Sunday, 15 November 2009 05:57
Art & Life / Review
By Amel Belay
A Personal Journey to the Spirit of Zanzibar
Amel Belay made a trip to cover the music of the Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar that became a spiritual journey for herself, as a woman and as a Muslim. She found her parallel universe.
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Tuesday, 12 January 2010 18:57PERSONAL ENCOUNTERS
By ish Mafundikwa
With Madagascar's Tarika Bé
ish Mafundikwa and Télesphore Mba Bizo were in Johannesburg for the ‘African Connections’ program of Arts Alive in September. ish took the opportunity to catch up with doyenne of Malgasy music, Tarika Bé band leader Hanitra Rosanaivo, whose musical journey he has followed since their first meeting in 1992. Télesphore speaks of the raw emotions this group stirs in the audience as the “revolution goes musical.”
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Franco Remembered 20 Years On
ish Mafundikwa came to see me and said “You know it is 20 years since Franco died and the greatest African guitarist of all time was barely remembered”. A week later he came back and loaded onto my laptop 4 photos of Franco at his last ever public performance from his personal collection. “I was there” said ish. - Editor
Art / Review
Safe Art and ‘The National Interest’
Mike van Graan was programme director for the 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture that took place in Johannesburg in September 2009. In the build-up, Mike generated a series of frank ‘discussion pieces’ via the Arterial Network and we asked our contributor Mutimbanyoka to respond to a few of his choice. Here is the first. Mike van Graan says:
Development Rooted in Culture
Mike van Graan was programme director for the 4th World Summit on Arts and Culture that took place in Johannesburg in September 2009. In the build-up, Mike generated a series of frank ‘discussion pieces’ via the Arterial Network and we asked our contributor Mutimbanyoka to respond a few of his choice. Here is the first.
For African Cultural Operators: It’s ‘Do-it-Yourself’ Time At the 2010 World Cup
Velma Kiome visited Johannesburg in September 2009 interested in whether the Football World Cup will be the African cultural showcase it has promised to be. She takes us on a short tour around some of the issues topping the World Cup agenda in South Africa.
Jose ‘Chameleone’ is a Ugandan musician with an amazing raw energy and power-house gravel voice to match. He had suffered a horrendous and still unexplained injury a few months earlier. Already a massive media and recording star in East Africa he performed his Harare debut at this year’s Nguva Yedu, Thuba Letu (Our Time) Youth Festival. Joseph Ngunjiri was there.