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UDUDEAGU, a short experimental film and story by Akwaeke Emezi.

Carefully woven poetic words with delicate but arresting and haunting visuals. Incredibly simple and incredibly beautiful. 

Filmed in Lagos, Nigeria, 2014, featuring Adegoke Ogukoya with narration by Akwaeke Emezi.


(via blackfilm)

"Staff Riding" documentary captures the risky and rebellious activities of train surfing in South Africa.

Just outside of Johannesburg in the township of Katlehong, young men, who fall somewhere between daredevils and wreckless rebels, find freedom and expression through a train surfing activity called ‘staff riding’ - a dangerous activity that involves riding on trains and performing perilous stunts and tricks.

In this short documentary, photojournalist Marco Casino captures this subculture through the eyes of those who ride, those who risk and those whose lives have been affected by it all.

TW: disfurgement, amputated limbs.

"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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All Africa, All the time.

Documentary: “Lagos in the Red”.

Made by Danish filmmakers Lotte Løvholm, Karen Andersen & Nanna Nielsen, Lagos in the Red follows Nigerian performance artist Jelili Atiku. Atiku uses his body as a prop as a means of sensitizing people to the problems that Nigeria - both as a people and a country - face. 

This documentary particularly focuses on his performance ‘Red Light’ which he performs in Ejigbo, the neighborhood he was born and raised in. The color red in his performance symbolizes ‘life, violence, energy and the essence of human life”.

Once a fine arts student, Atiku is an art teacher in Lagos who stresses the importance of are as a symbolic tool, far above monetary value, used to communicate one’s emotions, preserve culture and history, as well as raising consciousness among people - especially in a country like Nigeria.

Related post: “Why don’t South Africans like performance art?

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All Africa, All the time.

MORNING MUSIC: Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Nomathemba.

It’s never to late to say congratulations! Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the legendary South African a capella group won their fourth Grammy at this year’s ceremony held this past weekend. 

The collective took home the award for ‘Best World Album’ for ‘Live: Singing for Peace around the World’, an award they shared with French flamenco group Gipsy Kings.

Founded by lead singer Joseph Tshabalala, the all-male choral group has been making music since the 1960s. Singing in the Zulu vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube, the group first gained worldwide prominence after collaborating with US artist Paul Simon on his hit album Graceland in 1986.

They received their first Grammy nomination in 1988 and, altogether, have been up for a Grammy a total of 13 times. The group have also been nominated for an Academy Award and an Emmy for their short documentary film On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom.

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All Africa, All the Time.

Currently Watching: ”We Have To Free Our Imaginations”

"We Have To Free Our Imaginations" is Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina’s  a six-part series in which speaks on “the fear of imagination”. In it, Wainaina speaks on the need to decolonize our educational frameworks in Africa, the boundaries and limitations we enforce on each other through stigma, ignorance and even policy, globalisation, and the importance of ‘madness’.

Watch the entire series above (YouTube playlist).

Supermodel Iman Abdulmajid’s eponymous make up label IMAN Cosmetics has launched a free app to support its range of products.

Dedicated to helping women of colour find products for their skin tone, this app includes a feature that allows you to take a photograph of your face to find your perfect foundation.

Here, beauty blogger CharisseChristine23 demonstrates how to use the app for this purpose and the results seem pretty awesome.

Watching the “The Last Battle” was not easy. Not simply because it is the telling of actual events, that are still ongoing, that were horrific in nature, but because this gross miscarriage in justice reveals the brutal extent that man’s inhumanity to man can - and has - manifested itself through the that is coloniliasm.

This fight for justice in the ways in which the victims define it lays out a fact that so many of us are aware of - colonialism never really ended, and for as long as we stay silent about our pain, or silence those who still bear the marks of this gruesome period in our history, we malignantly assist those who are responsible for this in leaving the scars of the victims forcibly open and lacing them with the salt of inhumanity and immorality.

