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Down the footpath

Emmanuel Iduma in conversation with photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi On a number of occasions, Akinbode Akinbiyi has said he moves quickest on foot. He says this when regarding his life as a photographer working in major African cities. Yet “quickest” contrasts with the rhythm of his work – he spends years, sometimes decades, working on a […]

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Home is where the music is

Hugh Masekela (talking to Mothobi Mutloatse) I remember we use to live on isinkwa. When we saw musicians eating fish and chips and being drunk in the streets of Johannesburg you could tell that something had been put on wax. (Laughs). We are laughing now but it’s a sad thing y’know. Gallo makes millions of […]

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Meeting Marti, Neruda and Langa in the streets…

Amabhulu amnyama andenzel’ i-worry, Amabhulu amanyama andenzel’ i-worry andenzel’ indlala (White-blacks are the source of my worries; white-blacks are responsible for my poverty), Andile Mngxitama remembers the song, was sung at a march of the Landless Peoples Movement (LPM) in the streets Umtata in 2002. Gauteng Wednesday. About 3000 landless people marched to 30 Simmonds […]

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Felasophy Through the Years: Fond Recollections of Fela Kuti

by Tunde Giwa Growing up in post civil-war Kaduna, Northern Nigeria, in the early seventies, I had been vaguely aware who Fela Kuti was when he led a band called Koola Lobitos. But it was not until my mother brought home a copy of the monster hit ‘Jeun K’oku’ and put it at the very […]

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No Congo, No Technology

Post-disciplinary artist, Maurice Mbikayi, was born in Kinshasa, in 1974. His country of birth, Democratic Republic of Congo, is the world’s largest producer of Coltan – a key ingredient in many electronic devices. Mbikayi’s work – built from remnants of discarded computer parts, “junk technology” and other materials – asks deeper questions about the networks […]

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