Visions of Renegades

Frank Marshall’s exhibition, Visions of Renegades, shows us an interesting and surprising side of Africa. Who would have thought that there was a heavy metal sub-culture tucked away in Botswana? To be honest, I’ve known about this exhibition for a while before deciding to post it. Heavy metal on Africans is not something you see…

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Dance the Azonto

Fewer dance styles than the Azonto have taken Africans by storm. It has evolved from tiny fishing communities in Ghana, to Ghanian streets and clubs, to West Africa, and the world. The Azonto is actually (well, originally) used to tell the story of your occupation. Now though, it has grown a lot bigger than that,…

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Iman

Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid is the Somalian supermodel that took the world by storm and paved the way for African supermodels. She was born in Somalia but in her early life lied in both Egypt and Kenya were she read political science. In case you couldn’t guess from her name, she’s Muslim and believe it or…

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Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is said to be the largest waterfall in the world. It’s located between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and visitors from either side can easily purchase visas at the borders of the falls. It is said that the first European to lay eyes on the falls named it in honor of Queen Victoria. But before…

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The Books on Quasi’s Shelf

I recently came across an image by the talented photographer Quasimotto of a pile of books on African culture. I got me curious about these literature. A little research on the titles uncovered synopsis of some of the books. I’ve bookmarked a few to find and read. The books range from black beauty, traditional wear…

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The Dinka Corset

The Dinka tribe of Southern Sudan have been inspiring the global fashion scene since the ‘90s with their renowned Dinka corset. The first notable appearance the Dinka corset had was in Christian Dior’s 1997 campaign. Here’s a little background about the corset. The Dinka corset, traditionally called the Manlual, is worn by men to indicate…

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Sarafina (1992)

The plot of Sarafina centers on students involved in the Soweto Riots, in opposition to the implementation of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in schools. The character Sarafina (Leleti Khumalo) feels shame at her mother’s (Miriam Makeba) acceptance of her role as domestic servant in a white household in apartheid South Africa, and inspires…

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