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    Africa,  Music,  Popkultur/Pop culture

    10 African Songs of the last Decade you should know_engl/ger

    African secular music has always been evolving with new sounds and genres being birthed on a regular. However, it’s in the past decade (2010-2020) when African music has really come into one with lots of inter-country collaborations. Music is indeed powerful if it can get people dancing even though they do not even understand what is being sung. African music has successfully proven this over time. Nowadays, somebody in Ghana could as well be enjoying music from Uganda and vice versa. With music videos being released on YouTube and music streaming services readily available, the rest of the world too gets to discover African music.

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    Africa,  Germany,  Publishing/Verlag

    Akono Publishing and Blog – Spot on Africa: Afrikanische Literaturen und Kultur sichtbar machen – Interview – ger/engl

    Akono Publishing and Blog: It was important to me to present African realities of life through literature and to work towards translating these literatures. Historical fiction is a focus in the publishing programme, African perspectives from Africa and not from Europe. Mir war es wichtig, über die Literatur afrikanische Lebensrealitäten darzustellen und daran mitzuwirken, dass diese Literaturen übersetzt werden. Historische Fiktion ist ein Schwerpunkt im Verlagsprogramm, afrikanische Perspektiven aus Afrika und nicht aus Europa.

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    Africa,  Germany,  Projects/Projekte

    „It can’t just be about technology. Much more needs to be changed, especially the mindset.“ 3Es4Africa: Interview with Contimi Kenfack Mouafo ger/engl

    Education-Empowerment-Ecofriendliness, das sind die drei Es, die Ländern in Afrika bessere Perspektiven geben sollen. Ein gemeinnütziger Verein aus Aachen in Deutschland will diese Perspektiven bieten. Das Besondere ist ist nicht, dass der Verein aus Deutschland kommt. Das Besondere ist, dass es überwiegend in Deutschland lebende afrikanische Studierende sind, die dieses Projekt 2020 aus der Taufe gehoben haben und auch betreiben. Voller Enthusiasmus und mit viel Engagement wollen sie eine Lücke im europäischen Entwicklungsfeld mit Afrika schließen, die es so bisher nicht gab: Zusammenarbeit auf Augenhöhe, Gleichberechtigung und Fairness. Studierende und Promovierende in Kamerun, Ghana und Namibia sind an diesen Projekten beteiligt. Gründungsmitglied des Vereins und Vorstandsvorsitzender ist der gebürtige Kameruner Contimi Kenfack Mouafo. Das Interview führte Hans Hofele für cultureafrica. German and English

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    Germany,  Literatur/Book Review

    Tsitsi Dangarembga and much more: Orlanda Verlag /Publishing House Berlin- Interview ger/engl

    Orlanda Verlag. Das ist ein klingender Name in der Verlagswelt. Vom Namen her gibt es ihn seit 1974 und wurde als engagierter Frauenbuchverlag in Deutschland bekannt. Auch die afro-deutsche Schriftstellerin May Ayim hatte bei Orlanda ihr Zuhause. FOR ENGLISH VERSION PLEASE SCROLL DOWN Der Orlanda Verlag, wie er heute besteht, hat sich ab 2017 strukturell verändert. Personell, strukturell und inhaltlich ist er anders geworden. Erfolgreich obendrein: Die Autobiographie »Mist, die versteht mich ja« von Florence Brokowski-Shekete wurde zum Bestseller, Tstsi Dangarembga, deren deutsche Übersetzungen bei Orlanda erscheinen, wurde der Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels verliehen. Der Verlag hat außerdem den von der Kulturstaatsministerin verliehenen „Deutschen Verlagspreis 2021“ bekommen. Die Bücher spiegeln das Verlagsmotto „Frauen, Weltkultur, Bewegung“ wieder. Sachbücher über Afro-Deutsche Geschichte, Migration, Aufklärung, Sexualität. Neben Tsitsi Dangarembga kommt auch Tete Loepers „Barfuß in Deutschland“ als deutsche Übersetzung auf den Markt. Neu im Verlagsprogramm sind auch…

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    Film_Interview,  Gesellschaft/Society,  Kenya

    Softie – Kenya’s Political Documentary Sensation – Interview with Sam Soko and Njeri Mwangi

    Boniface “Softie” Mwangi has long fought injustices in his country as a political activist. Now he’s running for office in a regional Kenyan election. Softie follows Boniface from the moment Boniface decides to run, telling his wife, Njeri, in passing with a hesitant laugh, he responds to each challenge with optimism. But running a clean campaign against corrupt opponents becomes increasingly harder to combat with idealism alone. And Boniface soon finds that challenging strong political dynasties is putting his family at risk. Should country really come before family, as he’s always believed?

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    Popkultur/Pop culture,  Uganda

    DJ Kampire from Uganda – Girls, don’t be afraid!_ger/engl

    She DJs halfway around the world and is a role model in her native Uganda. Dj Kampire, aka Kampire Bahana from the capital Kampala. She has been DJing, mixing and remixing her own tunes for over six years. She is not only successful in Uganda. But there she has mastered the difficult leap from hobby to professional DJ. It all started at the Nyege Nyege Music Festival in Kampala, which is well-known in Africa. There she was a co-founder and is now part of the collective. The Nyege Nyege Festival has made a name for itself worldwide, and even in the West it is considered an insider tip to hang out there. But visitors from there are still the exception. Kampire takes a critical view of the fact that the festival is being hyped as a "discovery. After all, it is first and foremost…

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    Geschichte/History,  Kenya,  Swahili

    Pwani Tribune – Passion for Coastal Culture and History Interview with/mit Albert Mwamburi engl/ger

    I recognize the need of bringing these other Coastal cultures to prominence. The kind of prominence that Swahili culture enjoys. And there’s actually so much to write about them. When you mention that the Swahili historical evidence is readily available, I would like to bring to your attention that there are also some caves in Taita Taveta County that very few Kenyans know about. These are the kinds of things I strive to highlight.

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    Congo Brazzaville,  Interview,  Music

    Nina Wateko -From Congo Brazzaville to the World_Interview_fr/engl/ger

    Nina Wateko, the singer with the golden voice, is already a star in her home country. She is a welcome guest in the media, on television and radio. And she has already received titles in Brazzaville that other artists have to wait longer for. She is called the "Diva" or "Mama Africa". Her home is Congo-Brazzaville in western Central Africa. Neighbour of the big DR Congo. Nina comes from a family of musicians; her mother is also a singer, she grew up with music. With "The Traveler", her new EP and the whole range of her musical skills, she wants to enchant western listeners in Europe soon.

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    Film_Interview,  Ghana

    Borga – Much more than a Movie – Interview mit/with Director York-Fabian Raabe – ger/engl

    There is a sizzle from the very first second. The fire is lit right at the beginning. And it will draw us into the film and take us along with its emotional force. First Ghana, later Germany and back again. At the beginning the fire is burning: we are in an eerie and yet very real place in Africa. A place that has been the subject of several reports: Agbogbloshie, or Sodom and Gomorrah, is part of Accra, the capital of Ghana. It is this very real non-place, a sometimes apocalyptic place where people burn the raw materials out of the electronic waste of the global north.