AFRICAN ARTS, CULTURE + SOCIETY

I am staff writer, senior sub-editor and web editor at ARISE. My main interests are African and African-inspired music, literature, film and design, as well as social politics and grassroots development.

Spoek Mathambo: Culture Vulture, ARISE

Interview with South African Afro-futurist rapper and producer Spoek Mathambo ont he launch his of album Father Creeper.

Ten Minutes With… Mayra Andrade, ARISE

Interview with Cape Verdean singer-songwriter Mayra Andrade about her freedom fighter father, living a nomadic lifestyle and singing The Beatles.

Ten Minutes With… Vieux Farka Touré, ARISE

Interview with the “Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré about carving his own musical path, rocking WOMAD and the important legacy of his father in his music.

Nigeria´s No 1 Samba School, ARISE

News piece on Eko Samba School, the first samba school in Nigeria.

film/tv

Inside An African Election, ARISE

Interview with Jarreth Merz, the director behind An African Election, an all-access documentary of the 2008 presidential election in Ghana.

New Build, ARISE

Interview with Nick Francis, one of the directors behind When China Met Africa, a documentary exploring the strong yet controversial business links between China and the African continent.

arts: literature, art & design

Voices in Exile, ARISE

News piece on The Last Gift, a new book by Zanzibar-born, UK-based author Abdulrazak Gurnah.

Behind the Label: Vlisco´s Creative Director, ARISE

Interview with Vlisco creative director Roger Gerards on the textile giant´s unique fabric designs, the Six Yards Guaranteed Dutch Design exhibition and why Vlisco is (and isn´t) an African brand.

politics & development

Vote With Your Tweet, ARISE

Interview with the founders of Vote or Quench which is urging young Nigerians to tweet about how the upcoming election could change their country, using the hashtag IfNaijaVotes.

Northern Suffering Too Often Forgotten, The Insight (Ghana)

Report on water shortages in the village of Larabanga in northern Ghana region, following a visit to the region.

Water privatisation, The Insight (Ghana)

Front page news report on the controversial bidding process for water privatisation in Ghana

Size Matters, ARISE

News piece on The True Size of Africa, a map showing how the size of Africa is misrepresented on many stanard maps.

Out of This World, ARISE

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