So maybe Lorne Michaels does think women who aren’t named Tina Fey can be funny after all. The recent brouhaha about black American female comedians being asked to audition for spots on Saturday Night Live has pointed out the lack of diversity (and complacency in it) in the mainstream entertainment industry. But, on Youtube, women of all races have been thriving with not only clips of their stand-up comedy sets […]
2013 is the year that Afro house music started to make inroads in mainstream music across African territories. South Africa’s well established sound and scene were at the centre of this trend with its more commercial vocal outfits such as Mafikizolo, Liquideep and Micasa not only touring but also charting in several African countries – more than we’ve seen before. (Expect to see more collaborations between acts from different African […]
It’s been another exciting year for literature on the continent. Authors have continued to challenge the bounds of their creativity and prove that the generic term “African literature” is something of a misnomer. Here are some of our favorite moments of 2013: The ubiquity of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 2013 was easily Chimamanda’s most prolific yeah. Her novel Americanah, effectively a love story that explores the experience of living in America […]
Miss Black France was recently crowned and it got me wondering – what was the point? Are we still at a point where we need to beg to be included in pageants that have been including representatives of black beauty for years now? What are side pageants such as Miss Black France offering that the bigger main competitions just aren’t? I’m of two minds about this. One is they might be […]
Over the past eighteen months the UK urban music scene has seen the popularity of Afrobeats explode with pop music mostly from the West African region escaping its niche confines there to become the next big thing on mainstream radio and in clubs in England. These are just five moments from last year in no particular order that define the journey up until this point. 1. Azonto Craze Once a […]
MTV will show a special edition of the iconic Hip-hop show “Yo MTV Raps” next month. We re-imagined the concept with an All-African cast, and came up with this list of names. Which other MCs would you include?
These are not just love songs. These are songs that say something about women, all of them by people of African descent. Pop the hood to check out the list and let us know what songs you would add to it.
AfriPOP! commemorates South African Women’s Day (August 9th) by highlighting 30 women who have changed the game in their respective sectors — from a new generation to the old, in politics, culture, music and business.
Forget TV, forget radio. The internet is creating viral stars everyday. And some of them are African. We rounded up 7 cyber phenomena from the last year or so. Pop the hood to see who they are, and then tell us who or what else we should know of.
What are we talking about? Madiba’s new book, Spoek Mathambo’s new deal, Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s new film, and of course, Amber Rose. Cos who isn’t? Catch up under the hood!
Kanye West signs an African artist? Michelle Obama goes to South Africa? An African Batman? There’s so much to talk about…These are 5 things you really should know about right now. Pop the hood!
A fresh crop of African fashion designers, editors and are pushing the boundaries of African style. Whether it’s in the pages of Vogue or W Magazine, or designing for a French design house, here are a few Africans who are pushing the culture forward and determining what’s hot and what’s next…(click on the pic to see more)
Mark Kaigwa, recently back from curating the Africa Animation Film Forum at CinemAfrica in Stockholm, runs us through the new frontier in African story-telling. Here are some of the groundbreaking works of African animators and a shout out to the people behind them.
The African music scene is filled with legendary singers, from Miriam Makeba and Dorothy Masuka to Oumou Sangare and Angelique Kidjo. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we take a look at the next generation of African singers working their up to become legends…