The eclectic and critically acclaimed London African Music Festival returns for an 11th instalment, running from September 13th – 22nd, across 11 venues.
From Congolese soul to Senegalese rap; from Somali poet to Cuban band; afrobeat, jazz, blues and more. Seriously, it's going to be a hectic 10 days!
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Africa- and Diaspora-related events spanning Kenya, the UK and Switzerland. What's happening where you are this month?
Kultura Film Club – Nights of Ethnographic Films
City: London, UK
Venue: Passing Clouds
This week's installment of the Film Club features two short films about rhythm, negotiating identities, dance and belonging, including Temporary Sanity by Dan Brunn. The film tells about Jamaica’s dance music culture in New York and especially about the versatile disc jockey Skerrit Bwoy. Originally from St. Johns, Antigua, the youngster migrated to Bronx, New York in the mid 1990’s. Clubbing at a very young age, and hanging out on Creston Avenue, it did not take him long to fit into the fast pace life of the city. Skerrit Bwoy burst on the international dancehall scene this year, with his sound system Ghetto Life that he has molded into becoming an award winning sound that was crowned as 2005 – 2006 “Bronx Sound of The Year.”
Vibes and Pressure Shubeen featuring Natty, Tinashe and The Skints
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Every August, Edinburgh, Scotland is taken over by 100s (maybe 1000s) of arts and cultural events courtesy of various festivals. These include the Edinburgh International Festival and more famously, the incredibly diverse Edinburgh Festival Fringe – claiming to be "the largest, and greatest, arts festival in the world". There's just one week of this year's programme left but I thought I'd round up some of the Africa-related events to whet your appetite for the possibilities next year.
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This month, there's a theme to the selection of album covers: Putumayo! Putumayo World Music is a label that was established to introduce people to the music from cultures around the world. The company's motto? "Guaranteed to make you feel good". Indeed, that's exactly what the vibrant album covers, illustrated by Nicola Heindl, do.
Above are just a few covers from the extensive Putumayo catalogue. Left to right, top to bottom: Cape Verde, North African Groove, African Reggae, Mali, Congo to Cuba and South African Legends.
With AfroCubism, Mali meets Cuba and a new sound is born.
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This is the nth post showcasing album art. I can't help it – I keep coming across great album cover designs. Here's the December round of inspiration.
This installment, top row: Eritrea's Got Soul by Asmara All Stars and King of the Kora: An Introduction by Toumani Diabate. Middle row: Tres Tres Fort by Staff Benda Bilili and Next Step … Soweto: Vols 1-3 by various artists. Bottom row: Afrocubism by Afrocubism and Beginner's Guide to African Funk by various artists.