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.



CONTACT: dynamicafricablog@gmail.com

all submissions via email only


Recent Tweets @DynamicAfrica
Posts tagged "east africa"

"Iron Maiden" - Herieth Paul for Du Jour Magazine.

Tanzanian model Herieth Paul makes lame and sequins look badass in this shoot for Du Jour.

Photographed by Bjarne Jonasson, the Tina Chai-styled editorial has Paul looking like a chic tomboy femme with a sporty and slightly androgynous edge.

Herieth wears the likes of Lanvin, Dior, DKNY and Armani.

Summer’s in full swing with South Sudanese model Aluad Anei in her latest editorial for S Style magazine’s June 2014 issue, photographed by Rayan Ayahs and styled by Nadia Pizzimenti.

Grace Mahary for Ohne Titel resort 2015.

Follow Dynamic Africa on:

Twitter | FacebookPinterest | Google+Soundcloud | Mixcloud

All Africa, All the time.

South Sudanese model Ajak Deng and Jamaican model Jeneil Williams feature in the first ever resort collection lookbook for NYC-based label Tome.

Follow Dynamic Africa on:

Twitter | FacebookPinterest | Google+Soundcloud | Mixcloud

All Africa, All the time.

DOCUMENTARY: “Kaffir Culture” by Kannan Arunasalam.

In some parts of the world, the word ‘kaffir’, an Arabic term meaning ‘infidel’, is or was used as a derogatory racially offensive term in reference to black people. Used during the Arab slave trade, the it was later adopted by various European communities, such as the Dutch and Portuguese, to refer to the Africans they kidnapped and enslaved.

Through the enslavement of black people from the African continent to other parts of the world, the word found its way to Sri Lanka where it was used to describe the descendents of Africans brought there by Portuguese enslavers and British colonists from around the 16th century. But where in South Africa the world still carries a negative connotation even amongst black people, Sri Lankan kaffirs use the term boldly as a descriptor and a way of acknowledging their East African roots and heritage.

In this short documentary, filmmaker Kannan Arunasalam tells the story of a small group of Sri Lankan kaffirs, many of whom are mixed, and their struggle to keep their culture alive as their community shrinks.

Twitter | FacebookPinterest | Google+Soundcloud | Mixcloud

All Africa, All the time.

NYUMBANI DESIGNS AW14/15 LOOKBOOK - YELLOW SPACES.

Inspired by the beauty and colours of the Swahili coast of East Africa, Nyumbani Designs is a lifestyle, wooden jewelry and homeware range founded by Kerry Glanfield, a fashion production and development specialist from the Cayman Islands, in 2012. The label is a colourful amalgamation of her homes in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and East Africa.

As seen in their latest lookbook, Nyumbani Design’s jewellery range features hand-sculpted pieces made from different sections of wood, making each piece slightly different and unique in colour, ensuring that no two pieces are the same.

After forming a partnership with an environmental project, Trees for the Future, for every wooden piece sold a tree will be planted in Tanzania to restore and support the plantation of trees with rural communities in the developing world.

Nyumbani design’s name originates from the KiSwahili word for ‘home’ and has become a focal point for her design aesthetic.

NEW MUSIC: Mizan -  Thru.

New York-based singer-songwriter of Ethiopian descent Mizan released the latest video from her Dark Blue EP earlier this week. The dreamy lo-fi track, and accompanying video, tell a breezy tale of blissful summer affair that’s so nostalgic that, along with the grainy film and serious 90s r&b beat, makes the song seem decades old in that classic and timeless way.

Whenever Lupita Nyong’o steps out and has a fab time, a part of me feels as though I was there. She’s just one of the few celebs I live through vicariously and although I wouldn’t be caught dead in the outfit she wore to the MET Gala this year, these instagram pics already have me forgetting what I didn’t like about her Prada dress.

NEW MUSIC: Sauti Sol - Nishike (‘Touch’).

This is one of those music videos that leave you unsure of what to do with yourself only after a few seconds. If you can make it to the end of the song without feeling flushed, I commend you - highly.

These Kenyan guys don’t know what they’ve started.

Nishike indeed.

WISHLIST ITEMS: CHICHIA LONDON.

It’s not often that I feel myself drawn towards bold patterns and multi-colored garments but these CHiCHiA London items aren’t the kind of silhouettes you come across everyday. Handmade in Tanzania from cotton kanga fabric, these pieces are sure to make you the center of attention in any room you occupy.

Shop them here.

#TBT: Black-and-white portraits of Lupita Nyong’o by photographer Barron Claiborne, a few years before she would become an Academy Award winner and household name worldwide.

Nykhor Paul by Maria Karas for Elle Mexico May 2014.

Yaya Deng in Black Magazine/BLKONBLK (New Zealand) photographed by Romain Duquesne.

Signed to Chic Management Sydney, this South Sudanese-Australian model who stands at nearly 6ft is definitely one to watch in 2014. Yaya Deng was one of the 12 finalists on season one of the Australian segment of model search reality TV show ‘The Face’ hosted by Naomi Campbell.

The 19-year-old model was born in Kenya and but left at age eight with her family to relocate to Australia. Deng is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and Science at Sydney University

Yaya Deng is definitely a face to watch this year and is set to make her acting debut alongside Gerrard Butler and Geoffrey Rush in Summit Entertainment’s Feature Film “God’s Of Egypt” directed by Alex Proyas.

Mari Agory in Golden Goddess Editorial for Idol Magazine

(via schoolteacherjammette)