Eritrean UK festival a big success

The British Eritrean Festival UK 2015, which took place on July 25 and 26 at Lee Valley in the Royal Borough of Enfield concluded its 15th Annual British Eritrean Festival UK 2015. This year the Eritrean Festival UK 2015 unlike its previous 14 years of festivities had more to offer and did much with extreme […]

Sudanese film wins at South African festival

Beats of the Antonov was a big winner at the 36th Durban International Film Festival, taking home both Best Documentary and the freedom of expression award.  The uplifting documentary is a celebration of the people of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Sudan, who fought with the South for independence but now remain trapped […]

Eritrean culture weekend in London

Lee Valley in London is expected to light up this weekend as Eritreans in the UK hold their annual cultural festival. “For one weekend in every summer, it has become customary to British Eritreans in the UK to transform Lee Valley into mini Eritrea. The Festival is an important occasion for harmony, consolidation of Eritrean African unity, […]

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 […]