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Renowned artist Esther Mahlangu urges Africans to hold on to their traditions

Pioneering Ndebele artist fears young people are losing a sense of their rootsOne of Africa’s best-known artists has made an impassioned appeal for governments and communities across the continent to preserve their traditions and culture in the face of globalisation.Esther Mahlangu, 85, said that she was worried that young people in Africa were losing a sense of their roots. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Africa, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Esther Mahlangu

Mohamed Melehi obituary | Oliver Basciano

Artist whose paintings took inspiration from the craft culture of his native MoroccoIn 1963 the artist Mohamed Melehi, then living in New York, was included in the Museum of Modern Art show Hard Edge and Geometric Painting and Sculpture.If he had stayed in the city, Melehi, who has died aged 83 of Covid-19, might have gone on to enjoy a similar level of fame to American peers painting in the same style, such as Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella and Kenneth Noland. Instead, compelled to return to Mor...
Tags: Art, New York, Milan, Africa, World news, Art and design, Morocco, Museum of Modern Art, Kenneth Noland, Mohamed Melehi, Oliver Basciano, Melehi, Ellsworth Kelly Frank Stella

'We have lost a limb': Azu Nwagbogu, the visionary curator bringing African art home

From helping photographers capture the Nigerian protests to exhibiting during a pandemic, the director of LagosPhoto festival has had his work cut out. Now he wants to fight ‘afro-pessimism’ and the posturing around Black Lives MatterWhen I first spoke to Azu Nwagbogu, the recent protests against police brutality in his native Nigeria had just entered their second week. The curator was upbeat, describing them as “an incredible awakening”. A week later, when we made contact again, he sounded more...
Tags: Art, Photography, Nigeria, Africa, Race, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Festivals, Identity politics, Exhibitions, Lagos, Lekki, Azu Nwagbogu

Strap-ons, style and self-invention: Zanele Muholi – review

Tate Modern, London With provocative images of lesbian empowerment and gender play, the photographer celebrates the resilience, style and creativity of South Africa’s queer communityA woman clasping her hands over her jockey shorts, protecting her privacy in the aftermath of rape. The long scar running down her leg is evidence of an even earlier assault. In another image, hospital bracelets tether their wearer to the hate crime that led them here – rape, assault, GBH. These jolts, from Zanele Mu...
Tags: Art, Photography, Gender, Activism, Africa, Society, Culture, South Africa, Art and design, Sexuality, Exhibitions, Tate Modern, Zanele Muholi, Tate Modern London With

Zanele Muholi's queer South Africa: 'I do not dare shoot at night. It is not safe'

The non-binary photographer chronicles the harsh realities of life for LGBTQ+ people in a hostile country. Ahead of a major Tate show, the artist reveals why ‘just existing is political’Amid the plethora of essays in the catalogue for Zanele Muholi’s forthcoming retrospective at Tate Modern, there is a moving testimony by Lungile Dladla, a South African lesbian. Entitled I Am Not a Victim but a Victor, it recounts how, on an evening in February 2010, she and a friend were accosted by an armed st...
Tags: Art, Photography, Gender, Activism, Protest, Africa, Race, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Culture, South Africa, Art and design, Sexuality, LGBT rights

Wole Soyinka to publish first novel in almost 50 years

Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth will be released this year, with the 86-year-old author also planning fresh theatre work after ‘continuous writing’ in lockdownWole Soyinka has used his time in lockdown to write his first novel in almost 50 years.The Nigerian playwright and poet, who became the first African to win the Nobel prize for literature in 1986, published his widely celebrated debut novel, The Interpreters, in 1965. His second and most recent novel, Season of Anomy, was releas...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Nigeria, Africa, Theatre, World news, Culture, Stage, Wole Soyinka, Soyinka, Anomy

African Activist Arrested For Trying To Take Asian Artifact From Louvre

Just a week after he was given a fine but no jail time for attempting to take pieces of African art from another Paris museum, Mwazulu Diyabanza — who calls his acts political protests demanding the return to Africa of artworks looted by European colonizers — was stopped by Louvre guards after lifting and carrying off a sculpture. In a video of the incident, Diyabanza declares, “I came here … to take back what was pillaged from Africa.” The sculpture is from the Indonesian island of Flores. – A...
Tags: Art, Africa, Paris, Visual, Mwazulu Diyabanza, Diyabanza, 10.26.20

New Netflix Project: ‘Made By Africa, Watched By the World’

