The faces of African film: Film Africa 2011


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The Polychromatic Afropolitan

Something bright for your weekend, even if it's grey outside (as it is here!). Picking up where we left off with the Afropolitan series.

Modern kuba cloth pattern tablemat by Aphro Chic; Crochet Maasai necklace by Etsy seller ZZAG; Eva Sonaike Faji notebook from the MsAfropolitan online boutique; Maslinda suede fringe necklace; Hand-stitched leather ball key rings from Mali; Woven kente bangles, handmade for Anthropologie by master weavers in Rwanda; Ghanaian Gambibgo pot; "Yoruba" bedding; Handwoven 100% silk scarf, made in Ethiopia, from Aiyda

January installment of African album art: Putumayo


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

Week in review

Lesley-of-Ododo-Originals wir



Ghadames wall design wir


I am fortunate to have spent Christmas with family and friends, eating good home-cooked food and sharing laughter. I hope that all of you who celebrate the holiday had a good one and that all of you who don't and had the opportunity to take a break, had a refreshing day. With just one week until we step into 2011, I find myself putting myself under pressure to properly take stock of the year and plan ahead for the next one. I'm making it a point to keep dragging myself back to the present moment and not stress toooooo much about all the expectations that come with the New Year milestone. We'll see what happens over this coming week though!

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.

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Next week, look out for:

  • Quote of the year
  • A round-up on the 9 most popular posts of the year
  • What satisfies you? I want to know…
  • Sudan Independence Day
  • An end of the year TGIF! special

Have a fantastic final week of 2010. Be proud of all you've learned, discovered and achieved and let it inspire the year ahead!



Images from top: Lesley of Ododo Originals, Khadambi Asalache's house, AfroCubism artists, Ghadames wall art from Libya and Amani ya Juu quilts


December installment of African album art


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.

TGIF! Classic African tunes – West African edition

Following the Southern African and Central African editions, this week it's all about the West! Thanks again for all the recommendations – East and North are next up so, please keep them coming.


 (Frimpong is tooooo funky!)  

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Mali independence day

The Republic of Mali celebrates 50 years of independence today.

Mali, specifically Bamako, is home to the Biennial of African Photography (Rencontres de Bamako – the site is en français and if you don't speak/read French, you can still enjoy the beautiful photos here.) Dubbed by Samuel Sidibé, Délégue Général at last year's event, as "one of the only places for African photography on the international scene," the event brought together 50 photographers and a handful of video artists from around the continent. You can read more about the 8th Biennial, and see more pictures, on the Nafas art magazine  website (in English).

Perhaps more well-known for its music, with musicians carrying on and evolving the griot tradition, below is a taste of Malian music to celebrate today:


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Bamako Art Symposium: 22-30 July 2010


Next week, the Bamako Symposium on the Arts:Tapping Local Resources for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century, will be taking place at the University of Mali, Bamako. 

With the practical acts [workshops, exhibitions, performances and other artistic interventions] and theoretical presentations we aim to promote critical dialogues on the best practices around the world on how the arts as resource feed civilizations in hope that we will generate new initiatives to boost human capital development in Mali in the 21st century. Interestingly, the symposium coincides with the celebration of the fifty year of independence of Mali.

We define the arts broadly to include visual arts, literary arts, performing arts, design, new media/film production, arts history, arts criticism, arts education, arts administration and curatorship, and emerging others. We expect about 200 participants from around the world. The working language of the conference will be French and English.

Any lucky attendees, please share how it goes!

Check out the Nka foundation who are behind the event. "Human capital development through focus on the arts." Now that's what I'm talking about!