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What is African Art September 10, 2016 – Posted in: Culture

What is African Art? African art may be simply defined as art produced by Africans. This brings up the question: does this include art produced by the African diaspora? What about art influenced by African culture but produced by non-Africans? There is no real answer as art cannot be confined and is difficult to define. African art has influenced artists across many different cultures. Picasso, for instance, was heavily influenced by African art as evidenced…

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The Magnificent Kuomboka Ceremony September 4, 2016 – Posted in: Culture

The Kuomboka Ceremony is carried out in the town of Mongu by the Lozi people of Zambia. “Kuomboka” means “coming out of the water.” It is the actual and ceremonial movement of the Lozi people and their chief, the Litunga, from the flood plains to higher ground. Kuomboka Ceremony Every year, the Barotse plains of the upper Zambezi flood during the rainy season. The Litunga is transported from his palace at Lealui to higher ground…

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Celebrating Salif Keita, An African Legend August 25, 2016 – Posted in: Culture, News

Salif Keita is a Mandingo Afro-Pop singer and song-writer from Mali. He celebrated his 67th birthday on August 25, 2016. His golden voice is well-known throughout Africa. Some of his classic songs include Yamore which was a collaboration between Keita and the late  great Cesaria Evora. His haunting melodies always evoke images of home  (Africa) for us. Aside from his voice, Keita’s albinism makes him distinct. In his 2009 album La Difference, he urges us to…

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