“Mixing new, original content with older African classics that have not previously been streamed elsewhere, this initiative … creates a path for stories that specifically address different slices of the African experience to see the light of day and reach a wider audience. Considering that there’s a growing feeling among Africans that inaccurate representation on screen is a given, that’s a good thing for everyone.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, Africa, 10.07.20

New portrait of Queen Victoria's African goddaughter unveiled

Painting of Sarah Forbes Bonetta part of English Heritage project to highlight overlooked black figuresHer birth name, historians believe, was Aina but in the high society of 19th-century England she was Sarah Forbes Bonetta, an enslaved little girl from what is now the west African country of Benin who became Queen Victoria’s goddaughter.The remarkable life of Bonetta is being highlighted by curators at English Heritage who, on Wednesday, will unveil a new portrait of her by the artist Hannah U...
Tags: Art, England, Africa, Race, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Victoria, English Heritage, Queen Victoria, Benin, AINA, Sarah Forbes Bonetta, Bonetta, Hannah Uzor

Five activists on trial in France for trying to seize African funeral staff

Critics accuse the French state of not doing enough to restitute artefacts they feel were stolen Five activists have gone on trial in Paris for trying to remove a funeral staff from France’s pre-eminent indigenous art museum as part of a campaign to pressure the government into restituting items they claim were stolen.Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza, a 41-year-old Congolese, led the operation at the Quai Branly museum last June, condemning “the pillage of Africa”. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Nigeria, Africa, Museums, Paris, Colonialism, Emmanuel Macron, Quai Branly Museum, Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza

'I felt unwanted': Zodwa Nyoni on the immigration tales behind Nine Lives

The playwright’s monologue, staged at the Bridge theatre, reflects the anger and pain of refugees and asylum seekersMy family migrated from Zimbabwe to England in the late 90s. Most of my teens and all of my 20s were shaped by applying for residency. I spent a lot of time feeling unwanted despite giving back to communities and to the arts, representing the UK at international poetry festivals and exchanges, and contributing to the landscape of British theatre.In 2014, I was commissioned to write...
Tags: UK, England, Africa, Theatre, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Culture, Stage, Home Office, Zimbabwe, Glasgow, Leeds, Ishmael, Oran Mor, Zodwa Nyoni

Toots & The Maytals: Funky Kingston

Singer-songwriter for Toots & The Maytals, multi-instrumentalist and reggae pioneer Frederick “Toots” Hibbert has passed away in Kingston, Jamaica—the birthplace of the music he helped create. His 1968 song “Do The Reggay” remains widely believed to be the first to namecheck reggae (at the time a fledgling genre influenced by mento—Jamaican folk music that combines elements from Africa and Europe—as well as jazz and R&B, …
Tags: Europe, Music, Design, Africa, Culture, Obituaries, Jamaica, Reggae, Kingston, Rocksteady, Listenup, KINGSTON Jamaica, Toots, SKA, Toots and the Maytals, Funky Kingston

How a tiny house couple used $35,000 to hack their 290-square-foot living space, rejecting minimalism and maximizing practicality

Tony and Charlie Perez live in a tiny house in California. CharpLenz Photography Tony and Charlie Perez live in a 290-square-foot tiny house outside of Sacramento, California.They've spent $35,000 building and designing the tiny house, which creatively maximizes space and takes on influences from their many travels.But they say they're not minimalists. Instead, they told Business Insider, they designed their home around practicality.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Tony an...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Design, California, Life, Africa, US, Sacramento, America, Trends, Features, Egypt, Jordan, Tiny Houses, Tiny Homes, Tiny House

Meet the creative Nigerian athletes earning alternative livings during lockdown

Nigerian basketball players Austin Akpejiori and Ukamaka Okoh are keeping busy during their Covid-mandated time off court — with interior design and shoemaking, respectively The post Meet the creative Nigerian athletes earning alternative livings during lockdown appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Nigeria, Africa, Basketball, Interior Design, Openaccess, Mountain of Fire, Top Six, Basketball Africa League, Austin Akpejiori, Fiba Africa, MFM Queens, Miracle Ministries Queens Basketball, National Sports Festival, NBBF President Cup, Nigerian athletes, Rivers Hoopers

