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Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam 2016 – Register Now!

This year’s Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam (AFWA) will take place from 25 to 27 August at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, organisers have announced. Emerging fashion designers from 24 countries will take part in the three-day event celebrating African and African-inspired fashion, art and cultural heritage. AFWA 2016 kicks off with a press conference on 24 August, providing an …

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Hugh Masekela receives 2016 Africa Festival Prize in Würzburg

South African legend Hugh Masekela has been awarded this year’s Africa Festival Prize for his lifetime achievement. Visibly moved, the Jazz musician who performed during the festival, which took place on 26-29 May in the Bavarian town of Würzburg, thanked the organisers for the honour done him. About 80,000 visitors made this year’s Africa Festival one of the most successful …

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Berlin celebrates Africa as Kenako Festival opens!

The African festival in the federal capital of Berlin opens on 2 June with a wide-ranging programme including live concerts, dance workshops, a bazaar and workshops at the popular Alexanderplatz in the city centre. The Festival is visited by around 5,000 people daily! Kenako Afrika Festival, from 2-12 June, parades established and up-and-coming artists, including Wiyaala, the creative artist from …

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Leading African Festivals in Germany

The annual summer season of African music and culture in Germany has gone into full swing. Here are the Top Festivals promising an unforgettable experience: ———————————————- Afrika Karibik Kultur Festival Starnberg 6 – 10 June / Starnberg, Seepromenade Festival features various international musicians, dancers and groups of African and Caribbean origin.  Plus exotic drinks and wonderfully fresh Caribbean summer cocktails …

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Ebeano, the place to be in Berlin!

Nigerian restaurant makes waves in Berlin with delicacies straight from mama’s kitchen   Ebeano, which roughly translates as “the place to be” in the Igbo language, is the name of a Nigerian restaurant in Pohlstrasse, off the popular Potsdamer Strasse in the Tiergarten district of Berlin. Owner and chef Vincent Nnamani, a trained builder (he has a diploma in building …

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Papa Wemba given glorious farewell in Kinshasa

Thousands of people attended several funeral events for Congolese music star Papa Wemba on 2-4 April in the country’s capital, Kinshasa. His body laid in the parliamentary building for an official commemoration and later at his family home for the public to view, among other activities giving the super star of African music a fitting departure.  President Joseph Kabila delivered …

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Africa’s foremost film award holds in June

The 12th edition of Africa’s foremost reward and recognition scheme for filmmakers, Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), holds on 11 June in Port Harcourt, the capital of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. This is following successful nine consecutive editions in Yenagoa, one each in Abuja, Lagos and the South African city of Port Elizabeth, respectively. The government of Rivers State …

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Top African Festivals in Germany

April-June 2016The annual summer season of African music and culture in Germany kicks off in May with various events, including live concerts and parading the crème de la crème of artistes from the continent and the Diaspora.   Black International Cinema 13 – 15 May / Berlinwww.black-international-cinema.com Afrika-Festival Birkenried13 – 16 May / Birkenried, Kulturgewächshauswww.afrika.birkenried.de Carnival of Cultures Berlin 13 – 16 May / Berlin, …

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World’s African dance contest holds in Berlin

Dancers from Europe and Africa will converge on the German capital city of Berlin from 11 to 14 May to participate at the first World Best Afro Dance Championship. The new contest, the brainchild of Cynthia Zombou, offers a platform for Afro dancers to showcase their talent, creativity and passion to an international audience. According to Zombou, the contest should …

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Cameroonian Achille Mbembe wins German book prize

Cameroonian political scientist and author Achille Mbembe has received the prestigious “Geschwister Scholl-Preis” 2015 for the German edition of his latest book ‘Critique de la raison nègre’. His book reflects the history of globalisation and deals with capitalism, colonialism and racism. One of the central conclusions is that capitalism does not only move goods around the world but also humans, …

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Win the KENAKO Award 2016 in Berlin!

You are active in a project with connection to Africa, either in Germany or in an African country? Would you like to present your work to a great audience? And at the same time have the chance to win a flight ticket to Africa? Then you are perfectly right at the Bridgebuilder’s Fair 2016!  The Bridgebuilder’s Fair takes place every …

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Tamikrest: Chatma

[Glitterbeat GB 007] With their third album, Tamikrest consolidate their “Tuareg rock” style. Band leader Ousmana Ag Mossa grew up listening to rap, metal and Western pop music and since their first album in 2008, he and his seven-strong guitar outfit deliver a rock’n’roll package that finds audiences even outside the world music scene that has adopted the older and …

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Black People in Germany

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Association of Black People in Germany (Initiative Schwarze Deutsche or ISD), the first and the most important group formed by the African Diaspora in this country for the improvement of their political and socio-economic status, Femi Awoniyi looks at Black people in today’s German society. Blacks in the German society have …

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