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On 5 December 2013, Nelson Mandela passed away. His life and legacy will be commemorated at numerous events between the 5th and the 15th of December, the day he was laid to rest in Qunu, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The Johannesburg based Nelson Mandela Foundation organises two tributes to Mandela on both days respectively. On December 12 a 'Mandela Rememberance Walk' will take place from the Freedom Park to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. More information: www.nelsonmandela.org In Amsterdam, two... On 5 December 2013, Nelson Mandela passed away. His life and legacy will be commemorated at numerous events between the 5th and the 15th of December, the...
Christina Månsson
How it all started: film director Juul van der Laan was making a film about science in Africa. She wanted to identify the sparks that enhance the creativity, freshness, and innovativity of Africa’s bright minds. For five weeks, with her camera, she travelled through Ghana on her own. The film MULTIVERSE Ghana is the outcome of that journey and also the first part of what is going to be a series of films about science in Africa. But before that happens, it was time for the Ghanaian premiere! The... How it all started: film director Juul van der Laan was making a film about science in Africa. She wanted to identify the sparks that enhance the...
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ZAM will be present at Africaday in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on Saturday November 7, 2015. Come and meet us at our stand where we will launch our latest special edition, the very unique The African Tabloid . The African Tabloid will be on sale during the whole event and can also be purchased on this website . Africaday has a packed programme of workshop and talks. We recommend to check out the talkshow Vice Versa draait with Babah Tarawally at 16:15-17:15 and join the book launch of De zwarte... ZAM will be present at Africaday in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on Saturday November 7, 2015. Come and meet us at our stand where we will launch our...
Gerald Kraak (1956-2014)
In this edition of ZAM Magazine we are publishing fragments from the unfinished manuscript Shadow Play by South African author Gerald Kraak, who passed away at the age of only 57 on 19 October 2014. This novel was to become the second volume of a trilogy, set in the years after 1976, when a new phase in suppression by and resistance against apartheid began. Introduction by Bart Luirink and Peter Sluiter Gerald was born in 1956 in Johannesburg. He studied English, history, comparative African... In this edition of ZAM Magazine we are publishing fragments from the unfinished manuscript Shadow Play by South African author Gerald Kraak, who passed...
Fulco van Aurich
For a split second I can see the townships red dust dwirling up. Maxolisi Majozi, aka Zuluboy, starts a rhythmic monologue, mingles his rap voice with tight baselines and energetic drums at the opening night over Afrovibes, the Amsterdam based festival. The fusion between traditional township Mbaqanga music and Dutch rockers starts with slight hesitation. The concert is at full steam when Zuluboy and Hemelbesem make the South Africans in the audience jump. It’s heavy dancing all over. The heart of... For a split second I can see the townships red dust dwirling up. Maxolisi Majozi, aka Zuluboy, starts a rhythmic monologue, mingles his rap voice with...
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The original Mandela Landscape, an art piece created by Dutch photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn and visual artist Berend Strik, has been sold for 32.500 euro. The ‘Landscape’ was handed to its new owners on Wednesday October 8 at the studio of Berend Strik in Amsterdam. All proceeds are donated as a gesture of support to ZAM. While Berend Strik had commitments elsewhere in Europe, Anton Corbijn attended the occasion. He recalled his memories of the photoshoot with Mandela more than ten years... The original Mandela Landscape, an art piece created by Dutch photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn and visual artist Berend Strik, has been sold for...
Elnathan John
An instruction manual for those who want a slice of the donor money pie The world is full of ungrateful people. People who cannot see beyond the big picture to the small mercies. People who are unnecessarily critical when they should see only the bright side. Such people question the efficacy of NGOs, for example, and criticise them for standing in the way of real solutions. They say that government should provide services like health and education and that government should be held accountable... An instruction manual for those who want a slice of the donor money pie The world is full of ungrateful people. People who cannot see beyond the big...
Babah Tarawally
In December 2013, three months before Ebola entered Sierra Leone, I was spending Christmas and the New Year there with my aging mum, siblings, and extended family. Sometimes I sat alone at the Family Kingdom Hotel, in the west end of Freetown, facing the busy street and Lumley Beach, observing the movement of people, cars and goods. It was precisely eleven years ago that the civil war had ended. The country was gradually staggering to his feet. We were still very far from achieving a... In December 2013, three months before Ebola entered Sierra Leone, I was spending Christmas and the New Year there with my aging mum, siblings, and...
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Justice! is an explosive Al Jazeera English documentary about Anas Aremeyaw Anas’s undercover crusade to rid Ghana of judicial corruption once and for all. Over a period of two years, the award-winning investigative journalist and proud member of our ZAM network secretly filmed 12 Ghanaian High Court judges, 22 other judges, and 140 court officials accepting bribes. While exposing their corruption, his actions also led to the release of alleged murderers and rapists. Kofi Annan: "Sometimes it takes... Justice! is an explosive Al Jazeera English documentary about Anas Aremeyaw Anas’s undercover crusade to rid Ghana of judicial corruption once and for...
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Free movement and strange cultures are the subjects of South African photographer Sabelo Mlangeni Once, people moved like birds: from one place to another, with the transition of the seasons, without limitations or documents. Free movement and newcomers’ struggles with alien cultures are the themes in Inyoni Yezulu ( The Swallows ), the latest work of South African photographer Sabelo Mlangeni. The photographer is building this new project as a guest of the Treehouse artist residence at the NDSM... Free movement and strange cultures are the subjects of South African photographer Sabelo Mlangeni Once, people moved like birds: from one place to...
