Spoek Mathambo’s collaboration with Vodafone’s Firsts initiative creates a new story in South African music.
A few days ago, we posted a new recording from South Africa artist and music producer Spoek Mathambo that featured a as part of a wider initiative he was involved in for Vodafone’s Firsts.
In this short video, as he travels to two provinces in South Africa, Spoek talks about how this particular collaboration came about as well as the winder context of South Africa’s rich multicultural indigenous heritage that inspired this project. It’s a great exploration into the world of various aspects of South African traditional and non-pop music, as well as the layered dynamics of the meeting of the historical and contemporary.
Early 20th century photographs of Ouled Nail Imazighen (Berber) women from North Africa - mainly Algeria, but some sources also mention Tunisia.
These women were said to be professional belly dancers who earned a living by travelling from town to town, putting on performances that are said to have some times involved nudity.
Ornamented in distinctive jewelry and make up, some times also having facial tattoos, these women stood out from many other women in North Africa who, during this time, were often veiled in public at all times.
Some of the stylish men photographed by Moroccan visual artist Hassan Hajjaj for his ‘My Rock Stars’ series.
The series highlights some of his personal inspirations in these eclectic and vibrant frames influenced by iconic African photobooth photographers and his North African heritage.
Aside from photographing his subjects and uniquely decorating each photograph, Hajjaj often dresses them up in clothes made by him and works with them to capture their individual personalities.
Some of the faces shown here are Nigerian musician Keziah Jones, Algerian singer Rachid Taha, British-Nigerian rapper Afrikan Boy, British fashion designerJoe Casely-Hayford, OBE, Moroccan musician Hassan Hakmoun and American singer Jose James.