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1The Director of Urban Music at YouTube Shares 5 Ways to Discover New African Music in 2019 

Sourcing new African music used to be hard because the outlets were limited. With the Internet and streaming services, however, the offerings are plentiful, but now it’s hard to sift through all the noise. Tuma Basa, the Director of Urban Music at YouTube is a Rwandan exec, who grew up between Iowa, DRC and Zimbabwe and has worked in music programming for 21 years. Basa points a few tips for working the system to get the best tunes: make use of tools that highlight country-specific trends, let auto-generated recommendations guide you, go on a “subscription binge”, seek out unconventional spaces and play those playlists. The exec reveals that he is part of a WhatsApp group chat consisting of other music industry insiders who share content with each other on the regular. He even has separate accounts on social media for when he is in “cultural research mode.”

SOURCES: OKAYAFRICA

261 Powerful African Influencers to Follow on Instagram 

If African style is your game, here is a list of 61 major influencers that you should be following on Instagram. Sarah Langa is based in Jozi and is a 23-year-old student, wife, and ambassador for big names, including Vince Camuto, Brutal Fruit, and Stylista. On her website, she shares her passions for travel and fashion, frequently updating her readers on recent trips and fashion shows. Aisha Baker is a Muslim influencer, wife, and mother, as well as the founder of the popular blog, BakedOnline. She writes about style, beauty, lifestyle, and family, covering a wide range of topics, from how to style a pregnancy bump during Ramadan to how to get the best results from bronzers. Featured numerous times in the pages of Marie Claire, Elle, Glamour, Grazia, Cosmopolitan as well as many online platforms, Aqeelah is a successful writer, stylist, influencer, and the creator of Fashion Breed, her blog that she lovingly refers to as her “online canvas” brings you into her world where no outfit is too much, no article is too lengthy, and every city is a gem. Melody Molale is a lover of everything fashion, she’s taken on many roles within the field, including styling, fashion photography, designing, and representing brands such as Brutal Fruit as one of the Goji Influencers.Anerlisa Muigai  tops the list of the most inspirational transformations. The CEO of Executive Water stunned the masses when she went down almost 60 kgs. The duo, Velma and Papa Petit, are brother and sister, hence the name 2manysiblings. They founded their blog in 2013 out of a need to document their love for clothes and how the everyday African lived in them.

SOURCES: Ladyboss Blogger

3How These Ghanaian Women Have Made Basketweaving Into a Million Dollar Industry

The basketweavers of Bolga pride themselves on a skill that has long cultural traditions and has created economic empowerment for many. Almost  200,000 women in Bolgatanga, Bolga for short, create handwoven Veta Vera grass baskets, famously known as Bolga Baskets. One of Ghana’s biggest Bolga basket exporters, Dominic Abakuri says the practice of weaving baskets is a traditional skill as old as the community and has been passed on from generations. But weaving Bolga baskets is beyond continuing an age long tradition, it is also about creating jobs. Exporters and local retailers organize these women all year round and pay them to weave the Bolga baskets based on demand. Ghana’s non-traditional export sector, which basket weaving falls under, contributes about 20% to the country’s export trade. Through Bolga basket exports to key markets such as the UK, US, Australia, and New Zealand, the sector is increasing its sales potential.


SOURCES: CNN

4Afrominima is a Nigerian Lifestyle Brand Inspired by Japanese and Scandinavian Aesthetics    

It’s a beautiful marriage when African flair mixes with Japanese and Scandi minimalism in the works of Afrominima, a lifestyle brand founded by Olubunmi Adeyemi. Created during a Creative Enterprise Development Program facilitated by The British Council, The Lagos Business School and CIDA UK, AFROMINIMA™ is a lifestyle and homeware brand from Nigerian designer and entrepreneur, Olubunmi Adeyemi. From wooden spoons and platters, to spice bowls and mortar and pestle sets, his range of modern, minimalist home-ware products reveal a deep love for simple spaces and objects. As a designer, Adeyemi is influenced by everyday culture, everyday functional objects and innovative use of space. It was these influences and his growing high regard for the basic needs in urban life that led to his interest in the minimalist movement. And because he grew up loving simple spaces and objects, it was instinctive for him to connect this with his own African culture.    

SOURCES: DESIGN INDABA

5Letter from Africa: Fighting ‘Uniform Hairstyles’ in Kenya    

Hair is highly politicized in Kenya with movements advocating creative expression and an embrace of natural styles facing strong backsplash from conservative “traditionalists” who advocate norms imposed from colonial days. Fifty-six years after independence we have failed to completely shake off the constructed identity we inherited as a nation, and continue to insist that the African hair conform to alien norms. Not too long ago, the management of a national TV station sent a memo to female presenters saying they should not wear the Kenyan Hollywood star Lupita Nyong’o’s look or natural hairstyles. They had to have hair extensions on air. And it’s not just hairstyles that come under attack in Kenya’s identity struggles. Global commercial interests also dictate what is beautiful and what is smart. But the tide is turning. The heightened discussion on hair in Kenya is possibly a continuation and symbol of growing cultural consciousness and questioning among black people as evidenced in the recent rise of African music, film and entrepreneurship.

