Drum Magazine

This article by Journey Man TV talks about the South African magazine, Drum, which was published in the 1950s. Drum was a ‘black magazine in a white world’ and represented many positive things to the Blacks of South Africa living in a dark era – culture, community and much more. “’Drum’ magazine pulsated with music, life and…

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Les Sapeurs De Congo

Most people who have watched Solange Knowles ‘Losing You’ music videos will probably be familiar with The Sapeurs of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The video, along with the beautiful pictorial diary called Gentlemen of Bakongo by photographer Daniele Tamagni, is one of the most recent mediums that have helped bring this interesting Congolese subculture…

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Wangari’s Trees of Peace

As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something—and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own…

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A Guide to Birds of East Africa

A Guide to Birds of East Africa is a lovely novel set in contemporary Kenya about competition, love and wildlife and undertones of politics. “For the past three years, the widower Mr. Malik has been secretly in love with Rose Mbikwa, a woman who leads the weekly bird walks sponsored by the East African Ornithological…

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Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is an interesting story by Lola Shoneyin of a polygamous home headed by Baba Segi. When Baba Segi takes on a fourth wife who doesn’t fit in, the family is almost shattered as her barrenness threatens to expose a long-kept family secret. The novel grips you from the very…

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Kinshasa Symphony – A Documentary

“Kinshasa Symphony” shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world have managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever invented: a symphony orchestra. It is a film about the Congo, about the people of Kinshasa and about music. Kinshasa Symphony is a documentary directed…

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Asa Apps

Asa is a range of mobile applications developed by Genii Games that are ‘aimed at promoting and preserving the African culture in its richness”. The apps are targeted at kids aged 1 – 12 years, but I certainly won’t be ashamed if you catch me with one of the apps on my phone. Asa gives…

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