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Dynamic Africa: Global Music Events Listing (Sept. 12th, 2014).

Concerts and music performances happening all around the world.

Salif Keita Acoustic US Tour

Malian music legend Salif Keita will be embarking on a special acoustic of the United States that kicks off on August 30th at Chicago’s Africa Festival. See all the dates and venues here.

August 30th - September 21st
Various venues, USA

Youssou N’Dour live at BAM

Senegalese music legend and multi-award winning artist Youssou N’Dour will be performing to live shows at Peter Jay Sharp Building in BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House.

September 12th & September 13th
Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York

Mulatu Astatke at the Royal Festival Hall

An evening of the finest in Ethiopian jazz from the master of the genre himself. 

September 13th
Southbank Centre, London

Davido, Tiwa Savage and Diamond Platnumz at AfricaUnplugged

Headlined by three of Africa’s hitmakers over the past year - Davido, Tiwa Savage and Diamond Platnumz, AfricaUnplugged Music Festival is back for another year boasting dates in both London and Manchester.

AfricaUnplugged hits the English capital on September 14th at the O2 Academy Brixton before heading to Manchester on September 21st at the RITZ Manchester.

September 14th
O2 Academy Brixton, London

September 21st
RITZ Manchester, Manchester

Public Enemy at the Brooklyn Bowl

Legendary rap group Public Enemy performing live at the Brooklyn Bowl.

September 16th
Brooklyn Bowl, New York

TV On the Radio US Tour Dates

From the Riot Festival in Denver*, to the Life is Beautiful Festival** in Las Vegas, TVOTR are touring the USA from September through to November, ending at New York’s Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band will be releasing their first album in three years, Seeds, in the Fall so except new music.

September 19th - November 22nd
Various venues, USA

*other acts at Riot Fest Denv.: Wu-Tang Clang, Big Freedia, Cerebral Ballzy.

**other acts at the LIBF: Outkast, Kanye West, The Weeknd, The Roots, DJ Mustard.

Luke James at SOB’s

Don’t miss out on a chance to see the incredibly talented Luke James performing live in New York.

September 23rd
SOBs, New York

Lake of Stars Music Festival

Malawi’s biggest music festival will be headlined by hit-making South African duo Mafkizolo. The two will be joined by a range of local and international artists for this event taking place along the shores of the beautiful Lake Malawi.

September 26th-28th
Lake Malawi, Malawi

TribeOne Dinkoeng

From September 26th-28th, Africa’s Biggest Music Festival is going to take place in the town of Cullinan 30 km east of Pretoria in Gauteng Province. Get to see African and international acts, Fally Ipupa, Tiwa Savage, Khuli Chana, Wizkid and AKA, to Nicki Minaj, Kid Ink, and J. Cole.

September 26th - 28th
Cullinan, Gauteng

Rocking the Daisies

One of South Africa’s premiere music festivals, Rocking the Daisies is the unofficial official event of the summer. With headlining artists such as MGMT, the Rudimentals, Beatenberg, The Presets, Arno Carstens, and Taxi Violence, Rocking the Daisies this year boasts a number of stages with bands and artists from South Africa and the rest of the world.

October 2nd - 5th
Cloof Wine Estate, Darling

Kelela European & North American Tour

Kelela’s Fall tour calender kicks off at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris where she’ll be performing at their opening party on October 29th,alongside Hawk House, Shura and Kindness. 

October 29th - December 13th
Various venues, USA

Davido, Tiwa Savage and Diamond Platnumz Headline AfricaUnplugged Concerts in England.

Headlined by three of Africa’s hitmakers over the past year - Davido, Tiwa Savage and Diamond Platnumz, AfricaUnplugged Music Festival is back for another year boasting dates in both London and Manchester.

AfricaUnplugged hits the English capital on September 14th at the O2 Academy Brixton before heading to Manchester on September 21st at the RITZ Manchester.

This year’s line up includes performances from HNK Gangs, CEO Dancers, Mazi Chucks and a range of various African DJs like DJ Abass and DJ Abrantee.

Early bird tickets are £25 otherwise £35 gets you in.

Get your tickets before they sell out!

Davido, Tiwa Savage and Diamond Platnumz Headline AfricaUnplugged in England.

