Contemporary Africa Archives - Page 3 of 9 - We Are Africa
Luanda skyline – via African Business Magazine
05
Mar
2018
WHY ANGOLA WILL BE NEXT

3 -min. read First came Mozambique; then Rwanda; Ethiopia, then Zimbabwe – and Angola is next. Melissa Twigg tells us why this African hotspot is the next in line to see a tourism boom.

26
Feb
2018
AWARD-WINNING AFRICA: HOW BEKS NDLOVU CROSSES BORDERS TO FIND MAGIC

3 -min. read Social entrepreneur, philanthropist, project manager: Beks Ndlovu’s list of accomplishments prove doing well by doing good is the way forward for the African travel industry. A year after his Innovation Awards win, we caught up with him to see how it has impacted his work.

Photo by Pierre Debusschere and styling by Robbie Spencer – via Dazed
07
Feb
2018
HOW DIE ANTWOORD’S ABRASIVE OBSTINANCE CAN SHAPE SUCCESS

3 -min. read 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.

31
Jan
2018
WELCOME TO THE TRIBE: THE ROVER’S AFRICAN DREAM

4 -min. read In the run-up to the much-awaited We Are Africa, we have decided to honour our fantastic new exhibitors for 2018 with a warm shout-out. Up first are the three companies who fulfil and delight every rover’s African fantasies…

Aida Muluneh, Dinkenesh Part One (2016) at David Krut Projects – courtesy of 1:54 / via artnet News
23
Jan
2018
HOW AFRICAN ART FAIRS ARE BRINGING MORE TOURISM TO THE CONTINENT

6 -min. read When just 0.05 per cent of the works shown at Art Basel or the Frieze Art Fair are of African origin, the African-centric 1:54 Art Fair has proved revolutionary in raising the profile of African art outside of the continent, and consequently, in bringing more tourism to Africa. But are region-specific shows excluding Africa from art’s central stage?

22
Jan
2018
PRESERVE TRADITIONS AND EMBRACE CHANGE: SARA OUHADDOU’S BLUEPRINT FOR PROGRESSIVE CULTURAL IDENTITY

3 -min. read 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.

Silver being hand-crafted on Ibo – via Timbuktu Chronicles
10
Jan
2018
HIDDEN TREASURES: THE SILVERSMITHS OF IBO

3 -min. read Delicate filigree jewellery handcrafted in a centuries-old tradition is perhaps the last thing you’d expect to find on a far-flung Mozambican island… Richard Holmes discovers the famous silversmiths of Ibo.

Black Mambas – by Julia Gunther
01
Dec
2017
IS THIS THE NEW FACE OF CONSERVATION?

8 -min. read With a few exceptions, conservation has traditionally been seen as a man’s world. However, an emerging generation of determined African women are flipping the script and bringing new solutions to Africa’s conservation challenges. Diana Odero and Olivia Squire meet a few of these pioneers.

Fragments by Aida Muluneh – courtesy of David Krut Projects
01
Dec
2017
AFRICA’S CREATIVES ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES

6 -min. read 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.

29
Nov
2017
OPENING SKIES: FASTJET ARE THE FIRST TO JUMP ON BOARD MOZAMBIQUE’S NEW AIR POLICY

3 -min. read After years upon years of slow, non-sensical restrictions on air traffic in Africa, Mozambique has become the first to to loosen the reigns on their air policy –
and Fastjet was the first in line to cross over the border: a change which will, with luck, help pave the way towards a brighter, more convenient future for African travel.

29
Nov
2017
HIT THE STREETS

4 -min. read High-end travel in Africa might be fabulous, but without venturing outside of their hotel, travellers can be left none-the-wiser to the cool happenings around and about in today’s contemporary Africa. For the real deal, get them to lace their boots and book their spot on one of these top-notch urban street tours across Africa.

27
Nov
2017
TACKLING THE MILLENNIAL MARKET: SHARE THE AFRICAN LOVE, THEN SHARE IT ON INSTAGRAM

3 -min. read Richard Holmes spoke to Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, a thought leader in destination marketing, about the importance – and impact – of millennial travellers in Africa.

Kiluanji Kia Henda
27
Nov
2017
THE ANGOLAN ARTIST CELEBRATING CHAMPIONS OF CULTURE AND CHANGE

4 -min. read 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.

17
Nov
2017
MARRYING FOOD AND WINE: THE RISE OF SOMMELIER

4 -min. read Sommeliers have emerged as the new rock stars of the African F&B industry: Richard Holmes picks the brains of a few rising stars for their take on wine and the vital place it holds alongside meals at the dinner table.

A traveller paints a mural on a township art tou
15
Nov
2017
TELLING THE STORIES UNTOLD

6 -min. read In the run-up to We Are Africa 2017, Katie Palmer introduced the latest inspiring projects to feature in the Untold Stories initiative: Township Art Tours and Sangha Lodge.

14
Nov
2017
EXPLORING BEYOND BEAUTIFUL BEACHES: ART IN MOZAMBIQUE

3 -min. read There’s more to Mozambique than its beautiful beaches: poignant, historic, audacious and awe-inspiring are all words that describe the contemporary art scene in this underrated creative hub that has been somewhat overlooked by the avid sun-bathers visiting these parts.

Plan taking off from St Helena
01
Nov
2017
TOUCHING DOWN ON VIRGIN SOIL: ONLY SIX HOURS TO ST HELENA

3 -min. read The first plane flying to St Helena, promising to be the next worst-kept-secret in the middle of the Pacific, has officially landed. Richard Holmes reports on the exciting preparation taking place on the island to welcome the tourists waiting in line to take their first steps on the island’s shore.

01
Nov
2017
TUNE IN: THREE EMERGING AFRICAN MUSIC GENRES TO WATCH

4 -min. read African music is becoming a force to be reckoned with: with its reach no longer confined to the shores of the Motherland, get better acquainted with three up-and-coming contemporary African music genres that have the power to infiltrate the globe.

Ethio-jazz in Addis Ababa
19
Oct
2017
ADDIS ABABA: HOW THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAVE BOOSTED ETHIOPIA’S CAPITAL

4 -min. read Addis Ababa has undergone a serious makeover overnight: the growth of its buildings, transport system, culture and tourism are off-the-chain. Find out how the Chinese government has contributed to Ethiopian capital’s economic breakthrough.

TOKARA
19
Oct
2017
ART AND THE VINE: HOW THE CAPE WINELANDS ARE SERVING ART ALONGSIDE OF A GLASS OF RED

4 -min. read Art has linked arms with wine on the manicured estates of the Cape Winelands so that two of the greatest pleasures in life can be enjoyed side-by-side. Take a guided tour of the spellbinding collections to be found amongst the grapes.

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