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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.

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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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okayafrica:

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.

"Return of the Rudeboy" Exhibition at Somerset House.

This summer,from mid-June to mid-August, London’s Somerset House is highlighting one Jamaica’s most influential exports on British fashion, music and style.

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. In the past year, Chalkley and Elliott have photographed over 60 sharply dressed individuals from across the UK, whether it be on the streets of Shoreditch or Savile Row, all of whom embody the essence of what it is to be a Rudeboy (or Rudie) in the 21st century, to document the life, style and attitude of this growing urban group.

In addition to these portraits, all of the individuals pictured have provided their signature playlist, which has been fused along with curators’ and collaborators’ choices, into a soundtrack to capture the spirit and soul of the Rudeboy, and a complimentary sonic addition to the visuals of the exhibition.

And if all that isn’t awesome already, to highlight the essence of grooming as part of the Rudeboy aesthetics, the space will host a pop-up ‘grooming station’ on Thursdays and Saturdays, from Saturday 21 June, where visitors can book appointments to get their hair cut or beard trimmed by a top Rudeboy barber.

Celebrating Rudeboy culture is important for several reasons. Not only is it one of the biggest movements that has largely shaped 20th century British identity, it also highlights some of the impact and contributions that have been made in Britain and the UK at large through the Jamaican diaspora.

13 June – 25 August 2014
Daily 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.30)
Until 21.00 on Thursday 3 July (last entry 20.30)

Terrace Rooms, South Wing
Free admission

More events.

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.

For three days, some of the continent’s biggest acts will be joined by a range of international stars for a multi-stage musical extravaganza during South Africa’s Heritage Day long wekeend - the first of its kind in Africa.

TribeOne: Dinokeng’ is a three-day music festival that will boast an electrifying mix of music genres across three main stages, with over 80 artists performing live on the ‘Thunder Valley’ and ‘Diamond Fields’ stages and more than 80 DJ’s playing live sets in the multiple ‘Dance Village’ domes.

Tickets are currently on sale and you have several ways to pay, depending on your ticket type and the time of purchase.

See the full line-up here.

(that logo though…)

AFROPUNK Festival 2014 Line-Up Announced!

New Yorkers! It’s finally here! The complete line-up for this year’s AFROPUNK Festival has been announced. 

The 2014 lineup includes D’Angelo, Lianne La Havas, Body Count, Trash Talk, Meshell Ndegeocello, Straight Line Stitch, Shabazz Palaces, SZA, The Internet, Fishbone, Valerie June, Alice Smith, Cold Specks, Unlocking The Truth, Cakes Da Killa, Denitia and Sene, Gordon Voidwell, The Tontons, Clipping, BLXPLTN, Cipher, HO9909 as well as DJ Sets by DJ SLiiNK, MikeQ, Uniique, Jasmine Solano + Melo-X, Mista Selecta + Mane Squeeze A Tribe Called Red, Theesatisfaction, Oscan N and Adam R. 

Now in its tenth year, the fest commences at Commodore Barry Parkon Saturday August 23rd and Sunday August 24th in Brooklyn, NY.

AFROPUNK Fest features 4 stages of music including the more traditional heavy/punk Black Stage and Speaker’s corner where the politically minded can speak theirs, a slew of Food Trucks making a variety of cuisine, the Spin Thrift Market with it’s 100 vendors selling various goods and crafts, and the ever present Art Wall where selected visual artists produce original works of art within the park grounds.

This year’s festival will feature dance music from local scenes such as Jersey ClubBaltimore ClubNYC Ballroom, as well as underground DJ sounds from Washington D.C. and Seattle.

More artists to be announced.
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GLOBAL EVENTS LISTING: July 4th 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.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mohau Modisakeng - “Ditaola”.

South African artist Mohau Modisakeng’s upcoming exhibition Ditaola will take place from 29 May - 17 July at Brundyn+ in Cape Town. Ditaola is Mohau Modisakeng’s debut solo exhibition at the gallery.

