Tsoku Maela
An old man with 9 fingers and twelve toes once told me a story while we shared a blanket and an oil lamp at a pastoral congregation one night. ‘Miracle healing service’, they called it, and many flocked to the township to receive it. I was probably the only person there that night who thought it was some scheme the pastor had concocted to make even more money or score a television deal; I wasn’t sick, my Mother just thought I was. Depending where you come from, depression can easily look like... An old man with 9 fingers and twelve toes once told me a story while we shared a blanket and an oil lamp at a pastoral congregation one night. ‘Miracle...
ZAM Reporter
At AEF Live!, the annual come together of the consultancy firm and sponsor of the lecture on June 13, 2019 in Utrecht, Asante and Helberg reflected on the event. As a starting point for the chat, moderated by Sandra Rottenberg, both choose a quote from Sisonke Msimang’s speech which was entitled: ‘Rescuing Mandela from Sainthood.’ Asante’s choice here . Helberg’s choice here . Why do white people so often only feel empathy with white people, Asante wondered in response to Msimang's words. Why was... At AEF Live!, the annual come together of the consultancy firm and sponsor of the lecture on June 13, 2019 in Utrecht, Asante and Helberg reflected on...
Bart Luirink
The story of the persecution of the Jews in the 1930s and 1940s has been told, visualized and otherwise documented many times. The extent of people on the run, going into hiding and destruction is therefore part of our collective memory. They are chilling numbers that are beyond any comprehension; the systematic extermination by the Nazis was superlative in a blood-soaked row of crimes against humanity that Western "civilization" produced: slavery, colonialism, apartheid. A visit to Auschwitz two... The story of the persecution of the Jews in the 1930s and 1940s has been told, visualized and otherwise documented many times. The extent of people on...
Charles Mafa and John Mukela
“Your dream home coming soon,” say big bill boards and newspaper adverts in Lusaka. Pictures of brilliantly white large mansions surrounded by majestic trees illustrate how the happy few will enjoy residing in the new suburb-under-construction, Kingsland City, in beautiful Lusaka forest. The housing estate, in the middle of what was once a nature reserve called Forest No. 27, will be equipped with every hearts’ desire, from a shopping mall to a sports complex, a “world class” university, a golf... “Your dream home coming soon,” say big bill boards and newspaper adverts in Lusaka. Pictures of brilliantly white large mansions surrounded by majestic...
Sisonke Msimang
On the day South Africa’s new president is sworn in, fighter pilots take to the air in a show that makes the crowds at Pretoria’s Loftus Versfeld stadium gasp. I listen on the radio as two journalists narrate the proceedings of the inauguration. They pepper their commentary with words like ‘best’ and ‘beautiful’ and ‘pride’. You can hear them beaming over the airwaves. They keep up a light banter, referring to the historic day in 1994 when Nelson Mandela became president of a newly democratic South... On the day South Africa’s new president is sworn in, fighter pilots take to the air in a show that makes the crowds at Pretoria’s Loftus Versfeld stadium...
ZAM Reporter
[Nederlandse tekst hieronder] For 5 years, the institute has been organizing widely applauded exhibitions in the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam. The number of programmes, visiting artists, displayed works and objects is overwhelming. Framer Frame d always connect activism, politics, history, identity and the importance of collecting. It is precisely the works and the visions of artists from parts of the world for whom the established institutions still have too little eye that is given the attention it... [Nederlandse tekst hieronder] For 5 years, the institute has been organizing widely applauded exhibitions in the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam. The number of...
ZAM Reporter
The Sandberg Instituut invites you to the 2019 Graduation Exhibitions and Events at various locations in Amsterdam (NL). 91 graduates of the five Main Departments, two Temporary Programmes and Hosted Programme will present their works to the public on 14, 15, 16 June 2019. —MAIN DEPARTMENTS Critical Studies FedLev Building Fred. Roeskestraat 96 Design Studio Spijkerkade Spijkerkade 4A Dirty Art Department The Dirty Art Foundation Bijlmerplein 698 Fine Arts Ellen de Bruijne Projects Singel 372... The Sandberg Instituut invites you to the 2019 Graduation Exhibitions and Events at various locations in Amsterdam (NL). 91 graduates of the five Main...
