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New Album: Angelique Kidjo SINGS with the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg - Malaika

"Angelique Kidjo SINGS with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with Gast Waltzing" wins the Grammy for Best World Music album!
"I want to dedicate this Grammy to all the traditional musicians in Africa, in my country, and all the young generation, the new African music, vibrant, joyful music that comes from my continent that you have to get yourself to discover. Africa is on the rise. Africa is positive. Africa is joyful. Let's get together and be one through music and say no to hate and violence through music. Thank you"
" Je veux dédier ce Grammy á tous les musiciens traditionnels en Afrique et dans mon pays. Et aussi à la nouvelle generation, la nouvelle musique africaine qui est joyeuse et qui vient de mon continent. Il faut la découvrir. L'Afrique est en marche, elle est positive. Regroupons nous et refusons la haine et la violence grâce à la musique. Merci"

 

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Le boom événementiel de l'art contemporain africain

Le boom événementiel de l'art contemporain africain | My Africa is... | Scoop.it

L’Occident vibre de nouveau pour la création africaine. Cette fois, il ne s’agit pas d’art premier mais d’art contemporain : foisonnant, désarçonnant, plus que jamais dans son temps. Et depuis deux ans, les événements autour de cet art se multiplient à Paris, Londres ou New York. L’art africain serait-il du nouveau chic ?

Certains ne s’y sont pas trompés... Passion ou créneau porteur, galeries, foires et salons se multiplient sous l’intitulé « art contemporain africain ». Un art passé de l’anecdotique à l’avant-gardisme… Et si l’effervescence semble nouvelle, les premières tentatives ne datent pas d’hier.

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Maroc : 120 salles de cinémas fermées mais intactes

Maroc : 120 salles de cinémas fermées mais intactes | My Africa is... | Scoop.it
L’exposition photographique « CinéMaroc », à Paris, dévoile la richesse du patrimoine que représentent les salles de cinémas au Maroc. Les salles fermées restent en l’état des années sans être détruites ou transformées.
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Superbe restitution photographique par Stephan Zaubitzer !

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Afrique - Germaine Acogny, elle fait danser le continent

Afrique - Germaine Acogny, elle fait danser le continent | My Africa is... | Scoop.it
Véritable pionnière dans la diffusion de la danse africaine à travers le monde, Germaine Acogny revient sur son parcours de vie peu commun.
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Puissante Germaine Acogny !

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L'AFRIQUE FACE A ELLE-MEME

L'AFRIQUE FACE A ELLE-MEME | My Africa is... | Scoop.it
Six chefs d'Etat africains, Macky Sall, Ibrahima Boubacar Keïta du Mali, Ali Bongo Ondimba du Gabon, Boni Yayi du Bénin, Faure Gnassingbé...
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en attente d' "une solidarité nationale et continentale agissante et vibrante autour de nos valeurs et de nos convictions, en direction de tous les pays qui subissent la folie meurtrière du terrorisme comme c'est le cas au Nigeria, au Niger, au Cameroun, au Kenya, etc." Vieux Savané.

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70,000 year-old African settlement unearthed | Past Horizons

70,000 year-old African settlement unearthed | Past Horizons | My Africa is... | Scoop.it

During ongoing excavations in northern Sudan, Polish archaeologists have discovered the remains of a settlement estimated to 70,000 years old...


Via musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, Voix Africaine
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Music: When women turn the tables

Music: When women turn the tables | My Africa is... | Scoop.it
Women DJs are adding spice to the mix in clubs across the continent. The Africa Report meets four pioneers who are changing perceptions as they stir it up behind the decks.

From Dakar to Durban, DJs have long been mixing music for the dancefloor, blending the best of South African quaito music with Angolan kuduru, Tunisian hip-hop and the hottest sounds emerging from Kinshasa, London and New York.

At nightclubs, fashion shows and dance parties across the continent, DJs are the essential ingredient for getting the crowd on its feet. But in most African countries DJing remains a male-dominated world where women have to fight to be considered equal.

Happily this is changing. DJettes or DJanes, as they are sometimes called, are on the rise.

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Driss Ouadahi - Grand Prix Senghor DAK'ART 2014

Driss Ouadahi - Grand Prix Senghor DAK'ART 2014 | My Africa is... | Scoop.it
Unter uns (Entre nous) : 200 x 300 cm, huile sur toile, 2014, Courtesy de l'artiste.