The Alchemical Brothers: Brian Eno & Roger Eno Interviewed

Long Now co-founder Brian Eno on time, music, and contextuality in a recent interview, rhyming on Gregory Bateson’s definition of information as “a difference that makes a difference”: If a Martian came to Earth and you played her a late Beethoven String Quartet and then another written by a first-year music student, it is unlikely that she would a) understand what the point of listening to them was at all, and b) be able to distinguish between them.What this makes clear is that most of ...
Tags: Art, Africa, Future, Brian Eno, Bangkok, Bach, Gregory Bateson, Roger Eno

Image cropping with a focal point

SlideMagic can switch back and forth between multiple layouts, and needs to handle rapid changes in the grid of a slide. As a result, aspect ratios of images get changed all the time, tripping up your carefully selected image composition. At the moment, the app is storing different crop and zoom levels for different aspect ratios, but that solution is not ideal. (You see how Squarespace gets it wrong with the banner image of this blog post).I want to get to the point where a SlideMagic user can ...
Tags: Images, Design, Africa, Squarespace, Layout, Speaking, SlideMagic, Vince Gx

If Britain looked anew, it could learn so much about the arts from Africa | Afua Hirsch

The UK cultural sector, so obsessed with being ‘world leading’, is standing on the brink. It needs to broaden its gazeIt’s a painful time to tell stories about the arts. This week, hundreds of venues across the UK were lit up in red – not in an inspired display of creativity, but as a cry for help as arts venues find themselves on the brink of collapse.The protest culminated in the iconic chimney at London’s Tate Modern art gallery being made bright red, and illuminated with the words “Throw Us ...
Tags: Art, Politics, UK, London, Africa, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Tate Modern, Arts funding, Afua Hirsch, Coronavirus outbreak

Reclaiming The Life Story Of America’s First Published Black Poet

In 1761, at roughly age 7, the girl who would become Phillis Wheatley was taken from Africa to Boston and sold to the wife of a local merchant who educated her. Within a dozen years, she had published a book of verse in London and become perhaps the most famous Black person in the British Empire as well as a symbol for anti-slavery campaigners. Until recently, though, we knew her life story only through a tendentious memoir, written well after her death, by a woman who claimed to be a relative ...
Tags: Art, London, Boston, Africa, People, Phillis Wheatley, 07.30.20

Time To Repatriate Africa’s Heritage

It’s a familiar story across Africa: 90 to 95 percent of Africa’s heritage is held outside the continent, according to a 2018 report commissioned by French President Emmanuel Macron. Given the shameful manner in which African artifacts were taken and the collapse of the colonial empires that enabled the looting, it is time for European institutions to reevaluate claims of restitution. – Foreign Policy
Tags: Art, Africa, Heritage, Visual, Emmanuel Macron, 07.28.20

Bisa Butler’s Beautiful Quilted Portraits of Frederick Douglass, Nina Simone, Jean-Michel Basquiat & More

Fiber artist Bisa Butler’s quilted portraits of Black Americans gain extra power from their medium. Each work is comprised of many scraps, carefully cut and positioned after hours of research and preliminary sketches. Velvet and silk nestle against bits of vintage flour sacks, West African wax print fabric, denim and, occasionally, hand-me-downs from the sitter’s own collection. In The Warmth of Other Sons, a 12-foot, life-sized portrait of an African American family who migrated nor...
Tags: Google, Art, Fashion, Microsoft, College, Stanford, Nigeria, Africa, History, Creativity, South Africa, Yale, New Jersey, Michelle Obama, West Africa, Civil rights movement

Danny Sapani: 'We must teach the truth about British history'

The actor, who stars in the National Theatre’s stream of Les Blancs, says schools must acknowledge the damage done by colonialism – to strengthen the bonds of a multicultural societyLes Blancs was staged at the National Theatre in 2016 and is Lorraine Hansberry’s final play. It’s not as well known as her iconic A Raisin in the Sun. When did you first read it?When I was called by the National Theatre. I did my research afterwards and realised there had been two [UK] productions of the play, one a...
Tags: UK, Africa, Race, Theatre, Disney, World news, Culture, South Africa, Stage, Manchester, Broadway, Colonialism, National Theatre, Royal Exchange, British Empire, Black Lives Matter Movement

Unfinished, abandoned, demolished: how Cairo is losing architecture it never knew it had

