CAPE TOWN’S hip hop scene will never be the same again after the British Council South Africa’s new hip hop dance theatre showcase, Mixing It Up. It takes place on 10 and 11 March and is set to revolutionise the way hip hop is perceived in the Mother City.
THE FIRST ANNUAL Taste of Africa Fashion Show at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on May 19, 2012 will feature Spring collections from Congolese fashion designers, as well as African art and food. The annual event will empower African girls by sponsoring educational programs that teach sewing skills to girls in Africa. This year, the event will benefit The Georges Malaika Foundation’s School for Girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
THE RAT RACE IS ON its way for the 2013 African Cup of Nations, which will begin on Wednesday February 29, 2012 with 13 matches taking place all across Africa.
Art and culture from around the continent are in the spotlight in Cape Town as the African Arts Institute’s Learn Africa Love Africa event series continues. Plans are also underway to launch similar events in Johannesburg and Durban later this year.
Already a fixed event on the Cape Town calendar, AFAI’s All Africa month-end Dance Parties kick off again on Friday 24 February. The first such event for 2012 will feature DJ Jumbo whose impressive collection of classic African dance music, many on vinyl, spans thirty years. His playlist will include music from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola, Kenya, Gabon, Congo, Cameroun, Nigeria, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire and Senegal, with a taste from the African Diaspora and Cape Verde, from African guitar heroes to rolling bass lines and irresistible rhythms. Tickets are R30 at the door, from 9pm.
On Wednesday 29 February at 9am the first in a series of AFAI Coffee & Networking Mornings will introduce as guest the Artistic Director of the Royal Flemish Theatre (RFT) of Brussels, Jan Goossens. Goossens has been involved with the RFT, or Koninklike Vlaamse Schouwburg, since 1999 and took his current position two years later. He will introduce the work of the much lauded theatre and company, focusing on an ongoing international project in Congo. The event will be hosted at the AFAI offices at Union House, 25 Commercial Street. It is free of charge and with limited capacity so booking is essential. To book, AFAI 021 465 9027 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday 13 March African Film Nights continue at the Labia on Orange, in collaboration with the African Film Library. The first title to be screened is Le Silence de la Foret (The Forest, 2003), directed by two filmmakers from the Central African Republic, Didier Ouenangare and Bassek ba Kobhio. The drama is centered around Gonaba, a French African intellectual who returns to his country after decades spent in Europe and finds his ideas challenged by the local community. The film is in Diaka, French and Sango with English subtitles. Tickets are R30 from the Labia on Orange, 021 424 5927 or from AFAI 021 465 9027 or email@example.com
Other titles to be screened in following months include the comedies Le Ballon D’Or (The Golden Ball), directed by Cheik Doukoure (Guinea, 1994) and Lalla Hobby, directed by Moumen Smihi (Morocco, 1999), a science fiction film, Les Saignantes (The Bleeders), directed by Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Cameroon, 2007), the drama Le Destin (Destiny) directed by Youssef Chahine (Egypt, 1997) plus two short films, from Burkina Faso and Mozambique.
Details on a similar series of African Film Nights to be hosted by AFAI and partners in Johannesburg from May 2012 will be announced soon. For more information and regular updates on AFAI events and projects, sign up or consult the Calendar at www.africanartsinstitute.org.za or Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/africanartsinstitute
The African Arts Institute (AFAI) harnesses local expertise, resources and markets in the service of Africa’s creative sector. It aims to build regional markets for African creative goods, services and artists’ brands; and to build capacity within the African creative sector. The institute was launched in February 2009 with a two-year grant from Spier. AFAI also plays host to Arterial Network, a continent-wide network of artists, activists and creative enterprises active in the African creative sector and its contribution to development, human rights and democracy on the continent. For more information: www.afai.org.za
Acclaimed media personality proves that SA does have talent with the release of his debut solo album. When Port Elizabeth-based TV Host (Strictly Come Dancing), reality TV series judge (SA’s GOT TALENT) and multi-award winning performer and theatrical creator, Ian von Memerty embarks on a new project, he does it big.
In 1993, Zambia lost its soccer team due to a plane crash; 30 lives were gone, in which 18 were part of the Zambia soccer team. With this win, coach Herve Renard made sure that the whole African continent remembers them by dedicating his side’s Africa Cup of Nations win to the victims of the plane crash.
The Chipolopolo beat Ivory Coast 8-7 on penalties in Libreville, Gabon, securing the trophy for the very first time.
The Miss Africa USA Pageant Organization wishes to inform all fans, supporters, sponsors and well wishers of the scheduled broadcast of 2011 Miss Africa USA Pageant on Afrotainment TV.
Fixtures and tables for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
Amadou is set to grace our screens in the blockbuster ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’. Amadou plays the newest Vampire ‘Henry’, a part that was specially written into the legendary movie by the writers. Henry is part of the duo that makes up the much-anticipated French Coven, so having French as a second language made him more prominent to producers.
The Miss Africa USA Organization is proud to Present the new African Queen who will be representing Africa in America during her reign as Miss Africa USA 2011 – 2012. The Cameroonian Beauty, Miss Ghyslaine (GiGi) Tchouaga was crowned Miss Africa USA 2011-12 on Sunday Nov 13th in the crowded Hilton Hotel Ballroom in Silver Spring, Maryland.
The Count Down continues for the 2011 Miss Africa USA Pageant, a pageant like no other in the United States of America, celebrating African beauty. Miss Africa USA Pageant empowers young African girls as Goodwill Ambassadors and prepares them for leadership roles. African women are beautiful, bold, ambitious and very savvy but most of all they are intelligent.
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