In light of the recent tragic and troubling events in Congo, legendary musician Fally Ipupa released an impassioned video to "Stop A La Guerra" translated into "Stop the War". This R&B song is as heartfelt as it is beautiful in its plea to stop the destruction of the beautiful country. Download the song via Soundcloud.
Irish photographer Richard Mosse's series, Infra. Mosse used Kodak Aerochrome - an infra-red film designed in the 1940s to assist the U.S. military in detecting camouflage - to photograph the people and landscape of the Eastern Congo. The film reveals a spectrum of light beyond what the human eye can perceive, turning the lush, green landscape of the Congo into a bubblegum pink. The p[...]
by Ben Payton The capture of Goma leaves the rebels in a far stronger position, and presents serious difficulties for international businesses. The capture of Goma by the M23 rebel movement on 20 November 2012 is a game-changer in the long-running battle to control the eastern DR Congo. For the first time since the rebellion was launched in April 2012, the rebels now have control of a signif[...]
Though traditionally Africa has been known for ankara cloths and head ties, within the continent fashion brilliance is often being executed in the most unexpected places, as evidenced by Congolese group Les Sapeur. Called Le SAPE, or Société des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Élégantes (Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People in English) they are known for their flamboyant impeccable style based o[...]
The long awaited single of Solange Knowles is out, and with a gorgeous backdrop set in South Africa and the famous Congolese "Les Sapeur" by her side the song was catchy and fun as well.
From one of the most thought-provoking, intelligent, and controversial rappers on the thriving French urban scene, Les Disques de Mon Père is likely to appeal as much to fans of old school soukous as to new school hip hop heads, with a lovely video that prompted us to watch Baloji's for Indépendance Cha-Cha once more. Youssoupha pays respect to his heritage by sampling classic soukous track Piti[...]
French-Ivorian designer Pierre Antoine-Vettorello once again blew away the runway as he fused together ethnic mythology and a restrained color palette, utilizing natural materials to create intricate headbands and hats. The Spring/Summer 2013 collection uses inspirations from Bassari headpieces of Senegal and Kuba textiles from Congo which have been translated into knitwear. The award-winning Roya[...]
From producer/director Yanick Letourneau comes the feature documentary, United States of Africa: Beyond Hip Hop. Released in Canada, the USA, and South Africa, the film follows rapper Didier Awadi as he tours 40 countries, outlining the tragic defeats of various African leaders who were thwarted in their progressive aims, often by Western powers. This documentary gives us a picture of the past a[...]