Interregional Festival (IRF) 2010, July 16-17, TZ

IRF

This year's Interregional Festival takes place in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania:

16-17 July @ TaSUBa in Bagamoyo
18 July @ Makumbusho Cultural Center in Dar es Salaam (the "chill-out concert")

With something for everyone, the festival will feature artists from Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as special guests from around the world.

It's all about youth empowerment as all performers are under 25. Drawing crowds in the six figures, this festival is "most renowned for its celebration of African heritage, whether pop or rock, jazz or reggae, all artists showcased at the festival pulsate a spirit and feel that is undoubtedly African."

Check out the festival blog for more info. And if you're in TZ, I'd love to see your pictures and to hear how it goes!

Comoros independence day

The Comoros celebrates its independence today. Consisting of four islands in an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, between the mainland Africa and Madagascar, the island has a diverse history and culture with African, Asian and European influences.

A matriarchal society still survives in the Comoros and in celebration of independence and sisterhood, here are the vocal stylings of Comorian women:

 

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Malawi independence day

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Malawi celebrates its independence day today.

I remember going to an Afrolution event a few years back. The show was totally taken away by Malawi's own MC, Kimba 'chellam' Mutanda. I absolutely love his clever track "Dearest Child" (listen to it on his myspace page). You can read an interview with Kimba on Mmalawi Blog, "the Ultimate Infotainment Directory." Here's a snippet of his lyrical stylings:

I came across another interesting artistic talent from Malawi, Samson Kambalu. You can read more here and here about his thought-provoking interactive installations and experience holyballism for yourself on his website. Kambalu is also author of an autobiographical book, The Jive Talker: Or, How to get a British Passport, one of the Sunday Telegraph's Books of The Year, 2008.

Check out the Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi, this October. An award winning festival, it brings international talents together with local artists and helps to promote the arts, tourism and development in Malawi. This year's line up includes: The Noisettes, Peter Mawanga, Sally Nyundo, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly., Tinashe, Eddy Temple-Morris, John McClure, Afrikan Boy, Goldierocks and more. The festival is powered by volunteers so you can get involved and experience this great event and beautiful lake-side setting.

Image at top: Samson Kambalu signing his Sunny Side Up silkscreen prints, available at the Jealous Print Studio.

Somalia Independence Day

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The Republic of Somalia was formed 50 years ago today when the former British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland territories united. 

While Somalia is often associated with conflict, piracy and the breakdown of the state, its cultural ambassadors have been busy creating alternative expressions of and insights on the nation.

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Burundi Independence Day

Today in 1962, Burundi became independent from Belgium. To celebrate, we're sharing the sounds of the Royal Drummers of Burundi. Playing traditional rhythms honouring the sacredness of the drum, the Drummers have brought attention to Burundi, a nation that is rarely talked about.

A multi-generational percussion ensemble, the Royal Drummers of Burundi, or Les Tambours de Burundi are globally renowned with their music having inspired the likes of Adam Ant and Joni Mitchell as well as the creation of the WOMAD festival in 1982. 

 

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DRC Independence Day

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 The Democratic Republic of Congo celebrates its independence today. Situated at the heart of Africa, the DRC shares borders with the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Angola. No wonder it's such a vibrant melting pot of cultures, arts and style! 

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