Monthly Archives: May 2016

An introduction to African rock and metal music

Most people won’t think of African countries when they think of metal music. Yet the much overlooked genre has many fans across the continent and numbers are growing slowly but steadily. Documentaries like “Terra Pesada,” which looks into the youth of Mozambique’s heavy metal scene, and “Death Metal Angola,” a similar examination into Angolan death… Read More

Are 200 Zimbabwean women on death row in China?

According to recent reports from a Zimbabwean parliamentary committee on Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development, around 200 Zimbabwean women are on death row in China. This was revealed at the country’s National Assembly by member Cde Beata Nyamupinga who informed that there were more than 1,000 Zimbabweans in Chinese prisons, most of them women.… Read More

Toronto International Film Festival will focus on Lagos this year

A testament to the growing recognition of Nigerian cinema, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced that this year’s City to City program, will focus on Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. According to City to City’s curator and Artistic Director of TIFF Cameron Bailey, Lagos is a unique city that is “vital, complex, and inspiring.”  … Read More

Meet Alikiba, the Tanzanian musician you need to know

Alikiba has become the first East African to sign a deal with Sony Music Entertainment. He is apparently the international recording label’s second major signing in Africa; last year, Sony signed Nigerian superstar Davido to much excitement, as well. Alikiba is the stage name of Ali Saleh Kiba, the 29-year-old Tanzanian singer, songwriter, and artist… Read More

The Internet is buzzing over “Queen of Katwe”

The trailer for the anticipated “Queen of Katwe” was recently released to the pleasure of many people across social media platforms. Directed by Mira Nair, the dynamic Indian filmmaker, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Disney and ESPN films. It stars Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, and Madina Nalwanga as the titular Queen of Katwe.  … Read More