Browsing: Africa

Thirty-five thousand. That’s how many people, as of fall 2018, have died in the Mediterranean trying to enter the European Union since 2000. 35,000 people – at least.

Founded in 2002 by Ntone Edjabe, the Cape Town, South Africa-based platform of writing, art and politics has many formats.

Togo, Cameroon, Tanzania, Namibia: The five-part documentary series (the intro linked here forms the first part) visits the areas on the African continent formerly colonized by Germany by force.

The duo consists of Ghanaian and Ghanaian-Romanian musicians M3nsa and Wanlov the Kubolor. They do “Gospel Porn” – making them, in their own words, “the most celebrated Ghanaian music duo in the world due to their most unconventional way of entertaining with ingeniously tasteful shock lyrics, revolutionary performance art & indulgent progressive sounds.”


The album by Daniel Mburu Muhuni and Sven Kacirek is subtitled A Sonic Anthropology and tells the story of the impact of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) in 11 tracks consisting of interview excerpts with smallholder farmers, activists and local politicians as well as various sound tracks.

In this literary essay, Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, drawing on an interview with Senegalese musician and politician Youssou N’Dour, tells of colonialism and learning to swim, of politics and poetry, of music and essentialist understandings of culture and identity.

The online show, a mix of rap video and news format invented by rappers Keyti and Xuman, has been around since 2013. Meanwhile, various Senegalese musicians* present national and international themes, mostly in Wolof and French.

“Call Me Kuchu” is the title of a documentary by Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright about the struggles of the LGBT community in Uganda.

Since the end of 2016, the multiple award-winning novel “Riwan oder der Sandweg” by Senegalese author Ken Bugul has also been available in German.