Fela Kuti: Hear His Long-lost Debut Recording

Long before he became the king of Afrobeat, and one of the most inspirational figures in African culture, Fela Ransome-Kuti was already a recording musician. His early recordings were in the highlife style, the first modern popular music of Ghana and Nigeria. Fela’s Special, premiered here, was one of his first recordings (alongside the track…

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At the Brooklyn Museum, Art Helps Show why Black Lives Matter

With his golden halo and gentle gaze, the man on the pedestal in the stained-glass window looks like a medieval Christian saint. But the high-top sneakers and white hoodie give it away; this is the work of the artist Kehinde Wiley. Wiley’s portraits of young black men and other people of color — rendered in…

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Scarred: An Anatomy of a Massacre

Judy Kibinge’s Documentary on ‘the Anatomy of a Massacre’ in Wajir. On February 10th 1984, “hundreds –possibly thousands– of Somali’s were rounded, tortured, while some were killed in an airstrip in Wajir (the capital of Wajir county of Kenya, situated in the former North Eastern Province). With no food or water in the scorching February…

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Two-Year-Old DJ Plays Tunes Like a Professional

Meet DJ Arch Jnr. He might only be two years old, but the young South African is fast becoming a viral sensation thanks to his ability to lay down some killer tunes and work a crowd. Over the past month his exploits have been uploaded to his own YouTube channel (by his proud parents we’re assuming), each video showing…

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UNICEF Ethiopia – Unite for Children of Ethiopia

Recently, we featured an in-depth interview of the formidable bass player, Tommy T. Gobena. Earlier this month, we received news that Tommy T. has partnered with UNICEF on meritorious social advocacy work. Together with 16-year-old Mani Virgille Djelassem, UNICEF Chad’s Youth Advocate, he stands in the fight against HIV/AIDS. You can read more on this…

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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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