Profiles of African Filmmakers and Directors who have changed the World through Films (Part I)

In a three part series, we present selected profiles of African Filmmakers and Directors, some of whom, like Ousmane Sembene, are now legends. A number of these filmmakers and directors, successfully taking their destiny into their own hands, rather than go to film school, got a camera and started making films. Our selected filmmakers and…

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Sweet Honey in the Rock performs in Ethiopia

Addis-Ababa continues to preserve its Jazz pulse rooted in Ethio-Jazz and sustained by traditional styles, giving the modern Ethio-Jazz sound a unique twist. After being away from home, often, I return to a city growing its traditional folk music and traditional-modern Jazz scene. New clubs or Jazz bars come up in familiar locales. Mama’s Kitchen…

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Fashion and Spirituality in Senegal’s Baye Fall

Sufism is mystical branch of Islam centered on the idea of experiencing the love of God or “Truth,” and forming a profound inner relationship with the divine.  For centuries, the Sufi order has excited and bewildered those who have come in contact with it – not only for its culture of song, rhythm, hermeticism and…

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The Art of Calligraphy: Faiza Bayou’s Eternity Series

The elegantly rich art of calligraphy has its place in the Arabic and/ Islamic culture. As stated by historians, the art of calligraphy, including its trade, was born in the first Islamic century. Thus, the “concept of calligraphic correctness—that is, legibility and repeatability—began to emerge among the scribes (katibs). This can be observed in probable…

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Selam Festival Addis

In its fourth year, Selam Festival Addis [Selam: meaning peace in Ethiopia’s official language] on January 17 and 18 opened its 2015 festival to a packed Floral Tropical Garden, in the heart of Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. The two-day outdoor live concert brought a strong international artist line-up, full of soaring performances, vivacity and cultural exchange. Hyping…

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Keyezua’s Stone Orgasms: A Visual Exploration of the Ritual of Mutilating the Female Body

Women, for centuries, have been living under societal pressure as doctrines and external agents define their bodies, outside of their own claim. Women have been made strangers to their own body. In African societies, colonialism reversed the role of women through domestication and containment to achieve its own ends; and religious discourses and entities have…

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