Né à Casablanca, au Maroc, de parents algériens en 1959, Driss Ouadahi a grandi en Algérie.Il vit et travaille à Düsseldorf (Allemagne). Il a étudié à l’Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts d’Alger avant de s’inscrire à la Kunstakadamie de Düsseldorf dont il est diplômé. L’oeuvre de Ouadahi a été montré dans des expositions personnelles à New York, San Francisco, Düsseldorf, en Allemagne, et en France. Il a également pris part à de nombreuses expositions de groupe, le plus récemment dans Le Retour, 3ème Festival International d’Art Contemporain d’Alger ; Maghreb : Dos Orillas, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid ; L’avenir d’une promesse à la Biennale de Venise 54 ; Biennale du Caire 12 ; CU Art Museum, University of Colarado à Boulder, USA ; Musée Kunstpalas Düsseldorf ; Villa Empain-fondation Boghossian (Bruxelles).

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DAK'ART 2014 - 11ème Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06

DAK'ART 2014 - 11ème Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06 | My Africa is... | Scoop.it

La Biennale de Dakar est née de la volonté de l’Etat du Sénégal et des artistes du pays qui, depuis les années 70, organisent régulièrement des salons d’Art qui mettent à jour les différentes phases de l’évolution de la création artistique contemporaine.
La Biennale de Dakar est relativement jeune. Instituée depuis 1989 avec une première édition dédiée aux Lettres en 1990, elle sera réservée à l’art contemporain lors de la deuxième édition en 1992 avant d’être définitivement consacrée à la création africaine contemporaine à partir de 1996.
La Biennale de 1992 est la première édition de Dak’Art. Elle n’a pas, au départ, accordé la priorité aux artistes africains mais était plutôt soucieuse de favoriser la rencontre d’expériences, de démarches et de discours entre artistes et professionnels de divers horizons et d’apporter ainsi une contribution à la réflexion sur l’art contemporain et à la promotion des artistes africains.

Dak’Art, c’est le grand rendez-vous dédié à l’art africain contemporain. La onzième édition de la Biennale aura lieu du 09 mai au 08 juin 2014 à Dakar, Sénégal et regroupera de nombreux artistes et professionnels des arts visuels de l’Afrique et du monde.

 

Le site web : http://biennaledakar.org/2014/
Téléchargement du dossier de presse http://goo.gl/lN4KDp

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Dak’Art, c’est le grand rendez-vous dédié à l’art africain contemporain. La onzième édition de la Biennale aura lieu du 09 mai au 08 juin 2014 à Dakar, Sénégal et regroupera de nombreux artistes et professionnels des arts visuels de l’Afrique et du monde.

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CCA,Lagos, end of El Anatsui exhibition : Playing with Chance

CCA,Lagos,  end of El Anatsui exhibition : Playing with Chance | My Africa is... | Scoop.it

The Centre for contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to present El Anatsui:Playing with Chance to mark the 70th birthday anniversary of one of Africa’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. The exhibition is shaped primarily through archival material in an attempt to present new insights into the making of his works as well as the development of his career. Through this presentation an array of disparate materials are brought together from his studio, his study and his library including sketchbooks, drawings, letters, exhibition planning and instruction documents, books he reads, books he features in as well as brochures and exhibition publications to which he has contributed especially of Nigerian artists. Also included are a few photographs taken during his and just after his university education in Ghana, videos about him, fragments of the bottle top works ‘salvaged’ from his studio, his chainsaw wood sculptures and his early tray hangings and even a selection of his payslips from the University of Nigeria over a 36 year period. El Anatsui was a consummate teacher who made an indelible mark on his students, many of whom are now enjoying increasing national and internationally visibility. His concerted efforts in encouraging the visibility of female artists is highlighted by inviting three of his former students Nnenna Okore, Lucy Azubuike and Amarachi Okafor to participate in the exhibition.


El Anatsui, Playing with Chance acknowledges his spirit of experimentation and his creativity, and celebrates a dedicated teacher, a committed mentor, a sincere person, a generous man and a quiet leader. In her contribution to his exhibition catalogue A fateful Journey: Africa in the Works of El Anatsui, that toured in  Japan 2010-2011, CCA, Lagos director Bisi Silva asserts,  “He has engaged profoundly with his cultural, political and social history. He has imbued the spirituality of his forefathers. In the final analysis Anatsui stands tall before the ancestors.

