Africa’s metal scene has been quiet compared to its counterparts on other continents. Duma rectify that, and loudly. Vocalist Martin Khanja (aka Lord Spike Heart) and guitarist and producer Sam Karugu hail from Kenya, and they relocated to Uganda to release their self-titled 2020 debut album on Kampala’s Nyege Nyege Tapes. That label is known […]
Revisiting an old favorite by Sam Mangwana’s 80s band Tiers Monde Cooperation
The first time Kenyan singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara heard the music of Bob Dylan, he was blown away. As a bow-tie-wearing, poetry-writing teenager, Ondara often felt out of place among his peers, but listening to America’s most famous folk troubadour inspired him to set his own verses to music. In 2013, at age 20, Ondara won […]
The compilation Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics showcases the proliferating dance styles of Kenya and Tanzania in the 1970s.
Ben Rawlence’s new book is an enlightening account of Dadaab, a territory rarely covered by the mainstream press.
Debra Pickett writes a novel about a reporter who abandons her story
Select reviews of screenings at this year’s Chicago French Film Festival, hosted by the Music Box Theatre.
In due time, a democratic government can be held accountable.
Ulrich Seidl’s career-topping “Paradise” trilogy screens at Gene Siskel Film Center.
Current musical obsessions of John Corbett of Corbett vs. Dempsey and filmmaker Brian Ashby
Oscar-nominated live-action shorts: Asad
I watched Dinesh D’Souza’s crappy movie so you don’t have to
Plus: Reader music editor Philip Montoro on Abana Ba Nasery, and Ga’an drummer Seth Sher on Absu, Razor, and Alphonse Mouzon
Wanuri Kahiu’s post-apocalyptic short “Pumzi” screens and YA novelist Nnedi Okorafor reads and speaks in the African Woman and Science Fiction program Sunday at the DuSable Museum of African American History.
Wanuri Kahiu’s 2008 drama “From a Whisper,” about life ten years later for those left behind by the 1998 U.S. embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya, screens today at 2 p.m. at the DuSable Museum of African American History.