CheckoutAfrica : SOMA – Rudeboi Video Premiere

18th September 2020 BY Zinitha

Known for his artistic presentation for his music and unique collaborations Shumba Maasai is an up and coming independent artist who is making waves in the creative scene. I have watched him perform live and he has always provided an experience whether  he performs live, or listening to his songs or watching visuals. As an African he has exposed our…

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“Pigments”, a series exploring the art of bodypainting in Africa.

9th March 2020 BY checkoutafrica

“Bodypainting has been one of the earliest and most common forms of cultural and artistic expressions, regardless of  whether it is done for religious, social or simply aesthetic reasons.  In Africa especially, bodypainting has historically had a significant place in many societies, often to signify one’s social status or belonging to a religious group. In Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, the Surma…

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Benin: A Journey into the Heart of Black Africa with Koffi Koko (2018, Dec 29-2019, Jan 12)

21st September 2018 BY aroni.calles

Benin Sacred Dances, medicine for 21st century’ Souls Ouidah Beach Koffi Koko invites us to meet his country, the former Dahomey. This experience wants to share Dance beside that expose Koffi’s point of view on Africa. Koffi Koko is known as one of the pioneers and most prominent representatives of Modern African Dance. The animistic ritual Nago and Yoruba dances learned…

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To Hell and Back with Simba Chakauya

12th July 2018 BY Rutendo Chabikwa

Is there such a thing as a common “human experience”? From the biology of our bodies, to our communities’ social structures, to our minds philosophical ideologies, and even the metaphysical stirs of our spirts – all these constitute the human experience. While we encounter these differently, the question whether or not there is something relatable to each one of us…

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The Adventure of Art & African Literature

9th June 2018 BY Uvie Giwewhegbe

The splendor of Art is the variety and the perception that emanates from it, giving room for freedom and expressions beyond explanation and this encounter with Art was a recent experience in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria where a group of four women provided a platform for Art to be expressed and criticized. Custodians of African Literature (COAL)  is an initiative…

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The Chapungu sculptures, world’s finest.

5th April 2018 BY Nathan Africa

From the moment you lay your eyes on them, it is as if a different world opens. A rich world forever narrated in stone that is. For one it is reminiscent of the famous Picasso’s iconic abstract portraiture paintings, whose work was undoubtedly somewhat African inspired. Chapungu sculptures are a minimalist’s blissful dreams. Sitting in the mineral and archaeological rich-land…

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Diaspora Art: Getting Lost In Kaylan’s Island

12th December 2017 BY Nathan Africa

  With the internet being important for how today’s world functions. Social media has thus become an oasis for artistic expressionists. Kaylan is part of the new generation of African diaspora artists uniting digital technology with artistic expression. LOST IN THE ISLAND is the title the Canadian artist goes by with her art Instagram account, which looks like an online…

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Meet Thabiso Mbambo,An outstanding Digital Artist.

15th November 2017 BY Nathan Africa

With a compelling understanding of African cultures, Thabiso Mbambo channels his love of African cultures through digital art. He has managed to narrate his contemporary Afro-punk inspired series with an outstanding visual appeal. This is the interview with the artist himself. 1. Who are you and where are you from and currently based? I’m Thabiso, 25 years old born and…

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Lifting the veil with Bright Ackwerh

6th October 2017 BY Nana Dufie

What are Abonsam Cartoons?   Self portrait by Bright Ackwerh. Courtesy of Bright Ackwerh, Growing up in a black or African household, did you ever feel like you could ask questions about sex from adults? Yeah, didn’t think so! The attitude towards sex in many African communities is often from a negative perspective. Demonizing sex has limited access to sex…

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