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Joshua Baraka is Ugandan Music’s Next Big Thing       

Having risen to the number one spot on the Ugandan music charts, Joshua Baraka could very well be the next big thing. Thanks to the popularity of his single ‘Nana’, he’s established himself as someone on the rise in the East African music scene, and he has high hopes for his album’s release this July.  With its uplifting lyrics and memorable chorus, Baraka’s smooth vocals and dynamic delivery make “Nana” an undeniable hit. The song has earned him the cover of the Made in Uganda playlist on Spotify, cementing his buzz. Baraka’s musical journey started in church with his mother,

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Design for Human Rights

In honor of South Africa’s Human Rights Day this week, Design Indaba takes a look at the innovative ways in which design is making a difference in people’s lives. By affording greater access to health care, housing, clean water, and more, these initiatives are making meaningful advancements in day-to-day living and human dignity. Founded in 2017 by Mbangiso Mabaso, a 2022 Design Indaba Emerging Creative, Sisanda Tech is a platform that employs augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to solve real-world problems, one of which is bringing the joys of the science lab and science education to underprivileged youths.

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A Landmark Exhibition Celebrating the Global Impact of Modern and Contemporary African Fashions

Following a hugely successful run at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the exhibit ‘Africa Fashion’ will transfer to the Brooklyn Museum in June. With over 180 multi-media works, it represents the largest presentation on post-independence African fashion that has ever been staged in North America. Organized thematically, the exhibition features immersive displays of garments, textiles, photographs, literature, sketches, music, film, and catwalk footage. More than forty designers and artists from twenty African countries are represented, many of whose works are on view for the first time in the United States. The presentation includes fashions by mid-twentieth-century designers as well as

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Seven Striking Images by Africa’s New Creative Wave    

Thanks to an increasing global fascination with African art and the democratization of exposure afforded by the internet, a refreshing emergence of young African photographers is taking the art world by storm. Influenced by many of the greats that preceded them, like Malick Sidibé or Hassan Hajjaj, their work demonstrates a connection to their forebears, but offers up a new level of creative expression. “They have been major influences, not only on African photography but international photography,” Touria El Glaoui, the founder of 1-54, tells BBC Culture. “The younger generation can’t help but be inspired and influenced by these legends

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Broken Chord, Sadler’s Wells Review – Sublime Music for the Tale of a South African Choir                  

The rediscovery of some stunning portraits of the South African Choir has been the catalyst for new dance piece, which premiered in the UK last week. Developed by South African choreographer, Gregory Maqoma, it utilizes photography, music and dance to pay tribute to the talented choir, which began its international tour in 1891. The 60-minute dance-performance piece, which had its UK premiere at Sadler’s Wells last weekend, began life in 2016 as a multimedia installation after a set of exquisite portraits of the choir’s 16 singers was discovered in the Hulton photographic archive. South African composers Thuthuka Sibisi and Philip

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Kinshasa’s Street Artists Raise Issues about Globalisation and Economic Plunder  

In his series Fulu Act, Brussels-based documentary photographer Colin Delfosse captures street artists in Kinshasa, who craft striking costumes out of everyday objects found littering the streets, such as discarded wigs, wires, soda cans and bottle lids, to raise awareness of environmental issues facing the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “The statement behind their costumes is to condemn and inform about overconsumption and its side effects, namely pollution, poverty, lack of reliable investments and so on,” says Delfosse. “By capturing these images, I’m giving an echo to their crucial work.” THE GUARDIAN

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Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2023 Nominees    

Africa is a continent of diverse landscapes, vibrant cultures, and unique attractions, making it a popular destination for tourists from around the world. The World Travel Awards 2023 programme has highlighted some of the best tourist attractions and beach destinations in Africa, showcasing the beauty and allure of the continent. Hartebeespoort Aerial Cableway, South Africa: A scenic cable car ride offering stunning views of the Hartebeespoort Dam and Magaliesberg mountains. Lake Malawi: One of the largest and most biodiverse freshwater lakes in the world, home to unique fish species and surrounded by picturesque beaches and resorts. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: The

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Lagosians will Proudly Tell You there’s No Party like a Lagos Party

There is so much for visitors to Lagos to enjoy – depending on the area, you can tour its heritage sites, some dating back 500 years, or taste the cosmopolitan flavors of Nigeria’s food culture. With a 186km coastline sprinkled with beach resorts, it’s also got no shortage of places to stretch out in the sunshine and forget your worries. Lagos is the birthplace of Afrobeats, a genre of music pioneered in the 1970s by the late Fela Kuti. If you’re a fan, nothing could feel more right than dropping in at his former home, now the Kalakuta Republic Museum in

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If You Are Looking to Set Up an Office Remotely, South Africa has It All

The Midlands Meander stretches from Hilton to Giant’s Castle. Hilton has managed to retain its village feel and the nearby Wunterskloof with its indigenous bush offering great cycling routes to venture out before or after work. The Magoebaskloof / Haenertsburg area in the Limpopo Province of South Africa is known for its lush forests, waterfalls, and mountainous terrain, making it a nature lover’s paradise. A picturesque town situated on the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and surrounded by rolling hills, visitors to Clarens can explore the nearby Golden Gate Highlands National Park, which boasts stunning sandstone formations and abundant wildlife.

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Luxury Places to Stay in Zanzibar for a Memorable Vacation on the Island

If exclusivity and privacy is what you’re looking for, then andBeyond on Mnemba Island is the perfect destination. Mnemba, a private island, is a romantic hideaway suitable for couples and honeymooners. Emerald Zanzibar’s design aesthetic features Ottoman architecture fused with African culture and Western comforts. It’s where Africa, The East and West, meet to give guests unparalleled luxury and comfort. Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa on Kendwa beach, without a doubt, is the most beautiful beach of the islands. With an exposure towards the northwest of the island, this is the only area not affected by the tides, allowing

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The Role Of Sustainable Hospitality In Africa

By Jan Van Der Putten, Vice President, Operations, Africa and Indian Ocean, Hilton With global awareness around climate change and sustainability increasing, consumers are travelling more thoughtfully and making conscious choices across the entire travel

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World TB Day – Yes! We Can End TB

By Dr Allan Pamba – Executive Vice President, (Roche Diagnostics) World Tuberculosis (TB) Day takes place on 24 March every year. But the truth is, we should be thinking about TB every day – especially

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