Evelyn Groenink
Activist Minister Pravin Gordhan, back in government, fights to bring South Africa back from the brink. Change has come but 'the contest is still on' Those who -naively, it must be said- believed that the Mandela revolution after apartheid in South Africa would inaugurate a rainbow-coloured utopia have long been disappointed. During the transition years, and to some extent still, the country dealt with massive racial trauma, violence and a devastating Aids epidemic. Then it saw itself plundered by... Activist Minister Pravin Gordhan, back in government, fights to bring South Africa back from the brink. Change has come but 'the contest is still on'...
Bram Posthumus
The recent elections in Mali are based on a colonial model, a ritual virtually nobody believes in. We were crossing the river using what’s known here as The First Bridge and were looking at the water. What on earth was that, floating on the slow majestic flow of the Djoliba? A portrait. On closer inspection it was a picture of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, or IBK, attached to two pinnaces. Irresistible photo obviously. ‘Ah look! Boua dans l’eau!’ The image of Boua, the old one, an at times... The recent elections in Mali are based on a colonial model, a ritual virtually nobody believes in. We were crossing the river using what’s known here as...
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What are the defining moments of revolt and struggle in Africa and the diaspora? What unifies and defines these fights for freedom and human rights? These are the issues Omar Victor Diop tackles in his first solo exhibition. The answers represent a clear no to monolithic (his)storytelling as they feature key events such as the Alabama marches on Washington (Selma, 1965), resistance movements against colonial oppression in Southeastern Nigeria (The Women’s War, 1929) and the more recent Million... What are the defining moments of revolt and struggle in Africa and the diaspora? What unifies and defines these fights for freedom and human rights?...
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Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Nnedi Okorafor have been longlisted for The Alternative Nobel Prize. The 47-name longlist includes such heavyweight figures as Marilynne Robinson, Haruki Murakami, Cormac McCarthy, Joyce Carol Oates, JK Rowling, Don DeLillo, Ian McEwan, Jamaica Kincaid, Margaret Atwood, Thomas Pynchon, Donna Tartt, Zadie Smith, and Elena Ferrante. The award is open for voting until August 14. The alternative award is created by The New Academy, an organisation of... Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Nnedi Okorafor have been longlisted for The Alternative Nobel Prize. The 47-name longlist includes such...
Alithnayn Abdulkareem
French President Emmanuel Macron recently took his first trip under his official position to Nigeria, a move that Quartz labelled as “low on policy, but high on culture.” To welcome, he was hosted at the legendary Fela Kuti Afrika shrine which serves as a hangout spot and concert arena. Over the night’s proceedings, a question of particular importance and irony arose. Mo Abudu, the founder of Ebony Life , Africa’s first global black entertainment and lifestyle network, asked President Macron how a... French President Emmanuel Macron recently took his first trip under his official position to Nigeria, a move that Quartz labelled as “low on policy, but...
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Tuffo, an art work by Dutch sculptor Gerhard Lentink, comes to Cape Town The invitation for the unveiling of the artist’s work reads: 'This inspiring figure is the embodiment of a man's spirit, his willingness to dive into hours of dedicated practice and give life to a powerful internal drive. It is about the power to take the plunge and create the seemingly impossible...' . There’s lots of symbolism in Dutch sculptor Gerhard Lentink’s Tuffo , a 7 metres long gift to Cape Town’s beautiful life... Tuffo, an art work by Dutch sculptor Gerhard Lentink, comes to Cape Town The invitation for the unveiling of the artist’s work reads: 'This inspiring...
Evelyn Groenink
The murdered aspiration of Thami Mnyele There are a lot of thorns and barbed wire in Thami Mnyele's drawings. One sketch shows a mother in her township matchbox-house: she holds her toddler, but away from herself, looking the other way. Alongside there is a march of angry and excited people with clenched fists. The child also clenches his fist. It looks at them, not at the mother. Growing up in apartheid South Africa in the seventies and early eighties of the last century, Thami Mnyele became an... The murdered aspiration of Thami Mnyele There are a lot of thorns and barbed wire in Thami Mnyele's drawings. One sketch shows a mother in her township...
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More than 100 artists, seven exhibitions, several books and many collaborations. They are counting the days to the official announcement of the winners of the 2018 Prijs voor de Kunst (Amsterdam Arts Award) on October 15. “It will be such an acknowledgement of the work we have done since the Thami Mnyele Foundation was founded in 1990 and welcomed its first guests in 1992”, chairperson Pauline Burmann says. With over a hundred artists having stayed at the residence, seven group exhibitions in... More than 100 artists, seven exhibitions, several books and many collaborations. They are counting the days to the official announcement of the winners...
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The Mozambican recipient of this year’s DemocraSEE, an award for contemporary Southern African photography, was announced in Cabo Verde. Vombe will receive a R 40 000 grant to produce a body of work over the course of the next year in collaboration with a mentor/curator of his choice. Further he will be supported through critique sessions with various appointed subject and practice experts. On completion, the work will be published on www.democrasee.photography . Photo: Passengers by Mauro Vombe... The Mozambican recipient of this year’s DemocraSEE, an award for contemporary Southern African photography, was announced in Cabo Verde. Vombe will...
Ayo Adene
Why do young Nigerians ask president Macron for advice? I’m watching this Interactive Session between the French president and Nigerians, hosted by the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) in Lagos. Lagos is the innovation capital of Nigeria, and as is the trend these days, many future-conscious politicians and tech leaders from Macron to Zuckerberg, are gravitating away from Nigeria’s sleepy politicians to its dynamic young people. Earlier, the French president had visited a nightclub made famous by... Why do young Nigerians ask president Macron for advice? I’m watching this Interactive Session between the French president and Nigerians, hosted by the...
