Category archives for: Artcultainment

Bob James to headline 2016 Stanbic Jazz Festival

Bob James, two-time Grammy Award winner and smooth jazz keyboardist, has been announced as the headline act for 2016 edition of the Stanbic Jazz Festival. This year’s event is scheduled for the Accra International Conference Centre from June 24-26, 2016. Also on the bill are saxophonist Tom Braxton and a host of local acts notably […]

Nigerian Drums Festival Bursts Onto the Scene

By Molara Wood The first ever Nigerian Drums Festival, which held over four days in the Ogun State capital, Abeokuta, from 19th to 22nd April, 2016, has been the country’s most significant cultural event of this year so far. Organised by the Ogun State Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the festival was staged in the […]

Congo-Kinshasa: Papa Wemba’s East African Connection

By Amos Ngaira Congolese rumba maestero Papa Wemba was buried this past Wednesday in Kinshasa, DR Congo, in a celebration of a life that touched many music lovers around the world. Papa Wemba was laid to rest at the Necropolis Cemetery in Kinshasa. Earlier, there was a requiem mass at the St Mary’s Catholic Church. […]

Nigeria: Felabration – More Than a Music Festival

By Nseobong Okon-Ekong Despite the Ebola scare which threatened a cancellation, the annual festival to honour Fela’s memory recorded another resounding success, writes Nseobong Okon-Ekong. The stakes continue to go higher in the annual festival – Felabration – conceived to keep the memory of iconic musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, alive. Arguably the only anniversary in Nigeria […]

Africa: Ghanaian Crowned First ‘Miss Africa Continent’

Barefoot, wearing traditional costumes including animal hide skirts and elaborately beaded headdresses, the contestants strutted the stage before Ghanaian Rebecca Asamoah was crowned the first ‘Miss Africa Continent’. The 24-year-old dental hygienist beat 11 finalists drawn from an original list of 40 contestants from across the continent in the inaugural pageant at Johannesburg’s Gold Reef […]

Summer ‘16: How ASOS Africa x Chichia is Going to Get You Ready!

Summer ’16 is upon us and you have got to get your wardrobe right for the festivals and outdoor concerts and family picnics and pool parties and cookouts …whew! ASOS Africa is launching their 13th collection in collaboration with Tanzanian-born, London-based textile guru, Christine Mhando. The collection’s focal specialty? Heavy prints, which merge Christine’s African […]

Tutankhamun tomb: further analysis needed to find hidden chambers

Experts had said there was a 90% chance the ancient Egyptian tomb would also contain remains of Nefertiti, but expectations have now been lowered. Further analysis is needed of the tomb of pharaoh Tutankhamun to determine whether the resting place also contains the remains of legendary beauty Queen Nefertiti, Egypt’s antiquities minister said on Thursday. […]

#Blackgirlmagic electrifies New Jersey Performing Arts Center

by Akosua Oforiwaa-Ayim The energy inside the New Jersey Performing Arts Center was electrifying, yet warm and welcoming at the same time as thousands gathered for Black Girls Rock! The award show is a yearly celebration of the resilience, tenacity and beauty of Black women everywhere and is co-produced by BET. Each year, BGR! honors […]

NYASA Conference Goes Beyond the Classroom

On April 1st and 2nd in New York City, an impressive group of creatives within the music and arts industry of Africa and the Diaspora met on the campuses of City College and Columbia University for the 41st Annual NYASA Conference. NYASA (The New York African Studies Association), was founded in 1967 and is a […]

Black History Month in Schools—Retire or Reboot?

The seed of what is now known as Black History Month was planted in the doctoral thesis of Carter G. Woodson, a noted scholar, author, and co-founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. The son of former slaves, Woodson received a Ph.D. in 1912 from Harvard University, where he studied […]