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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,...
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History after Apartheid by Haroon Gunn Salie will be shown at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg from the 22 of August until the 19 of September 2015. The young artist known for his public interventions works with themes of layered, often forgotten memories and violent histories in a transitional South Africa. His first solo exhibition shows his diverse approaches such as site- specific intervention, public art and dialogue-based collaboration. More information HERE and go to facebook event HERE . History after Apartheid by Haroon Gunn Salie will be shown at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg from the 22 of August until the 19 of September 2015....
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Around Cape Town? Don’t miss out on the Same Same but Different exhibition at Gallery MOMO in the Bokaap quarter. George Hallett, one of South Africa’s best documentary photographers, opened his body of work - from Apartheid area, images of the District Six and his time in exile. The contemporary arts collective Burning Museum contributed an installation of blown-up album covers inspired by Hallett’s work. {gallery}hallett{/gallery} Details: Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, 20 August until 26 September... Around Cape Town? Don’t miss out on the Same Same but Different exhibition at Gallery MOMO in the Bokaap quarter. George Hallett, one of South Africa’s...
Gustavo Costa
With no more oil money coming in, Angola’s rulers try to counter a winter of discontent by force For years, Angola’s elite rested comfortably on oil money. Even if it was an authoritarian one-party-state, protests were kept at bay as long as enough people saw dollars raining from the skies. But a winter of discontent is gripping the country. With oil prices down and coffers empty, social protest is visibly growing. The government, so far, has only responded with more repression. It was on... With no more oil money coming in, Angola’s rulers try to counter a winter of discontent by force For years, Angola’s elite rested comfortably on oil...
Lara Bourdin
Africa, Africans art exhibit in Brazil evokes slave trade, sugar cane liquor, missionary zeal and voodoo For the past eleven years, the wooden carcass of an old ship has sat in the central hall of São Paulo’s Afro-Brazil Museum. Imposing in its proportions and haunting in its decay, it has stood as the institution’s most commanding testament to the history of the transatlantic slave trade since the doors to the museum were opened in 2004. But since May 24, this ship has been replaced by different... Africa, Africans art exhibit in Brazil evokes slave trade, sugar cane liquor, missionary zeal and voodoo For the past eleven years, the wooden carcass of...
Francis Mbala
Francis Mbala was investigating treatment facilities for malaria patients in Kinshasa. It got him arrested. The University Clinics in Kinshasa, the CUK, do not form an integral part of my investigation into the spending of hundreds of millions of donated dollars meant to fight malaria in my country, the DRC. The CUK is not a beneficiary of those specific funds. It is, however, a very well-known academic health facility in Kinshasa and I had chosen this place to compare their treatment of malaria... Francis Mbala was investigating treatment facilities for malaria patients in Kinshasa. It got him arrested. The University Clinics in Kinshasa, the CUK,...
Karimatu Anas
A forced ‘child marriage’ threatened seventeen-year old Ghanaian Felicia Anongo’s pursuit of education. Or did it? When a couple of teenage girls reported a case of forced ‘child marriage’ they had come across, I put my other work on hold and took off to Nimpu village, eight hours by car from Accra, to see if something could be done to rescue 17-year old Felicia Anongo. But the story I found was different. It made me wonder why, amid the worldwide focus on the plight of the child in ‘forced... A forced ‘child marriage’ threatened seventeen-year old Ghanaian Felicia Anongo’s pursuit of education. Or did it? When a couple of teenage girls...
Selase Kove-Seyram
A Ghanaian photographer joined the hunt for a ‘most wanted’ pirate fishing ship Crime, exploitation, fish poaching and other forms of piracy pervade the high seas. Ghanaian photographer Selase Kove-Seyram joined a New York Times reporting project on this and found himself chasing a mammoth pirate fishing ship on rather wobbly legs. Standing on the deck of a 400-foot ship, hundreds of miles from the West African coast in the South Atlantic Ocean, I looked over at Ian Urbina, the New York Times... A Ghanaian photographer joined the hunt for a ‘most wanted’ pirate fishing ship Crime, exploitation, fish poaching and other forms of piracy pervade the...
