Poetry Africa: focus on women poets

Poetry Africa 2019

Maritzburg’s Luleka Mhlanzi will be performing at Poetry Africa.

MARITZBURG’S Luleka Mhlanzi — a performance poet, actress, creative writer and a youth activist — is among 16 South African and international poets heading to the 23rd Poetry Africa in Durban from October 7 to 12.

Hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Creative Arts (CCA), the festival will be taking place at venues and schools around Durban, with the opening night and evening sessions at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on UKZN’s Howard College campus. Continue reading

AfriDocs will be presenting a host of hard-hitting doccies on BET

citizenfour

Don’t miss ‘CitizenFour’ on BET.

Throughout March, AfriDocs on BET will be presenting a series of hard-hitting documentaries focused on the struggles and challenges that face both emerging and established democracies.

From the battles of activists trying to promote and secure democracy in Nigeria and Zimbabwe, to the ways in which media investigations and leaks threaten the establishment in Ghana and the United States, these award-winning films are both entertaining and informative. Continue reading

Seven African writers have made the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlist

commonwealth Gillian SlovoSEVEN African writers have made the 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlist. Twenty-six stories by writers from 11 countries make up the shortlist.

The prize – which aims to “bring stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience” – received nearly 4,000 entries from 47 countries this year. Continue reading

Dialogue of music sounds at UKZN

Zvirmudeze Mbira ensemble (Zimbabwe)

Zvirmudeze Mbira ensemble (Zimbabwe)

The Centre for Jazz and Popular Music at the University of KwaZulu-Natal is hosting the Dialogue of Musical Sounds concert, in association with The African Music Project 10th African Cultural Calabash, at 6 pm on Wednesday, September 30. The concert will feature the Zvirmudeze Mbira Ensemble from Zimbabwe, under direction of Dr. Perminus Matiure, the Durban-based Salim Washington Ensemble (United States/South Africa) and Jo Kunnuji from Nigeria. Continue reading