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5 South African Web Series You Should Be Watching

The best web shows created by young South Africans, for young South Africans.

Young South Africans have used the web series format to create eclectic and authentic South African stories. From animated hip-hop tales and food, to spirituality and discussions on modern African society, check out some of the best web shows created by young South Africans, for young South Africans.


Reconnecting Pangaea

Reconnecting Pangaea is a four-part documentary series aimed at exploring the positive and negative effects the internet is having on a modern African society. The brainchild of filmmaker Bokang Sibolla, Nadine Kutu (producer, co-writer), Lee Molefi (director, co-writer) and Moipone Tlale (video journalist, co-writer), the series takes a practical look at how technology and the advent of the internet have affected industries like culture, politics, business and education. The first episode, hosted by video journalist Moipone Tlale, explores how urban culture and its inhabitants have shifted from organic influence to online social currency. She speaks at length with former YMag editor Siphiwe Mpye and cultural entrepreneur Mpumelelo ‘Frypan’ Mpula about this shift and how it will affect urban culture going forward.

Kronikles Of Hip Hop

Kronikles of Hip Hop is an animated comedy web series created by Phaa Toonz, an online portal that produces sketches, animations, music videos and quirky web series that are, as per their slogan, "Mzansi-mnandi". The web series injects some humour into the often melodramatic SA music scene, poking fun at major events in the industry like the AKA/Cassper feud, the Cashtime debacle with Ntukza and South Africa’s most popular creative collective Boyzn Bucks. KO regularly provides content for the web series as does Cassper Nyovest, who has starred as a caricature of himself on the show. Of course, the series is just one of the brands the production house owns. They recently collaborated with Khuli Chana to create an animated video for his single "Respek."

The Spirit Series

The Spirit Series, hosted by the daughter of ANC stalwart Zweli Mkhize, Nokulinda Mkhize, explores critical aspects of mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health. A trained sangoma and spiritual healer, Mkhize puts a modern spin on a largely traditional aspect of African spirituality, giving out her consultations mainly over Skype. The series sees Noksangoma, as she’s affectionately known, discussing the role our ancestors play in love, sex and money.

Africa on a Plate

Africa on a Plate is a web series that incorporates cooking with travel and culture. Hosted by up-and-coming chef Lentswe Bhengu, the show is a celebration of South Africa’s vast and beautiful heritage and cuisine, which Bhengu indulges in every episode. The program was ultimately picked up by The Africa Channel as a full TV series, broadcasting weekly episodes in the U.S., Jamaica, the Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Lucia, Barbados, Bermuda, Grenada and other islands throughout the Caribbean. The show has since expanded into a cross-continental TV series that follows young African chefs as they travel and explore Africa.

Broke Niggaz

Broke Niggaz is a web series about a group of friends in their early twenties living in Johannesburg navigating everything between varsity, girls and the social life of the typical ‘cool kid’. Mostly set in intimate settings, the majority of the show features conversations between a group of friends interrogating their own convictions and the pitfalls of being young and cool and what that means in 2016. The brainchild of vlogger Menzi Mzimela, the show has since spawned 30 episodes.

Thapelo Mosiuoa is a Johannesburg-based copywriter, lifestyle writer and the author of an unfinished book. Follow him on Twitter at @ThapeloMosiuoa.

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Artwork: Barthélémy Toguo Lockdown Selfportrait 10, 2020. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Goes to Paris in 2021

The longstanding celebration of African art will be hosted by Parisian hot spot Christie's for the first time ever.

In admittedly unideal circumstances, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair will be touching French soil in 2021. The internationally celebrated art fair devoted to contemporary art from Africa and the African diaspora will be hosted in Paris, France from January 20 - 23. With COVID-19 still having its way around the globe, finding new ways to connect is what it's all about and 1-54 is certainly taking the innovative steps to keep African art alive and well.
In partnership with Christie's, the in-person exhibits will take place at the auction house's city HQ at Avenue Matignon, while 20 international exhibitors will be featured online at Christies.com. And the fun doesn't stop there as the collaboration has brought in new ways to admire the talent from participating galleries from across Africa and Europe. The fair's multi-disciplinary program of talks, screenings, performances, workshops, and readings are set to excite and entice revelers.

Artwork: Delphine Desane Deep Sorrow, 2020. Courtesy Luce Gallery


The tech dependant program, curated by Le 18, a multi-disciplinary art space in Marrakech medina, will see events take place during the Parisian run fair, followed by more throughout February.
This year's 1-54 online will be accessible to global visitors virtually, following the success of the 2019's fair in New York City and London in 2020. In the wake of COVID-19 related regulations and public guidelines, 1-54 in collaboration with Christie's Paris is in compliance with all national regulations, strict sanitary measures, and security.

Artwork: Cristiano Mongovo Murmurantes Acrilico Sobre Tela 190x200cm 2019


1-54 founding director Touria El Glaoui commented, "Whilst we're sad not to be able to go ahead with the fourth edition of 1-54 Marrakech in February as hoped, we are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to be in Paris this January with our first-ever fair on French soil thanks to our dedicated partners Christie's. 1-54's vision has always been to promote vibrant and dynamic contemporary art from a diverse set of African perspectives and bring it to new audiences, and what better way of doing so than to launch an edition somewhere completely new. Thanks to the special Season of African Culture in France, 2021 is already set to be a great year for African art in the country so we are excited to be playing our part and look forward, all being well, to welcoming our French friends to Christie's and many more from around the world to our online fair in January."

Julien Pradels, General Director of Christie's France, said, "Christie's is delighted to announce our second collaboration with 1-54, the Contemporary African Art Fair, following a successful edition in London this October. Paris, with its strong links to the continent, is a perfect place for such a project and the additional context of the delayed Saison Africa 2020 makes this partnership all the more special. We hope this collaboration will prove a meaningful platform for the vibrant African art scene and we are confident that collectors will be as enthusiastic to see the works presented, as we are."


Artwork: Kwesi Botchway Metamorphose in July, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 1957


Here's a list of participating galleries to be on the lookout for:

Galleries

31 PROJECT (Paris, France)
50 Golborne (London, United Kingdom)
Dominique Fiat (Paris, France)
Galerie 127 (Marrakech, Morocco)
Galerie Anne de Villepoix (Paris, France)
Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire/ Dakar, Senegal)
Galerie Eric Dupont (Paris, France)
Galerie Lelong & Co. (Paris, France / New York, USA)
Galerie Nathalie Obadia (Paris, France / Brussels, Belgium)
Galleria Continua (Beijing, China / Havana, Cuba / Les Moulins, France / San Gimignano, Italy / Rome, Italy)
Gallery 1957 (Accra, Ghana / London, United Kingdom)
Loft Art Gallery (Casablanca, Morocco)

Luce Gallery (Turin, Italy)
MAGNIN-A (Paris, France)
Nil Gallery (Paris, France)
POLARTICS (Lagos, Nigeria)
SEPTIEME Gallery (Paris, France)
This is Not a White Cube (Luanda, Angola) THK Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) Wilde (Geneva, Switzerland)

For more info visit 1-54

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