Credit: Beth De Woody via Vigo Gallery

Ibrahim El-Salahi: The Sudanese Artist Everyone Should Know

The most compelling thing about Sudanese artist Ibrahim El Salahi isn’t just his pioneering of African surrealism – but the full arch of his story. From being detained as a political prisoner in Khartoum, to being celebrated in the hallowed halls of the Tate Modern in London, and the MoMa in New York – El…

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Artwork by David Osagie

The Violence Of Being Nigerian

By: Mark Lekan Lalude     The Nigerian is a special breed of a race of humans well-adjusted to the quirkiness of prejudices and biases. If uneducated, he touts them as aggressive notions, as the only meaningful facts of its kind. When educated, he would have learnt how to artfully conceal such biases and prejudices…

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Artist Spotlight with Blinky Bill of Nairobi, Kenya

This week, we travel to Nairobi, Kenya to talk to our good friend Blinky Bill (Bill Sellanga). Blinky is a Kenyan musician/producer and DJ and a founding member of the forward thinking art and music collective JUST A BAND. His music is mix of futuristic african beats meets, funk, hip hop, electronica and hint of jazz….

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Nigerian Pop Star Davido to Perform at the 2017 Bay Area Afrobeats Concert Series

Mid-summer, adding excitement to highly anticipated summer shows, staged on Friday, August 11, at the Craneway Pavilion, afrobeats star David Adede’i Adeleke, better known as Davido is officially confirmed as the first African performer at the Bay Area Afrobeats Concert Series.  African music has a long history of influencing genres worldwide, and in recent years, the…

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Afreada X Africa Writes Presents: Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty Competition

With acclaimed Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou joining Africa Writes on July 2nd,  we’ve teamed up with AFREADA to run a short story writing competition with the chance to win £100! We are inviting writers, anywhere and everywhere, to participate in a 500-word short story competition which is loosely based on Mabanckou’s amusing and heart-warming story, Tomorrow I’ll…

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How Senegal’s Most Popular Rappers are Engaging Youth Through Hip Hop

Senegalese hip-hop duo Keyti and Xuman aka Mr Xuman are the talents behind Journal Rappé, a weekly news segment broadcasting news through hip-hop and rap (in English and Wolof), in Senegal. Recognized as social activists and “Senegal’s most popular rappers in Dakar’s prolific hip-hop scene”, Xuman and his collaborator Keyti, through their humorous and witty…

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