Oliver
After his suicide in 2002, friends of Johannes Kerkorrel, leadsinger of the South African Gereformeerde Bluesband , assemble to recount the story of his life and the rebellious Voëlvrij movement in the 80s. (Afrikaans, English subtitles) Watch the trailer here . Book for the screening at Zuid-Africa huis . After his suicide in 2002, friends of Johannes Kerkorrel, leadsinger of the South African Gereformeerde Bluesband , assemble to recount the story of his...
ZAM Reporter
Sites of Memory is a project by Jennifer Tosch (founder of the Black Heritage Tours Amsterdam) and Katy Streek (theatre maker and programmer). Since 2016 they create a new performance, a theatrical boat trip about the 'hidden' stories about the history of slavery and colonialism in Amsterdam. The audience is taken past historical sites whilst spoken word artists, dancers, musicians and visual artists bring history to the present. This year they will research the theme 'Emerging Memory'. The... Sites of Memory is a project by Jennifer Tosch (founder of the Black Heritage Tours Amsterdam) and Katy Streek (theatre maker and programmer). Since 2016...
Bart Luirink & Madeleine Maurick
In this excerpt from their book Homosexuality in Africa. A disturbing love, Bart Luirink and Madeleine Maurick explore the writer’s innovative and truely decolonizing approach towards one of the continent sexual warzones. The chapter is based on interviews with Wainaina in Amsterdam and Nairobi and the readings of his rich oeuvre. If there's one African who personifies and, without doubt, embellishes the 'coming-out' story, then it has to be the Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina, known as 'the... In this excerpt from their book Homosexuality in Africa. A disturbing love, Bart Luirink and Madeleine Maurick explore the writer’s innovative and truely...
Evelyn Groenink
It started with a conference in Ghana about African kleptocracies: those places where a politically powerful elite enriches itself at the expense of citizens. Kleptocracies, it was said, were found in various regions of the world. But African countries were generally the worst off when suffering under kleptocratic rulers. It was in African countries that citizens would feel real hunger, or get infected with cholera because of polluted water, or not have access to any water sources nearby at all,... It started with a conference in Ghana about African kleptocracies: those places where a politically powerful elite enriches itself at the expense of...
African Investigative Publishing Collective
African kleptocratic rulers plunder natural resources and state budgets with the assistance of international and local business people. For the first time, an investigation by African reporters in seven countries reveal how they operate. The African Investigative Publishing Collective’s team discovered, inter alia, the following: In Kenya , politically connected business people were found to have made millions out of a failed Italian dam project that left poor farming communities in the Rift Valley... African kleptocratic rulers plunder natural resources and state budgets with the assistance of international and local business people. For the first...
ZAM Reporter
He feels most at home in his body. Choreographer and dancer Faustin Linyekula (DRC, 1974) even goes so far as to call his physique his "only country." It is both a depressing and reassuring approach. Home is nowhere to be found but home is always with you, wherever you go. Both Linyekula and William Kentridge (South Africa, 1955) are associate artists of the Holland Festival edition that has just started. There are various shows from Lineykula on stage and he takes part in some public... He feels most at home in his body. Choreographer and dancer Faustin Linyekula (DRC, 1974) even goes so far as to call his physique his "only country." It...
ZAM Reporter
With artists from Zimbabwe, the Netherlands and Germany. Using art to create a sustainable world and a circular economy. An initiative by the Stedenband Haarlem – Mutare, with special guest Elizabeth Muusha. More information here . With artists from Zimbabwe, the Netherlands and Germany. Using art to create a sustainable world and a circular economy. An initiative by the Stedenband...