Headlined by three of Africa’s hitmakers over the past year - Davido, Tiwa Savage and Diamond Platnumz, each mutli-award winning artists, Europe’s biggest African music concert is back for another year boasting dates in both London and Manchester.

AfricaUnplugged hits the English capital on September 14th at the O2 Academy Brixton before heading to Manchester on September 21st at the RITZ Manchester.

This year’s line up includes performances from HNK Gangs, CEO Dancers, Mazi Chucks and a range of various African DJs like DJ Abass and DJ Abrantee.

Early bird tickets are £25 otherwise £35 gets you in.

Get your tickets before they sell out!

This Year’s Afrika Handmade Symposium in Nairobi Highlights the Need for Support of Local African Entrepreneurs.

Spurred by the need to bridge the gap between craft and design entrepreneurs and access to profitable and sustainable markets, Craft Afrika’s have developed the Afrika Handmade Symposium - an advocacy initiative that focuses on creating awareness of creative local African entrepreneurs and their brands.

Where sites like Etsy may not be available to many individuals and brands based on the continent, this event offers a platform through which new market opportunities will be created and existing ones will be strengthened in order to create viable enterprises and sustainable youth employment in Kenya, and perhaps eventually the rest of Africa.

The very first edition of the Afrika Handmade Symposium will take place at Nairobi’s Jacaranda Hotel from October 2nd-3rd, 2014. The event will include a dynamic array of speakers from both the public and private sector. Top designers such as Mark Stephenson from Sandstorm, Nalina Rupani from Adelphi and Sam Imende from ENZI Footwear will also be present sharing insights on craft entrepreneurship. Government agencies including Kenya Copyright Board [KECOBO], Export Promotion Council [EPC] and Export Processing Zones Authority [EPZA] will be represented by Catherine Kahuria, Evelyn Noah and Ruth Mwaniki respectively.

Registration for Afrika Handmade is now open and closes on 15 September, 2014.

Fees are 8500 Kenya Shillings or USD100 for Kenyan and East Africa residents and 17,000 or USD 200 for international delegates.

For those not attending the event as sellers, there’ll be plenty of amazing handmade goods to choose from so don’t miss out if you’re in Nairobi!

Update: The event will only consist of speakers!

Dynamic Africa Global Events Listing: Arts.

Calling all lovers of African and Afro-diasporan art! Here are some of the current and upcoming art exhibitions on our radar happening all over the world!

Pangaea - “New Art From Africa and Latin America” at Saatchi Gallery, London.
2 April - 2 November.

Several highly renowned artists from Africa exhibit work alongside artists from Latin America. See works from the likes of Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, Ibrahim Mahama, Mario Macilau, Vincent Michea and Boris Nzebo.

Zander Blom - “New Paintings” at Stevenson, Cape Town.
28 August - 4 October 2014.

Pretoria-born artist Zander Blom will be unveiling his latest work at the STEVENSON gallery in Cape Town. The exhibition opens on Thursday, August 28th from 6pm-8pm. Blom will give an exclusive walkabout of the exhibition on Friday, August 29th at 11am, at a cost of R20.

Pieter Hugo - “Kin” at Fundacio Colectania, Barcelona.
18 September - 10 December.

South African photographer Pieter Hugo will be exhibiting a selection of his work at the Fundacio Colectania in Barcelona, Spain, beginning on September 18th through to early December.

Zanele Muholi solo shows at the EinsteinHaus in Ulm, Germany
18 September - 25 October

See selections of South African photographer Zanele Muholi’s work that documents, investigates and explores the lives of black lesbians in South Africa.

"Artists Committed? Maybe" at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon.
21 June - 7 September.

Works from 21 different artists including Athi-Patra Ruga (South Africa), Bouchra Khalili (France/Morocco), Bruno Boudjelal (France/Algeria), Celestino Mudaulane (Mozambique), Conrad Botes (South Africa), Paul Edmunds (South Africa), Simon Gush (South Africa) and Wim Botha (South Africa).

"Revolution! Works from the Black Arts Movement" at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.
Long-term installation.

See a display of seven works by seven different artists who were part of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s in the United States.

Yinka Shonibare - “Egg Fight” at Centre d’Art de la Fondation Blachère, Apt.
23 May - 20 September.

Fondation Blachère is presenting a solo exhibition and new light installation by Yinka Shonibare MBE RA. The exhibition takes its cue from Shonibare’s installation Egg Fight (2009) recently acquired by Fondation Blachère.

Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver Travels, the piece is a satirical staging of the divisions between Protestants and Catholics through the argument over which end of a boiled egg should be broken, the large or small end. This work reflects Shonibare’s interest in addressing conflicting ideologies observed in culture, politics and society.

Exhibition Openings: Chris van Eeden, Sidy Diallo, Emma Nourse and Zina Saro-Wiwa at Brundyn+, Cape Town
4 September - 25 October

The following four concurrent exhibitions will be opening at Cape Town’s Brundyn+ starting September 4th:

Chris van Eeden - ‘Open’
Sidy Diallo - ‘Points et Itinéraires’
Emma Nourse -‘Pause’
Zina Saro-Wiwa -‘Phyllis’

EXHIBITIONS OPENING THURSDAY, 4 September 2014 6-9pm

Charles Gaines - “Gridwork 1974-1989” at Studio Museum Harlem, New York
17 July - October 26

An exhibition that features over 70 pieces of Charles Gaines’ early work in conceptualism from a career spanning over 40 years.

Gaines’ early experiments looked at the roles that systems and rule-based procedures play in the construction of forms, objects and meaning.

Nick Cave - “Made for Whites by Whites & Rescue” at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
4 September - 11 October

Informed by the racist memorabilia he encountered at flea markets and other second-hand shops whilst traveling through the United States, “Made for White by Whites” looks at these once commonplace racially charged objects and the place (and space) the occupy in the American consciousness.

"Rescue", the second part of Cave’s two-part double venue exhibition at the Jack Shainman Gallery, is composed of a series of “sculptures that incorporate found ceramic dogs sitting on furniture within elaborate grottos or dreamlike dens. Dogs have historically been associated with loyalty, class, breed, commitment, and protection. More recently, the term “dawg” has played a role in hip-hop culture as a moniker for brotherhood, respect, and power.”

Chris Ofili - “Night & Day” at New Museum, New York
29 October 2014 - 1 February 2015

The New Museum presents the first ever major solo exhibition of Afro-British artist Chris Ofili. The exhibition will span the Ofili’s career, from his work in painting and drawing, to sculpture, film and poetry.

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Dynamic Africa Global Events Listing: Music.

Music events happening all around the world!

In The Woods Festival

An independent music festival featuring some of the best up-and-coming artists in the UK. This year’s line up includes Laura Marling, Nao, Years & Years and Trudie Dawn Smith

August 29th - 30th
A secret location only disclosed to ticket holders, Kent

End Of The Road Festival

Highlighted acts we’d be excited for include Benjamin Clementine, Cold Specks and Tinariwen.

August 29th - 31st
Larmer Tree Gardens,

Salif Keita Acoustic Tour

Malian music legend Salif Keita will be embarking on a special acoustic of the United States that kicks off on August 30th at Chicago’s Africa Festival. See all the dates and venues here.

August 30th - September 21st
Various venues, USA

Fool’s Gold Presents: Day Off ‘14

Danny Brown, French Montana, ARAABMUZIK and more make up the line up for this Labor Day concert hosted by Fool’s Gold Recs.

September 1st
50 Kent, New York (Brooklyn)

BESTIVAL

Outkast, Busta Rhymes, Candi Staton, SBTRKT, Laura Mvula, MNEK, and many, many more.

September 4th - 7th
Robin Hill Country Park near Newport, Isle of Wight.

Mulatu Astatke at the Royal Festival Hall

An evening of the finest in Ethiopian jazz from the master of the genre himself. 

September 13th
Southbank Centre, London

Luke James at SOB’s

Don’t miss out on a chance to see the incredibly talented Luke James performing live in New York.

September 23rd
SOBs, New York

TribeOne Dinkoeng

From September 26th-28th, Africa’s Biggest Music Festival is going to take place in the town of Cullinan 30 km east of Pretoria in Gauteng Province. Get to see African and international acts, Fally Ipupa, Tiwa Savage, Khuli Chana, Wizkid and AKA, to Nicki Minaj, Kid Ink, and J. Cole.

September 26th - 28th
Cullinan, Gauteng

Rocking the Daisies

One of South Africa’s premiere music festivals, Rocking the Daisies is the unofficial official event of the summer. With headlining artists such as MGMT, the Rudimentals, Beatenberg, The Presets, Arno Carstens, and Taxi Violence, Rocking the Daisies this year boasts a number of stages with bands and artists from South Africa and the rest of the world.

