13 years ago, the African music industry was left poorer by the passing on of Brenda Nozolla Fassie, popularly known to her fans as “MaBrrr”. Born in Langa township near Capetown in 1964, Fassie would have been 53 this year. We celebrate the life of the doyenne of South African music. Her voice lives with us every day.Today we remember the music icon by sharing our five best songs.
Habib Koité is the very definition of a griot—a storyteller and musician. He embodies African poetry and spiritualism. Described by Rolling Stone as “Mali’s biggest pop star;” Koité justified why he’s regarded as one of Africa’s most popular and acclaimed musicians with a stellar closing performance at the Harare International Festival of the Arts.
Disappointingly, the show marketed as a Tuku and Winky D show on Friday, turned out to be more of a Tuku and friends show. Despite the disappointment Oliver Mtukudzi’s collaborations with other artists were, for the most part entertaining.
Greetings from the Garden Route, a 300 kilometers stretch of the south-western coast of South Africa which extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. It includes a mix of golf courses, ancient forests, secluded artists’ communities, retirement estates, modern malls, craft centres, mountain hideaways and beach holidays. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast.
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.
Today we commemorate the death of Zambian football team which perished on the evening of the 27th of April in 1993. The Chipolopolo team was en route to Senegal for a World Cup qualifier, which they were highly fancied to win. Zambia was expected to reach the World Cup for the first time in history.
Two Nigerian entrepreneurs are launching a range of sun protection creams specifically targeted at black people. Sisters Chinelo Chidozie and Ndidi Obidoa have created a community-driven beauty line, called Bolden made with Shea nuts produced from Burkina Faso. Kudos to the inspirational entrepreneurs on the remarkable initiative.
Celebrating the beauty of Blackness is what Ghanaian-British artist Neequaye Dreph Dsane is all about. He does oil portraits and contemporary murals. Dreph was born in Nottingham in the U.K in 1973 and raised in Windsor. He is extremely talented and has transformed city walls through beautiful art and recently into tributes to Black women with his latest series ‘You Are Enough’. With Africa Day fast approaching, it is only befitting to celebrate art that recognises the beauty of our continent.