Burna Boy’s critical single “20 10 20” highlights the emancipatory triad of protest art, people power movements and social media. Young African protesters are using their own platforms to undermine the coordinated abuses of state violence and censorship.
The Covid-19 pandemic interrupted dynamic Pan-African movements and efforts but artists are regrouping to pursue new opportunities enabled by the internet. Digitally and financially inclusive models are the next step to empower citizens and creatives, circumventing various existing restrictions.
Morocco’s renewed focus on grassroots football is beginning to pay dividends following the qualification of Morocco’s Under-20 national team for next year’s Nations Cup in Mauritania after a 15-year absence.
The 2020 African Crossroads headliner Thomas Mapfumo addressed African unity and decolonial sonics in a stellar musical performance largely drawn from his wide and high-octane collection.
Nigerian musician Brymo is known for his voice and lyrics. His seventh album, Yellow, was released in 2020. He performed in his concert, Blasphemy!
Regional middlemen for antiquities dealers run and finance large, organised teams of looters to excavate sites.
Beyond recreational consumption, young Nigerians are using cannabis to aid their schooling and work.
Nigerian music is gaining momentum across the world, but a study of hip hop lyrics and videos shows how the music also negatively affects women.
As we are approaching the end of the year, the African Crossroads network is getting ready to host its final online gathering for 2020.