 

 

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The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA,Lagos) is an independent non-profit making visual art organisation set up in December 2007 to provide a platform for the development, presentation, and discussion of contemporary visual art and culture. It seeks to create new audiences and to prioritise media such as photography, film and video, performance and installation art which have been under-represented in Nigeria.
It supports, and presents the intellectual and critical work of art and culture practitioners through exhibitions, public programmes especially lectures talks, seminars and screenings as well as through workshops. In addition, it encourages and promotes the professionalisation of art production and curatorship in Nigeria and West Africa collaborating with artists, curators, writers, theorists and national and international organisations.
CCA,Lagos consists of an art space and a visual art library.

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Launching The Women Passion program (WOPA) under the #40Forward initiative | Outbox Hub

Launching The Women Passion program (WOPA) under the #40Forward initiative | Outbox Hub | My Africa is... | Scoop.it
This month, we are excited to launch the Women Passion program (WOPA), an experiential based learning program, supported by Google for Entrepreneurs under the #40Forward initiative, that seeks to train up-to 100 women in programming and entrepreneurship skills.
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WOPA Approach: Have the girls work on projects they love
With our User-centered design approach, the participants will be asked to work on projects they love. Our role will be to support them realise their projects. More to that, we are allowing students in the program to consider their participation in this program as an internship.
Registration is now open to our program. Deadline for applications is 29th March 2014. - http://outbox.co.ug/women-passion-program-registration

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Batonga Foundation | Mission & Vision

Batonga Foundation | Mission & Vision | My Africa is... | Scoop.it

Transforming Africa one girl at a time.
Educate a girl, change the world
The Batonga Foundation exists to empower young women and girls in Africa through secondary school and higher education. We aim to remove the obstacles that prevent or discourage girls from attending school so they can take the lead in transforming Africa!

We are doing this by improving school infrastructure, increasing enrollment, granting scholarships, providing in-kind support and micro loans for scholars’ families, cultivating mentoring and tutoring programs, and advocating for community awareness of the value of education for girls.

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West African singer, songwriter and UNICEF International Goodwill Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo, the woman behind the Batonga Foundation : "Educating girls in Africa gives them the strenght and the tools they need to be the mothers of change."

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The Africa Issue – Contemporary And

The Africa Issue – Contemporary And | My Africa is... | Scoop.it

Several European Magazines have in recent years devoted entire issues to Africa. Whose continent do they portray, wonders Sean O'Toole
by Sean O’Toole

 

Traduction en français : http://www.contemporaryand.com/fr/magazines/the-africa-issue/

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One of the best analyzes I have ever read on the magazines covers about Africa and Contemporary Art.

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Aurion: the mission to create African video-game heroes

Aurion: the mission to create African video-game heroes | My Africa is... | Scoop.it
A Cameroonian developer hopes to ignite Africa’s burgeoning game scene with a rich and fantastical Kickstarter-funded release
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“We want to see Africans playing games designed by Africans, and to create universal stories with universal wisdom. This is just the beginning.” Madiba Guillaume Olivier

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“W.Afate”, What is it the name ?

“W.Afate”, What is it the name ? | My Africa is... | Scoop.it

"It is said that the 3D printer will have upon our society as impact as the Steam invention . A young togolese tech community is may be writing the most beautiful pages full of hopes and promises of this new technological time. The first  “Made in Africa!” and with e-waste 3D Printer is not only an international success story but, with several original programs already driven (#3DprinTogo Conferences; 3Dprint- Cyber- Cafes ; 3DprintEducative, W.Afate to Mars, etc), is now at the heart of what  seems a real vision of development for Africa (the #LowHithTech concept) and ideally embodies the potential of innovation of this continent. We must also emphasize the fact that this project is intimately linked to the ethics of Technology Democracy governing  particular places like  WoeLab and that it would not have been possible without the collective intelligence, logistical and human resources of the community to which belongs to the inventor. W.Afate is a magnificent figure of the power of co-creation spaces and one of the symbols of the contemporary 'Collaborative' and 'Commons' movement."

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de l'imprimante 3D aux cyber cafés 3D ! http://www.woelabo.com/wafate

 

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Contemporary Fine Art from Africa

Contemporary Fine Art from Africa | My Africa is... | Scoop.it
Order your art online and have it delivered anywhere in the world.

 

Guns & Rain is a curated online gallery of work by contemporary fine artists from southern Africa, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. Most of our artists are young and emerging, but some of them are already established. You can order your art online and have it delivered anywhere in the world. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, we’ll help you do an ‘offline’ custom search based on your interests and requirements, which goes beyond what’s just on the website.

