Ayer echaron una mano de 100.000 millones de euros a España (esperemos que no al cuello).
Las especulaciones sobre lo que se nos viene encima sin embargo, no deberían impedirnos disfrutar de un día soleado como este. Y qué mejor manera de hacerlo que con esta banda sonora: Afrofunk in Abidjan 1976-1981.
Tired of everyone – including some rather awkward choices – attempting to rebrand, write about, speak for Africa(ns)? If so, here’s an antidote:
Word on the street: is an independent project started by Amil Shivji that puts the spotlight on Tanzanian citizens and their opinions on everyday issues. It is a weekly series that offers us an insight into what the common Tanzanian citizen has to say.
On this (the second) episode, Demere Kitunga, a publisher at Soma Book Cafe talks about what 50 years of independence means to her and where Tanzania is now.
You can suscribe to the series here. Sigue leyendo
Malawian-British group The Very Best have just released a video (shot in Nairobi) for their single ‘Yoshua Alikuti’, from their upcoming album ‘MTMTMK’ (out on 17 July).
Michael Kiwanuka, mitad británico, mitad ugandés es el ganador del BBC Sounds of 2012
¡Feliz fin de semana a todo el mundo!
First, happy new year everyone!
And now, let’s start looking at what may be worth paying attention for 2012. I will shortly write a detailed post looking at political trends that may be important this year, but in the meanwhile, here’s a cultural note.
The azonto dance is becoming hugely popular in Ghana (I first learnt about it a few weeks ago, when a Malawian high school friend staying there posted on Facebook the video below, and said it was the craze there). And it seems it’s also increasingly popular online. So will azonto take over the dance world in 2012?
Nando’s commercial (South Africa). Anuncio de Nando’s (Sudáfrica).
Thanks to my friend Sylvi. Gracias a mi amiga Sylvi.
Oscar Escudero, editor de Africaneando, acaba de publicar en FP en español una reseña sobre el último libro de Patrick Chabal “África: la política de sufrir y reír”, publicado por oozebap. Tanto la reseña (disponible en su totalidad aquí) como el libro están genialmente escritos, y el último constituye una muy necesaria aoprtación al estudio de la realidad africana en España.
Este es un extracto del texto de Oscar: Sigue leyendo
South African hip-hop band Die Antwoord, who have become hugely popular among hipsters all around world through their videos and aesthetics, have a new video: “Fok Julle Naaiers” (“Fuck all you”), from forthcoming album “Ten$ions”.
In this song their use of the word “faggot” has led to a costly divorce with Interscope label. But, as DJ Ninja explains in a video, this does not mean Die Antwoord are homophobic – DJ Hi Tek who uses the work in the song is himself gay. See the video here, complete with an “interesting” show of to use the word “Simunye”.
In any case, “Fok Julle Naaiers” is quite a dark and creepy video, in which all kind of insects crawl on the members faces and even their mouth. The last question I have, is what exactly means the “Viva ANC” graffitti next to the drawing of a man with a huge penis… Any ideas?
FOK JULLE NAAIERS from Die Antwoord on Vimeo.
October, which is nearly over, is celebrated as Black History Month, in the United Kingdom, where I lived for a few years and learnt of this event.
To celebrate this, I am posting below a video-clip of Burkinabe MC Art Melody, which Tom Devriendt shared yesterday at AIAC. The song, titled “L’ébène est dans le noir” (The ebony is in the dark), starts with Sarkozy’s infamous quote about Africans “not having fully entered into history” and goes on to reflect on the situation of Africa, a result of their leaders corrupt actions. I found the video captivating, as it is made up of different representations of black and African people across time – through movies, documentaries and cartoons).
Enjoy the video and I hope you’ve had a good Black History Month (and if not there are a few days left to do so)!
Some weeks ago, I blogged about DJ Cleo’s “Facebook” videoclip; here’s another example of a music song inspired by a social network, this time is South African duo Liquideep, inspired by BBM (which gained a great deal of notoreity in this summer’s London riots).
Found this thanks to my friend Marianne.
Enjoy your Saturday afternoon!