The giant fell. Today’s viewers of the 2016 South African documentary The Giant is Falling will be aware of this. Jacob Zuma resigned as South Africa’s President in February 2018 after unrelenting pressure from various citizen and political movements. However, with the benefit of hindsight/foresight, ‘The Giant is Falling’ plays like a cautionary tale warning that the giant only fell. It wasn’t slain.
With The Poets, you do not necessarily have to be a fan of African literature or intimately know the lines of the poets to hitch a ride on the freewheeling sequence of bliss and wisdom that is this film. By teaching us to appreciate the friendship that the pair have cultivated, the film helps us to understand and respect their sacred roles as poets. We are then able to listen to their wisdom and keep questioning life.
Beyond nostalgia, Africa Film Society is brewing a vibrant community of film enthusiasts at an intriguing period in African cinematic history
Yen Ara represent one of the final iterations on a quest to perfection. By dedicating his life to the music, Ebo Taylor has worked religiously to achieve what could be a near perfect sound. Not only does he achieve this on this album but he also pays homage to Fanti culture and how the communal use of music to lubricate daily chores is the main ingredient in is sonic composition.
For Kae Sun, this record is an expansion of his empathetic outlook on the conditions of a black man through music. It’s a very causal yet highly reflective look at his own experiences within a collective condition of struggle and oppression, joy and love. On Whoever Comes Knocking, with his identity as the center, Kae Sun invites clarity to his perspective by stirring up his sonic influences.
The music focused festival highlighting changing trends in the areas of art and technology, brought together a mixed bag of minds from all over the world to listen, learn, reflect and react .
For Katapila, this EP represent and exploration of the freedom and luxury afford him by succes yet it fails to make any resounding statement that sticks with you. However, you're still mesmerised into blissful dance, in typical Katapila fashion, with hard hitting bases and kinetic chords, straight from the streets of Accra.
Planets is a journey to the present starting from the future and the past at the same time. And Zaki Ibrahim’s, a specialist is blending realities is the perfect pilot for the trip.
Burkinabé Rising is definitely worth the viewing as it might be the broadest showcase of Burkina Faso’s arts and culture catalogue in one sitting. Iara Lee manages to pack the political history and social condition of the people into the film whilst defining the characteristic of the art fuelled culture of resistance in the state.