From grand visions that fail with the departure of a president to everyday buildings knocked down before they can be considered for heritage protection, a new book unpicks what Egypt’s capital might have beenn Looming above the affluent Zamalek neighbourhood in the centre of Cairo, the Forte Tower has stood as the tallest building in Egypt for the last 30 years – yet it remains unfinished and abandoned. A ring of faintly Islamic pointed-arch windows encircles the uppermost floor of the great cyl...
Tags: Books, Design, Africa, World news, Culture, Architecture, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Art and design, Manhattan, Cairo, Hosni Mubarak, Zamalek, Anwar Sadat, Sadat, Art and design books

Nigerian scholar calls for halt to auction of sacred Igbo artworks

Chika Okeke-Agulu says sale of sculptures removed during 1960s civil war ‘perpetuates violence’ of conflictA prominent Igbo-Nigerian artist and academic has called for the cancellation of a forthcoming auction in Paris of two sacred sculptures taken out of Nigeria during its devastating civil war in the late 1960s.Chika Okeke-Agulu, a professor of art history at Princeton University, said the sale of the Igbo objects – called alusi or “sacred sculptures” – at Christie’s auction house later this ...
Tags: Art, France, Nigeria, Africa, World news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Paris, Princeton University, Christie, Chika Okeke Agulu

Katie Waggett's best photograph: Sunday worship with Joy

‘Joy was dancing in church with her children in London. She was in her element – her dress speaks to her sense of cultural pride’Her name is Joy and I photographed her outside one of the many African churches in south-east London. I had just finished photographing a mosque on the same bland industrial estate when I found the blue wall, then spotted Joy dancing in the church with her children. I thought: “That’s a portrait I’ve got to get,” and asked if she’d come outside and have her photograph ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, Photography, London, Nigeria, Africa, Religion, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Christianity, British identity and society, Quebec

VIDEO: Watch HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, Starring Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, and More- Live Now!

Hairspray Live will be broadcast online as part of The Shows Must Go On The show will launch today at 200pm EST and be available for 48 hours. The stream will be available on The Shows Must Go On's YouTube channel for viewers in the US, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Africa, Theatre, US, Australia Asia, BWW News Desk, Ariana Grande Jennifer Hudson Kristin Chenoweth

VIDEO: Watch HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, Starring Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, and More

Hairspray Live will be broadcast online as part of The Shows Must Go On The show will launch today at 200pm EST and be available for 48 hours. The stream will be available on The Shows Must Go On's YouTube channel for viewers in the US, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Africa, Theatre, US, Australia Asia, BWW News Desk, Ariana Grande Jennifer Hudson Kristin Chenoweth

VIDEO: Watch HAIRSPRAY LIVE!, Starring Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, and More- Friday at 2pm!

Hairspray Live will be broadcast online as part of The Shows Must Go On The show will launch this Friday at 200pm EST and be available for 48 hours. The stream will be available on The Shows Must Go On's YouTube channel for viewers in the US, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Africa, Theatre, US, Australia Asia, BWW News Desk, Ariana Grande Jennifer Hudson Kristin Chenoweth

Africa’s First Million-Selling Singer, Mory Kanté, Dead At 70

“[He] came from a family of griots, the dynastic West African musicians whose songs carry news and chronicle history. Steeped in those traditions, he electrified the kora, the traditional griot’s harp, and he fused African music with styles and instruments from Western pop. … [His] 1987 single “Yé Ké Yé Ké” was a hit, first in Africa and then across Europe. It became the first African single to sell more than a million copies and has been licensed frequently for commercials and film soundtracks...
Tags: Art, Europe, Africa, People, Yé Ké Yé Ké, 05.24.20

A Book Festival For The Epidemic Era, Live From Africa

“Afrolit Sans Frontières, a series of hourlong readings and question-and-answer sessions held entirely on Facebook and Instagram, kicked off on March 23 and [is recurring monthly]. In the face of the pandemic, with countless numbers of book fairs, tours and other literary events canceled or postponed, Afrolit stands out as a gathering where readers — for some sessions, hundreds have logged in — can hear from authors and talk to them about sometimes difficult or taboo subjects.” – The New York T...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Instagram, Africa, Words, 05.14.20

Francophone African Authors Are Finally Getting Their Work Published Within Africa

For decades, most authors writing in French in Africa have had to publish their books in France, partly because of a lack of publishing infrastructure at home and partly because French companies have insisted on worldwide rights. So if these writers’ books appear in their own countries at all, the prices are something like a week’s pay for an ordinary person. Now the authors are pushing back, insisting on retaining rights for Africa and even starting their own publishing houses to produce affor...
Tags: Art, France, Africa, Words, 05.14.20

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