October 2nd - 5th
Cloof Wine Estate, Darling

Deep in the Woods Music Festival

South Africa’s premiere deep house music festival is currently in its second year. Catch the likes of Craig Massiv, House Knights, Electronic Mafia and Ricardo Da Costa all in one place.

Meyers Farm, Alberton
October 4th - 5th

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Dynamic Africa Global Events Listing: Arts.

Here are some of the current and upcoming art exhibitions on our radar happening all over the world!

Zander Blom - “New Paintings” at Stevenson, Cape Town.
28 August - 4 October 2014.

Pretoria-born artist Zander Blom will be unveiling his latest work at the STEVENSON gallery in Cape Town. The exhibition opens on Thursday, August 28th from 6pm-8pm. Blom will give an exclusive walkabout of the exhibition on Friday, August 29th at 11am, at a cost of R20.

Pieter Hugo - “Kin” at Fundacio Colectania, Barcelona.
18 September - 10 December.

South African photographer Pieter Hugo will be exhibiting a selection of his work at the Fundacio Colectania in Barcelona, Spain, beginning on September 18th through to early December.

Meschac Gaba - “Museum of Contemporary Africa Art” at Tate Modern, London.
3 July 22 September.

Specializing in the creation of distinct spaces in which he houses his multimedia works of art, Benin-born artist Meschac Gaba’s ongoing exhibition at London’s Tate Modern involves a unique concept in which Gaba a mock “Museum of Contemporary African Art”. Gaba’s work is included on The Theatre of the World at Museo Tamayo, Mexico (12 June to 31 December).

Ibrahim El-Salahi - “A Visionary Modernist” at Tate Modern.
3 July 22 September.

Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi’s major retrospective at the Tate includes 100 works from across more than five decades of his international career. The exhibition is Tate Modern’s first of its kind dedicated to African modernism.

Zanele Muholi solo shows at the EinsteinHaus in Ulm, Germany (18 September - 25 October) and at Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto (18 June - 24 August).

See selections of South African photographer Zanele Muholi’s work that documents, investigates and explores the lives of black lesbians in South Africa.

"Artists Committed? Maybe" at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon.
21 June - 7 September.

Works from 21 different artists including Athi-Patra Ruga (South Africa), Bouchra Khalili (France/Morocco), Bruno Boudjelal (France/Algeria), Celestino Mudaulane (Mozambique), Conrad Botes (South Africa), Paul Edmunds (South Africa), Simon Gush (South Africa) and Wim Botha (South Africa).

"Revolution! Works from the Black Arts Movement" at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.
Long-term installation.

See a display of seven works by seven different artists who were part of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s in the United States.

Yinka Shonibare - “Egg Fight” at Centre d’Art de la Fondation Blachère, Apt.
23 May - 20 September.

Fondation Blachère is presenting a solo exhibition and new light installation by Yinka Shonibare MBE RA. The exhibition takes its cue from Shonibare’s installation Egg Fight (2009) recently acquired by Fondation Blachère.

Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver Travels, the piece is a satirical staging of the divisions between Protestants and Catholics through the argument over which end of a boiled egg should be broken, the large or small end. This work reflects Shonibare’s interest in addressing conflicting ideologies observed in culture, politics and society.

"Young Architects in Africa" at the CA’ASI Cannaregio, Venice.
7 June - 31 August.

CA’ASI exhibits the laureates and nominees of the Young Architects in Africa competition in Venice, as Collateral Event of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia. The competition and exhibition highlight the creativity of a rising generation of young African architects, helping them to achieve worldwide recognition.

Pangaea - “New Art From Africa and Latin America” at Saatchi Gallery, London.
2 April - 2 November.

Several highly renowned artists from Africa exhibit work alongside artists from Latin America. See works from the likes of Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, Ibrahim Mahama, Mario Macilau, Vincent Michea and Boris Nzebo.

"Great Black Music" at Cite de la Musique, Paris.
11 March - 24 August.

Despite the arbitrary and generic term, this Paris exhibition highlights some of the most important and influential music genres to come out of Africa and the African diaspora.

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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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DYNAMIC AFRICA GLOBAL EVENTS LISTING: MUSIC.

