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AfroPunk took Johannesburg, South Africa by storm (and a little rain) in the final days of 2017. Music, experimental fashion and spoken word were all part of an exhilarating celebration of modern Africa. They say AfroPunk is much more than just a festival – it is a movement. From Brooklyn, NY, where AfroPunk was launched in 2005, it moved to Paris, London, Atlanta – finally landing on African soil in Johannesburg. And for good reason: “Modern South Africa is proof of the victory of otherness over... AfroPunk took Johannesburg, South Africa by storm (and a little rain) in the final days of 2017. Music, experimental fashion and spoken word were all...
Bart Luirink
Change has come to Zimbabwe. A coup-not-be-called-a-coup made an end to 37 years of Mugabe rule. The tyrant was sent home with a 10 million Dollar package deal. His friends, some will say his masters, took over and euphoria coloured the day. A new beginning ? This was precisely the title of an article ZAM published in 2008 . It recorded voices of hope in the Zimbabwean diaspora. There are no easy victories and the real character of change in Zimbabwe still has to show. In the meantime: let's... Change has come to Zimbabwe. A coup-not-be-called-a-coup made an end to 37 years of Mugabe rule. The tyrant was sent home with a 10 million Dollar...
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Three South African artists – Usha Seejarim, Lawrence Lemanoana and Hannelie Coetzee – have been nominated for the creation of a monument honouring Nelson Mandela in Ghent, Belgium. The Mandela @Ghent Project is a collaboration between the University and the City of Ghent, Africalia and the South African Embassy. The initiators have recently started a crowdfunding campaign in support of the monument to be erected in De Krook neighbourhood. For more information check... Three South African artists – Usha Seejarim, Lawrence Lemanoana and Hannelie Coetzee – have been nominated for the creation of a monument honouring...
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The reports of Dutch former diplomat Coen Stork (1928 – 2017) of the 1964 Rivonia Trial challenged misconceptions about South African freedom fighters. In October 2017, former Dutch diplomat Coen Stork passed away at age 89. In 1964 Stork was an observer at the Rivonia Trial in South Africa. The factual reports ('cables') he prepared for the Dutch Foreign Affairs office are testimony to a courageous and highly independent understanding of events. Stork did not take Apartheid propaganda for granted... The reports of Dutch former diplomat Coen Stork (1928 – 2017) of the 1964 Rivonia Trial challenged misconceptions about South African freedom fighters....
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You are invited to join the Nelson Mandela Foundation in marking the 4th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's passing. The keynote address will be delivered by General Bantu Holomisa. At the event the Foundation will also outline its Nelson Mandela Centenary programme and launch the exhibition Unthreading Mandela . Event details Time: 17:30 Date: 5 December 2017 Location: 107 Central Street, Houghton - Nelson Mandela Foundation RSVP: Please confirm your attendance to noreenw@nelsonmandela.org You are invited to join the Nelson Mandela Foundation in marking the 4th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's passing. The keynote address will be delivered...
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With no less than six members of ZAM’s partner the African Investigative Publishing Collective presenting their deep-digging stories, plus the showing of Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ undercover documentary ‘Justice!’, plus a book launch on 75 years of investigative journalism on the African continent , plus the Global Shining Light Award for investigative journalism awarded to AIPC member the Premium Times, African investigative journalists occupied their deserved place on the international stage at the... With no less than six members of ZAM’s partner the African Investigative Publishing Collective presenting their deep-digging stories, plus the showing of...
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Bringing together African change makers, Dutch activists and the diaspora in a joint event of solidarity. On Monday 20 November the ZAM studio in Amsterdam was packed. In the presence of Keval Harie, director of the Gays and Lesbians Memory in Action (GALA) archives in Johannesburg and co-editor Makhosazana Xaba, we launched the exciting Queer Africa 2: New Stories . This collection brings together 26 fiction and non-fiction stories on queer identity from seven African countries and offers... Bringing together African change makers, Dutch activists and the diaspora in a joint event of solidarity. On Monday 20 November the ZAM studio in...