Filmed on two continents over four years, The Last Battle traces the story of a small group of elderly Kenyans in their successful fight to win acknowledgement of the abuses suffered at the hands of the British colonial authorities at the height of the 1950s Mau Mau emergency. 
With intimate and disturbing interviews, observational footage, photographs and archive, this revelatory and compelling documentary follows the legal case in London and lays bare a history that was deliberately hidden, allowing the central protagonists to tell the world, for the first time, their stories and what happened to them.
- Kevin Kriedemann

tw: mentions of torture, violence.

In filmmaker Karim Zoubir’s documentary for Al Jazeera’s Witness segment, we meet Casablanca-based divorced single mother and camerawoman Khadija. Although her family do not approve of Khadija’s profession as a wedding videographer as it keeps her away ‘til very later hours at night, she is the main breadwinner amongst them (she lives her parents, her brothers and her sister).

The realities of Khadija’s everyday life and unconventional profession, given the context of her environment, are so well captured in this near-50 minute peek inside of her world. From interactions with her closest friends and family, to potential clients and business partners.


How to make “Red Red” Beans Stew

A guide to makeing the Ghanaian classic “red red”, using Pepper and Stew’s Egusi Stew Sauce by Pepperandstew.

The Backstory: Lupita Nyong’o” for Vogue Magazine.

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o speaks about the pivotal moment in her life when she decided to become an actress, her early acting experience on the set of The Constant Gardener, her acting education and first film on albinism in Kenya, and her role in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave.

(via studioafrica)


Kwadwo Ani speaks to Bureau Africa TV about his art and what it means to be an artist in Ghana. We can’t help but love his manner of speaking and ways in which he unpacks his work.

(via ghanailoveyou)

Whispers of Wisdom at TEDx Cape Town

A South African spoken word quintet deliver a poignant and highly personal performance about the concerns of being young, black and South African, as part of the post-Apartheid ‘born-free’ generation, asking deeply-rooted questions of liberation - both on a personal and national scale - and the price of freedom in South Africa.

"when literature and sound join forces, a melting pot of art in its finest form is born."

October: Highlighting African Art & African Artists

For Xhosa boys, their ceremonial transition to manhood - a process known as Ukwaluka - includes traditional circumcision. It is a time honoured ritual woven deep into the fabric of their society.

In this documentary,Ndiyindoda: I am a man, Al Jazeera looks at the history behind this sacred tradition and the controversies surrounding this practice in South Africa today.

(tw: mention of surgical practices)

In Al Jazeera’s newly launched 3-part documentary series ‘Black France’, the relationship between one of the most dominant European colonial forces in Africa and the Caribbean, and the political and social dynamics of its former colonies and their citizens is explored to tell the story of black people in France and the country’s history of ‘segregation, racism, protest, violence, culture and community building - from the turn of the 20th century until the present day’.

Beginning in the mid-1500s, and following in the footsteps of the larger and more dominant British Empire, France began to colonize foreign territories starting with North America’s Gaspe Bay in what is today Canada. For centuries France would continue to expand its colonial reach building an empire that spanned across various regions in North America, the Carribbean, South America, Africa and Asia. It would not be until 1980 with the independence of Vanuatu that the French Empire would officially be disbanded worldwide.

Today, France is home to one of Europe’s black communities, mostly of African and/or Caribbean descent - a direct result of the country’s relationship with its colonial territories in these regions.

'Conflicting Identities', the first episode in the trilogy, explores the duality and complexes of what it means to be 'both black and French in the decades before France’s African colonies achieved independence' during the latter part of the 18th century, beginning with the fight for equality for France's black community to the experiences of black people in early 20th century France including both World Wars and the Great Depression.

Interestingly, the particularities of France’s differing and hierarchical relationship between it’s ‘colonial subjects’, with Africans being treated as the most inferior, are also brought to light. Where African-American individuals and culture were celebrated and marveled at with great interest - a perverse fascination of sorts, and where individuals of Caribbean territories were given French citizenship - but not full equality, Africans were mostly denied such privileges and were dehumanized and stigmatized as backward black savages.

Regardless of the differing treatment of black people from various parts of the world, racism was always the underlying factor in France’s social and political approach to black people, seeing them as inferior and ‘the other’ - a view that in some ways still has not changed.

[English & French w/ French subtitles]