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  • Kadealo, African Music

Meet the trendsetters that have shaped African music

By |2020-08-02T14:14:15+00:00July 26th, 2020|

Africa is home to a number of fantastic musical artists and genres and there are more coming to the forefront all the time. With influences from the rich cultural backgrounds of the continent, some genres that are unique to Africa have started to develop, integrating new and old world sounds to create something truly unique. The advent of numerous musical festivals such as the Gnaoua World Music Festival in Morocco and  the Lake of Stars in Malawi has opened up a world of possibilities to experience these bold new genres and artists live. Here are some trendsetters that have grown the African music scene [...]

  • Kadealo, African Art

Why you should invest in African art

By |2020-06-20T15:47:34+00:00June 12th, 2020|

So, you may have friends who come back from holidays across the globe showing off the art they bought back, and maybe they even have tried to convince you that it's not only a nice holiday memoir but also a potential investment. Asian art, European art, even Latin American. But what you should be investing in right now – despite it being so often overlooked - is undoubtedly African Art. The steady increase in African Art exhibitions, such as the inclusion of the African Art Fair in the New York Frieze art week in the United States – proves that art connoisseurs and investors are [...]

  • Kadealo, African Billionaires

African Billionaires – Meet the people shaping the continent

By |2020-06-04T20:40:43+00:00June 1st, 2020|

In Africa, the land so often proclaimed as “the forgotten continent”, a pseudonym referring to the general lack of knowledge about it from people who live in the “West”, a surprise to many people would be the number of African billionaires now emerging in the continent: a testament to the economic boom many African countries are currently experiencing. As of 2016, the number of billionaires stood at 24 across the continent. This article will take a look at the top 10 Billionaires from across Africa, based on their philanthropy, involvement in politics, and controversy as much as their wealth.  Courtesy of SDG [...]

  • Kadealo, African Games

Planning a games evening? Try out these traditional African games

By |2020-06-05T11:49:06+00:00June 1st, 2020|

When you think of strange and unique countries, far removed from your own, undoubtedly one of the things that comes to mind amongst thoughts of new foods, scenery and cultures is the various games they might play to pass the time. Africa, the wide and varied continent it is, plays host to some odd, but also oddly entertaining African games, often played with just the things you literally have in front of you such as stones on the ground. Read on further to learn about the top ten games played throughout Africa, and maybe try something new out for yourself! Courtesy of [...]

  • Kadealo, African TV Shows

Forget Game of Thrones! Check out these top African TV shows

By |2020-06-05T11:38:33+00:00June 1st, 2020|

Many people would probably ask the question to this title with: So, why should I watch African TV shows? Well, for one thing, it's always interesting to watch TV shows from countries you are planning to visit because you can often learn something about the culture through these. But even if you aren't necessarily planning to visit Africa in the near future, you'd be surprised at both the variety and quality of African TV shows. And in today's globalised world of high-speed internet streaming, where it's getting easier to find even the rarest films and TV shows from across the globe, why not give [...]

  • Kadealo, African Music Albums

African music: 10 classic albums to get you started

By |2020-06-01T17:18:39+00:00May 24th, 2020|

It comes as no surprise that there would be a whole host of musical tastes and talents to come from within the African continent. Home to numerous tribal groups, cultures, and traditions – all of which have their own take on traditional African music and tunes makes for extremely varied and diverse listening. Of course, some of the more recent groups and singers have additionally taken some inspiration from famous voices of the west, and have added their unique African sounds to it. Here we talk about ten African music albums and their creators to get you started listening to some great sounds from [...]

  • Kadealo, African Authors

10 African authors you should know

By |2020-05-31T14:59:03+00:00May 24th, 2020|

With other African industries such as fashion, modelling, and film taking off at lightning speed, it comes as no surprise that the literary industry would be close behind. With a large, varied, and diverse population over the continent, African authors are taking the world by storm with their unique takes on not just political situations, but also through fiction. Some of the most world-renowned authors come from the African continent, with heart-wrenching tales of both factual life stories, as well as fictional character struggles and perhaps most importantly, books that focus on real-life political issues such as apartheid.   Courtesy of Prachatai/Flickr [...]

  • Kadealo, African Novels

Top 20 African novels to read on your next adventure

By |2020-05-31T13:48:31+00:00May 24th, 2020|

It's always nice to read a novel about the country or continent you are visiting while you are travelling there, as it becomes part of the experience of learning about the culture, history or politics of the region, and enhances the overall experience you will have by nurturing a greater understanding. Here is a “Top 20” list of African novels that comprises of a variety of books for you to choose from – from historical to cultural and political – to suit all reader's tastes. Courtesy of Long Walk to Freedom/Amazon African Novel: “Long Walk to Freedom” Nelson Mandela [...]

  • Kadealo, African Movie Stars

Top 10 African movie stars blazing the screens

By |2020-05-31T11:08:50+00:00May 23rd, 2020|

It's no surprise that a continent as wide, varied and diverse as Africa would hold some of the world's most treasured people; from politicians to actors, there have been a number of fantastic and interesting pop-culture icons to come out of Africa's seemingly quiet and mysterious nations. In fact, some of our most favourite actors and actresses have come from Africa, and now are popular the world over having been in some of this centuries newest, up and coming television shows and films. This article will look at the top ten African movie stars who have captured our hearts.  Courtesy of Claudette [...]

  • Kadealo, African Film Festivals

African Film Festivals From Around the World

By |2020-05-27T15:59:59+00:00May 18th, 2020|

Few people seem to realise that the African film industry is entering a massive boom period, and this is especially true in Nigeria, where the film industry has come to be known as “Nollywood”: Films in Nigeria, and the actors, actresses and producers are bringing in huge sums of money, and “Nollywood” is now claimed to be the third largest grossing film industry in the world, only just behind India's “Bollywood” and  America's “Hollywood.” But this boom isn't just isolated to Nigeria, as more and more African nations' film industries are expanding every year. This is no doubt reflected in the number of African [...]

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