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NEW MUSIC: Burna Boy ft D’Banj - ‘Won Da Mo.

New kid on the block Burna Boy teams up with slightly old school heavyweight artist D’Banj for a Yoruba-versed track about the lifestyles they lead.

#Nigeria? #SouthAfrica? Who rules the roost in the African Music scene? #MusicAfrica.

Following the announcement of this year’s MTV Base's music awards, we've noticed a recurring trend: the dominance of #Nigeria and #SouthAfrica in the list of nominees. We’ll therefore be discussing what exactly leads to this outcome and where it leaves the rest of Africa.

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Date and time: Thursday April 24th at 12pm CAT.
Hashtag: #MusicAfrica



Philip Kwame Apagya was born in Sekondi in Western Ghana in 1958, after a period of apprenticeship in his father’s photo studio (a former crime-scene photographer), he worked as a travelling photographer for a while in Ivory Coast following the colour revolution in the late 1980s. After his photojournalism studies at the Ghana institute of journalism, he opened his own studio in Shama in the Western region of Ghana in 1982.

Philip Kwame Apagya is known worldwide, because of his participation in many personal and collective exhibitions. among others:

'Snap Me One!' studio photographers in africa ,special emphasis was put on the studio decorations. the items shown include 150 photographs,
10 original backdrops from ghana as well as other materials.
visitors had the opportunity to be ‘snapped’ in front of a backdrop
of their choice. the photos were taken by Philip Kwame Apagya.

A DesignBoom review of Philip’s works states

In africa, a photo studio is the place where dreams come true. for a few pence, ordinary mortals can strike a pose and achieve immortality, have things they haven’t got and may never have, be people they are not and may never be, have access to the inaccessible. People start asking for personal portraits that go beyond the image usually present on identity papers, often the only ‘popular portrait’ available. this open new roads to the art of photographic portrait, with possibility for the artist to catch
special moments in people’s existence: people ask for a picture for several reasons, but with the common desire to have a ‘funny picture’. In this process, new forms of self-representation become part of a new social identity: this is the framework in which we might consider the work of Philip Kwame Apagya.

Philip Kwame Apagya’s formal portraits in front of commissioned painted backgrounds seem to be suspended between realism and a sort of naïvité,
They are both unreal and hyperealistic: the dreams of african people are put on stage - against scenery which praises consumer society.

The subject stands in front of a painted backdrop that portrays everything people dream of having: fake new england country houses
showing off some porcelain, VCRs and TVs in bar closets,
modern kitchens with well-stocked refrigerators with coke and cheetos…
portraits with with a quarter / half / full smile, because nobody in africa is really deceived by make-believe… but for one glorious moment they can have it all.

These portraits are highly amusing for us, ‘western people’,
but are also unintentionally disturbing because of the insight they
offer into a growing cultural vacuum. This is the dream, and it is empty and materialistic”

Philip’s works has toured the world and exhibited in some of the best galleries.

stadtmuseum, munich;
city museum abteiberg, mönchengladbach;
iwalewa-house, university of bayreuth;
smithsonianiInstitute, washington
royal tropical institute, amsterdam

a catalogue with the same title is available.
‘snap me one!’
studio photographers in africa
prestel-verlag, 1998

‘africa by africa’ / ’ l’afrique par elle-même’ / ‘portrait afrika’
a photographic view
maison européenne de la photographie, paris;
barbican art gallery, london;
south african national gallery, cape town;

third rencontres de la photographie africaine, bamako, mali;
haus der kulturen der welt, berlin;

'africa inside'
noorderlicht 2000 photography festival, fries museum, groningen;
‘collezione etro uomo spring/summer 2000’, galleria luisa delle piane, milan


Model: Kohcoa
Mua: Tenelle Viera
Stylist/Designer: Gary Cruchar of Soft Lines
© island boi photography 2014

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Mazel John is launching on May 5th.

Love this lookbook!

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Thank you for your last comment. I JUMPED when reading it. Yes there ARE some of us who have a very different diaspora story. We come to the west poor, stay poor but struggle HARD working back-breaking jobs to take care of family back home whilst trying to pursue our seemingly unattainable dreams. We are mocked by our people, disregarded by Americans and rarely complain. No one cares anyway :-(
dynamicafrica dynamicafrica Said:
Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hahaa I got you. An african city is kind of like a copy of Sex In the city But unlike you I could go through all the episodes because I like to think that maybe they will change it up and take in consideration the critics. I like that they're showing natural hair,african prints and all of that but it's also quite unrealistic like they're all from ivy league schools and have rich parents and some of the complaining about Africa annoys me I cant help it.
dynamicafrica dynamicafrica Said:

The last part of your message is pretty much why I didn’t want to go on wasting my time. I’m tired of that being the single story of diaspora returnees. They always look good, they went to great schools, have citizenship from western countries, parents who help in just about every way, complain, complain, complain, despite their privileged lives. Eish, nah. Not a reality for me and after reading Americanah (I feel like a traitor for saying I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to have), I’m ready for something new. But hey, I’m glad the show looks like it has an audience though.