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Join Pak je avond!, an inclusive celebration on December 5, 2017. An evening filled with art, music, poetry, dance and food. Amongst the performing artists are: Guillermo Blinker, Babs Franklin Gons, Marassa, Marikit M. Saturay, Robin Scherpen, Glenn Helberg, Nafiss Nia, Sieger Baljon, Sahand Sahebdivani. Yahmani Blackman will host the evening. Event information Date: Tuesday December 5 Time: 18:00 - 23:00 Locatie: Mezrab, Veemkade 576, Amsterdam Ticket Program: €9.90 Ticket Meal: €7.00 Website:... Join Pak je avond!, an inclusive celebration on December 5, 2017. An evening filled with art, music, poetry, dance and food. Amongst the performing...
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LagosPhoto is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria, launched in 2010 by the African Artists’ Foundation. The upcoming 8th edition runs from November 24 to December 15. The month long event includes workshops, roundtable discussions, artists’ presentations, screenings, indoor- and large scale outdoor exhibitions. Each year, the festival is centred around a theme that engages complex cultural, political and economic issues that are defining a new Africa. This... LagosPhoto is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria, launched in 2010 by the African Artists’ Foundation. The upcoming...
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ZAM partner the African Investigative Publishing Collective, producer of the recent investigation into African Oligarchs and many others, will be out in full force to participate in the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, to be held on African soil for the first time in Johannesburg between 16 and 19 November. Some of the AIPC members who will be presenting are Premium Times managing editor Musikilu Mojeed; Africa Uncensored’s John-Allan Namu and Kassim Mohamed; Mozambican ‘ruby plunder’... ZAM partner the African Investigative Publishing Collective, producer of the recent investigation into African Oligarchs and many others, will be out in...
Idza L
This is an excerpt from Queer Africa 2: New Stories published by MaThoko Publishers, Johannesburg. The book presents 26 fiction and non-fictions stories by writers from seven African countries. 'Nine Pieces of Desires' is written by Idza L, a Kenyan writer who is interested in writing stories about women and the lives they live. The book will be presented to a Dutch audience on Monday, 20 November 2017 at 5 PM at the ZAM studio , Tussen de Bogen 66 in Amsterdam. Nine Pieces of Desire Author: Idza L... This is an excerpt from Queer Africa 2: New Stories published by MaThoko Publishers, Johannesburg. The book presents 26 fiction and non-fictions stories...
Milan Hermes
How Mandla Langa made Mandela 'sing through his own words' In Dare not linger , South African writer Mandla Langa, recalls Nelson Mandela's presidency based on the 70.000 words the ANC-leader left in the archives of his foundation. It took Langa less than a year to produce a vivid account of South Africa's transformation from dictatorship into democracy. 'Of course Mandela made mistakes, and he was the first to acknowledge these. But today the country's leadership projects its own failures on... How Mandla Langa made Mandela 'sing through his own words' In Dare not linger , South African writer Mandla Langa, recalls Nelson Mandela's presidency...
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In Algeria, a wealthy realtor, an ambitious neurologist haunted by memories of war and a young woman have to deal with the consequences of important choices made in the past. They are torn between ratio and emotion. The film Until the birds return (En attendant les hirondelles) gives a beautiful insight in the soul of contemporary Algerian society. This debut feature by director Karim Moussaoui was nominated for the Golden Camera and Un Certain Regard at Festival de Cannes 2017. In Dutch and French... In Algeria, a wealthy realtor, an ambitious neurologist haunted by memories of war and a young woman have to deal with the consequences of important...
Paul Faber
Couto’s book Confession of a lioness (A Confissão da Leoa), reads as a poetic puzzle. The storyline comes to us in fragments and unfolds very slowly and indirectly. Set in Kulumani, a small, isolated village in the north of Mozambique, it soon becomes clear that something is very wrong there, but what exactly? Mariamar, a young woman of 32, who is confined to her hut by her despotic father, represents the voice from within the village. At the same time she is very much in between worlds, as the... Couto’s book Confession of a lioness (A Confissão da Leoa), reads as a poetic puzzle. The storyline comes to us in fragments and unfolds very slowly and...
