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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Telling Positive African Stories Through Photography

An interview with Senegalese photographer Abdoulaye Ndao. Telling positive African stories through photography from Design Indaba War, hunger, poverty were the chief representations of Africa when Senegalese photographer Abdoulaye Ndao first Google-searched his home continent. Picking the camera up himself, Ndao decided to change this pervasive narrative. We spoke to him as part of Africa.Now,…

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Ndidi Emefiele’s Art Addresses Societal Expectations of Women in Nigeria.

From Northern Nigeria, Ndidikanma “Ndidi” Emefiele is a multimedia artist whose portraits of black women with larger than life heads have charmed art lovers around the world. Her signature style – which is typically characterised by oversized female heads donning natural hair and enormous eyewear – is embodied in her ongoing series, Rainbow. While she…

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I Am Not A Failed Dream: Spoken Word Artists in Contemporary Nigeria

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Young, Gifted and Unapologetically Black in America

Recently, NBCBLK28 honored “Black America’s 28 under 28” — “young and gifted” innovators, vanguards, trendsetters and pioneers. Those whom they consider game changers defying stereotypes and “redefining what it means to be young, gifted and unapologetically Black” in America. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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Sauti za Busara Returns with a Bang

After a yearlong gap without Zanzibar’s favorite music festival, Sauti za Busara returned in 2017 with a bang, featuring 40 bands with over 400 artists on three different stages over four days. The festival shined a spotlight on high quality, 100% live African music, including traditional sounds and up and coming artists like festival favorites…

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