Asker ntwalike Asks:
Hi? I'm a big fan of your blog. I just wanted to encourage you to keep the great work coming... And I noticed you like Seinabo Sey's - Younger and thought you might also like its remix by Kygo. Love your blog..
dynamicafrica dynamicafrica Said:

Hey there ntwalike! Thanks soo much for these encouraging words. Sometimes I’m not sure people realize how much they mean to me. Especially at times when I’m as unmotivated as I have been lately. Thanks so much!

And yes, the remix is great :)

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#EarthDay: Black and white minimal waterscape photography by Kenyan photographer Zia Manji.

Zia was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1971 and became interested in photography in high school. He was for many years a passionate amateur analogue photographer with his own darkroom at home. His previous subject was street portraiture mostly of children.

In 2010, Zia transitioned to digital photography and that coincided with a shift towards sea or waterscape photography. Being based by the Indian Ocean and within easy reach of the lakes along the Great Rift Valley makes Nairobi an ideal location for Zia to develop his own distinctive style.

Professionally, Zia is an executive coach and headhunter having been a director of an HR consulting firm for the past nine years.



This is the Makoko community, built on stilts in the Lagos Lagoon off the coast of Nigeria. It’s one of many communities photographed by Iwan Baan to show how people build homes in unlikely places and thrive despite tough conditions. 

Watch the full talk for many more pictures »

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#EarthDay: Undeniably the most iconic symbol of South Africa’s ‘Mother City’, Table Mountain is a flat topped mountain that overlooks the second most populous city in South Africa - Cape Town.

A Sandstone mountain with a mixture of Silurian and Ordovician rock, Table Mountain is flanked by Devil’s Peak on the left and Lion’s Head on the right and has an elevation of 1,084.6m (3,558 ft).

The flat top of the mountain is often covered by orographic clouds, formed when a south-easterly wind is directed up the mountain’s slopes into colder air, where the moisture condenses to form the so-called “table cloth” of cloud.

#EarthDay: Whether referred to as Île Sainte-Marie or its more formal name Nosy Boraha, one cannot deny how breathtaking this island off the east coast of Madagascar is.

It’s a hotspot for humpback whale watching and is also a first-class diving site - free from sharks, too.

During the 17th & 18th centuries, because of the island’s proximity to maritime routes of ships sailing to and from the East Indies, it became a popular base for pirates with the likes of Abraham Samuell, William Kidd and Olivier Levasseur making use of the island for their piracy activities.

#EarthDay: Situated across the north-western stretch of Northern Africa, the Idurar n Watla (Atlas Mountains) is a mountain range that spans roughly 2,500 km (1,600 mi) through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

The highest peak is Toubkal mountain with an elevation of 4,167 metres (13,671 ft) in southwestern Morocco. The Idurar n Watla range separates the Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines from the Sahara Desert.

These mountains have been home to various flora and fauna, many of which are unique to Africa. Many of these plants and animals are endangered any many other plant and animal species have become extinct. Examples include the Barbary Macaque, the Atlas Bear (Africa’s only species of bear; now extinct), the Barbary Leopard, the Barbary stag, Barbary Sheep, the Barbary Lion (extinct in the wild), the Atlas Mountain Badger, the North African Elephant (extinct), the African Aurochs (extinct), Cuvier’s Gazelle, the Northern Bald Ibis, Dippers, the Atlas mountain viper, the Atlas Cedar, the European Black Pine, and the Algerian Oak.

Some of these animals were victims of the illegal animal trade, such as the Barbary macaque, others became extinct due to human interference such as the Atlas bear that was hunted for sport or used in the execution of criminals by the Romans during their expansion into North Africa. Similarly, it is believed that the North African elephant became extinct during the Roman conquest into this part of Africa. Barbary lions were often given as gifts to royals of countries such as Morocco and Ethiopia.

The Atlas are rich in natural resources and contains deposits of iron ore, lead ore, copper, silver, mercury, rock salt, phosphate, marble, anthracite coal, and gas among other resources.


Hazy scenes of life in various parts of Algeria photographed by Franco-Algerian photographer Bruno Boudjelal over a ten-year period, starting in 1993.

Published in his 2009 book Disquiet Days / Jours intranquilles, the series consists of a collection of a highly personal visual perspective of Boudjelal’s journey across a country he had become unfamiliar with in some ways.

Through this series of intimate complex interactions, these images speak profoundly to Boudjelal’s position as an insider-outsider in Algeria, which can often be seen through the distance illustrated between the eye of Boudjelal’s inquisitive lens and the subjects in his photographs.