The second annual Ongala Music Festival took place on August 23 to 25 in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. The festival named after Tanzanian musician Remmy Ongala highlights musical talents and creative collaborations in East Africa.
The Bomvana say the global development agenda has created division because it sees people as individuals rather than primarily as members of a collective.
Wamlambez and Soapy are two popular songs in Kenya and Nigeria respectively sang by millennial musicians. While this is good for freedom of expression, we question why this popularity and buy-in has not extended to political expression in the two countries.
South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha has become the latest star to join the “Coming 2 America” cast, in the upcoming sequel to the 1988 comedy.
Nigeria’s Frances Ogamba walked away with the 2019 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Non-fiction for her story, “Valley of Memories,” while South Africa’s Resoketswe Manenzhe won the 2019 Writivism Short Story Prize for her story, “Maserumo”. We congratulate Frances Ogamba and Resoketswe Manenzhe.
From Cape Town to Kisumu and Greater Manchester, cities around the world are seeing the benefits of festivals that celebrate traditions and people.
Former U.S President Barack Obama has shared his annual summer reading list, which includes How to Read the Air, a book by Ethiopian-American novelist Dinaw Mengestu. The list includes seminal works by various celebrated writers including Toni Morrison, Téa Obreht, Colson Whitehead, Ted Chiang, Haruki Murakami, and Hilary Mantel.
In some ways, perhaps Morrison is even more relevant in South African universities today than she’s ever been.
The ‘Serengeti’ is the title of a new, six-part wildlife docuseries series by the Discovery Channel debuting this August. The series will highlight the majestic animals of Tanzania’s Serengeti region and their day-to-day lives. It will also feature an original score and narration by Academy Award-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o