In the next five years, seven out of ten of the world’s fastest growing economies are expected to be in Africa, and contemporary African art is increasingly recognised internationally as an investment opportunity.

Founder Julie Taylor is an anthropologist, communications guru, and art entrepreneur, interested in the intersection of technology, the creative spirit and the under-representation of African fine art in the global economy. She was born and raised in Zimbabwe and holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge. She is author of Naming the Land, a book based on her doctoral research about San identity in northern Namibia, and is based in Johannesburg. Before Guns & Rain, Julie ran Google’s communications for Africa.

The name ‘Guns & Rain’ is used with acknowledgement and thanks. It comes from the acclaimed work of South African-born British anthropologist and playwright David Lan, who wrote about guerrillas and spirit mediums in Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle — for its reference to nature, culture, identity, land, struggle, change, and many other important African themes. Guns & Rain is committed to fair, mindful and ethical trade.

What people are saying:
“Thank you again. The whole experience has been great. I will be a returning customer for sure and I’ve already told lots of people about your site” [Claire, in Canada]
“I actually have been in search of a place like this - in all my travels around Africa I have yet to arrive upon a venue for thoughtful representation of contemporary art. Many congratulations” [Andrew, in Washington DC]
“Guns and Rain: thank you so much for the wonderful art. I was delighted to discover that both pieces are even more impressive than the website portrayed them.” [Kateena, in Melbourne]
“My experience was terrific. Keep it up” [Sina, in Washington DC]

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est fan de Guns & Rain online gallery !

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Boubacar Touré Mandémory: Militant Photographer and Urban Senegalese Colorist

Boubacar Touré Mandémory: Militant Photographer and Urban Senegalese Colorist | My Africa is... | Scoop.it
Born in 1956, Boubacar Touré Mandémory is a Senegalese photographer whose work has crossed borders and been exhibited internationally. Highly instrumental in garnering recognition for both photography in his country and the status of Senegal’s photographers, he and other colleagues established the country’s first private photo agency in 1989 and the Dakar Photo Month in the 1990s. Since, he has set up and run collective projects such as “The Backstage Africa Project / L’Envers du Décor”, the aim of which is to bring together photographic gazes focusing on contemporary West African urban issues. In this same spirit, and as part of a residency at Kër Thiossane (an independent art and new technologies research centre in Dakar), he’s currently working with writer Jules Souleymane Ndiaye on the Sicap neighborhood in Dakar, which sprang up in the heyday of Senegalese independence in 1960, and on the historic town of Rufisque. In this interview, [...]
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salue le photographe militant de la réhabilitation et du développement durable de nos cités ! 

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“Yango” – Biennial de Kinshasa

“Yango” – Biennial de Kinshasa | My Africa is... | Scoop.it

Kinshasa finally welcomes its first contemporary art biennale.
Under the theme “avancer“ (forward), the first edition of the biennial “Yango” will raise the question of the expressive features offered by the Congo, a true source of inspiration and a well of ideas and concepts for creators worldwide.
The exhibition, which is curated by Sithabile Mlotshwa, will presents about 20 renowed artists from all over the world.

 

http://yangobiennale.org

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Bienvenue et bon vent à cette nouvelle biennale sur le continent Afrique ! Ousmane Mbaye et Omar Victor Diop (Sénégal) y sont ! 

21 NOVEMBER 2014 - 19 DECEMBER 2014

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Yeelenpix, la start-up qui veut en mettre plein la vue sur l'Afrique !

Yeelenpix, la start-up qui veut en mettre plein la vue sur l'Afrique ! | My Africa is... | Scoop.it
Yeelenpix se veut "la première banque d'images 100 % africaines". Son créneau : réveiller l'Afrique d'aujourd'hui en photos dans la presse.

Via Voix Africaine
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Bravo ! La première banque mondiale d'images sur l'Afrique

http://www.yeelenpix.com/fr

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IAM, magazine intense

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Jeune Afrique
IAM, magazine intense
Jeune Afrique
La presse compte un nouveau venu : IAM, Intense Art Magazine. Un semestriel dédié à la création visuelle en Afrique.

