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10 Leading Designers From Africa To Know

'Contemporary Design Africa' author Tapiwa Matsinde highlights 10 leading contemporary decor designers from Africa.


Master Wire and Bead Craft (Product, Zimbabwe)

Master Wire and Bead Craft: Sunburst Clock © courtesy Eric Miller for Cape Craft Design Institute– Featured in Contemporary Design Africa © Thames & Hudson

Wire sculpting is a technique practiced up and down the continent, skillfully moulded and woven into a variety of decorative objects usually for the tourist trade. Zimbabwean wire artist Bishop Tarambawamwe, who himself started out selling his wares to passing roadside trade, now takes the skill to new heights, combining the wire with tiny glass beads or seeds to create sophisticated high-end interior objects. Based in Cape Town, Tarambawamwe started his studio in 2005. His designs draw inspiration from his childhood, nature and the surroundings of his adopted home.

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Former Burkinabe President Charged with Thomas Sankara's Murder

Justice is on the horizon as Burkina Faso's former president, Blaise Compaore, is indicted for the 1987 assassination of Thomas Sankara.

Burkina Faso's former president, Blaise Compaore, has reportedly been indicted by a military court in the country's capital for the 1987 assassination of political revolutionary, Thomas Sankara. Hailed as a national hero, Sankara was assassinated alongside 12 other government officials in a coup led by Compaore before he ascended to power. In 2014, Compaore was forced to resign from his 27-year-long rule and seek exile in the Ivory Coast after continued mass demonstrations. Thirteen other political figures, including former General Gilbert Diendere, have also been indicted with charges including "assassination" and "concealment of corpses".
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​DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small Enlist Tresor on Their New Amapiano Album

"Rumble In The Jungle", the latest project from dynamic duo DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small, in collaboration with singer TRESOR, offers a refreshingly mature and pan-African amapiano sound.