Catch Kaleta & ZoZo Afrobeat performing at SRBBrooklyn in Brooklyn, New York. This 13-piece orchestra is lead by famed director Leon Kaleta Ligan-Majekodumi. The musician has recorded and toured with Nigeria’s Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 band, King Sunny Ade’s African Beats, and more recently with American artist Lauren Hill.
Arts & Culture
“She has spots”, was the warning from care takers at the orphanage. Elaine DePrince didn’t care. She had travelled more than 4300 miles (close to 7000 kilometers) from New Jersey to Sierra Leone to adopt a little girl named Mia, but when she was told her friend Michaela might never [...]
An American literature academic once told Chinua Achebe that after reading his critique of Joseph Conrad’s Hearts of Darkness, the academic understood Conrad’s book for the first time. This, despite the fact that the academic had been teaching the book for years! This anecdote captures what Achebe was all about. By deconstructing [...]
From the Great Pyramids of Giza to the rock-hewn churches of Ethiopia; the Swahili stone houses of Kenya to the Bedouin tents of Morocco — indigenous African design bespeaks grace, style, imagination and verve. Over hundreds of years, the continent has also absorbed layers of influence from other cultures through [...]
With my car’s engine still running, two wide Ghanaian smiles beam down at me through the passenger window. The car door opens with handshakes and a hearty welcome to the Accra Arts Center. Located on High Street/28th February Road, the National Center for Cultural Arts (as it is formally known) is the place [...]
Every February for the past decade, the island of Zanzibar has hosted East Africa’s best-loved – and now largest – music festival, Sauti za Busara. The festival includes artists from all edges of the continent, and from an ever growing scope of languages, musical genres and political stances. Kiswahili for [...]
The Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery (SMAC) was Africa’s sole representative at the ARCOmadrid art fair in Spain this year (February 13-17). With more than 200 galleries from 27 countries, ARCO is Madrid’s yearly International Contemporary Art Fair and a key player in the art fair world, and the perfect event [...]
From the 3,000-carat Cullinan Diamond in South Africa, to Tanzania’s rare Queen of Kilimanjaro tanzanite stone –Africa is known to be home to some of the of the largest and most radiant precious gems ever found. Africa.com takes a closer look at some of the continent’s biggest and best finds.
In the spirit of this being the month of love, we’ve chosen the blog of Nigerian photographer Jide Odukoya, who among other things is known for his wedding photography. Jide reportedly bought his first camera – a Canon 550D from his graphic design and branding business. That was the start [...]