Lancé sur internet à l'occasion de la 11e Biennale d'art contemporain de Dakar par l'agent de représentation artistique Céline Seror et la photographe camerounaise Angèle Etoundi Essamba, IAM, autrement dit l'Intense Art Magazine, a vocation à devenir semestriel dès le mois de septembre. Sur environ 100 pages, ce magazine de qualité vendu 25 euros s'intéressera deux fois par an à la création visuelle d'un pays d'Afrique. Avec un axe bien particulier, la féminité, déclinée tant au travers du travail d'artistes femmes que du regard porté par des plasticiens hommes. Premier pays ausculté : le Cameroun. Devraient suivre le Nigeria et l'Algérie.
le site web du magazine : http://www.iam-africa.com/


Via Elise Atangana
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Lancement du magazine + web magazine  IAM 

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Ten of the Best African Cultural Events

Ten of the Best African Cultural Events | My Africa is... | Scoop.it

For travellers to Africa, the sheer scale and rich cultural diversity of the continent can be daunting. To that end, we've compiled a list of the top 10 cultural events to experience. From FESPACO in Burkina Faso to Mali's Festival in the Desert, we highlight some of the best of Africa's cultural events, including film festivals, art fairs and musical celebrations.

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10 des grands événements culturels en Afrique

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Àsìkò 2014: 4th CCA, Lagos International Art Programme “A History of Contemporary Ar in Dakar in 5 weeks” | Dakar, Senegal

Àsìkò 2014: 4th CCA, Lagos International Art Programme “A History of Contemporary Ar in Dakar in 5 weeks” | Dakar, Senegal | My Africa is... | Scoop.it

2014 Programme in Dakar, Senegal
After two very successful programmes in Lagos, On Independence and The Ambivalence of Promise in 2010 and History/Materiality in 2012, for the first time in 2012 Àsìkò moved to another West African country Accra, Ghana taking on an itinerant characteristic. In 2014 Àsìkò moves to Dakar and intends to go to Mozambique in 2015 as a way of its continuous engagement with the rest of the continent.
In Senegal, CCA, Lagos will collaborate with Synergie Contemporary led by artist and professor Viyé Diba. A dynamic and varied programme will be initiated in collaboration with key organisations and institutions in Dakar including the University of Dakar, Dak’Art Biennale and the city of Dakar.

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"...For the 4th edition of Àsìkò, we intend to move away from a definitive theme towards a more open discursive model that allows the research interests of both the participants and the faculty to be highlighted (...)
(...)Asiko will use the 11th Biennale of Dakar – namely its main international exhibition – as well as the over 150 Dak’Art OFF programmes as the point of departure."

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Criss-Crossing Traces

This is a mini documentary filmed and edited by Kyle Mosler. "Criss-Crossing Traces" is a dance intensive that took place at L'Ecole Des Sables in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal in the summer of 2013. For six weeks I studied traditional and contemporary dance styles that ranged from Patrimonial dances of Ivory Coast to Improvisation courses. 40 artists were brought to the school and as a team we represented six out of the seven continents (sorry Antarctica). This short film was compiled to address the contemporary dance movement that has been moving forward throughout Africa. However as foreigners, the art world in general is leaving African artists out of the equation due to shear ignorance of the knowledge, passion, and fire that contemporary artists and choreographers have stirring within them. These interviews are touch upon the subject of "contemporary African dance" and L'Ecole Des Sables' role in exposing foreigners to the arts and culture of Senegal, but also to expose Africa to the rest of the world. By crossing our paths - that is to say, Criss-Crossing out Traces - we built lifelong friendships, collaborators, and most certainly for me, an eye and ear towards the intelligent and striking dance art that African artists are producing.…
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African-based choreographers are producing contemporary work, igniting a fire of passion for the crea- tive process and scholarly analysis in dance. Choreographers of this vast continent are making names for themselves as artists, but are often categorized separately from the rest of the world. Often the work is labeled as “African Contemporary dance”. During a traditional and contemporary dance workshop in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal (summer of 2013), artists expressed to me their concern about the label; most say this is all-inclusive and exclusionary. Forcing artists throughout Africa to identify with a title, which compiles everyone on the continent into one notion, refuses artist’s individuality and ceases the ability to claim a name in the art world. On that note, the concept of anything being “African” is an outsider’s view- point. In contemporary art, the notion of individuality is forefront, but conceptualizing a dance form to be “African Contemporary” eliminates the individuality. The general lack of education about Africa in the 21st century contributes to ideas concerning African-born people. An incessant false perception regard- ing Africa as a whole fosters ignorance. Our general unfamiliarity is giving leeway for foreign societies to generalize the people and the arts of African-based cultures.