Jerry Afriyie
As a Dutch activist against racism and racist caricatures like ‘Zwarte Piet’, Jerry Afriyie longs for a society that includes everyone. His unrelenting fight for justice has forced him to look at his own flaws and responsibilities. In this article Jerry shares the battle he went through to overcome his own aversion to homosexuality. “Children have never been good in listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” These are words by James Baldwin, an American writer and my... As a Dutch activist against racism and racist caricatures like ‘Zwarte Piet’, Jerry Afriyie longs for a society that includes everyone. His unrelenting...
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Submissions for the Gerald Kraak Award & Anthology are now open, and until 31 August 2018. Read all about the (South) African initiative here . Our article about last year’s winner Pwaangulongii Daoud (Nigeria) can be found here . Submissions for the Gerald Kraak Award & Anthology are now open, and until 31 August 2018. Read all about the (South) African initiative here . Our...
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An astounding work by SA’s premier artist William Kentridge pays homage to the hundreds of thousands of African soldiers who fought and died in World War I. Read more about Kentridge’s production in the Daily Maverick . Watch trailer {youtube}qBzUpB5g1z0{/youtube} An astounding work by SA’s premier artist William Kentridge pays homage to the hundreds of thousands of African soldiers who fought and died in World War...
Pieter van der Houwen
There were no cribs, no bitches, expensive Nikes or flashy wheels in his lyrics, Re Fuse magazine reports Senegalese rap musicians don’t sing from the same hymn sheet as their American cousins. Hip-hop in Senegal is strictly about the issues that matter. It refrains from lyrics portraying success or a luxurious lifestyle. In 2001, Senegal’s long-ruling party was quietly removed from power after opposition candidate Abdoulaye Wade adopted Pape et Cheikh’s influential song ‘Yatal Gueew’ (a plea for... There were no cribs, no bitches, expensive Nikes or flashy wheels in his lyrics, Re Fuse magazine reports Senegalese rap musicians don’t sing from the...
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As part of their European tour, the Music is A Great Investment (MIAGI) Youth Orchestra from South Africa will perform at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on Wednesday 1 August 2018. Friends of ZAM can win two x two tickets for this concert. Send a mail before Mandela's birthday (18 July, 2018) to info@zammagazine.com . More information on the website of The Concertgebouw . As part of their European tour, the Music is A Great Investment (MIAGI) Youth Orchestra from South Africa will perform at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on...
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How King Leopold’s negro clerics and civilized negroes linger in todays’ reality Joseph Kiwele’s theatre play Chura na Nyoka (The Toad and the Snake) had a simple message: different people don’t match. This story about two animals who are not able to maintain a friendship because of their biological differences was written in 1957. Commissioned by the Belgium colonial oppressors, Kiwele served his masters with a fantasy aimed to brainwash a children’s audience. Don’t mix – not with whites, not with... How King Leopold’s negro clerics and civilized negroes linger in todays’ reality Joseph Kiwele’s theatre play Chura na Nyoka (The Toad and the Snake) had...
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Rebecca Davies & Haji Mohamed Dawjee explore religion and sexuality for the Daily Maverick (video, visuals and story). Video: A moulana from Pretoria answers questions about what to do if you're gay and Muslim. {youtube}KUv2id8S574{/youtube} Video: The People’s Mosque in Cape Town is an inclusive mosque, which offers a place where the LGBTI Muslim community can worship. This is a peek into a mosque which has over 30 regular worshippers and offers access to counselling and marriage ceremonies for... Rebecca Davies & Haji Mohamed Dawjee explore religion and sexuality for the Daily Maverick (video, visuals and story). Video: A moulana from Pretoria...
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For two weeks, Tsegaye coexisted with a group of women in their communal homes in Ethiopia’s capital city. Finding them in a state of stillness and vulnerability, in a deeply intimate environment, he spent full days with them. Arriving in the morning and leaving after dark when they started work, he won their trust and approval, before taking the sensitive and striking images. The resultant black and white photographs speak of this trust that developed between the spectator and observed subject, as... For two weeks, Tsegaye coexisted with a group of women in their communal homes in Ethiopia’s capital city. Finding them in a state of stillness and...
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He often inspired, sometimes mentored and always encouraged new generations of South African photographers. In 2007, ZAM published Aids Landscapes , a feature with the works of David Goldblatt who passed away last week. In this production Goldblatt’s mastery in picturing the South African landscape and his huge sense of social and political engagement met. His eye in the sky captured the small red ribbons, testimony of a terrifying pandemic inflamed by denialism and carelessness. At the time the... He often inspired, sometimes mentored and always encouraged new generations of South African photographers. In 2007, ZAM published Aids Landscapes , a...
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The UN peace keeping mission in Mali is a failure. In 2014, in an interview with ZAM, journalist Bram Posthumus already told you so . The UN peace keeping mission in Mali is a failure. In 2014, in an interview with ZAM, journalist Bram Posthumus already told you so .
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Visual activist Zanele Muholi has donated an artwork to ZAM as a gesture of appreciation for our work and upcoming Mandela100 programme. ‘We are thrilled’, said ZAM editor Bart Luirink at the unwrapping of the 100 x 66.7 cm silver gelatin print last Monday. ‘Thabile, Parktown, 2015’, number 1 out of an edition of 5, was delivered in the weekend. The picture is part of Muholi’s ongoing Somnyama Ngonyama (‘Hail the Black Lioness’) project. ‘We are extremely grateful for this gesture by Zanele and her... Visual activist Zanele Muholi has donated an artwork to ZAM as a gesture of appreciation for our work and upcoming Mandela100 programme. ‘We are...