Sweden: Eritrean festival begins July 30

The 17th annual Eritrea cultural extravangaza in Sweden known as  Festival Eritrea Scandinavia, is slated to be held from July 30 to August 2 in Stockholm. Some top Eritrean artists, say the organizers, are billed to perform during the festival. They include Mohamed Osman, Said Berhanu, Bisrat Aregai, Samuel Teages and Haile Natti. It is one of […]

Film studio in search of African storytellers

After the international success of its first two feature films, South Africa’s Triggerfish Animation Studios is establishing The Triggerfish Story Lab with the support of the  country’s Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and The Walt Disney Company. Triggerfish will be investing up to $3.5m over the next three years in The Story Lab, […]

Kanvee Adams leads Liberia to Kora Music Awards

Liberia’s multiple-award winning Gospel musical star Ambassador Kanvee Gains Adams has finally achieved one of her dreams of pathing the way for her fellow Liberian artists to participate at an international award ceremony.  The all-time favorite Liberian Gospel music singer will lead her compatriots to this year’s KORA Awards, the first time ever in the […]

Liberian ebola film wins international award

Al Jazeera’s Liberia: Living With Ebola was named Best Documentary at the inaugural Mohamed Amin Media Awards (MAMA) in Nairobi, Kenya last week. Launched by Africa24 Media and Mo Sound, MAMA honours “the best quality, most innovative content and rising platforms that are changing the face of Africa.” In Liberia: Living with Ebola, Sierra Leone’s […]

How the world reacted to Sweden’s Eurovision win

The world’s press were – more or less – united in their praise for Måns Zelmerlöw’s Heroes, Sweden’s winning entry in this year’s Eurovision Zelmerlöw won Sweden’s sixth Eurovision ahead of Russia and Italy, and many newspapers picked up on Zelmerlöw’s barb aimed at Russia’s anti-gay legislation of recent years. “We are all heroes, and […]

Liberia: 200-year-old ‘sacred’ rocks preserved

While planning for the start of the Direct Shipping Ore (DSO) phase of its mining operations, ArcelorMittal Liberia did surveys in the villages close to its mining sites at Tokadeh, Yuelliton and Gangra in Nimba County, northern Liberia to determine the location of sites that are sacred to these communities. A series of consultative meetings […]

Polar Music Prize announces winners

Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie and US country star Emmylou Harris are the winners of this year’s Polar Music Prize, it was announced today. Glennie, who is deaf, is one of the leading instrumentalists in her field and has released 30 albums and worked together with such luminaries as previous Polar Prize winner Björk, as well […]

Dee Jones highlights Swedish gospel concert

US-based Nigerian gospel music star Dee Jones will highlight this Saturday’s gospel music concert in Stockholm, Sweden where he’s expected to lead a 1200-member choir. The event which will be held in Stockholm Concert Hall beginning at 6pm will also feature accomplished American pianist Patrice E. Turner and Swedish singer Samuel Ljungblahd. According to reports, the Swedish choir […]

Book review: The tales of war and peace

The author begins his narrative with a picturesque description of his current home and environment in the Mid-Western state of Minnesota but clearly Minnesota is not the beginning of the whole story narrated in the book, “Harrowing December.” This picturesque description of the scenic landscape of Otsego, Minnesota only shows how far the author has […]

UK-based Liberian writer releases new book

‘Beyond the Palm Trees’ begins with the historic arrival of American Free Black Slaves in what was known as ‘Grain Coast’, now called ‘Liberia’, and further illustrates how the acquisition of land began in the country that paved the way to the establishment of the famous ‘Oil Palm Plantations Company’. ‘Beyond the Palm Trees’, written […]