ZAM reporters and the New Crusading Guide
Up until the very last moment they had kept hoping that not so many of Ghana’s top men of justice were so ready to be bought. In one particular court case a member of the investigative Tiger Team could barely stop himself from shrieking in disgust when a fully-dressed judge with wig and all, after pontificating about right and wrong and the need for justice, issued a verdict that was exactly what had been agreed with the violent robber’s ‘cousin’ sitting in the public gallery. It had cost 15 000... Up until the very last moment they had kept hoping that not so many of Ghana’s top men of justice were so ready to be bought. In one particular court...
Evelyn Groenink
Based on the average track record of FIFA presidents so far, Tokyo Sexwale seems the perfect candidate Mosima Gabriel ‘Tokyo’ Sexwale once told a South African business magazine that he achieved his present enormous wealth –estimated at over US$ 200 million- by simply “striking it very lucky” as soon as he started operating a diamond mine in Angola: he had, he said, immediately hit a large diamond layer. For the rest, he humbly added, he was just a “struggle veteran,” a close comrade of legendary... Based on the average track record of FIFA presidents so far, Tokyo Sexwale seems the perfect candidate Mosima Gabriel ‘Tokyo’ Sexwale once told a South...
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With his data landscape on the consumption of added sugars Ruiter Janssen has won the annual Dutch Designers ( BNO ) infographics Award 2015. The winning infographic was published in the Dutch daily nrc.next . Ruiter Janssen is the designer of the beautiful country maps in the ZAM Chronicle. The first map of his hand was one of Burundi which appeared in ZC13. A map of Mali followed in ZC14 and a map of Angola in ZC15 . The number of maps will continue to grow with each Chronicle and ultimately... With his data landscape on the consumption of added sugars Ruiter Janssen has won the annual Dutch Designers ( BNO ) infographics Award 2015. The winning...
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French economist and writer of the international bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century will read the 2015 Nelson Mandela Lecture at the Soweto Campus of the University of Johannesburg today, 3 October at 15:00 (local time). Watch the video stream here: INCOME, WEALTH & PERSISTENT INEQUALITY. French economist and writer of the international bestseller Capital in the Twenty-First Century will read the 2015 Nelson Mandela Lecture at the Soweto...
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Once people moved from one place to another without documents and limitations like birds with the transition of seasons. Free movement and the struggle of newcomers with strange cultures are the themes in Inyoni Yezulu (The Swallows), the latest project of South African photographer Sabelo Mlangeni. The photographer built on his project during his guest visit at the Treehouse artist residence at the NDSM yard in Amsterdam. Work part of Inyoni Yezulu (The Swallows), the latest project of Sabelo... Once people moved from one place to another without documents and limitations like birds with the transition of seasons. Free movement and the struggle...
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South Africa’s efforts to keep all languages alive have global impact In South Africa all languages are equal but one is more equal than the others. Teachers, students and parents alike often prefer English as a vehicle for jobs and access to education. Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng called for practical solutions in order to safeguard her countries multilingual dream rather than a desperate ‘war on English’. Phakeng’s key note speech attracted a full house at the annual Dutch Drongo Festival in... South Africa’s efforts to keep all languages alive have global impact In South Africa all languages are equal but one is more equal than the others....
Cornelia Knoll
Mohau Modisakeng is one of the many upcoming artists to look out for at this year’s Unseen , an international photography fair and festival taking place between 18 and 20 September at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. When visiting Unseen, one can expect more than ‘just’ a photography show - it is an international platform for contemporary emerging photographers accompanied by a programme of lectures, debates and a book fair. Definitely recommended if you happen to be in Amsterdam this weekend.... Mohau Modisakeng is one of the many upcoming artists to look out for at this year’s Unseen , an international photography fair and festival taking place...
Gökçe Akyüz
In July, Gökçe Akyuz joined the ZAM team as an intern. She loves Africa, investigative journalism and struggles for freedom and justice, that’s why. On the 20th of July a tragedy occurred in her home country. Here is her story. By Gökce Akyüz “It is not my country. It is the country of people who want to kill me.” This is a well-known notion among many young people in my country Turkey. I would like to explain the reason. But first, I should introduce myself. I am a Turkish citizen and have been an... In July, Gökçe Akyuz joined the ZAM team as an intern. She loves Africa, investigative journalism and struggles for freedom and justice, that’s why. On...
Cornelia Knoll
If you’re in Hamburg in October, South African Choreographer Jessica Nupen’s dance performance Romeo & Juliet / REBELLION & JOHANNESBURG will be on stage. The young South African dancers are re-telling the Shakespearean story, exploring the challenges of their young generation while moving to the beats of Johannesburgs’ lively street culture. The music is composed by Spoek Mathambo , Soweto-born pioneer of the electronic beats. Check out the German tour dates of Romeo & Juliet / REBELLION &... If you’re in Hamburg in October, South African Choreographer Jessica Nupen’s dance performance Romeo & Juliet / REBELLION & JOHANNESBURG will be on...
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As part of our promotional campaigns, a new flyer has been published. It's the first of a series carrying the best of ZAM photography. Our opening shot presents Anton Corbijn's picture of Fela Kuti, made in Paris in 1981. A luta continua. As part of our promotional campaigns, a new flyer has been published. It's the first of a series carrying the best of ZAM photography. Our opening shot...
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Igshaan Adams, a young artist from Cape Town, is going to present his multi-disciplinary exhibition Please Remember from the 29th of August in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The artist is exploring the notions of cleansing within Muslim culture and includes performance as well as sculptures and handwoven, colourful tapestries. The exhibition will open with a performance by Igshaan and his father. This show is part of his residency at 'A Tale of a Tub' and runs until the 1. November 2015. Igshaan Adams, a young artist from Cape Town, is going to present his multi-disciplinary exhibition Please Remember from the 29th of August in Rotterdam,...