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#GbobalorHipHop at ChaleWote 2014 

yoyo tinz had a great showing at the fourth edition of the Accra [dot] Alt-produced Chalewote Street Art Festival held on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August 2014. 

The air around the yoyo tinz stand –which was stationed at the Bible House in James Town- was ever typical of a festival: hip-hop lovers dancing, bopping their heads and rapping along to rap songs that were in steady supply courtesy of djs Keyzzz and Vim Tinz.

Dance crew, Golden Stars officially kicked off the Gbobalor hip-hop festivities with a processional dance performance that depicted the death and rebirth of hip-hop in Ghana. 

Then there were activities such as the live beat session with BeatMenace and the ‘scratch’ session with Dj Vim Tinz and U-Beatz, which contributed to making worthwhile, every minute spent at the Bible House.                                                                                                                                                  What would have been a yoyo tinz station without graffiti? Using DJ Vim Tinz’s hip hop set as inspiration, Trez Folly, artist from Togo, made use of his cans to realize about  a 5 meter long graffiti. To our surprise the artwork included a « yoyo tinz » typo.

Rappers seized the opportunity provided by the open mic session, briefly hosted by Mutombo Da Poet, to show the crowd what they’ve got as far as spitting flows is concerned. Freshbeatz also dazzled the crowd with his beat boxing antics on both days of the festival. 

The day reached it’s climax with the yoyo tinz block party, hosted by Dj Keyzzz.  She completely shut it down and had the crowd all the way turned up; jamming to the dope hip-hop joints she was dropping on them.

The second day of the Gbobalor hip hop stand was full of surprises. First of all, along with the beatboxing, the Dj sets, and the open mic, the audience had the opportunity to enjoy a slam/open mic session organized in collaboration with Kwame Write and hosted by Brown Berry.

Jayso blessed the stand with his presence on Sunday and aside performing two songs, he took the gathering through the basic procedures involved in making a beat. The rapper cum producer ended up producing a beat live on the spot and invited a few rappers in the house to do their thing on it. It was really a thrilling learning experience.                               

The Gbobalor hip-hop activities were rounded up with another block party which did not fail to leave the euphoric crowd wanting more.

All in all, Gbobalor hip-hop made sure to present most, if not all, of the elements of hip-hop in fun, interactive ways and it’s safe to say that it was highly successful.

      

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Asker tokyo4dinner Asks:
"It is our responsibility to absorb and then have a voice to teach others about the “inter”, “multi”, and “dimensional” world we all belong to." Wonderful! My thanks to Nicole for writing and to Funke for sharing. It can be such a challenge to bring a positive view to 'inter' and 'multi', these complicated experiences, especially in a world of places that feel increasingly divided and xenophobic. Nicole's thoughts are an inspiration to read.
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"Academic Diaspora" by Nicole Nomsa Moyo.

When Africans began going to Europe, America and other foreign countries to further their tertiary education, many were sent in the hopes that they’d come back and use those skills to contribute to the upliftment of their communities. Whilst some returned, others remained abroad for one reason or another - some because it made practical sense to do so, and others simply because the pull of their new home yielded more than the places they had left had ever offered them. Now, more than ever, as may African countries face critical brain drains, those who form part of the latter are often criticized for this decision. Zimbabwean-born architect Nicole Moyo, who studied abroad in Canada details her experiences as an adventure-hungry globetrotter and someone who is part of the African Academic Diaspora.

What if we never moved? And we all stayed in our own niches, remaining indigenous in the purist form? I wonder how many terms we would go our whole lives never having heard: “inter”, “multi”, “dimensional” – these words, to name a few, rely on an “other” or “outer” relationship to give them a purpose. These simple words describe myself, and yourself in the borderless world we live in today.

I never really understood Africa until I left it. I say ‘Africa’ because as I crossed the boarders towards the Western shores, my immigrant identity was greater in numbers. I, like countless young individuals, had left home and was on the pursuit of seeking my fortunes abroad. Well, my family has always been on the move – by the age of 19 I was fortunate enough to have visited 23 countries. I wanted more, I was curious to know what exactly was on the other side of the pond, what was this first-world business?

