Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie after a reading of her book ‘Americanah’ in Lagos in 2013.
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There is a thriving counter-current of transnational African literary life that confounds rather than caters to an international taste for "digestible" fiction.
When women are remembered as part of the Communist or any other political tradition it's often as an afterthought, or as part of the support system of the revolution.
Supporters of President Jacob Zuma in full cry outside the court during his 2006 rape trial.
South Africa has changed since Jacob Zuma's 2006 rape trial. In recent years, a new and assertive feminist movement has emerged and attacks on the president have become common cause.
The design and colours of the bead work convey particular messages.
Colourful glass beads and red blankets play an important role in Maasai culture. But their origins are surprising, and provide an interesting insight into cultural exchanges between Europe and Africa.
Andile Gumbi beats down his opponent Given Mkhize in the King Kong musical.
The returned musical "King Kong" embodies the germinating seeds of two potential and mutually exclusive South Africas.
‘The Dictator’ (2012) by Sacha Baron-Cohen plays on the fact that kitsch is used by dictators and fundamentalists to redefine our world.
Kitsch has slowly become the main cultural reference for all that surrounds us, and thrives in propaganda.
Women in colourful traditional dress in Nosy Be, Madagascar.
Island philosophies can be used to decolonise university courses and teaching. They can also advance sustainable development models and, ultimately, achieve responsible tourism.
Bootlegs - across formats - have experienced buoyancy within the music marketplace for the last 40 years or so.
Bootlegs will continue to be manufactured.
The future of the bootleg might just reinvent the official release.
South African trumpeter, Marcus Wyatt.
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When they arrived in Europe in the early 1960s, South African jazz outfit the Blue Notes revolutionised the London scene. Half a century later, their music is coming home in several new projects.
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An exhibition in Berlin, called "Letters of Stone", shows that there is more to memory than words and ideas.
Nigerian 80s artist William Onyeabor.
The search for old or new African sounds is based around a nostalgia culture that is endemic to Anglo-American popular music.
Swedish organist Anna von Hausswolff.
Other than church, the pipe organ is often perceived as belonging in horror movies. But there's more to the instrument that spans most musical genres.
In Lower Fungom, Cameroon men sing while working, highlighting the local culture.
To understand the full scale of the world's linguistic diversity, we should be thinking about languages and how speakers relate to them.
Posters of various newspapers paying tribute after the death of former South African President Nelson in 2013.
Some have suggested that the publisher and author of 'Mandela's Last Years' were simply attempting to cash in on the Mandela legacy. This is not a basis for the withdrawal of a book.
The Makalani nut is a Namibian treasure.
From unpublished Master's thesis of Michelle Olga van Wyk
Namibian crafters may be on the verge of commercial success with the carving of the Makalani nut. But they are not sure if they want to commercialise operations.
A controversial book about Nelson Mandela’s last years has been withdrawn.
The contentious book documenting Nelson Mandela’s last days that was pulled of the shelves left many unanswered questions. Judgement must be suspended until it's content is made public.
The Warhol exhibition inspired thousands of selfies at the opening.
The Andy Warhol exhibition embodies so many of the contradictions, complications and conflicts in both art and society in contemporary South Africa.
The Mendi shown here in pre-war days in use as a mail ship.
Courtesy of the John Gribble Collection
What might be the purpose of historical fiction? Perhaps to the humble and subtle to recognise and pay tribute to lives that came before us.
Bernoldus Niemand (aka James Phillips) at the Market Theatre Warehouse in Johannesburg, 1989.
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Rock music against military conscription during 1980s South Africa resonated with wider fault lines in Afrikaner society - this as the apartheid regime's grip on power started to slip.
Language and herbs travel thanks to the Rastafarian community around Cape Town.
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Ethical engagement in multilingual communication is about mutual respect. More importantly, it's about shaping a shared future through face-to-face communication.