Art

How rumba and benga influenced each other

On any given Sunday on the streets of an East African town, a Congolese sound moves the crowd. Its tunes and rhythms have ruled Africa for decades and permeated African music so deeply that they now define it. Although the Congolese sound is now arguably one of the biggest musical influencers in East Africa, it too has been heavily influenced by various African genres, most notably Kenya's benga. ...Read More

C’EST LA VIE!

I saw a dead body for the first time when I was six. The woman who lived across the street had been shot by her lover, a policeman. At the time, this was confusing to me, as I had been told the police were there to protect us. I was too young to comprehend it though. Fast forward, years later at 19 one of my friends was stabbed to death by her boyfriend. She had reported the abuse against her to the police and had been given a restraining order. I have no idea how that piece of paper was supposed to protect her. It ultimately did not. ...Read More

#Mandela100: Cape Town unveils new Madiba statue

The iconic moment in which Nelson Mandela gave his first speech as a free man in February 1990 has been captured in a new monument at the Cape Town City Hall. ...Read More

AFRIMMA releases 2018 nominees

The organisers of the annual African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) have announced nominees ahead of this year’s edition. ...Read More

Botswana ensemble set to wow Broadway

Gaborone - Botswana's traditional music ensemble, I Love Botswana, is headed for the biggest theatre stage in the world, Broadway in New York, where they will perform at the Battery Dance Festival next month. ...Read More

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