A central tenet and foundational question that Modisakeng’s work responds to is the issue of violence and concerns around the role it plays and continues to play in colonial, as well as post-colonial African societies. His current body of work engages several discourses related to the political economy of the racial segregation, institutionalised/systemic racism, militarisation, and civil unrest of apartheid South Africa and the African continent at large. The work engages both individual and collective narratives informed by the realities of living in South Africa. The constructed narratives engage the black body as a site of fragmentation, distortion, and degradation.

Brundyn+, Cape Town.
29 May - 17 July.

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: Barthélémy Toguo ‘Celebrations’ & Mawande Ka Zenzile ‘Experimentation: All Hell Break Loose’.

Cameroonian artist Barthelemy Tuguo and South African artist Mawande Ka Zenzile will be showcasing several pieces from their body of work for the very first time at Cape Town’s STEVENSON gallery in Woodstock.

STEVENSON, Cape Town
29 May - 12 July 2014.

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.

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: “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.

NIGERIA: Spoken Word/Poetry Workshop hosted by Goethe-Institut Lagos.

With “Words burn” the Goethe-Institut is introducing its new series of Poetry Slam Sessions where well-known Spoken Word artists as well as upcoming talents present the finest of Spoken Word Poetry in Lagos.

Lagos City Hall, Lagos.
July 2n-4th, 2014.

USA: BLITZ the AMBASSADOR at Target First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum.

Catch Ghanaian MC Blitz the Ambassador live, and for free, at Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum on July 5th.

Brooklyn Museum, New York.
July 5th.

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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GLOBAL EVENTS LISTING: JUNE 28th 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.

SUISSE: Here Africa / Ici l’Afrique.

Here Africa / Ici l’afrique assembles, for the first time in Switzerland, contemporary African art with more than 70 works by 24 artists from 17 African countries. The exhibition is hosted in the premises of the Château de Penthes, Geneva-Pregny, located in the area of United Nations and the international organizations. Originally from Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa, some residing in Africa while others in the diasporas and coming from different generations, the participating artists and filmmakers are interesting for their great contribution to the aesthetic and cultural development of their continent, as well as for their involvement in key questions regarding African people.

The catalogue of 146 pages includes 48 pages of colour pictures, an introduction by the curator, interviews with the artists Frédric Bruly Bouabré, Barthélémy Toguo and the Senegalese writer Boubacar Boris Diop, as well as a section on the artists of Maghreb curated by the editorial team of Ibraaz, London.

Contemporary Africa through the Eyes of its Artists
A project by ART for The World.

Château de Penthes, Geneva.
8 May–6 July 2014.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mohau Modisakeng - “Ditaola”.

South African artist Mohau Modisakeng’s upcoming exhibition Ditaola will take place from 29 May - 17 July at Brundyn+ in Cape Town. Ditaola is Mohau Modisakeng’s debut solo exhibition at the gallery.

A central tenet and foundational question that Modisakeng’s work responds to is the issue of violence and concerns around the role it plays and continues to play in colonial, as well as post-colonial African societies. His current body of work engages several discourses related to the political economy of the racial segregation, institutionalised/systemic racism, militarisation, and civil unrest of apartheid South Africa and the African continent at large. The work engages both individual and collective narratives informed by the realities of living in South Africa. The constructed narratives engage the black body as a site of fragmentation, distortion, and degradation.

Brundyn+, Cape Town.
29 May - 17 July.

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: Barthélémy Toguo ‘Celebrations’ & Mawande Ka Zenzile ‘Experimentation: All Hell Break Loose’.

Cameroonian artist Barthelemy Tuguo and South African artist Mawande Ka Zenzile will be showcasing several pieces from their body of work for the very first time at Cape Town’s STEVENSON gallery in Woodstock.

STEVENSON, Cape Town
29 May - 12 July 2014.

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.

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: “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.

SOUTH AFRICA: First Thursdays Cape Town.

This month’s edition of Cape Town’s First Thursdays takes place on Thursday, July 3rd. Traverse through the city’s central district to see the best in local art, food, fashion and design.

Check out our guide from last week to see what you can expect.

Cape Town
July 3rd 2014.

SOUTH AFRICA: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town (MBFWCT) 2014.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town is an annual event that gives local designers, both established and aspiring designers, the opportunity to showcase their new spring/summer designs.

Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town.
24 to 26 July, 2014.

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