The Salooni: An Experiential Art Project Exploring the Politics Woven Through Black Hair

All photos by: Darlyne Komukama  Salooni is a multidisciplinary art project exploring the politics woven through black hair. It presents “black hair practices as systems of knowledge through which culture and survivalist strategies are passed from generation to generation”. Created by four Ugandan women artists, The Salooni Project, by way of pop-up salons and art…

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Watch Bantu’s Satirical video for “Lagos Barbie”

Sometime in October, Bantu, a 13-man band from Nigeria, released a music video for their single “Lagos Barbie”, the first single off their funky new album of massive-fusion of Afrobeat, Highlife and Afrofunk songs, Agberos International.  In an artful way, the audiovisual explores the politics woven through black hair dictated by western beauty standards, prompting “the habitual love of wigs and weaves by women in…

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Keblack’s “Dream Seller”, More Than Just A Song

Music has the power to move us, heal us and inspire us. “Vendeurs de Rêves” (Dream Sellers) is a song by Cédric Mateta, a rapper of Congolese origin better known by his stage name Keblack. The recently released single, featuring fellow musicians imparts a potent message. Delivered in one tone, it takes on a voice for the…

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Meet Sona Jobarteh, The First Female Professional Kora Player

Sona Jobarteh began learning to play the Kora at the age of four from her brother Tunde Jegede, and by her mid-teens she became a permanent member of her brother’s internationally acclaimed ‘ACM Ensemble’. The Kora (21-string African harp) is one of the most important instruments belonging to the Manding people of West Africa (Gambia,…

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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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