A couple of music events on radar happening around the world.

Pukkelpop 2014

Currently happening, the 2014 edition of Beligum’s Pukkelpop music festival kicked off on August 14th and will end on August 16th. We’re not sure if you can still get there if you live nearby but it’s worth it to see the likes of Kwabs, FKA twigs, Janelle Monae, Kelis, Neneh Cherry, Kelela and more.

Luckily, for those of us that can’t be there, there’s a livestream here.

Afropolitan Vibes

Tonight in Lagos, enjoy an evening of live music, cool breeze and lots of palm wine! For this edition of Afropolitan Vibes, the line-up includes the one and only Weird MC, Show Dem Camp, Isedale, and resident host Bantu.

The event is free but you’ll have to pay N200 to get into the Freedom Park venue.

August 15th - 7pm
Freedom Park, Lagos

Blood Orange at SummerStage

Blood Orange is headlining OkayAfrica’s 15 year anniversary celebration this weekend in New York’s Central Park. See him, Moses Sumney and Sean Nicholas Savage at SummerStage all for free!

August 16th - 7pm
Central Park, New York

August SummerStage Events

August 17th
Harlem Family Day + Shine and the Moonbeams + Moona Luna + Kojo Odu Roney & Friends + B-Love’s Hip Hop Jazzy Groove + DJ KS 360, 4pm, Marcus Garvey Park

BellaTrix!: A Soul Train Tribute to Women in Music, 7pm, Marcus Garvey Park

WBLS 6th Annual R&B Fest Musiq Soulchild, 7pm, Central Park

The Nuyorican Poets Café’s 40th-Anniversary Celebration Full-Length Film Screening: Our Latin Thing, 6pm, East River Park

August 23rd
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: The Wallace Roney Orchestra + Lionel Loueke +  Melissa Aldana + Kris Bowers w/ special guest Chris Turner, 3pm, Marcus Garvey Park

August 24th
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Kenny Barron + Cindy Blackman Santana + Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith + Brianna Thomas, 3pm, Tompkins Square Park

AfroPunk Music Festival 2014

This year’s line-up includes the likes of D’Angelo, Lianne La Havas, Trash Talk, Shabazz Palaces, SZA, Cold Specks, special guests Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and many, many more. Taking place over two days, the annual free AfroPunk Fest features 4 stages of music, a speaker’s corner, thrift market and art wall. DJs and dancers will also be present!

August 23rd-24th
Commodore Barrymore Park, New York (Brooklyn)

Chale Wote

It’s the first and only arts festival organized in Accra, Ghana, and it’s back for a fourth year. For two days, the streets of James Town will be packed full of art, artists and art lovers alike. On August 23rd-24th, Accra will be the arts center of the world.

August 23rd-24th, 2014
James Town - High Street, Accra

Fool’s Gold Presents: Day Off ‘14

Danny Brown, French Montana, ARAABMUZIK and more make up the line up for this Labor Day concert hosted by Fool’s Gold Recs.

September 1st
50 Kent, New York (Brooklyn)

Mulatu Astatke at the Royal Festival Hall

An evening of the finest in Ethiopian jazz from the master of the genre himself. 

September 13th
Southbank Centre, London

TribeOne Dinkoeng

From September 26th-28th, Africa’s Biggest Music Festival is going to take place in the town of Cullinan 30 km east of Pretoria in Gauteng Province. Get to see African and international acts, Fally Ipupa, Tiwa Savage, Khuli Chana, Wizkid and AKA, to Nicki Minaj, Kid Ink, and J. Cole.

September 26th-28th
Cullinan, Gauteng

Rocking the Daisies

One of South Africa’s premiere music festivals, Rocking the Daisies is the unofficial official event of the summer. With headlining artists such as MGMT, the Rudimentals, Beatenberg, The Presets, Arno Carstens, and Taxi Violence, Rocking the Daisies this year boasts a number of stages with bands and artists from South Africa and the rest of the world.

October 2nd - 5th
Cloof Wine Estate, Darling

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EVENT: This is Lagos Presents: “Lagos Sessions”.

In collaboration with Goethe-Institut Lagos, This is Lagos is spearheading a brand new music, culture and lifestyle series that aims to fuse daily life situations through music.