Christina Månsson
It is with great pleasure that we present the overall winner of the 2017 Uganda Press Photo Award and the Young Photographer Award: Timothy Latim and Stuart Tibaweswa. The winners were announced on October 26 at an awards ceremony held at The Square in Kampala, Uganda and the winners' exhibition was launched at the same occasion. The exhibition is now open to the public, free of charge, at The Square and runs until November 26. Jury member and photographer Neo Ntsoma summarized the quality of... It is with great pleasure that we present the overall winner of the 2017 Uganda Press Photo Award and the Young Photographer Award: Timothy Latim and...
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We congratulate African Architects Matters on their new stunning website. For seven years this Amsterdam based organisation has been working and thinking hard on pressing challenges regarding African architect and urbanism. Check out the new website . We congratulate African Architects Matters on their new stunning website. For seven years this Amsterdam based organisation has been working and thinking...
Fulco van Aurich
Witnessing Le Zoulou Blanc's farewell tour Our interview request was turned down by management because of Le Zoulou Blanc' s, alias Johnny Clegg's, health. "He suffers from a throat disease. He must save his voice for the show. Sorry." During the show we understand why giving interviews would just be a tad too much: Johnny Clegg talks a lot already during the two-and-a-half hours long gig -and fast, too, as if he wants to share a feeling with the audience that time is short. His voice does crack... Witnessing Le Zoulou Blanc's farewell tour Our interview request was turned down by management because of Le Zoulou Blanc' s, alias Johnny Clegg's,...
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South Africa today. A ZAM special More than two decades after South Africa’s transition to democracy the country is in disarray. The ideals of a revolution – non-racialism, non-sexism, non-tribalism and a constitutional democracy – are being betrayed by an elitist faction under the leadership of president Jacob Zuma. New divisions are being sown to divert attention from greed, abuse of power and intimidation. It’s ‘us’ against the West, says Zuma. But South Africans are an activist lot. Protest is... South Africa today. A ZAM special More than two decades after South Africa’s transition to democracy the country is in disarray. The ideals of a...
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On Friday the 20th of October, the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra will premiere their latest piece Leo Africanus in Podium Mozaïek in Amsterdam. With a musical narrative, the orchestra brings an ode to the special life of a world traveler and great thinker. In 1492, Hassan El Wazzan, alias Leo Africanus, fled from Granada and decided to never derive his identity from a country, a particular culture or religion. During his trip to Europe, he was captured and imprisoned in Rome. He was kept in jail... On Friday the 20th of October, the Amsterdam Andalusian Orchestra will premiere their latest piece Leo Africanus in Podium Mozaïek in Amsterdam. With a...
Bram Posthumus
Whites on screens often present a distorted reality. On the major media networks the roles of Whites when it comes to Africa is pretty easily summed up. Experts and helpers. Journalists usually don themselves, à la the inexplicably Pulitzer Prize-crowned Jeffrey Gettleman, in the garb of The Expert of the land where they were parachuted, three days or three years ago. The (mercifully former) NYT Nairobi bureau chief has gone on to write his memoirs (of course), with “Africa” as a backdrop for his... Whites on screens often present a distorted reality. On the major media networks the roles of Whites when it comes to Africa is pretty easily summed up....
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In 2011, ZAM published photographic works of Swaziland artist Nandipha Mntambo. Her work is now exhibited in the recently opened Zeitz MOCAA Museum in Cape Town. Located at the cities' Waterfront, the museum also presents the works of quite a few other artists familiar to the ZAM readership: Zanele Muholi, Nicholas Hlobo, Kudzanai Chiurai, Hasan & Husain Essop, Athi-Patra Ruga, El Anatsui, Chéri Samba and Mary Sibande. Get an impression of what Zeitz MOCAA has to offer . Revisit Nandipha Mntambo's... In 2011, ZAM published photographic works of Swaziland artist Nandipha Mntambo. Her work is now exhibited in the recently opened Zeitz MOCAA Museum in...