The Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) ran from 2 – 7 May 2017 after a break last year. This Is Africa captured features performances and wares by local and international artists in various spheres – music, theatre, film, digital, craft, dance and literature.
South Africa hosted Zafiko Music Festival, which took place on Durban’s Blue Lagoon beach from May 26-28 bringing artists from all over the world live on stage. Today we bring you some of the pictures taken by This is Africa during the festival.
We came across wonderful art by Sheyi Alabi, a Nigerian with remarkable artistic abilities and who works predominantly with graphite pencils and panels on chip-board works. The artists showcases most of his art on Instagram under the account @sheyi_pencilz. Today we showcase the artist’s beautiful work.
Today we reveal the beauty of Draa Valley between the Atlas Mountains and the dunes of the Sahara. It is said to be one of Morocco’s most splendid landscapes. The Draa, is a mass of date plantations punctuated by kasbahs made of rammed red earth rising against the sky.
Today we are at the Chinhoyi Caves, a group of limestone and dolomite caves situated in north central Zimbabwe. The caves are an enigma with a rich history because of their silent blue pool. Most interestingly are the legends surrounding the history of the pool, this together with the deepness and stillness of the water causes the area to have an eerie atmosphere around it.
Although stamps are almost obsolete in their practical usage the cultural richness they preserve has drawn Kenyan digital artist Jacque Njeri to launch a project on her Instagram under the moniker @Fruit_Junkie that showcases stamps in a special way.
A self-taught artist, Victor Ehikhamenor is one of Nigeria’s respected artists. Ehikhamenor holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) and an MSc in Information Systems, both, from the University of Maryland. He has become, in the nine years since his return from a 15-year sojourn in the US, one of Nigeria’s best known and most sought after contemporary artists.
Greetings from the The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA), said to be the only place on earth where mankind and wild animals co-exist in harmony. The area reportedly has over 25,000 large animals. Enjoy views from this famous resort in pictures.
On this day, the African music industry lost a legend with the passing on of Brenda Nozolla Fassie, popularly known to her fans as “MaBrrr”. We celebrate the life of the doyenne of South African music. Today we remember the music icon by sharing our five best songs.