Friday, July 25: Top 10 Arts & Culture Must Reads


1. Is This Africa's Gucci?

With its sights set on the big time, Ethiopian fashion label, Abugida, is burning up the runways and changing lives in the process.
Source: CNN

2. The A-Z of African Dances, Courtesy of the Dance Hall of Dakar

African dance is hugely popular, and there's one for every letter (well, almost) in the alphabet. Take a look at the amazing variety and try them out on the dance floor.
Source: Star Africa

3. South Africa: Film Profiles Last Apartheid Leader

Acclaimed for transitioning South Africa out of apartheid, former president F.W. de Klerk remains an enigmatic and little known figure.  A new documentary aims to shed light on this controversial personality.
Source: The Washington Post

4. Africa's Most Photographed House Is In Danger

Learn about the impressive treasures of Kenya's African Heritage House and why the future of both the building and its collection are in jeopardy.
Source: The Huffington Post

5. Liberian-Italian MC/Beatmaker Karima's Fiery Brand of Social & Political Commentary

Italian racism and anti-African immigration policy are the target of a new music video by Liberian-Italian artist, Karima. Check out Bunga Bunga and more of her recent works.
Source: okayafrica

6. Photo Secrets of Marrakech: How to Shoot the Red City

Marrakech has always offered up a smorgasbord of photo opportunities. With the launch of a new photography museum, the city will attract even more shutterbugs, eager to get the perfect shot.
Source: CNN

7. Nelson Mandela Biographies with Graca Machel - Books Podcast

In a fascinating podcast, Graca Michel gives her first interview since the death of her husband, Nelson Mandela, and several authors of Mandela biorgraphies give their perspectives on the man.
Source: The Guardian

8. She's Got a Perfect Afro and a Melodious Vision for African Musicians

Musical collaboration in the African diaspora is alive and well. Hear about the adventures of Ethiopian-born singer, Meklit Hadero, and the fascinating people she's encountering on her artistic journey.
Source: NPR

9. Global Ankara Trend: The Colourful Fabric Revolutionizing International Fashion

Ankara prints have become synonymous with African fashion, and their popularity shows no sign of stopping.
Source: Ventures Africa

10. An Angolan Dance Jam from Artist Okwui Okpokwasili

Performance artist Okwui Okpokwasili, known for incorporating dance into her works, shares an infectious Angolan dance jam that she finds particularly inspiring.
Source: Los Angeles Times