Now, I cannot speak for others, but to be honest I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Other than incredible, unpredictable and gratifying – ‘reverse cultural shock’ would be one way to describe my experience.

There are many advantages to academic Diaspora. This of course all depends on how motivated and dedicated you are to your own personal development. I have continuously learnt the limits are boundless. Individuals you meet from around the world I describe to be the most valuable asset to the development of your perspective on life as a whole. With an international degree you open yourself up to more opportunities, which I believe is needed in a world of unpredictable economies. South Africa for example, like many other counties is being built on an international working class. “If things don’t really work out here I can always go back home” – this is the option my parents have awarded me, however every person that leaves home has the responsibility to reward themselves. Freedom is a utopic expression, the liberation to do whatever you want, whenever you want to may seem ideal until you see people around you using it as a weapon against themselves.

The disadvantages are that you really are on your own. The networks of community and support you have back home are something you always long for. You are an immigrant in an environment where you have to integrate yourself into not forgetting that you have to work far harder than the nationals for who the jobs were created. As an international, my university fees were very expensive. Architecture was a degree that I could have also obtained at home for a tenth of the price so why leave? And why do so many people never return and share their abilities and the knowledge that, if leveraged correctly, becomes a priceless commodity and significant to the development of their home countries? Well I cannot answer that because each case is different. As for myself “When are you coming home?” is a question I hear far too often and an answer that becomes further diluted as I wonder how I will re-engage myself, how will I make a great and meaningful impact? The truth is really I don’t know.

At times I feel confused and guilty, but for no good reason. I am a citizen of the world, a woman on a mission. There is no fault in my journey and if anything I get butterflies in my stomach that feel like love because I know I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing: Loving myself so that I can purposefully love others. Limitations are not always easy and present themselves as challenges of faith. As women, we are constantly being reminded of what we cannot do, how we should look but not how we should think and do best. It is our responsibility to absorb and then have a voice to teach others about the “inter”, “multi”, and “dimensional” world we all belong to. I am no longer just a woman, or just an African. Through my education, international experience and multiculturalism as an individual, I am continuously advancing my value to become a useful and purpose-driven globalized citizen.

DYNAMIC AFRICA x CONCEPTUALXXA: INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER.

Pleased to announce our third instagram takeover hosted by Nigerian-born, England-based student, budding entrepreneur and freelance photographer Abiola Efunkunle.

Abiola, who’s grown up in England, recently travelled back to her birth country on a business venture and decided to take the time to experience the culture and the world she had left behind. Visiting a total of three states in Southwestern Nigeria - Osun state, Ogun state and Lagos state, Abiola visually documented her stay and we’re very excited that she chose to share them with us through our instagram account.

About the trip, she says, “I had little memory of Nigeria,  so I had no expectation. I went with an open mind and I was pleasantly surprised by the rich culture, colourful building and beautiful market place.”

For the next five days, follow Dynamic Africa on instagram as Abiola takes us through her August three-state visit of Nigeria.

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Top Music Videos for August 2014.

A round-up of our favourite music videos posted over the month of August!

P.H.fat ft JungFreud - ‘Lights Out’

Next generation South African duo P.H.fat team up with arguably one of South Africa’s best lyricists JungFreud AKA Nonku Phiri to make one of the best electronic hip-hop tracks of the year.

Okmalumkoolkat - ‘iJusi’

An experimental rapper with an afrofuturist edge, it’s hard to not pay attention to anything South African artist Okmalumkoolkat does.

Niyola ft Banky W - ‘Love to Love You’

Nigerian R&B crooner Banky W features on this steamy new track and video for fellow artist Niyola’s hot new single Love to Love You.

Estelle - ‘Conqueror

The UK singer is back in full force with a brand new uplifiting anthem Conqueror that shows some vocal ability we haven’t seen before from Estelle.

