, slowly gracing the hairs of your skin. At other blurry and serendipitous moments, it is an electric shock zipping through your being. … Continue reading Album Review: Katapila Trotro – An Electrifying Sonic Portrait of Ghana’s capital