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Digital Africa examines the many ways digital is being expressed in African life across the continent and abroad — music, business, commerce, art, film, sports, education, agriculture, story telling, etc. — digital touches every aspect of African life. So, be as creative as you dare to be!
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Ayana Helebo, April 13, 2012

Andrew Dosunmu is one of the coolest Nigerian independent filmmakers. His latest film, Restless City, tells the story of young, nomadic Senegalese immigrant, Djbirl (played by Sy Alassane), an aspiring musician, struggling to survive on the fringes of New York City. When he falls in love with a prostitute (Jamaican-born model/actress Nicole Grey) who works for the local loan shark. This is a story of love and survival with some amazing photography!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=z4VjY0h4YuI
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Nina Dumas, March 16, 2012

At the Sudan protests in Washington DC, George Clooney was arrested for peacefully protesting outside the Sudanese embassy…

http://youtube.com/watch?v=B_thaSfzLgs&feature=related
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Kendra Adebayo, March 16, 2012

I thought I’d share this wickedly atmospheric hip hop track from Gael Fay, entitled Petit Pays. It’s an ode to his home country Burundi (central Africa). Happy weekend!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=XTF2pwr8lYk
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Janet Pearson, March 15, 2012

White Elephants, (nzoku ya pembe) is an upcoming documentary on the central post office and its employees in Kinshasa, DR Congo. This grand relic of the colonial past has trapped its employees in a frozen timewarp from which they are planning their escape.

http://vimeo.com/17891483
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Jenny Knuthsen, March 7, 2012

The film ASMAWA is not just a film about a “Euro-boy” riding brakeless down a mountain road in East Africa’s Eritrea. It’s more the story of a pure-hearted athlete who discovers a new world – not least within himself… Little did I know about the rich bike tradition in Eritrea!

http://vimeo.com/36754931
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Kendra Adebayo, Feb. 28, 2012

Bright Brass is a short film constructed in the form of a sound slide about a major issue in many African cities- street kids. In the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, where the film takes place, there are between 25,000 to 40,000 street kids facing life alone. They are either orphans or have been expelled by their families. Accusation of witchcraft is an often-cited reason for ousting a child from a household.

This self-funded film was made by Rachel Corner (photography) and Laurens Nijzink (audio). This photofilm appeared on the website of TheGuardian.co.uk on November 16, 2010 and was shortlisted for the Anthropographia Award for Human Rights 2011. Hope you enjoy!

http://vimeo.com/16083687
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Jenny Knuthsen, Feb. 24, 2012

While many know about Thomas Edison’s work on the light bulb, few know that without African-American inventor Granville T. Woods, often referred to as the “Black Edison,” that bulb might never have lighted.

What Color is My World? The Lost History of African American Inventors,” tells the untold stories of countless black inventors. Fun book for kids and adults!

http://wcfcourier.com/news/opinion/blogs/on_the_shelf/children-s-book-highlights-black-inventors/article_fb92f893-fba3-5d4f-9762-f589e1293458.html
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Ricky Burkhardt, Feb. 22, 2012

Spoek Mathambo is a post-Apartheid glam-rap prince from Soweto. Breaking the notion and stereotype expectations of African musicians, his tunes don’t sound South African – no longer looking back on cultural ties, while fusing beats and sounds from synth mixers & samplers to kwaito beats…chill

http://youtube.com/watch?v=UKfwSFI8LhQ
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Ricky Burkhardt, Feb. 19, 2012

Digital artists AES+F exploring themes of post colonialism. The project features creative concepts exploring an imagined future of luxury, servitude and rituals. Think of it as a large digital mis en scene piece of artwork that play on cultural observations that reflect on the foibles, paradoxes, consumerism and stereotypes of identity formation of the contemporary world, mixed with a healthy serving of voyeurism.

http://vimeo.com/19153803
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Henry Hamilton, Feb. 17, 2012

Nneka Egbuna, Nigerian-German singer/songwriter, has a great voice and confrontational style. In 2010, she was awarded Best Indigenous Artist in Nigeria at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards. Rolling Stone describes her as “…pure hotness.” Check her out.

http://vimeo.com/25665704
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