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"Girlfriend" by Kenyan artist Michael Soi.

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"How Do Africans Kiss?" by Zina Saro-Wiwa.

Whether an instinctive display of affection or a learned lust-filled mannerism, one thing is for sure: kissing, as we know it, is taboo in many African cultures. 

In this Q&A format-style documentary by British-Nigerian filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa, what may seem like a slightly absurd question is posed to an array of individuals from around the continent (but presumably based in the diaspora) with some interesting perspectives on the cultural influences of love and its physical manifestations.

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Dynamic Africa presents - Sade: “No Ordinary Love” Music Mix.

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"For Women Who Are Difficult to Love" - written and performed by Warsan Shire.

You are a horse running alone
and he tries to tame you
compares you to an impossible highway
to a burning house
says you are blinding him
that he could never leave you
forget you
want anything but you
you dizzy him, you are unbearable
every woman before or after you
is doused in your name
you fill his mouth
his teeth ache with memory of taste
his body just a long shadow seeking yours
but you are always too intense
frightening in the way you want him
unashamed and sacrificial
he tells you that no man can live up to the one who
lives in your head
and you tried to change didn’t you?

closed your mouth more
tried to be softer
prettier
less volatile, less awake
but even when sleeping you could feel
him travelling away from you in his dreams
so what did you want to do love
split his head open?
you can’t make homes out of human beings
someone should have already told you that
and if he wants to leave
then let him leave
you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful
something not everyone knows how to love.
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Director, Producer : Andrea Cortes-Juarbe & Christine Mehr
Editor: Christine Mehr
Co-Editor: Andrea Cortes-Juarbe
Special thanks - Lauren Stanton, Sara’o Bery, Ada Pinkston, Isa Nakazawa

Audio mashed by Christine Mehr
Instrumental track - Zoe Keating’s “Sun Will Set.”

Bonaventure my bobo,

I dey hail u oh….una well done . U too fine pass all the bobo wey full ground.

The kain tin wey dey do me na say, na soso anytime wey my eyes dey connect with una, na so my heart go dey do marathon. If I take my eye look anoda bobo, walahi…e no go beta for dat kain eye. Sugarpie, I gbadun you pass my mama (insert your own food) If you no gree for me, I go take my head knack for ground Honeypie, All the pikin wey I for born……na only u I wan born am for. Anytime wey I dey by ur side, I know sey„, better go dey for okra soup Bonnypie, Abeg this love wey I get for you pass love wey pass all. Forever and ever titi lailai na me only go be for you and na you go be for me

Na me oh
Lovette (your boo boo)

(Naija) Pidgin Love Letter By: Femi Beckley.

From movies and meals, to Moroccan massage oil and moving poetry, check out Dynamic Africa’s “African Valentine’s Day Essentials" board on Pinterest for my perfect Valentine’s Day items from around the continent!

Feel free to send suggestions!

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AFRICAN LOVE SONGS VALENTINE’S DAY PLAYLIST #14: Faudel, Cheb Khaled & Rachid Taha - Abdel Kader

Abdel Kader, my master, my guide
Ease my pain, make me strong
Help me through the dark night of my soul
O sweet girl of my homeland
Why is my heart so troubled
While yours is at peace?
In spite of love’s many pleasures
She’s turned away and left me
After a night of bliss
Abdel Kader, keeper of the keys
Keeper of my soul
I have left heaven and come back to earth
Away from her arms
I pray life is long enough to let me start over
Heal me and turn me away from my pain

Didn’t finish the 14 track playlist yesterday so posting the remaining songs today!

Enjoy!

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AFRICAN LOVE SONGS VALENTINE’S DAY PLAYLIST #13: 340ml - Midnight

Didn’t finish the 14 track playlist yesterday so posting the remaining songs today!

Enjoy!

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Nouakchott, Mauritania

Steve McCurry

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AFRICAN LOVE SONGS VALENTINE’S DAY PLAYLIST #11: Just A Band - Probably for Lovers

A shifting and fragmentary tale of two young lovers — Mory and Anta — and their attempts to flee Senegal for Paris, ‘Touki Bouki’ is Djibril Diop Mambéty’s masterpiece.

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