I'm very pleased to bring you this interview with musician Ntjam Rosie, whose beautiful music (and fabulous style) has graced the blog before. Ntjam has an impressive 4 albums under her belt: Atouba, the fantastic Elle, Live at Grounds and her latest release from this year – At the Back of Beyond.
Ntjam talks about the importance of being grounded, of taking the time to hone your craft and of persistence. I can't agree with her more that nothing (worth having) comes easy!
10 African artists from PUMA.Creative's Creative Africa Network were commissioned to design their national football team's kit. Countries represented include Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa and Togo.
Read more about the exercise and the artists' inspiration over on Design Week. I was particularly amused by the apparent fact that initial designs were toned down due to FIFA regulations that "decorative elements are not allowed to dominate playing equipment."
Exhibition ends 30th November.
Images: Senegal shirt (left) and Namibia shirt, via Design Week (see more here).
Having a parent from Tanzania and a parent from Kenya, I had two reasons to celebrate this week with both countries commemorating independence. The celebrations on the blog were visual – with photos taken by myself, in various parts of Tanzania and, beautiful visions of Nairobi from Mutua Matheka.
I would love to hear how all of you in, and from, Tanzania and Kenya marked your Uhuru and Jamhuri Days. I hope that they were opportunities for remembering, gratefulness, unity, solidarity and significantly, optimism. Mama Lucy, an inspiring change-maker in Tanzania, asks a poignant question: "What have we done within those years [since independence] for change?"
It's so easy for us, as individuals, to reiterate this question and look towards our leaders for answers (that will probably not be very forthcoming!). But the question I would like to ask is: what are we each doing for ourselves, our communities and our countries? Individuals like Mama Lucy are proof that we each have the power to effect positive change in our communities. Let's start by imagining it …
Here is a round-up of all of last week's posts, in case you missed anything:
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Next week, look out for:
Quote of the week
Inspiration from Senegalese artistic techniques
Afri-love on Etsy
Inspiration from South Africa with a Greek twist
More album art (There's so much inspiration to draw from that I'm making this a monthly installment)
TGIF! Mali meets Cuba
Have a fantastic week! Be proud, be inspired and be thankful.
Imagined by Cameroonian-born, globe-trotting Interior Designer/Industrial Designer/Artist, Serge Mouange, Wafrica is a creative response to globalization. Beginning with two "ancient, strong and sophisticated identities," Japan and Africa, Wafrica seeks to show the positive opportunities presented by their interaction. Rather than homogenization and the forgetting or abandoning of identities, Mouange believes that the juxtaposition of different identities can form "a new and enlightened international consciousness."
Celebrating Cameroon's Unification Day (marking independence from the UK) and continuing the Afri-love interview series that began this week, today – featuring Cameroonian musician, Muntu Valdo. Writing his own music since the age of 15, Muntu has developed a unique style he calls the Sawa Blues. Here's a little about the man behind the enchanting, sincere, soulful music …