America’s Got Talent was privileged to have Kechi Okwuchi grace its stage. The Nigerian, whose story inspired many, sang beautifully as well. After surviving a plane crash in 2005 that claimed the lives of 60 of her classmates, she stood before the world and sang her heart out. Her story has gone viral, and definitely more people will be rooting for her to win.
Renowned South African musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka has described being honoured at the upcoming 2017 BET Awards as a great honour to be respected for her talent. We congratulate the artist on the recognition.
For some people art is a hobby but 25 year-old Fine Art graduate Qhama Maswana from King Williams Town, Eastern Cape, in South Africa has a much more serious approach to it. Maswana started painting in 2005, after winning a couple of art competitions and decided that he was going to be a great artist. He speaks to TIA about his wok.
Today we are in Khan el-Khalili the major souk (Arab market) in Islamic Cairo. It is in the bazaar district, one of Cairo’s main attractions for tourists. You will be greeted by the scent of spices, the hustle and bustle of trade, and the many beautiful objects that can purchased in between the alleys for. On its narrow streets one can find a variety of beautiful souvenirs including baubles. Shop owners jostle to bring customers their stalls.
Babajide Olatunji (27) is a Nigerian visual artist and autodidact who works from Ile Ife and born in Okitipupa. At a glance you would think his art is in fact photography. Olatunji spent many years of self-directed study researching art historical movements and modes of production. Speaking to This Is Africa, Olatunji said his art has always been a part of his life. His earliest influence was watching his elder brother create cartoon characters and smileys. Visualization and creating sketches were to him, the best ways he could understand the world around him.
Vamizi Island is situated in the far north of Mozambique in the Quirimbas Archipelago. It is recognised as one of the leading luxury private islands and conservation projects on the continent and the Indian Ocean. The whale-shaped ocean has also been described by several visitors as it one of the best and most exclusive beach getaways. Today let’s see breathtaking images of this island voted into the ‘World’s Top 100 Awards’ by the CondeNast Traveller.
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.