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Ofentse Pitse, first black South African woman to own and conduct an all-black orchestra | Face2Face Africa

With little formal training in music, Ofentse Pitse is the first female black South African to own and conduct the first all-black orchestra (Anchored sound). Many music maestros start playing instruments from a tender age but Pitse’s first experience with an instrument was at age 12. She picked up on the skills from mentors instead. “My teaching was unconventional; nothing was on paper. The furthest I went in music was grade three or grade four and everything else was basically mentoring. “Early this year, I reached out to two of the best conductors, one being Mr Thami Zungu, the head […]

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The Story of Senegalese Visionary Mama Casset | The Culture Trip

During West Africa’s prolific era of portrait photography in the 1900s, Mama Casset emerged as one of Senegal’s pioneering figures. When portrait photography first started to emerge from French West Africa in the early 1900s, it was almost exclusively Europeans who operated the cameras. Native subjects were prized for their exotic settings, unusual traditions and ‘primitive’ (often impoverished) material living conditions. The approach by French photographers may not have been consciously patronising or voyeuristic, but Western audiences, both in the colonies and back home, frequently enjoyed these snapshots of curious sub-Saharan culture from a silent position of assumed superiority. The […]

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Africa makes a scene: Best contemporary art fairs of 2020 | Al Jazeera

From South Africa to Morocco, fairs including new and established creatives are drawing art lovers and buyers alike. African art has been having a very long moment. Over the past 10 years, contemporary artists from the continent – from the Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui to Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu to South African photographer Zanele Muholi – have continued to build their names on the international stage. African artists have been presenting in major museums and galleries across Europe and the United States, while increasing numbers of African countries have shown at the prestigious Venice Biennale, including Ghana’s critically-acclaimed debut this […]

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Chicago artist Adedayo Laoye keeps African traditions alive through his work | Rolling Out

Tony Binns, Rolling Out The longtime couple have finally become engaged, celebrating with family and friends. (Image via NBC Chicago). Featured Image dedayo Laoye was born into the royal family of Oba Adetoyese Laoye, in Ede, Nigeria. Laoye was raised in the Yoruba tradition. He studied at Yaba College of Technology in Lagos and Howard University in Washington, D.C. These two institutions molded him toward his professional career. At Yaba, he was steeped in the methodology of the visual arts, while Howard instilled the theory of art and the legacy of Dr. Alain Locke. His exhibitions and honors include local […]

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Legacy Russell Appointed Associate Curator at Studio Museum of Harlem | The Network Journal Thelma Golden, chief curator at the Studio Museum of Harlem, today announced the appointment of Legacy Russell to serve as assistant curator of exhibitions at the Studio Museum.

Thelma Golden, chief curator at the Studio Museum of Harlem, today announced the appointment of Legacy Russell to serve as assistant curator of exhibitions at the Studio Museum.

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An African American artist’s “remixing” of apartheid-era images is raising questions about appropriation | Quartz Africa Wandering around this year’s Johannesburg Arts Fair in September, photographer Graeme Williams stopped dead in front of a familiar image. The photograph of black South African children marching past a tank of white police officers was his—except that it wasn’t.

Wandering around this year’s Johannesburg Arts Fair in September, photographer Graeme Williams stopped dead in front of a familiar image. The photograph of black South African children marching past a tank of white police officers was his—except that it wasn’t.

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