Category archives for: Artcultainment

Beliefs about Natural Phenomena

“Modern superstition is symbolism in its state of dotage, when it cannot remember what the types originally meant.” – Gerald Massey, Natural Genesis, 1:50 KOFI AYIM In the early development of man, natural objects were employed out of necessity to represent and convey ideas, because primordial man had to represent the unknown through the known. […]

Religion and Totemism

Akan religions and philosophical ideals, holistic in nature, were most probably offshoots of ancient Egyptian religions and/or mythical systems that existed for about 6,000 years. The Akan concept of soul immortalization (see later sections on birth and death), reflective of the teachings of Pythagoras and other Athenian philosophers; purification ceremonies such as Odwira and Akwasidae; […]

A Modern Akan Dilemma

Western influences and attempt to fuse or reconcile such influences with longstanding traditions have created many quandaries for today’s Akan and other Africans. Marriage is one area rife with such quandaries. Just as a Western or Caucasian marriage (wedding) is not part of Akan or African culture, so is it that a married Akan woman […]

Africans in the Bronx Find Family on the Soccer Field

MICHAEL SIMPSON One day nine years ago, Abrourazakou Bawa, a truck driver originally from Togo, was in his home borough of the Bronx when he noticed a disappointed kid walking with a soccer ball under his arm. “Where are you going?” Bawa asked the boy. “I couldn’t find anyone to play with,” said the young […]

France to return Benin artworks by 2021: minister

France will return artworks taken from Benin during the colonial conquest of the region by the start of 2021, culture minister Franck Riester said Monday on a visit to the West African country. President Emmanuel Macron pledged last year to hand back 26 artefacts “without delay” in a landmark decision that has piled pressure on […]

Famed Ivorian Musician DJ Arafat Dies in Road Crash

Ivorian musician DJ Arafat has died of injuries he sustained in a motor bike accident, according to his management The 33-year-old, whose real name is Ange Didier Houon, died on Monday in a hospital in Abidjan. He had been undergoing treatment after the accident on Sunday, his spokesman Yves Roland stated. “He was involved in […]

‘Big Bang Theory’ Producer Makes New Comedy, With Nigerian Immigrant Character Lead

by ANTHONY D’ALESSANDRO At a time when President Donald Trump is pushing a fierce policy on U.S. immigration, TV creator Chuck Lorre is out to remind the nation’s TV viewers how great immigrants are again with his new CBS series Bob Hearts Abishola. The Big Bang Theory co-creator showed up at TCA wearing a yellow […]

PIRATES OF AFRICA | A Scintillating new Afrijam music

When it comes to music, it is certainly an African summer! Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa have added to the scene with their latest album, Pirates of Africa. This is their 4th CD release and is long anticipated after their last album release, Lagos Ilu Eko, in 2006.  Toby Foyeh, né Tokunbo Olowofoyeku, is a […]

Medgar Evers College Jazzy Jazz Festival Honors Eddy Grant This Summer

Trail-blazing musician, Eddy Grant will headline the 23rd Jazzy Jazz Music Festival sponsored by the Department of Mass Communications, Creative and Performing Arts and Speech, Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York scheduled July 5th through Labor Day weekend. A number of featured musicians and performers will bring to the yearly Jazzy Jazz […]

Afrochella: An Annual Conflux of Music and Culture on the Continent

by Rachel George  With a mission to “welcome multi-generations around the world to celebrate African culture through art, fashion, food and the universal language, music,” over 5,000 were in attendance at the first Afrochella edition in December 2017 in Accra. Ghana again hosted Afrochella 2018 this past December. Last year over 4,000 people from around […]