Azealia Banks - ‘Heavy Metal and Reflective’

Desert scenes, dirt bikes, and the fiery self-proclaimed “best bitch in the rap game”.

Sauti Sol - ‘Sura Yako (Your Face)’ 

Kenyan boyband Sauti Sol have a brand new dance (called lipala) to accompany their latest single, and a music video that shows you just how to get down to it (with the help of the Sarakasi dancers).

MNEK - ‘Wrote a Song About You’

An insanely catchy and beautiful electronic pop ballad with a solid house beat, MNEK’s rich and soulful voice is

Benjamin Clementine - ‘Condolence’

Doom soul British-Ghanaian singer Benjamin Clementine walks a strenuous and lonely road in the new music video for his song Condolence.

Awilo Longomba - ‘Bundelele’

The man who brought us one of the continent’s most-loved Soukous songs is back! Whilst the single was released a few months earlier, Longomba’s finally dropped the offiicial music video for his track Bundelele (meaning ‘dance’).

NEW MUSIC: The Weeknd - King of the Fall.

The sequel to his video for Often, Abel Tesfaye’s new music video sees him walking in slow-mo through the streets of his hometown of Toronto, attending a few house parties along the way.

Nigerians Express Concern Over New e-ID Card Project.

"Finally!" was the first word that popped into my head upon reading the supposed good news. Nigerians were soon to join the rest of the I.D. carrying world, and something I’d considered to be a privilege for others was no longer going to be so.

Whilst living in South Africa, I vividly remember seeing my friends turning 16 and being excited to apply and receive their national I.D. cards and feeling a pang of jealousy hit me simply because I do the same. Fast forward a few years later to my college days when I’d have to carry around my passport and use it as a form of ID when entering places that carded. Not only was it a slight form of embarrassment, but such outings were always plagued with the fear that I’d lose my passport and have to go through the strenuous and costly process of applying for a new one AND have to get all my necessary visa documents in order. No longer wanting this to be an ordeal I’d have to undergo, I was able to add some normalcy to my life after applying for and receiving a New York Learner’s Permit. For the first time, at age 20, I finally got to be part of the I.D. carrying public - a small step for mankind, a giant leap for yours truly.

Now, thanks to a new scheme unveiled by President Goodluck Jonathan, no longer will Nigerian nationals have only one option (outside of a driving license) when it comes to a valid government issued form of identification. Something I’m sure many other Nigerians aside from me welcome, especially after the failure of a plan to introduce ID cards into Nigeria some years ago.

However, this new national ID is not simply a form of valid photo identification. It seems as though the Nigerian government is incapable of creating such a project without monetary backing from one of the world’s largest multinational financial services companies. What is supposed to be a regular ID card instead looks like a debit or credit card with the MasterCard logo printed boldly on the back. This electronic ID card will also serve as a means of electronic payment in order to make banking and financial services available to the entire population. In a country known for 419 schemes and rife with corruption, some say these new cards will give Nigerians a sense of legitimacy when carrying out financial transactions and using services that require ID.

Sounds appealing and convenient right? Well, perhaps, if you take away the fact that the biometrics data of every e-ID holder will be shared and made available to MasterCard, an American firm. All Nigerian e-ID card bearers will automatically become customers of MasterCard – a profit-driven company. This has already caused many Nigerians to express outrage at the government for selling out Nigerians to a foreign company.

Shehu Sani of the Civil Rights in government expressed his opposition to this project saying, “The new ID card with a MasterCard logo does not represent an identity of a Nigerian. It simply represents a stamped ownership of a Nigerian by an American company. It is reminiscent of the logo pasted on the bodies of African salves transported across the Atlantic.” Whilst Nigeria would not be the first country to have such a program, a country like Malaysia did so but using its own resources and technologies, not through outsourcing and making available the information of their citizens to a foreign financial company.

What’s also interesting is the timing of this announcement - right when the US has pledged to actively assist Nigeria in combating Boko Haram and terrorism in the country.