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80 years after publication the Buganda court historian’s book has finally been illustrated {gallery}stultiens2{/gallery} During one of her quests through Ugandan family collections of photographs, books, manuscripts and other documents, Dutch curator and artist Andrea Stultiens made a remarkable discovery. Amid the papers left behind by Ham Mukasa (1868–1956), a chief and historian in the court of King Mutesa I of Buganda (in present day Uganda), was a list of descriptions for graphics meant to... 80 years after publication the Buganda court historian’s book has finally been illustrated {gallery}stultiens2{/gallery} During one of her quests through...
Gökçe Akyüz
A wide variety of movies from Jamaica to Uganda and South Africa to Japan. Directors and Q & A’s. Open air screenings. And nine movies from nine different countries competing for the World Cinema Jury Award . That is this year's World Cinema Festival in Amsterdam. Images: Stills from Necktie Youth Human life is the central theme in many productions. Take Necktie Youth , a movie from South Africa. We meet youngsters from Sandton, one of the wealthier areas in the country. They have very little to... A wide variety of movies from Jamaica to Uganda and South Africa to Japan. Directors and Q & A’s. Open air screenings. And nine movies from nine...
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Photos by Hans Mooren Photos by Hans Mooren View the embedded image gallery online at: https://zammagazine.com/arts?start=399#sigProIdfb36b7b884 Photos by Hans Mooren Photos by Hans Mooren View the embedded image gallery online at: https://zammagazine.com/arts?start=399#sigProIdfb36b7b884
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Our friends at the amazing Contemporary And (C&) website interviewed young South African artist Lebohang Kganye about her special relation to her grandfather, the idea of performance and being born after 1989 in Johannesburg. Read the whole story at www.contemporaryand.com/magazines/stories-about-my-granddad/ Our friends at the amazing Contemporary And (C&) website interviewed young South African artist Lebohang Kganye about her special relation to her...
Gökçe Akyüz
We are at the West India House, the former headquarters of the Dutch West India Company notoriously known for its history of slave trade. Colonialism and slavery are the themes of the recently launched Black Amsterdam Heritage Tours founded by Jennifer Tosch. So it’s the proper place to gather for a tour with 35 participants on July 16, 2015, organized by the ZAM team as a gesture of appreciation to all volunteers, partners and friends of the movement. Initially, Tosch came to Amsterdam for a... We are at the West India House, the former headquarters of the Dutch West India Company notoriously known for its history of slave trade. Colonialism and...
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Finally, The Netherlands launched its own edition of the International Nelson Mandela Day. Last Saturday, July 18, 2015, the Amsterdam based Kwaku Summer Festival was the meeting point for Mandela friends and admirers. ZAM, the South African Embassy , Afrovibes , South African Tourism , Maandblad Zuid-Afrika and, last but not least, the local ‘Samen door Mandela’ initiative gathered at a special pavilion. The audience was entertained by speakers, musicians (Berita! Tutu Poane!), poets (Diana... Finally, The Netherlands launched its own edition of the International Nelson Mandela Day. Last Saturday, July 18, 2015, the Amsterdam based Kwaku Summer...
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In the past two months, Isabelle Dusabe worked with the ZAM team in Amsterdam. Living in Belgium from Rwandan descent, Dusabe joined ZAM in order to improve her Dutch. Why? We don’t know but Isabelle says it might improve her chances of getting a job in Belgium. However, Dusabe’s real passion is dance. Something that can do without language, can’t it? 'I love dance with a capital D. When I was young and living in Rwanda it started with hiphop, house, Jamaican dancehall and modern jazz. Then the... In the past two months, Isabelle Dusabe worked with the ZAM team in Amsterdam. Living in Belgium from Rwandan descent, Dusabe joined ZAM in order to...
Gökçe Akyüz
We were there: an evening with Ogutu Muraya, a Kenyan writer, theatre maker and storyteller. On Thursday the 9th of July, 2015, Muraya gave a performance at the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development in Amsterdam, as part of its ‘Cultural Defiance’ event series. Most of his stories are based on true events driven by the past, living memories about cultural, social and political events in Kenya and the region. Muraya shared three stories with the audience. In ‘Nobody Knows My Name’ he recalls... We were there: an evening with Ogutu Muraya, a Kenyan writer, theatre maker and storyteller. On Thursday the 9th of July, 2015, Muraya gave a performance...