Thirteen African Celebrities To Watch In 2013

A guest post by Zimbabwean TV personality / producer and entrepreneur Farai Gundan on Forbes magazine. These are powerhouses in the making. Inking unprecedented deals, performing in sold-out venues, chartering new commercial territories and making in-roads globally, they are Africa’s new generation of celebrities. They are exporting the African “brand of celebrity” across the continent and…

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Africa’s Film Industry Embraces Transnationalism

African filmmaking is exploding into a new era. If you cast even a quick glance at the production companies and funding agencies behind a handful of recent African films, you can see multi-national origins. Lindiwe Dovey, co-director of Film Africa 2012, explains just what this trend means. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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K’Naan – Inspiring Musician and Poet

HERE is a story about fame. I heard it first as a fable in Somalia, before living it out in America. The fox, they say, once had an elegant walk, for which the other animals loved him. One day, he saw a prophet striding along and decided to improve on what was already beautiful. He…

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Ng˜ug˜ý wa Thiong’o: In the House of the Interpreter

World-renowned Kenyan novelist, poet, playwright, and literary critic Ng˜ug˜ý wa Thiong’o gives us the second volume of his memoirs in the wake of his critically acclaimed Dreams in a Time of War. In the House of the Interpreter richly and poignantly evokes the author’s life and times at boarding school—the first secondary educational institution in British-ruled Kenya—in the…

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Neba Solo Debuts His Most Recent Composition

Neba Solo will present a concert of his virtuosic xylophone music and his socially conscious lyrics. Playing with his brother, Siaka Traoré, on balafon and Joh Camara on the calabash, Neba Solo will debut his most recent composition, which calls for peace in Mali. In his lyrics, one can trace the history of the political and social problems that led to…

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Soulful Bay Area resident and Ghana-born Artiste Maame Afon

Soulful Bay Area resident and Ghana-born artiste Maame Afon blends gospel, jazz, funk and reggae with a tasteful dose of African flavor in her debut album, RISE. RISE is a fun and inspiring album, featuring a mélange of rhythmic and melodic influences from Gospel, Afrobeat, Zouk, R&B, Reggae, Highlife and Jazz. Follow @AfricaSpeaks4 Tweet

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