[Blackstudies-l] Zambia's Museum of Women's History, Rappers with African Roots and so much more :)

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16 MARCH 2019
Rappers with African Roots Bridge a Hip-Hop Divide

British and French rappers rarely used to pay any attention to each other,
but all that changed when Afrobeats exploded in popularity.  Now, a cadre
of rappers of African descent are seeding their music with English and
French, and the two worlds are cross-pollinating. The shift is partly
driven by demographic change. The proportion of Britons from a black
African background doubled between 2001 and 2011, when the last national
census took place. The strong influence of African music on British rap
derives from the popularity of Afrobeats, a blend of West African,
Caribbean and American urban music, which originated in the 2000s in
Nigeria and Ghana, former British colonies. It crossed over into British
urban music in the early 2010s. The first Afrobeats hit in Britain’s top 10
came in 2012 with D’Banj’s “Oliver Twist.” The song’s video featured Kanye
West, who signed D’Banj to his record label.

Yinka Shonibare's Colorful Artworks Subvert Colonial Narratives

Famed British-Nigerian artist, Yinka Shonibare, uses his art form to create
dialogue around issues of emigration and refugees, often using wax prints
as a symbol of the African diaspora and the impact of colonialism on the
continent.     In a series of quilted textiles, sewn in collaboration with
Hereford community groups, Shonibare reimagined the people and animals
depicted on the map to explore contemporary attitudes towards refugees.
Since returning to the UK from Lagos, where he grew up, more than 25 years
ago, he has received all the accolades deserving of a British art star: he
was nominated for a Turner Prize in 2004, commissioned to create an
installation on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth in 2010, and was elected
as a Royal Academician in 2013.

Adebayo Oke-Lawal on Using Fashion as a Tool for Social Change

In this interview at Design Indaba, fashion designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal
explains how he uses his brand Orange Culture to effect social change.
Fashion designer Adebayo Oke-Lawal went to an all-boys school in Nigeria
and has always been concerned about stereotypes that exist around men,
especially when it comes to being vulnerable. "I feel like fashion will be
such a huge part of the way Africa shapes its future and the way Africa
progresses as a people on the continent and within its various countries. I
think it’s very important for us to understand the use of fashion and not
just make clothing but understand that we need to create clothing that’s
intelligent, that starts conversations, that fixes issues and pushes for a
growth from within.”

These Are the Songs, Artists, Playlists and Genres South Africans Have Been
Streaming on Spotify in the Past Year

This week marked the first year since Spotify launched in South Africa. To
celebrate their anniversary, the Swedish streaming company shared
interesting statistics that show what artists, songs, playlists and genres
South African fans have been streaming since the platform launched in the
country a year ago. Nasty C is the overall most streamed South African
artist by local audiences. Black Coffee and AKA take the second and third
spots. Black Coffee and David Guetta's collaborative single "Drive" is the
most streamed South African song by local audiences. "Collide" by Lady
Zamar and "Fela In Versace" by AKA and Kiddominant take the second and
third spots.

Culture Ministers from 16 German States Agree to Repatriate Artefacts
Looted in Colonial Era

As further evidence of a rising tide in favor of art repatriation, 16
states in Germany have signed a commitment to return works pilfered under
colonial rule. Museums in Germany not only acquired items expropriated from
the German colonies in Africa, but also—via purchases and gifts—artefacts
looted from territories under the rule of other European nations. Berlin’s
Ethnological Museum, for instance, has the second-biggest collection of
bronzes looted from Benin by British troops after the British Museum.

Nairobi’s Best-loved Food Truck

Mama Rocks was started by two Kenyan-Nigerian sisters, Samantha and
Natalie, who have given the ‘Gourmet Burger’ an authentic, African twist.
Pioneering the food truck scene wasn’t easy, though, as Nairobi was on the
cusp of regulating the innovative sector, but today their truck roams
between the buzzing Alchemist Bar and music festivals, where it draws a
young, urban crowd. It may be a modest-sized truck, but the flavours are
fresh and bold. Each burger represents a different part of Africa – the
signature dish being the Paw Paw Pow Burger, named after the sisters’ first
trip to Nigeria and their first taste of the succulent, sweet fruit. The
Kenya-themed Mango Masai Mama Burger – packed with chilli mango mayonnaise,
Cheddar cheese and roasted pepper – is also a favourite. The sisters hope
their eclectic menu will educate and inspire people to learn more about
African cuisine.

Revisiting Some of the World's Worst Atrocities

Johannesburg is home to a new state-of-the-art centre situated across the
road from the Four Seasons Westcliff Hotel, which explores the history of
genocide in the 20th century, including the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and
the Holocaust.The centre displays a permanent exhibition, as well as the
Hall of Light that houses dynamic exhibitions. There is also a collection
of resources, including more than 1,500 books and DVDs that relate to the
Holocaust and other genocides.

Harare to Bulawayo by Road

Bulawayo is a glorious but decaying colonial city with art deco
architecture, forlorn industrial estates, an abandoned racecourse, an
informal economy of street traders and empty hotels. At the Bulawayo Club,
founded in 1895, guests can rattle around its library, billiards room, bar
and collonaded restaurant. The club now operates more as a hotel than a
gentlemen's club, with its past on display to shock or amuse.

Sneaking Up on Animals on Safari just became a Whole lot Easier

With millions of Kenyans relying on solar power for their energy, a new
company has started converting existing vehicles into solar-powered
electric ones. Whilst this green option reduces the carbon footprint of the
service provider it also helps travellers to create a smaller carbon
footprint on their travels.  The e-car uses solar panels to power its
engine and is currently being used in the Serengeti National Park. Thanks
to the environmentally friendly e-safari vehicle being near noiseless, it
can approach wildlife without disturbing them, which in turn allows for a
better game-viewing experience overall. So far the idea is being trialed on
safari cars, but the Swedish company behind the idea wants to expand the
idea across Nairobi's transport network.

Make Zambia's Museum of Women’s History One of Your Stops when Visiting

It has no physical space and yet it is already changing the narrative of
the role of women in Zambia. Since 2016, its founders Samba Yonga and
Mulenga Kapwepwe have been collecting artefacts that will eventually form
part of the permanent exhibition that will be housed on the second floor of
the Lusaka National Museum. Their collection already includes a digital
archive of 5,000 pieces of audio from the colonial and post-colonial period
and quilts sewn in the 1940s that record the entry of Europeans into
southern Zambia. The arrival of colonists not only distorted Zambia’s
history, it nearly erased women’s experiences.


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