DYNAMIC AFRICA

Set up in 2010, Dynamic Africa is diverse multi-media curated blog with a Pan-African outlook that seeks to create an expressive platform for African experiences, stories and African cultures.



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NEW MUSIC: Blitz the Ambassador ft Nneka - Love on the Run.

Brand new track form Blitz the Ambassador featuring Nneka. The horn-laden collaboration, ‘Love on the Run’ is lifted off his upcoming album ‘Afropolitan Dreams’ due out April 28th.

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Fela Kuti, shortly after his release from Nigerian prison. Los Angeles, CA. June 1986.

photo by Roger Steffens

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Watching the “The Last Battle” was not easy. Not simply because it is the telling of actual events, that are still ongoing, that were horrific in nature, but because this gross miscarriage in justice reveals the brutal extent that man’s inhumanity to man can - and has - manifested itself through the that is colonialism.

This fight for justice in the ways in which the victims define it lays out a fact that so many of us are aware of - colonialism never really ended, and for as long as we stay silent about our pain, or silence those who still bear the marks of this gruesome period in our history, we malignantly assist those who are responsible for this in leaving the scars of the victims forcibly open and lacing them with the salt of inhumanity and immorality.

Filmed on two continents over four years, The Last Battle traces the story of a small group of elderly Kenyans in their successful fight to win acknowledgement of the abuses suffered at the hands of the British colonial authorities at the height of the 1950s Mau Mau emergency. 
With intimate and disturbing interviews, observational footage, photographs and archive, this revelatory and compelling documentary follows the legal case in London and lays bare a history that was deliberately hidden, allowing the central protagonists to tell the world, for the first time, their stories and what happened to them. - Kevin Kriedemann

tw: mentions of torture, violence.

Did you know that 12 U.S. presidents were involved in human trafficking and slavery?

As the United States marks Presidents’ Day, Democracy Now turns to an aspect of U.S. history that is often missed: the complicity of American presidents with slavery.

“More than one-in-four U.S. presidents were involved in human trafficking and slavery. These presidents bought, sold and bred enslaved people for profit. Of the 12 presidents who were enslavers, more than half kept people in bondage at the White House,” writes historian Clarence Lusane in his most recent article, “Missing From Presidents’ Day: The People They Enslaved.”

Uber-Talented South African Illustrator Thandiwe Tshabalala Designs Logos for Dynamic Africa.

If there’s one thing I love about the internet, it’s how much it exposes me to incredibly talented Africans from all over the world. One such individual is illustrator Thandi Tshabalala whose work I first came across after seeing a reblog of this post on my dash.

Drawn to her incredible design skills, almost immediately, I contacted her to see if she’d be interested in helping with something I’d been struggling with for over a year now: designing a logo for this blog. It’s slightly embarrassing to think that in all the years that I’ve been running Dynamic Africa, I hadn’t been able to accomplish the supposedly simple task of creating a logo for it. It’s not that I’d never thought of it or even thought of an idea for one, I simply have no design skills or software available to me that would enable me to take on this task.

In comes the wonderful Ms. Tshabalala. You should by now be familiar with some of her work through her A-Z of Xhosa names project published a short while ago on this blog.

Based on ankara fabrics and the name of this blog, Thandi was able to (in a short amount of time, might I add) come up with these incredible designs that went beyond my wildest dreams and expectations of what a banner and logo for this blog could me. I’m beyond satisfied and ecstatically elated.

And if you think I’m using this as an opportunity for you all to become more acquainted with Thandi and her work, I am.

Expect more collaborations from Thandi and I in the future!

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All Africa, All the time.

Islamist rebels duped dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers come to evacuate them before abducting over 100 in their latest anti-government raid, one of the survivors said on Wednesday.

Gunmen suspected to be members of the radical Islamist movement Boko Haram swooped on Chibok town in Borno state and on its nearby all-girls government secondary school late on Monday, calling on the students to leave their beds in the hostel.

The mass abduction of schoolgirls aged between 15 and 18 has shocked Nigeria and showed how the five-year-old Boko Haram insurgency has brought lawlessness to swathes of the arid, poor northeast, killing hundreds of people in recent months.

It occurred the same day a bomb blast, also blamed on Boko Haram, killed 75 people on the edge of the capital Abuja, stirring fears of violence spreading from the north of Africa’s No. 1 oil producer and most populous nation.