Whilst it may take a while for this new system to be adopted, these concerns expressed by several Nigerians are legitimate and should be addressed before this project becomes a nationwide affair. At the very least, Nigerians should be given the option of whether or not they would like to join the MasterCard element of the program.

(image via BBC)

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UPDATE: South African special forces foil attempted coup in Lesotho.

Lesotho Rocked by Gunfire, Claims of Attempted Military Coup.

It’s not often that this tiny landlocked Southern African country becomes a trending topic on Twitter or makes global headlines, but today was not any ordinary day.

On Saturday morning, media outlets began reporting that eyewitnesses had heard sounds of gunfire in the capital Maseru. It was also alleged, ad now confirmed, that the country’s military had taken control of the kingdom’s police headquarters and jammed some of the country’s radio stations and telephone lines. So far, the military has not provided any statements to the media and the official news agency in the country, LENA, is yet to release any information.

In June this year, South Africa sent a “stern warning” to Lesotho concerning the rising instability in the country. This came following the suspension of the Lesotho’s parliament by the prime minister, with the king’s blessing, as the country’s coalition government was on the brink of collapse.

Currently in South Africa since Friday, Lesotho’s Prime Minister Tom Thabane has said that he plans to return to the country.

Independent since 1966, Lesotho has undergone several coups

The earliest known inhabitants of the country were the Khoisan who were colonized by the Sotho-Tswana people, now the ruling majority, between the third and 11th centuries.

(image via sitesatlas)

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Brenda Mutoni

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Model Favour Kibali 

Styled by Katelynn Bartiromo

artblackafrica:

Asad Faulwell draws attention to the women guerrilla combatants in Algeria’s War of Independence (1954-1962) through his work,Les Femmes D’Alger.

Faulwell was inspired by Gillo Pontecorvo’s film “The Battle of Algiers" (1966). In the movie, members of Algeria’s National Liberation Front (FLN) recruit three women to enact a terrorist attack in the French quarter of Algiers. "They recruited women because they could pass through check points without detection and would not raise suspicion when planting bombs," Faulwell explained.

Pontecorvo’s characters are based on real women: Djamila Bouhired, Zohra Drif and Hassiba Ben Bouali, all three of whom participated in the Algerian nationalist movement in the 1950s.

 ”In many ways these women were both victims and aggressors. They had killed civilians indiscriminately but they had also themselves been used by there countrymen and brutally tortured by the French. They exist in a moral grey area.”

"I wanted to create a version of the ‘Les Femmes D’Alger’ series that was more applicable to modern society than the Orientalist works of the 19th and 20th century," - Faulwell (via HuffPost)

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Göran Hugo Olsson, Angela Davis and Bo Holmström in The Black Power Mixtape, 1967-75.

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Mafikizolo to headline Malawi’s Lake of Stars Festival in September.

It’s no question that hit-making South African duo Mafikizolo have had one of the best music comebacks of all time since the release of their top charting Uhuru-produced single Khona. Whilst they were no strangers to the South African popular music scene in the past, their place amongst Africa’s greatest has been solidified with the string of hits they’ve produced from their fourth album Reunited.

Now, the MTV Base Africa and South African Music Awards winning, and BET nominated, act are doing what any artist in their position should naturally be doing - they’re headlining one of Africa’s biggest music festivals, Lake of Stars

Taking place along the shores of the picturesque and serene Lake Malawi, the Lake of Stars project was born from a desire to raise money for a developing economy, help promote Malawi as a tourist destination and expose Malawian artists to an international audience. The project has reached more than 200 million people through international and local media coverage, and generated over $3.25 million spend in Malawi.

Joining Mafikizolo at the festival will be a range of African and international artists such as fellow South Africans Christian Tiger School and Reason, Zimbabwean acts Selmor Mtukudzi and Tariro neGitare, Kenya’s DJ Jack Rooster, and Malawi’s biggest artists including Peter Mawanga, Sally Nyundo, Mafilika, Skeffa Chimoto, Agorosso and Piksy.

Tickets can be bought online as well as locations around Malawi.

(image via channel o)

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