Africans Grab SAG Award Nominations, Signals More Accolades to Come

This has been a splendid year for African actors in Hollywood with two of our own being nominated for Screen Actor’s Guild Awards from their first feature films. Kenya’s Lupita Nyong’o, who has enjoyed a whirlwind Cinderella introduction to Hollywood, was nominated in the supporting actress category for her performance in 12 years a Slave. Somali-American newcomer, Barkhad Abdi, who played a supporting role as a hard-hitting pirate next to […]

 

Get to Know: Kenyan Fantasy Folk Duo Adeiyu

Sounds like: Lush, layered folky vocals with just a hint of electronica. The low-down: Geographically Nox and Ayo – together Adeiyu – can be traced to Kenya. Otherwise this twin duo engage from within no other world but their own. In their words: “WE’RE ALWAYS CONTRADICTING OURSELVES.” We want people to tell us apart yet we don’t want them to be able to. We want people to get to know […]

 

Get to Know: Kenyan Afro-pop Band Ma3

Sounds like: If Freshly Ground were Kenyan they would be something along the lines of Ma3. The low-down: Likely the most well-rounded African band you’ll come across, Ma3 has amongst its members consummate mark buy viagra 100mg eters, a youtube-schooled session guitarist (now one of Kenya’s most sought after), and one of the country’s very few buy cialis online no prescription intellectual property owners. Sauti Sol, Atemi, Asa, Nneka, FreshlyGround, […]

 

What I Wore This Week: Joan Erakit of 'The Brown Girl Files'

Meet Joan Erakit. On her three-year-old fashion and lifestyle blog, “The Brown Girl Files”, she describes herself as “Kenyan born, South African raised, American & Canadian educated, French styled, and a whole lot of adventures in between…” There's definitely much more in between; when we spoke to her she also mentioned having lived in Swaziland and Tanzania. The current Minneapolis, MN resident has been blogging about her style, and other […]

 

Film Africa Series: Kenyan Director Kamau Wa Ndung'u on 'Dreams of Elibidi'

Kamau Wa Ndung’u talks to us about film and a theatre as a means to combat the social ills of H.I.V in Kenya. His film ‘Dreams of Elibidi’ shows at the Film Africa Festival next month.

 

VIDEO: "Makmende," Kenya's Just A Band

The folks over at ARCADE 44 and Akwaaba Music were kind enough to send us a video interview they recently did with Kenya’s Just a Band, the group behind Kenya’s first viral video “Ha-He.” Check it out: Just A Band (Kenya) – “Ha-He” with Makmende from Akwaaba Music on Vimeo. Wait, there’s more: Get to Know: Tinashe// Get To Know: Iyadede// Goapele Talks New Album: “Milk and Honey”

 

Get to Know: Kenyan-American Clothing Label, SUNO

American designer Max Osteweis started SUNO following the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007 in an effort to bring a positive light to the country. Now two years later he’s teamed up with designer Erin Beatty, The two recently debuted their Fall 2010 collection at New York Fashion Week, and we gotta admit, we’d love to be rocking these garms’ come autumn.

 

New MTV Staying Alive Series “Shuga”

MTV’s Staying Alive campaign is aimed at educating young adults around the world about HIV prevention without all the statistical jargon. Part of the campaign includes the creation of Ignite Kenya, a program designed to change attitudes about sexual behavior in Kenya and surrounding countries. We’re into their new drama “Shuga.” Set in Nairobi, “Shuga” tells the tale of a group of university students living life with the looming threat […]

 

Jamhuri Wear video interview: Homecoming part 1

From a simple tusker t-shirt, Jeffrey Kimathi has grown Jamhuri Wear into Africa’s premier global street wear label. The Kenyan entrepreneur and designer meets AfriPOP! in the backyard of his South B suburb home in Nairobi, where he has returned for the first time since he left ten years ago. He describes the formative years, sketching the outline of the Kenyan urban landscape back then and narrating his own personal […]

 

Parlour Mag Round-Up: Re-cast Winnie and Kenya's Fashion Industry

The ladies at Parlour sound-off about Jennifer Hudson being cast as Winnie Mandela and the Kenyan fashion industry’s revamp. Check out the stories here

 

MTV Africa Music Awards 2009 taps Akon

Akon is the latest US superstar to sign up for the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) with Zain. The Senegalese-American multi-platinum artist and producer is set to headline at the 2009 MAMA Awards in Nairobi, Kenya on 10 October, performing alongside Fugees’ alumnus Wyclef Jean and a host of Africa’s most celebrated contemporary artists including Wahu, M.I., Samini and Lira. Says Akon, ‘Africa is my heart. I feel especially blessed […]

 

Ory Okolloh: Mother, Blogger, World-changer

I love twitter. You can do all the lurking you want to legitimately. Which sounds like a waste of time – and it can be – as tens, hundreds or thousands of tweets vie for your attention by the second but that’s also down to who you follow. We check for Kenyan social activist and Harvard-schooled lawyer Ory Okolloh. She lives in South Africa and blogs over at Kenyan Pundit, […]

 

MTV's ex-"Super Sixteen-ers" exiled to Kenya and Morocco

Oh boy… Admit it, you watch MTV’s “My Super Sweet Sixteen” (shout to Teyana Taylor) if only to wonder at all the luxuries today’s 16 year olds enjoy. Well the geniuses (ahem!) over at MTV have taken it one step further by exiling the teens to “exotic” locales like Morocco and Kenya, where life is supposedly anything but easy. I’ll admit I saw an episode last night and I kinda […]