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Meet the sitta shai, or the Sudanese “tea ladies”.

Walk through the streets of Khartoum, and you will find these women in each corner, dressed in their colorful thawbs and covers. Beside them, a makeshift kitchen is set up to serve you flavored coffee and tea throughout the day.

And the flavors vary. Numerous jars of tea (black, hibiscus, Mahareb) and coffee can be accompanied with herbs and spices like mint, cinnamon, cloves and ginger.

The chatter of the day’s gossip can be heard rising above the tea’s steam as customers sip close by.

To learn how to make Sudanese cinnamon tea, click here

Photos by Tomoko Goto

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OLD  Sudanese  

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Made up of mostly of people of Eritrean and Sudanese descent, thousands of Africans living in Israel marched through the country’s capital to protest the ill-treatment of African migrants.

According to BBC Africa, the protest was spurred by “a law that allows illegal immigrants to be detained for a year without trial.”

Full story on the BBC’s website.


Lost Boys by Kerry James Marshall


Young Sudanese woman in front of pyramids and tombs, of the royal cemetery of Meroe, Sudan. Many Sudanese people often visit the pyramids during the week-end. 

Photo by Eric Lafforgue.

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A lazy noon
stirs me from your memory to this glass of tea
and a wondering embrace

In a mood busy with inquisitiveness
I smell the lees of the scent
that lingers
behind you

I sense your shade in the shadows
in the dregs of all that gossip –
Oh you sinner!

Like a rumoured prophet’s advent
you slide from the ripe fruit of sleep
afire with ideas, your flashing wit.

Only by Sudanese poet Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi

After posting this video that speaks on the situation regarding slavery in Mauritania the film I Am Slave, which is based on the story of Mende Nazer's* early life, her capture and kidnap from her home in South Sudan's Nuba region, and her enslavement in Khartoum, Sudan and in London, England, working for Arab families, came to mind.

The entire film, starring Wunmi Mosaku as Malia, a fictional character whose life experiences mirror that of Nazer’s, can be watched above.

AUGUST: Celebrating African Women

*this links will take you to interviews with Nazer


Sudan’s Smartest Girl (Daily Beast)

Tagwa al-Hum earned the highest marks on her country’s national exams—but fighting drove her family to a refugee camp with no secondary schooling.

“When I grow up and go to university and achieve the dream that I dream,” she says, “the first story that I will write will be about the life we are living today—the war and air raids and all kinds of bombs. The children starving and the bitterness of war and death everywhere and all the evil we live through. I will write about every bad thing I saw in my life.”

The article states that her educational expenses would amount to $300, just wish they could let us know how we could contribute to that.
Will try and see if I can find this out, but if anyone knows, please share.

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Girl About Town

  1. Photographer: Sabah El Basha
  2. The Girl: Tatenda 
  3. Location: Cape Town, South Africa

For more photography by Sudanese photographer Sabah El Basha please visit her site: selbasha.blogspot.com


a collage dedicated to sudanese women

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To tell you the truth, when I’m working I’m not at all aware of what it’s going to look like, I feel as if I’m possessed by some other power within me which is producing that work…

Ibrahim El Sahari. Exhibition opens at Tate Modern on Wednesday 3rd July 2013: http://ow.ly/mzQdV (via tate-collectives)

Currently on-going exhibition. Read more about it here, and more about Ibrahim El-Sahari.

One of my all-time favourite models, Sudanese beauty Grace Bol, stuns in this editorial, All By Myself, for Sleek Magazine's Summer 2013 edition - so far one of my favourite fashion spreads this year.

Part 2.

Tate Modern opens doors to African visionaries Salahi and Gaba

Exhibitions of works by artists from Sudan and Benin reflects a step change towards Tate’s more globalised view of modern art.

Meschac Gaba was so bewildered by the lack of opportunities for African artists in Europe that he spent five years constructing his own fictional museum, even adding, for extra authenticity, a shop and a restaurant. This week it takes its place at the heart of the British art establishment when it goes on display as one of Tate Modern's newest acquisitions – the biggest work it has ever bought.

The opening coincides with major retrospectives for the Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi, 82, and the Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair, 97. Both could be described as overlooked pioneers, and the shows reflect Tate Modern’s move towards a more globalised view of art. “These are all exhibitions that 20 or 30 years ago were quite impossible,” said the Tate Modern director, Chris Dercon. “At some point it will be absolutely normal and absolutely necessary to have all these kinds of work, all these artists, together in one museum.”

(cont. reading)

Related story: ‘Why African Art is the Next Big Thing' (BBC)

More African Artists.

Photos by Valentina Tordoni documenting an event where peace talks were held by Dinka and Nuer chiefs in South Sudan, following their country’s formation and separation from the North. The proceedings were held in Kuajok, Warrap state, in March 2011.

Dressed in western suits topped by cowboy hats, with striped sashes indicating their rank and impressive scarification patterns on the face marking their ethnic identity, the 54 clan chiefs agreed to suitable compensations for the loss of cattle and human lives in recent ethnic clashes, and signed a peace resolution in the name of the common future awaiting both the Dinka and the Nuer people in an independent South Sudan.

 Even though ethnic peace is fundamental to the new state, officials come to attend the peace talks from the neighboring states have little hope that this resolution will be effective in stopping the hatred that divides the country.

As one of them put it: “The devils from outside brought it here”, referring to the North Sudan regime. The recent attack by the North Sudan armed forces to the contested border town of Abyei looks like a confirmation of how complex the separation between the North and the South of Sudan is going to be.