Be Part of the Story: Kickstart ‘My Africa Is’

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Stories about our continent and our experience are often distorted (if not totally untold) – and it's to be expected when the agents telling the tales are far removed. My Africa Is is a documentary series that aims to show a more complete narrative. Starting this autumn, the crew will embark on a 13 city, 10 country tour of our continent, spending time with young people who want to share the exciting things they're doing to improve their communities. 

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Africa- and Diaspora-related events this November

November's already here. A reminder that the year is almost through but, before we get ready to welcome in 2012, there are TONS of exciting events to attend. Here are just a few. They're very London-centric so I'd love to hear about all the interesting things going on in your corner of the globe – please share.

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TUESDAY 1 NOVEMBER

Launch of Afriapps book: African Apps in a Global Marketplace
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You might remember Andrew Mugoya's guest posts about African apps ("5 Reasons why Ghana is the next African app powerhouse", "Learning from the Success of Nollywood"). Today, Andrew launches an ebook on the subject that is free to download for a limited period. Get it while it's hot!

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THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER

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TGIF! Sounds from Africa Oyé

Sounds from some of the artists who performed at last weekend's Africa Oyé festival. Enjoy.

And if you're in London this evening, don't forget to check out the Afropolitans Friday Late at the V&A museum. It's going to be a great night! See you there …


 

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Week in review

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I don't know about you but, I'm properly in holiday mode. Something about this time of year is so special – most people are in high spirits and positive vibes abound. This is often true regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas or not, regardless of whether you're in below minus weather or in the sunny tropics. With the busy lifestyles many of us lead nowadays, it sometimes feels like we need to justify making time to just relax, unwind and reconnect with what and who really matters. This season is the perfect time for this. And hopefully, for discovering that exhaling is vital and can be a more regular part of our lives in the new year. That's what I'll be reflecting on!

Here is a round-up of all of last week's posts, in case you missed anything:

A huge thanks to you for taking the time to read and share comments, facebook appreciation and tweet love. Remember, you can also get updates via facebooktwitter and by subscribing to the Afri-love feed.

Feedback is incredibly useful to me so, please drop me a line with any comments, suggestions, ideas etc.

Next week, look out for:

  • Quote of the week
  • Inspiration from an artist with outstanding diligence whose craft transformed his home, one inch at a time
  • An interview with an entrepreneurial designer who brings spring to every season
  • How the arts are bringing change and unity to a group of women in East Africa
  • Celebrating Libya's independence day
  • TGIF! Mali meets Cuba

Have a fantastic week! Be proud and be inspired.

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Images from top: Designs by Dimitra Tzanos; Senegalese Fixe crafts from Swahili Imports; A couple of albums from this month's installment of album art; Etsy finds by MusoMasiri (left) and HazelsHouse – see the post for more. 

 

 

TGIF! MTV Africa Music Awards winners

These song is really getting me into the holiday spirit and by sheer association (African music = Africa = warm sunshine etc.), providing the welcome illusion of being in the tropics! 

Congratulations to Fally Ipupa for winning Best Video of the Year and Best Francophone at last week's MTV Africa Music Awards; Cabo Snoop for winning Best Lusophone and; Daddy Owen for winning Best Anglophone.

Have a fantastic weekend all.


 

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Week in review

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Phew! Busy week in life and on the blog. I hope that both life and Afri-love have provided you with a lot of juicy inspiration and food for thought.

Here's a round-up of last week's posts, in case you missed anything:

A huge thanks to you for taking the time to read and share comments, facebook appreciation and tweet love. Remember, you can also get updates via facebooktwitter and by subscribing to the Afri-love feed.

Feedback is incredibly useful to me so, please drop me a line with any comments, suggestions, ideas etc.

Next week, look out for:

  • Quote of the week
  • Design inspiration from old-school music
  • An interview with a Kenyan filmmaker whose got big plans for the industry
  • A little adornment indulgence
  • Celebrating Morocco's Independence Day
  • Reflections
  • TGIF!

Have a fantastic week! Be proud and be inspired.

 :)

Images, starting 2nd from top: art from Cheikh Lo's new album, Jamm; cushion by Yda Walt; fashion by Ihsani Culture; work by Angolan artist António Olé

 

Angola Independence Day: celebrating the country’s vibrant art scene

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When I think of contemporary Angolan culture, I usually think of expressive music and dance – especially the electric Kuduro and the sensual Kizomba. However, there seems to be a dynamic art scene whose energy equally expresses the energetic spirit of a nation regenerating itself, not too long after a 27-year civil war.

So in honour of Angola's Independence Day today, here is a celebration of the country's art. From the little I've seen, collage and assemblage seem to be popular techniques. I love how these serve to create tapestries of memory and aspiration, history and hope, as well as to collate experience and the interaction of cultures.

Images at top: work by Paulo Kapela, via designboom 

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Above: António Olé assemblage from Universes in Universe and Berlin installation-in-progress via ỌFỌDUNKA 

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Above: work by Kiluanji Kia Henda, via Enchufada.com and teodoro não vás ao sonoro 

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Above: work by Yonamine, via Artthrob

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Above: art inspired by Angola from UK artist John Keane.

Check out initiatives initiatives like Luanda, Smooth and Rave. You can also still catch the Trienal in Luanda, until the 19th of December. An event to promote Angolan culture, you can expect 196 theatre projects, 28 fashion events, cinema, dance, music and more.