INZORA Rooftop Café
17
Aug
2018
KIGALI KOOL: HOW RWANDA’S CAPITAL IS CHANGING PERCEPTIONS

From speciality coffee to empowered local artisans, James Davidson unpacks up-and-coming Rwanda’s capital and tells us how it is exceeding the expectations of all who encounter it.

Sun Ra
06
Aug
2018
VIRTUAL REALITY

When even maps are biased, James Davidson discovers how a rebellious historian, Afrofuturists and a Marvel superhero can cut through propaganda and prejudice to expose a lie in the name of equality and empowerment.

Chéri Samba, Place de la victoire à Kinshasa/Matonge, 1991, 80 x 100 cm oil on canvas – courtesy of Pascal Polar Gallery, Brussels
27
Apr
2018
HOW DRC’S ARTISTS COULD CHANGE PERCEPTIONS OF THE HEART OF DARKNESS

The DRC has been associated with war as long as we can remember. But its budding artists – and tourist attractions – are adding colour and life to the country’s sombre caricature. James Davidson investigates.

Garbage City by Flickr user: stttijn
29
Mar
2018
THE GARBAGE MEN, THE GIRL, AND THE GOAL

From Coptic Christians in the Greater Cairo Area collecting garbage came the muse for upcycling guru and Egyptian artist dina Amin – and from them both comes the inspiration the hotel industry needs to combat throwaway culture.

Wyld Tea at Dandelyan
23
Feb
2018
TEAM SPIRITS: HOW FINE DINING’S NEW DAWN HAS CHANGED THE FACE OF MIXOLOGY

From theatrics to flavours of brandy with mushrooms and Oloroso with squash, mixology is reaching way beyond the bar. As fine dining pushes its creativity through the roof, the divide between bar and kitchen is growing ever narrower…

Photo by Pierre Debusschere and styling by Robbie Spencer – via Dazed
05
Feb
2018
HOW DIE ANTWOORD’S ABRASIVE OBSTINANCE CAN SHAPE SUCCESS

Sweary and tenacious, relentless and vexing, South Africa has much to learn from hip hop–music duo Antwoord. While enraging as much as they enrapture, they are pioneers in setting your own path and being comfortable in your skin – a sort of cultural originality that should be celebrated, not hidden.

04
Jan
2018
PRESERVE TRADITIONS AND EMBRACE CHANGE: SARA OUHADDOU’S BLUEPRINT FOR PROGRESSIVE CULTURAL IDENTITY

Introducing Sara Ouhaddou, the French-Moroccan artist combining the craft traditions of the Arab and Islamic world with international contemporary culture – an inspiration for African nations in an age of globalisation, showing them to move forward while keeping their own singular identities.

Jana 'Babez' Terblanche – by Paul Ward
08
Dec
2017
JANA ‘BABEZ’ TERBLANCHE IS THE ARTIST FOR A NEW AFRICA, SERIOUSLY

Britney-Spears-obsessed performance artist Jana ‘Babez’ Terblanche deviates from Africa’s historical, same-old narrative, instead moving towards an outrageous feminist statement that unites Africa and the world at large.

Fragments by Aida Muluneh – courtesy of David Krut Projects
17
Nov
2017
AFRICA’S CREATIVES ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES

Fired up on a disdain for the establishment and a spirit of resilience, African creativity has embraced DIY ethics and trodden its own radical path. James Davidson dives into modern Africa’s punk rock rebellion.

Kiluanji Kia Henda
15
Nov
2017
THE ANGOLAN ARTIST CELEBRATING CHAMPIONS OF CULTURE AND CHANGE

The evocative approach of multimedia-talented Angolan artist, Kiluanji Kia Henda, may well be the key to the moving Africa’s image away from the colonial and towards the contemporary: it’s all about spreading word of the past without letting it cloud the now.

© Yinka Shonibare MBE
11
Oct
2017
ARE FAUX-AUTHENTICITY AND AN OUTDATED NOTION OF AFRICANNESS ENDANGERING THE CONTINENT’S NEW AESTHETIC?

Do old notions of ‘Africanness’ and ‘African authenticity’ do justice to the contemporary art forms brewing throughout the Motherland today? Discover the African artists who are challenging the status-quo.

© Musa N. Nxumalo
02
Oct
2017
HOW EMBRACING YOUTH CULTURE CAN OVERCOME UNWARRANTED STEREOTYPES

Musa Nxumalo’s photography is raw and beautiful and free from geographical boundaries. But how are we to move beyond stereotypes and vilification if forward-thinking voices in his own country continue to resist the potency of youth culture?

Larry Achiampong Pan African Flag for the Relic Travellers' Alliance
14
Aug
2017
LARRY ACHIAMPONG’S VISION FOR A NEW PAN AFRICAN IDENTITY

In order to embrace a new positive identity for Africa and its diaspora, it’s important not to sweep difficult conversations under the carpet. Multidisciplinary artist Larry Achiampong shows us all how conversation can promote worthwhile change.

Fabrice Monteiro
18
Jul
2017
FUTURE SHOCK: FABRICE MONTEIRO’S PROPHETIC SPIRITS WARN OF KEEPING COMPLACENT

Belgian-Beninese photographer Fabrice Monteiro’s The Prophecy is an ongoing body of work giving key environmental issues the repulsive makeover they deserve.

08
Jun
2017
GET SWALLOWED UP BY THE DESIGNS OF SOUTH AFRICA’S PORKY HEFER

Singularly African; unashamedly buoyant; and delivering a sanguine shot of unaffected joy, designer Porky Hefer’s work has only just begun.

12
May
2017
JOHANNESBURG ARTIST LADY SKOLLIE USES HUMOUR AS A VEHICLE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

The work of Johannesburg-based activist artist Lady Skollie never errs on flippancy. Her pieces address rape culture, gender polarity and racial inequality.

Sarah Waiswa
13
Apr
2017
INFLUENCING HER OWN UNIQUE PATH: NAIROBI PHOTOGRAPHER SARAH WAISWA

Ugandan-born Sarah Waiswa fled Idi Amin’s brutal regime to make Kenya home; then fled a corporate career to follow her dream of becoming a photographer. James Davidson reflects on why this inspiring young talent makes being an ‘influencer’ something to be proud of.

Mabeo x Patricia Urquiola: Sefefo
16
Mar
2017
MAKING AFRICA: PETER MABEO

Peter Mabeo is the founder of a design brand that harnesses internationally-revered design talent and places it alongside their own homegrown design team.

Danielle Clough
19
Jan
2017
INTERNET SENSATION DANIELLE CLOUGH IS MAKING A RACKET ABOUT CAPE TOWN CREATIVITY

Cape Town creative Danielle Clough encapsulates both the pre- and post-viral world. The craft that she has become known for is as timeless as can be.

Tony Gum
03
Jan
2017
COCA COLA MEETS GLOBAL CULTURE WITH THE COOLEST GIRL IN CAPE TOWN, TONY GUM

A Cape Town blogger turned rising art star, Tony Gum is one of the world’s most exciting young creatives.

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