The Chibok students, who had returned to sit final-year certificate exams at their school despite a Borno state-wide closure of educational centers because of recent Boko Haram attacks in the northeast, initially obeyed the armed visitors, thinking they were Nigerian troops there to protect them.

"When we saw these gunmen, we thought they were soldiers, they told all of us to come and walk to the gates, we followed their instructions," 18-year-old Godiya Isaiah, who later managed to escape the abductors, told Reuters.

But when the armed men started ransacking the school stores and set fire to the building, the terrified girls being herded at gunpoint into vehicles realized they were being kidnapped.

"We were crying," Isaiah said, recounting how she later jumped from a truck and ran away to hide in the bush. Other girls were packed into a bus and some pick-ups.

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NEW MUSIC: Kato Change ft Lisa Oduor-Noah - Aparo.

Two Kenyan artists - one on vocals and one on guitar, team up to create a sultry melodic tune that explores the battle between personal belief and the pressures of society to conform. The chorus expresses one of the strongest human emotions; doubt. It tries to convey the question that remains — “Is what I believe truth? And if so, how can I sustain it?”

Aparo, written as a fusion of English and Luo, means “to think, wonder or ponder”.

Currently listening to the ‘Deleted mix’ of BOK BOK’s ‘Melba’s Call’ featuring Kelela who I can’t get enough of.

Here’s a great new interview with Kelela that only makes me love her more.

More music.

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All Africa, All the time.

This work explores the relationship between tension and resolution and
is in three - components.

Seven women of color in movement (jumping rope)

One hair braider will connect them in a circle, each movement is a
hypothetical dramaturgy of Robert Wagner’s opera - Tristan x Isolde.

The performers will remove hair and place it on soil in the galerie space.

This work will move through the music of Tristan x Isolde.

Working Period - Paris
April 2014 TBA
4 hours

Performance - Paris
May 27, 2014
25 minutes in three parts

*FRASQ festival and exhibition in Paris runs from May 27-31 2014.
Since 2009, Lé Génératuer intrduces every year during four weeks
FRASQ, a meeting of performance work.  This is a dynamic network
uniting artists, plasticiens, dancers, actors, poets, historians, and
critics of art for performances, installations and experimental
exchange.


http://legenerateur.com/frasq/

My name is Akintunde Ahmad, and I am a senior at Oakland Technical High School. I am aware that many of you have heard about my story recently in the news. It is true, I am headed to one of the nations top universities, although I have not yet decided which one. However, at these schools my expected family contribution is still in the range of $17,000 to $28,000. That is why I would greatly appreciate any donations, as many people have expressed that they would like to help me with college tuition in any possible. 

Thank you in advance, 

Akintunde Ahmad

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NEW MUSIC: SIJI - Lagos Lullabye.

Inspired by the scenes in Martin Scorsese’s ‘Taxi Driver’ where the protagonist, played by Robert DeNiro, drives around the seedy and unforgiving streets of another urban jungle, Nigerian artist takes us through his country’s former capital city where the hustle is real and the bustle never stops.

This is Lagos in all its glory, accompanied by SIJI’s narrative of a city that both thrives and thirsts at the same. Another Afrobeat ode to one of Africa’s most electric cities (not literally, of course) that reminds me of Fela Kuti’s ‘Monday Morning in Lagos’.

Real people, real life, real Lagos.

A combination of two photographic series by Free State, South African photographer Mamaki Rakotsoana.

"The Warrior and the Princess" and "The Troop Leader" are both concepts birthed from her imagination as a way of fusing fashion with tradition, and fiction with reality, hence the studio set up.

Visit Mamaki Rakotsoana’s blog.

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Brand: Chichia London

Designer: Christine Mhando

S/S 2014 “Reminiscence” Collection

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"The Untold Renaissance": Ikire Jones Spring/Summer 2014 Lookbook.

It’s all dapper hommes, suave strides and bold prints and patterns in Nigerian designer Wale Oyejide’s Spring/Summer 2014 lookbook for his brand Ikire Jones.

“This collection pays homage to 18th century textiles and tapestries while exploring the absence of persons of color in Medieval and Renaissance-era European art.  Borrowing from the sampling method employed in hip hop culture, each reinvented piece tells an original narrative from the perspective of Africans who have been placed in an alien context.  Through this reverse lens to the past, the present circumstances of individuals who feel displaced and alienated may also be considered.”