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Film Review: 100% Dakar – More than Art

Oct25

Dakar has long been hailed as a center of African visual arts since President Leopold Senghor hosted the World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966. More recently African Artists and art enthusiasts descend onto the city for the Dakar Biennale, a major exhibit of contemporary African art that happens every two years.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/92330537[/vimeo]

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Ebola in Perspective: The role of popular music in crisis situations in West Africa

Oct17

Cultural Anthropology published a series of articles last week called Ebola in Perspective,” curated by two experts on crisis in the Mano River region, Danny Hoffman and Mary Moran. The Hot Spots series is an attempt by the journal to provide deeper insight into international crises making headlines today. Boima Tucker contributed his own entry looking at the role of popular music in crisis situations in West Africa, and the specific types of songs that have come out of the Ebola crisis.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5vBEETGeQs#t=36[/youtube]

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A museum in the middle of the street

Three towering moko jumbies stroll up behind the stage, as if on cue, dressed in suits of glow-in-the-dark yellow and electric blue. The sun sets on the second and final day of ChaleWote, Accra’s annual street art festival, but energies show no sign of fading as Burkinabe band Siaka Diarra streams the “polyrhythmic madness” promised in the festival program, djembe gyrating slowly-quickly-slowly against unpredictable percussion.

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An Interview with Aziza Brahim: ‘I’m missing my place in the world’

Oct5

The Western Saharan singer Aziza Brahim reflects on a life away from home, the struggle for self-determination and her musical influences.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SvfLB6bLHM#t=35[/youtube]

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Beats of the Antonov: ‘Unlike anything I have ever seen’

Sep20

Sudanese filmaker Hajooj Kuka captures Sudan’s conflict in his new film, ‘Beats of the Antonov’.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi3ronTd3xg[/youtube]

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Live from Grahamstown

Grahamstown, South Africa – Rhodes University students cover The National Arts Festival, the biggest annual arts celebration in Africa.

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