archives : Arts & entertainment 2010


United Kingdom
Political cartoonists have long been able to hide the truth in plain sight with their comedic work, tempering bitter reality with their deceptively lighthearted humor. Celebrated comic artist Tayo Fatunla, a self-described “visual commentator,” ranks among the very best. Born in the UK, educated in Nigeria and the US, and currently living in Kent, England, Fatunla is perhaps most well-known for his illustrations for The Voice, Britain’s largest-circulation Black newspaper. His weekly Voice feature, Our Roots, profiled historical figures in the African diaspora ranging from Muhammadu Bello, Yaa Asantewa and Sade, to Barack Obama and Michael Jackson. - Monday 20 December 2010

Panafrica - United Kingdom
British rock singer Kele Okereke, on hiatus from the alternative rock band Bloc Party, hit the road for his first Solo European tour. After the June 2010 release of The Boxer, Okereke’s excellent début solo album, the 29-year-old singer-guitarist is proving that he’s not only a major songwriter but an amazing performer as well. - Tuesday 7 December 2010

Panafrica - United States
In the wake of his hit song “I Need a Dollar”—a track made newly famous by this year’s HBO comedy-drama series How to Make It in America—soul singer Aloe Blacc released Good Things in September, his second studio album with Stones Throw Records. - Monday 6 December 2010

Berlin, the German capital, has opened its first African library. Since mid-August, 2010, books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, etc, dedicated to the African continent have been put at the disposal of those who may be interested in learning more about Africa. - Monday 30 August 2010

Ivory Coast - Australia

Yannick Koffi is an exceptional and enigmatic 11 year-old musician. Affectionately called the «musical genius» by his Japanese fans, the Australian-Ivorian appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show two years ago when he was only nine. In December 2009, the young boy gave a series of concerts in Abidjan where his talent and maturity struck many including renowned musicians like, Alpha Blondie, Ismael Isaac, Kadjeem, Désiré Gadeau and Caribbean superstar Jacob Devarieux from Kassav. Yannick has been featured in several newspapers and magazines, including LIFE, The Sydney Morning Herald and London Metro who called him a «guitar hero».

- Interview.

- Monday 26 July 2010

Panafrica - United States
The 2010 Forbes list of the world’s 100 most powerful celebrities gives pride of place to diversity. Of the top five celebrities on the list, three are African-American. Topping the ranking is the United States’ undisputed talk-show queen—Oprah Winfrey followed by singer Beyoncé Knowles. - Thursday 8 July 2010

United Kingdom - Western Sahara
A photographic exhibition marking Refugee Week opened this week in Brighton with images of refugees from one of the world’s longest and most forgotten conflicts. Known as ’Africa’s last colony’ Western Sahara, was given to Morocco by the Spanish when they withdrew in 1976. A 16 year war followed and a 19 year ceasefire, but the Saharawi’s displaced by the occupation have never been able to return home. - Thursday 17 June 2010

South africa - France
Life, Above All, a feature film by Oliver Schmitz from South Africa competing in the "Un Certain Regard" category at the Cannes Film Festival in France, rubs salt into the wound as it addresses the issue of AIDS in South Africa. Seen as a shameful disease, the wait and see attitude of South African authorities turned it, in addition to the health crisis it posed, into a societal problem that saw increasing numbers of children left in the line of fire. Life, Above All is a poignant testimony on the necessity of the anti-AIDS revolution in South Africa, initiated only a few weeks ago by President Zuma. - Thursday 20 May 2010

South africa - United States
Two years after its initial release, the documentary film Courting Justice continues to inspire audiences around the world with its story of South African women who fought against all odds to win judgeships in the country’s highest courts. - Wednesday 21 April 2010

Panafrica - United States
Revered documents of medieval Islam have been getting another chance at life in Africa’s Sahel region. And the site of a great 14th-century mosque is being protected so it can be studied, too. - Tuesday 20 April 2010

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