Inspired by the city’s booming and diverse entertainment culture and Nigeria’s leading role in both the African and world music scenes, and birthed out of the Goethe-Institut’s global mission to develop local creative talents, as well as encourage cultural exchange between international and local artists, The Lagos Sessions will provide support to both established and emerging artists through a series of concerts that provide a more intimate connection between the performer and audience.

The first edition of Lagos Sessions is scheduled for Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6PM prompt. Attendance to the concert is free.

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GLOBAL EVENTS LISTINGS - ART & FILM: July 18th, 2014.

FRANCE: Maroc, couleur désert (Morocco, desert colour).

Consisting of over 100 rugs, blankets and cushions woven by the Aït Khebbach - a semi-nomadic Amazigh (Berber) people living along the border with Algeria, the exhibition highlights the cultural and personal significance of these woven pieces, through multimedia arts such as film, photography and music, and the women who create them.

Each life-size photograph taken by Serge Anton reveals not only the artistic tapestry of each textile, but places the woman responsible for its creation in front of her work as a way to give credit where credit is due.

Musée Bargoin, Clermont-Ferrand.
30 April - 25 August 2014.

FRANCE: Yinka Shonibare - “Egg Fight”.

Fondation Blachère is presenting a solo exhibition and new light installation by Yinka Shonibare MBE RA. The exhibition takes its cue from Shonibare’s installation Egg Fight (2009) recently acquired by Fondation Blachère.

Inspired by Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver Travels, the piece is a satirical staging of the divisions between Protestants and Catholics through the argument over which end of a boiled egg should be broken, the large or small end. This work reflects Shonibare’s interest in addressing conflicting ideologies observed in culture, politics and society.

Fondation Blachère, Apt, France.
23rd May - 20th Sept. 2014.

ENGLAND: Yinka Shonibare at Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2014.

See some of Shonibare’s work at the Royal Academy of Arts in London as part of their “Summer Exhibition”.

Royal Academy of Arts, London.
9 June - 17 August.

SOUTH AFRICA: “21 Icons” photography exhibit opening June 16th at MOAD.

Mercedes-Benz presents ‘21 Icons – Portrait of a Nation’ opening at the Museum of African Design in the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, on Youth Day, 16 June. The exhibition runs to 17 August and features the work of award-winning photographer Adrian Steirn who, for several years, has photographed some of South Africa’s most inspiring icons.

MOAD, Johannesburg.
16 June – 17 August.

USA: “Tête de Femme” by Mickalene Thomas.

Tête de Femme, a new body of work by artist Mickalene Thomas, explores the intricacies of female beauty through painting and collage, focusing on how artifice serves both to mask and reveal the individual essence of her subjects.

Lehmann Maupin, New York.
June 26 – August 8, 2014.

GERMANY: “Giving Contours to Shadows”.

The art and research project Giving Contours to Shadows takes its cue from the Glissantian concept that history, a “functional fantasy of the West“, cannot be left in the hands of historians only. In that sense, the project looks at ways, by which artists, curators and thinkers relate to their epoch, to times past and to the drawing of prospective trajectories, thus weaving alternatives to established narratives – from embodiment practices to possibilities of pre-writing of History.

Unfolding into a group exhibition at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and SAVVY Contemporary and a performance program at Maxim Gorki Theatre and Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, a roundtable program as well as a series of satellite projects in Marrakech, Nairobi, Dakar, Lagos and Johannesburg, Giving Contours to Shadows reflects on philosophical, socio-cultural and historical aspects of global interest.

Look out for:

September 2014 Kër Thiossane, Dakar
October 2014 Video Art Network / CCA, Lagos
November 2014 Parking Gallery / VANSA, Johannesburg

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin.
May 24 – July 27, 2014.

USA: Trenton Doyle Hancock: “Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing”.

A new and exciting exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston features work from American artist Trenton Doyle Hancock amassed over a period of two decades, from 1984 to 2014, chronicling the foundation of the artist’s prolific career. Beginning with his childhood, the exhibition provides a unique glimpse into the evolution of Hancock’s idiosyncratic vision.

'Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing is the first in-depth examination of Hancock’s extensive body of drawings, collages, and works on paper. The exhibition features more than two hundred works of art as well as a collection of the artist’s notebooks, sketchbooks, and studies, many showing the preparation for several public commissions.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas.
April 27 – August 3, 2014.

ENGLAND: “Return of the Rudeboy” Exhibition.