SOURCES: BBC

6Can Afrochella Help get more People to come back to Ghana?

Last year over 4,000 people from around the world gathered at the Afrochella Festival in Accra, Ghana  to celebrate diversity among African cultures. With performers, food, and attractions, Afrochella is not so different from California’s annual Coachella Festival, except for one very important note: it’s created by black people and largely for us as well.Afrochella co-founder and organizer Abdul Karim Abdullah and his native Ghanaian team did not anticipate the huge cultural impact of the festival, seeing attendees from as far as Europe, Canada, Australia and more. They simply wanted to create a space for others to learn about different cultures in Africa, but also give people on the ground the opportunity to network and showcase their skills and talents in creative spaces.

SOURCES: TRAVEL NOIRE

7The Best Things to do in Tunis in Summer

With glorious, uninterrupted sunshine and hot days spent splashing in the cooling waters of the Mediterranean, laid-back Tunis gets a huge jolt of energy in summer.  Bathhouses have a long history in Tunisian society, and local rumour has it that going to a hammam and getting a gommage (body scrub) before sunbathing enables a deeper tan, so sun worshippers should seek one out for a good cleanse to remove tired winter skin. Watching a symphony orchestra live in the ruins of a Roman theatre under a blanket of stars is a skin-tingling experience. The annual Festival de Carthage runs throughout July and August with concerts in the restored open-air theatre of Carthage and the intricately decorated L’Acropolium. Tunis has one of the best restaurant scenes in the Maghreb with a selection of chic modern dining options. Head out for sundowners on bustling sea-fronted terraces at local hotspots The Cliff or Villa Didon and enjoy the pink and lilac glow of the evening sky as it fades into night.

SOURCES: LONELY PLANET

8Make this Arid, Beautiful Country your Next Travel Destination

From the first glimpse of the desert out of the plane window of the barren terrain, flat and scarred with straight lines like an artist’s cutting board, to the last glimpse of the blood-red sunset over the cold Atlantic, Namibia will have you hooked. The Namib desert provides few visual markers and feels like a pause for the senses. Namib translates as ‘vast place’ and is considered the oldest desert in the world.  If you like straight, uncluttered lines, you’ll find plenty in Namibia. Roads seem to stretch unbroken into infinity, the architectural style is clean, and even some of the horizons appear linear and orderly. Apart from the national parks like Etosha, more than 40% of the country is managed under environmental protection laws, creating huge pockets of conservation and an incredible wildlife diversity. Namibia is also home to half of the world’s black rhino population.

SOURCES: GETAWAY MAGAZINE

9Must See African Beaches

When you think of Egypt, glorious beaches is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.  And even when you think of  Sharm el-Sheikh, chances are your mind will reference the large number of international peace conferences that have been hosted here. But the city’s true jewel is its clear beaches, a hub for watersport enthusiasts, particularly those who love scubadiving. If you’re looking for white sandy beaches and warm waters, Kenya has you covered. There are plenty of amazing beach towns across the country, but Watamu takes the cake. Part of the Malindi Marine Reserve Park, which is a marine protected area, Watamu is also home to green and hawksbill turtles. Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles. This is the world’s most photographed beach. Its gorgeously turquoise waters coupled with the jungle peering over the coastline and beyond have proved simply irresistible for any visitors to the area. 

SOURCES: IOL TRAVEL

10Airbnb’s Impact in Africa Worrying for Some

Among African governments and the hospitality sector, there’s a growing call to regulate the world’s biggest accommodation-sharing site: Airbnb. South Africa’s hotel federation last week said the platform was taking business away from registered hotels and eating into their profits. The 70-year-old industry body described Airbnb as a “massive problem,” and said existing laws failed to keep up with a fast-changing sector. It also asked the government to create a level playing field. The move follows calls to regulate and tax the short-term rental service in countries including Kenya, Tanzania, and Namibia. Kenya’s tourism sector, for instance, said this year it was working with Airbnb to facilitate registration of all properties on the platform and start remitting taxes by July. In Tanzania, homeowners were ordered to register their facilities last September or face arrest. The same happened in Namibia in 2017, where regulators ordered accommodation establishments with two or more bedrooms to register with the tourism board.

SOURCES: QUARTZ AFRICA

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