ZAM Reporter
The works of Saidou Dicko, Jodi Bieber, Andrew Esiebo? Household names for ZAM readers since their works have been covered by the magazine the past. They are three out of 25 photographers shortlisted for this year’s CAP Prize. The five winners will be announced on Wednesday 12 June, 5pm at Photo Basel international Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland. Check out the list of 25 photographers here . Jodi Bieber, CAP Prize 2019 Shortlist Saidou Dicko, CAP Prize 2019 Shortlist Sibusiso Bheka, CAP Prize 2019... The works of Saidou Dicko, Jodi Bieber, Andrew Esiebo? Household names for ZAM readers since their works have been covered by the magazine the past. They...
Dr Rahmane Idrissa
There are no simple explanations, Dr Rahmane told a journalist meeting at the Leiden Africa Studies Centre. But he did give his audience some clues. Where does Salafi radicalism in the Sahel come from? Where does it stand today? Where is it heading? So, as you can see, these really are overview interrogations, not deep research questions. But while it might be somewhat easy to respond to the two first ones, the last one is obviously a bit more complicated to grapple with. And also, prefacing those... There are no simple explanations, Dr Rahmane told a journalist meeting at the Leiden Africa Studies Centre. But he did give his audience some clues....
ZAM Reporter
Rafiki (Swahili for friend) is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. It is the story of friendship and tender love that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures around LGBT rights in Kenya. The film had its international premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival; it was the first Kenyan film to be screened at the festival. Rafiki was banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) "due to its homosexual... Rafiki (Swahili for friend) is a 2018 Kenyan drama film directed by Wanuri Kahiu. It is the story of friendship and tender love that grows between two...
ZAM Reporter
South African photographer Nontsikelelo Veleko has given one of her images to ZAM as a gesture of appreciation for our work. “We are humbled by this gift. It encourages us to develop our international platform of creatives in the fields of investigative journalism, photography, arts and opinion with even more energy,”says ZAM editor Bart Luirink. Veleko wrote her motivation for the gift on the back of the picture: "To ZAM Magazine, a donation to keep the organisation invested in African arts,... South African photographer Nontsikelelo Veleko has given one of her images to ZAM as a gesture of appreciation for our work. “We are humbled by this...
By Ayọ̀ Adénẹ́
"Quote me anywhere!" the Hon. Minister for Labour & Productivity Chris Ngige shrieked with his guttural laryngitis effect. Even if he had accomplished nothing in all his years in politics, he could at least claim to have demolished Nigeria's chronic shortage of Human Resources for Health by word of mouth. To wit, if our medical schools could magically react to Ngige's political coprolalia by turning out 285 345 new doctors overnight, we would have only just begun to have enough. In truth, at least... "Quote me anywhere!" the Hon. Minister for Labour & Productivity Chris Ngige shrieked with his guttural laryngitis effect. Even if he had accomplished...
ZAM Reporter
Ikhono Lasenatali (Zulu for a talent or skill) presents interpretations of Muholi’s ground-breaking Somnyama Ngonyama (‘hail the black lioness’) series. In a video produced by her Inkanyiso Collective’s member Lebogang Mashifani, Muholi explains that her initiative was fed by a desire to make more voices heard. “Young artists are speaking their own truths, they are using their own mediums. How do they look at my work? What do they feel?” Voices were silenced by the Apartheid architects and... Ikhono Lasenatali (Zulu for a talent or skill) presents interpretations of Muholi’s ground-breaking Somnyama Ngonyama (‘hail the black lioness’) series....
African Investigative Publishing Collective
Many African women who live at or below the poverty line are forced to sell their bodies in order to make ends meet. The women do not notice anything of the many poverty relief programs that exist on paper in their countries. This is the conclusion of a study by the African Investigative Publishing Collective (AIPC), conducted in close collaboration with ZAM magazine . The authors of the report write: What stays with us after six months is how much they hate it. “They laugh at you and beat you.”... Many African women who live at or below the poverty line are forced to sell their bodies in order to make ends meet. The women do not notice anything of...