This summer, London’s Somerset House is highlighting one of Jamaica’s most influential exports on British fashion, music and style - the Rudeboy.

Birthed on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica, the Rudeboy (or Rudie) came to represent the young rebels who wore distinctively sharp sartorial styles such as Mohair suits, thin ties and pork pie hats. Much of their identity was rooted in aesthetics but their style was also closely connected to the music movements of the time, notably American Jazz and R&B musicians.

Curated by prolific photographer and filmmaker for music’s most wanted Dean Chalkley and fashion-industry favourite creative director Harris Elliott, this interactive exhibition focuses on and highlights the origins of Rudeboy culture in Jamaica, as well as its presence in the United Kingdom through various subcultures, through a series of portraits, installations and set pieces.

Somerset House, London.
13 June – 25 August 2014.

USA: Free Outdoor Screening of Wattstax.

A free outdoor screening of the legendary documentary that chronicles the events and social climate surrounding the 1972 Wattstax day-long concert, hosted by BAM.

Putnam Triangle Plaza, 22 Putnam Ave, Brooklyn, NY.
22 July at 8pm.

USA: “Drawing On Things” with Shantell Martin.

Inspired and led by Shantell Martin, adult workshop participants will bring their own objects to adorn with elaborate, original drawings! BYO blank canvas (any white object — clothing, curtains, tote bags, shoes, lampshades, whatever!) and drawing supplies will be provided. Open bar.

MoCADA, Brooklyn, NY.
July 2014 at
6:30 am (I think they meant pm) - 8:30 pm.

USA: 2014 AFF SUMMER SERIES, New York.

Lots of great movies to be seen all summer long thanks to the folks a AFF. Join them at various venues in NYC parks to get your fill!

Various parks, New York City,
July 7th - September 7th, 2014.

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This year we teamed up with Nairobi’s Electrafrique to introduce New York’s new monthly dance party. After hitting the decks at SummerStage in Central Park with Black Coffee and DJ Spoko last month, Electrafrique NYC returns in July to shake things up with our very first Ghana Edition featuring special guests L’Afrique Som Systeme (Papa Ghana & Asheru) all the way from the Netherlands and resident DJs Cortega and Underdog. The party is hosted at The 303 at Louie & Chan, one of New York’s newest and most intimate clubs located in the heart of the Lower East Side. 

»>RSVP FOR FREE ENTRY TO ELECTRAFRIQUE BEFORE 11PM

SATURDAY, JULY 19TH
10PM-4AM
DOOR $10
FREE BEFORE 11PM WITH RSVP
THE 303 AT LOUIE & CHAN
303 BROOME STREET, NYC

Common in celebrating the release of his latest LP Nobody’s Smiling with a free album release party at New York City’s Gramercy Theatre on Monday, July 21st.

Details on entry here.

ISSUE Project Room & Pioneer Works Present:  Mahmoud Ahmed.

One of Africa’s leading musicians and a pioneer of theEthiopian music scene during its ‘golden age’ in the 60s-80s, Mahmoud Ahmed’s career has enjoyed longevity due to his blend of classic Ethiopian folk music styles with soul, jazz & funk, and of course the distinct and unbelievable talent embedded in his beautiful multi-octave voice.

Now, thanks to ISSUE Project Room and Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, Mahmoud Ahmed will be performing live in Red Hook, Brooklyn—his first New York performance since 2011.

Additional supporting acts will be announced soon for this indoor/outdoor event, which opens ISSUE Project Room’s summer concert series in collaboration with Pioneer Works.

Listen to Mahmoud Ahmed sing ‘Yeshi Hargetu’.

Saturday July 26th (3-8pm)
159 Pioneer Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn

EVENT: Cape Town World Music Festival (#CTWMF).

With headliners like the legendary Vieux Farka Toure, the awe-inspiring Thandiswa Mazwai and one of the summer’s biggest hit-makers DJ Clock and Beatenberg, the upcoming Cape Town World Music Festival, which boasts a total of over 20 acts, already has more than enough reason for you to be in attendance this Mandela weekend.

Celebrating music from around the world, and more especially the Pan-African sounds of the continent, the CTWMF is a great way to remember and pay tribute to the diversity and fight for universal humanity Madiba fought to attain and preserve both in South Africa and around the world.

Get your tickets here.