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Business Languages In Africa

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"The Main Languages of Business in Africa."


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Kevin Cournoyer's curator insight, May 6, 2015 10:46 PM

This map is a simple but powerful one. Africa is the continent that contains the most nations (53), yet it uses only six languages for business. Not surprisingly, all of the languages (with the exception of Arabic) are European in origin. Clearly, the effects of colonialism are still felt around the world in former colonies. The languages that were forced upon various African countries by their colonizers have endured and become the main languages of business in their respective countries. What is just as unfortunate as the roots of colonialism holding fast, if not more so, is the absence of any indigenous languages being used as the language of business in any of the countries of Africa. While using a business language that is spoken by much of the world is surely a matter of practicality and logistics, it is still robbing African countries of their heritage and culture to some degree.

 

This brings up the issue of globalization and how it is constantly at odds with the preservation of culture and tradition. In order for Africa (or any continent or region or country) to function in the modern world, it must be capable of conducting business in a language that is spoken by its business partners. The ability to do business with virtually any person, company, or country in the world is an obviously invaluable one. At the same time, however, it allows for the subtle and gradual erasure of unique culture and traditions. So while it would be ideal for cultural preservation for countries to conduct business in their indigenous languages, it seems to be a necessary evil for smaller and less influential countries to adopt the languages of their more powerful and influential business partners if they wish to survive in today's world. 

Chris Costa's curator insight, October 29, 2015 4:24 PM

The lingering effects of colonialism, so strongly relevant in every aspect of African ways of life, are perhaps most evident in the "lingua franca" of African nations today. With a multitude of different ethnicities and languages in use in every African nation today, the result of the arbitrarily drawn national borders made by European colonizers, necessitates the use of the one language that's commonly spoken across every independent nation- a European tongue. This system, while a necessity in today's world, is a solution that no one is quite happy with. It reminds Africans of all ages of the power still held by their colonizers over their everyday lives, a stark reminder of the horrors of the previous century at every business meeting and every exchange of goods. This harms the national psyche of each nation, as well as undermining the importance and pride Africans deservedly maintain in their own native languages. European-made borders, however, make it difficult to find another, native language that every ethnic group can agree upon. As a result, the European languages are still in use in Africa, and will most likely still be in use for some time to come. It's a system that no one likes but, for the time being, everyone must accept as reality.

Mark Hathaway's curator insight, October 30, 2015 7:26 AM

This map is a great resource in showing the diversity of language in Africa. Of course, this map discounts the many native African languages. It instead focuses on the language of business in the continent. That language, has been influence by the European colonization of Africa. The chosen language of business is often tied to the colonizer of the region. The diversity of language in Africa is staggering to say the least.  

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“African artists have now taken and secured their seat at the dinner table, invited or not!”

“African artists have now taken and secured their seat at the dinner table, invited or not!” | My Africa is... | Scoop.it

Since the Angola-Golden-Lion-Sensation in Venice we have been approached a lot of times by journalists with that one question:

“So. . . is contemporary African art the next big thing? Can we even call it a HYPE?”

The media’s huge interest in the new “Boom” led us to the idea of, instead of answering that question ourselves, forwarding it to artists, curators, directors, or advisors to ask for their personal opinion on what they think of it:

gawlab's insight:

“So. . . is contemporary African art the next big thing? Can we even call it a HYPE?” 

Our favorite answer from N'Goné Fall, curator and  art critic:

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More than twenty years after the time when the West was stating with no shame that there was no contemporary art in Africa, more than twenty years after a long series of blockbuster exhibitions mostly selling the continent as an exotic brand, twenty years after the birth of landmark magazines such as Third text (London), Revue Noire (Paris) and NKA (New York), it seems that the world has little evolved. As if nothing has been done to knock down all the preconceptions and clichés shadowing the critical discourse produced by African artists, curators, critics, historians and researchers. Contemporary art from Africa had its ‘moment of glory’ in the 1990s. At the turn of the millennium, it was widely accepted and acknowledged that artistic production from Africa was not “authentic”, “traditional” and “nice looking”. It is the voice, the guts and the soul of people who have something to offer theoretically, conceptually, and aesthetically. It is a critical look at all the societies around the world by a group of intellectuals and artists who just happen to be from Africa.

Africa is the “hype”? So sweet. After all, not so long ago they would call it the Dark Continent. I guess we should be grateful to be in the light now, in case somebody did not notice that it has already been the case for a long time…"

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