Start the morning with a slow burn and this new Kelela cut.
Currently reading: Ghubar Magazine’s Super5th Anniversary issue.
Celebrating the magazine’s fifth birthday, editor-in-chief and founder Sarah Diouf reflects on the past half-decade of Ghubar’s existence, starting with the pivotal life-altering moment that changed everything for her and birthed the magazine. In it, she also features other inspiring women: Mexican-born Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o whose been leaving us all in tears with her award acceptance speeches, Nigerian best-selling writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who made it on to Beyonce’s latest album without singing a single note, and pieces from up-and-coming award-winning South African designer Sindiso Khumalo'sAW13 collection.
Another highlight for me in this issue is the fashion editorial shot in Dakar, Senegal, Diouf’s country of origin, and the empowering sports-meets-women-in-dresses-and-heels photoshoot.
More info: http://www.okayafrica.com/2014/02/03/elijah-wood-african-mixtape-earbuds
Afro Express “Lahilah Ill-Allahu” [Nigeria (?)]
K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas “Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu” [Ghana]
Osakpamwan Ohenhen and His Feelings “Owman Ghe Ma Wme Ye Wmen” [Nigeria]
Cos-Ber-Zam “Né Noya” [Togo]
Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes “Ekassa 28 (Ebibi)” [Nigeria]
Thierry Boco “Divorce De Cecilia” [Benin]
Bongos Ikwue & The Groovies “Baby Let Me Go” [Nigeria]
Bella Bellow “O Segne” [Togo]
Sonny Okosuns “Ozzidi” “Steady & Slow” [Nigeria]
Victory Uwaifo “Destiny” [Nigeria]
Facing Your Work
Hey guys, it’s been a while since I’ve done a super personal post, right?!
It’s insane how much has changed for me over the last year. Shit, more than that. Over the last two years with graduating college, being jobless, the whole NY fiasco, the ex-bf drama, the emotional demons, the broke life, everything. And here I am with a website launched, my artwork making money, about to jump countries, a new found work ethic and happy. I started this tumblr in 2010 as a way to showcase my passion and dedication to Africa. I not only shared that, but I shared myself as well and we all kept evolving. I am venturing into a new area of life and for those like me who wish to combine their passions with their work as well, I leave you this:
Wherever you are in your journey, just know that you have to keep going. One step after another, one brick on top of another, you will build the work you have envisioned. You’ll hit obstacles along the way. It’s inevitable. In regards to my work, not everyone will approach you in a collaborative spirit, not everyone will give you credit as they use your work as a springboard to boost themselves, and you have to decide what your response is going to be. Honestly, the way I think about it is just- face your work. If others want to conduct themselves without integrity, that’s their business. Continue in a spirit of generosity and openness.
I’ve worked hard to build this platform with the goal of highlighting young African photographers and other creatives, and it’s my hope that their work will be shown on other platforms as well. Sharing new talent is part of documenting our current culture and I do this for the love of the art. (keep reading)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) & Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) collaborate to exhibit 'Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa' on view at YBCA February 21- June 29, 2014. The opening night reception will be held on Friday, February 21, 8-10 PM and includes music and performance from an array of artists. To purchase tickets and/ or view related exhibition events visit Here.
"Public Intimacy focuses on contemporary artists’ explorations of interpersonal relationships, everyday encounters, and other aspects of social life in South Africa. The exhibition features works by David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Sabelo Mlangeni, Zanele Muholi, Sello Pesa, and Lindeka Qampi, among others. Looking beyond expected images of South Africa, Public Intimacy reveals fresh and nuanced perspectives on everyday life in a complex, highly charged society undergoing tremendous change.” (Photographs Courtesy of SFMOMA + YBCA).
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Living On Water
A collection of pictures of Nzulezo, which in Nzema language, means “surface water”, located on the western region of ghana
Photography by George Qua-Enoo