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Laura Mvula, Michael Kiwanuka, Rodriguez & More At Glastonbury 2013

African music at Glastonbury Festival 2013.


*photo via the BBC

This year's Glastonbury featured an impressive array of Okayafricans, with Laura Mvula, Michael Kiwanuka, Malians Fatoumata Diawara, Bassekou Kouyate, Rokia Traoré, South Sudanese rapper Emmanuel Jal, , FOKN Bois, the legendary Rodriguez all hitting the stage. We compiled some of our favorite videos from the week. We're especially goose bumping from this acoustic footage of Fatoumata Diawara playing "Sowa" for the BBC. Keep an eye on this space for more videos as they drop!

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10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

Around the world, Nigerians in the diaspora have picked up the mantle of protesting peacefully against police brutality and violence. These gatherings are a direct extension of the nationwide protests that were brought to a tragic halt in Lagos after soldiers of the Nigerian army fired guns at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate venue.

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression and this has been represented significantly in cinema. This list, while not an exhaustive one, attempts to contextualize this rich cinematic history, tracing the complex and diverse ways that protest culture have been reflected in African film. From influential classics that are now considered required viewing to fascinating portraits of individual resistance, these films are proof that the struggle continues, regardless.

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