The new queens of Afrobeat

It seemed inevitable that Nigerian-German singer Nneka would make a roots trip album. The 34-year-old accompanied Damian Marley and Nas on their 2010 Distant Relatives tour, a project that updated a well-trodden route of Caribbean to African awakening with a punchy, hip-hop-moulded attitude. This enthusiasm has been manifested within Nneka and so My Fairy Tales…

The Mask You Live In

Watch the trailer for The Mask You Live In, a documentary from The Representation Project, which uses film as a catalyst for cultural transformation by challenging limiting stereotypes. The Mask You Live In follows “boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity”. Image –…

Kagiso Lesego Molope is at odds with Percy Fitzpatrick

Kagiso Lesego Molope has won the English Academy of Southern Africa’s Percy Fitzpatrick prize for youth literature for her novel This Book Betrays My Brother (Oxford University Press, 2012). Describe yourself in a sentence. Township post-apartheid author. Describe your ideal reader. Everyone. There’s always something to learn from books no matter what your background, and…