Greetings from the Amagugu International Heritage Centre in Matobo, Zimbabwe (AIHC), a site which documents, preserves and promotes indigenous cultural heritage. AIHC was established in 2010 through the vision of renowned historian Pathisa Nyathi, the founding director and owner. We share with you some lovely pictures from the site.
Today we showcase artwork by Katanu Kay, a 19 year old artist from Kenya who uses Kitenge in her paintings. Her talent has taken social media by storm.
Nyaradzo ‘Nyari’ Mashayamombe (36) is a musician and activists who is the Founder & Executive Director of Tag a Life International (TaLI). The last of eight children, Nyari is also a Reagan Fascel Alumni, Vital Voices Alumni, Community Solutions Board Member and Alumni who holds a Masters in Development, BBA Marketing among other qualifications. Nyari who has bagged awards for her work on the rights of girls is our #WCW today. She speaks to TIA’s Vimbai Chinembiri about her work and life.
New Nollywood comedies appear to be divided along class lines. While AY Makun’s 30 Days in Atlanta and A Trip to Jamaica have a somewhat average Nigerian character at their centre, there is nothing average about the status of the main characters (and star-studded cast) in Kemi Adetiba’s debut feature film, ‘The Wedding Party’. All three are however less comic cinematic excursions than visual exercises in silly gags.
Fans and critics of Cameroonian MC, producer and rapper Jovi have grown accustomed to his idiosyncratic brand of hip-hop, which is a constant fusion of diverse sounds. His recently released third studio album, 16 Wives, is further testament to this. Problem is, this trait makes his albums sound strangely familiar at the macroscopic level, which means he could become increasingly predictable.
The island of Zanzibar in Tanzania hosted the 14th edition of the renowned annual Sauti za Busara (Sounds of Wisdom), music festival, bringing together an amazing plethora of talent from across the African continent. This year’s festival was certainly quite engaging with acts from various African artists. The festival returned with a bang, and many festival goers said this was the best Sauti za Busara festival witnessed to date. If you missed out on the festival, take a look at some of the highlights in pictures.
Nollywood has had a preoccupation with the 1960s for some time. In the film October 1, Kunle Afolayan let loose a serial killer in 1960s Nigeria. Biyi Bandele took viewers through the 1967-70 civil war in his adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s novel Half of a Yellow Sun. Now Izu Ojukwu has come in their wake to give an account of 1976, a year that felt very much like the Sixties.
They want us to develop an Africa-conscious imagery. They break the barrier between music and literature, and as for being Francophone, what does that even mean? Edwige-Renée Dro introduces some of the Francophone African writers setting the literary scene alight this year.