Dear Gogo, A Heartwarming Tribute

10th March 2019 BY checkoutafrica

  Dear Gogo, is a tribute to my late grandmother, I hope you enjoy reading and that you can relate to it.   I remember our long phone calls like it was only yesterday. I am still coming to terms with the fact that I will never hear your voice again. Years have passed, but the memories are still as…

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Chakalaka – A South African Dish

2nd March 2019 BY Sh'anesu Gutsa

“Chuck-a-laker!” Jermaine said in a deep American accent and Cherish had to stop herself from rolling her eyes at the American exchange student staring at her lunch. “It’s called “chakalaka”, Cha-car-La-Car, not Chuck a Laker!” “Oh well, I still don’t like the Lakers”, he shrugged, telling Cherish this as if this irrelevant piece of information was supposed to provoke a…

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CheckOutAfrica Restocks Its “It Is A Privilege To Be African” T-Shirts

21st February 2019 BY checkoutafrica

” It’s A Privilege To Be African “ Celebrating the beauty of being African, the soldout CheckOutAfrica “It Is A Privilege To Be African” t-shirts are back. Restocking in CheckOutAfrica’s signature colour palette, the cotton t-shirts are available in black or white colours, with a contrasting text graphic which reads ” It Is A Privilege To Be African” dressing the front of…

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South African Restaurant Named “Restaurant Of The Year”

21st February 2019 BY checkoutafrica

The Restaurant of the year 2019 was recently named in Paris, with a small restaurant in South Africa winning the prestigious award. Located 150km from Cape Town, with a mostly female staff, who have no formal training, Wolfgat’s was crowned by the World Restaurants Awards, a new ranking to promote the vast diversity of the international culinary scene. The restaurant, which opened…

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Cultural Appropriation: Should Western Brands Use African Prints?

11th February 2019 BY Ivis

What is Cultural Appropriation?  According to the Cambridge dictionary, it is ‘the act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture’ So my question to you guys is, is it appropriate for western brands such as the Stella McCartney to use Ankara/ African Wax prints in their designs or is it cultural appropriation? Where do we draw the line between appreciation…

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CheckOutAfrica Selects: 5 Songs You Should Hear This Week

3rd February 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Featuring the best of the best, the creme de la creme, here is our curated and exclusive list of tracks by African artists you should listen to this week: 1.Zlatan & Burna Boy ‘Killin Dem’ 2.AKA x Yanga Chief “Jika” 3.Nicole Musoni x Kaytranada ‘Die With Me’ 4.Davido x Zlatan ‘Bum Bum’ 5. Yugen Blakrok ‘Picture Box’

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CheckOutAfrica Selects: 10 Must-Hear Oliver Mtukudzi Songs

3rd February 2019 BY checkoutafrica

Having released over 60 albums, there is no childhood or household in Africa, especially in Zimbabwe that didn’t enjoy the timeless sounds of the amazing Oliver Mtukudzi. Having worked with every notable name in music, including the likes of his dear friend Hugh Masekela, Ringo Madlingozi, Joss Stone and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tuku has songs that relate to every stage…

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The African Fashion Brands You Need to Know!

3rd February 2019 BY Ivis

I’m going to be completely honest with you, before 2015 I knew NOTHING about African fashion. I was completely oblivious. I think my love for African fashion was initially an accident (I know it sounds crazy right). I remember I was on Instagram and I came across an influencer in one of the first brands I ever discovered – Grass…

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Tracee Eliss Ross; Why more people need to be like her

30th January 2019 BY Ivis

Tracee Ellis Ross is one hell of an incredible woman and one who never ceases to amaze me! Last year, the fashionista hosted the AMAs and she used this as an opportunity to bring attention to 11 amazing black designers. The Black-ish actress made it a point to wear black designers throughout the entire show – even during the promotion of the event, now that…

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