MUSIC MONDAY: “Blackman Know Yourself” – Celebrating Afrobeat (LISTEN)

[Photo credit: Fela Kuti by Leni Sinclair / Getty Images] The roots of Afrobeat began in Ghana during the early 1920s. When musicians incorporated influences like the foxtrot and calypso with Ghanaian rhythms like osibisaba (Fante). Nigerian artists later solidified the Afrobeat groove in the late ’60s led by Fela Kuti. The sound is a complex fusion of jazz, funk, soul, Ghanaian highlife, psychedelic rock and traditional West African chants and rhythms. This playlist features Kuti, his longtime collaborator Tony Allen, and his sons Femi and Seun. Plus The Funkees,…

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Four ancient African languages – older than English – but spoken till this day

By some counts, there are more than 3,000 African languages although most linguists on the continent and other places believe the number goes just a little beyond 2,000. All the same, linguistic evolution on the continent has been taking place for over 5,000 years. Some of the languages that were used by the ancestors of old are no more spoken. Extinct languages aside, the continent can still boast of some of the oldest spoken languages in the world. Of course, this is connected to the fact that Africa is the…

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Black Twitter Slams Chance The Rapper For Suggesting Kanye West As Better President Than Biden

Source: Rich Fury / Getty Chance the Rapper opened up the week by questioning whether Kanye West was a better presidential candidate than Joe Biden, and Black Twitter didn’t take too kindly to him mentioning the two in the same sentence. Despite missing the deadline for getting his name on ballots in many states, West announced that he’s running for president on the Fourth of July. This week, Kanye released a new song tentatively called “DONDA” named after West’s deceased mother Donda West. He tweeted out an accompanying music video…

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Zindzi Mandela, Youngest Daughter of Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Dead at 59

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of anti-apartheid activists Nelson and Winnie Mandela, died early this morning, Monday, July 13, at age 59. The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation announced her passing on Monday morning, per CNN. Mandela reportedly died in a Johannesburg hospital. Zindzi Mandela, youngest daughter of Nelson Mandela, is dead at 59 years old. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images) “Zindzi will not only be remembered as a daughter of our struggle heroes, Tata Nelson and Mama Winnie Mandela, but as a struggle heroine in her own…

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Innovate Your Business Model: Fulfilling A Societal Need For Financial Inclusion

Leadership lessons from Africa’s trailblazers By Mutsa Chironga, Georges Desvaux, and Acha Leke James Mwangi, CEO of Kenya-based Equity Bank, built the company with one core purpose in mind: to solve the social problem of lack of access to financial services. Equity Bank was born out of Mwangi’s turnaround of a then-small Kenyan building society, which was converted into a commercial bank in 2004. Today, it has more than 12 million clients in six countries across East and Central Africa, as well as nearly $5 billion in assets and reported pre-tax profits…

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Top 5 Safari Destinations In Africa You Should Visit

Are you an avid camper? Are you looking forward to a thrilling and truly exhilarating camping adventure? If your answers are yes, you’re reading the right post! Over the next few sections, we will provide a detailed guideline about the top 5 safari spots in Africa. Yes, since Africa is a heaven for campers, we will mainly focus on the best safari adventures on the continent. So, keep reading to know every little detail about the kind of camping experience that you always looked forward to. Maasai Mara – Kenya…

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The Art Project – Making Dance Permanent

More than 40 artists are collaborating in a group exhibition which opens at the Agog Gallery in Maboneng on Thursday 25 July. The exhibition, The Art Project #EST.1978, is being held in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the professional dance company and training academy, Moving Into Dance. Each work on the exhibition has been inspired by images from the dance company photographic archive, which has trained generations of talented youth and produced award-winning choreographers, dancers, artsadministrators, teachers and performing artists, as well as 23 dance companies which perform around the world. The image archives which inspired the works, trace this intrepid, garage-based non-profit from 1978 when it was immersed in cultural resistance with mixed race…

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