17 Crossover Moments That Highlight Africa’s Influence on Pop Culture in 2018
In 2018, pop culture’s fascination with all things African was on full display with fashion, dance moves and iconic film serving as inspiration for some of today’s biggest stars.
2Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara Makes New York Times 2018 Best Songs List
With a nod from The New York Time’s music critics, Fatoumata Diawara’s ‘Nterini’ continues to rise on the charts. Listen here.
SOURCES: Music in Africa
3Expect to See More African Foods Thanks to Millenials and Gen Z
According to the Specialty Food Association, the young continue to crave different food experiences, and 2019 is likely to be a boon for African cuisine. Here’s a primer for some of what you can expect to see.
SOURCES: USA Today
4Petition Asks Disney to Drop ‘Hakuna Matata’ Trademark
With claims of cultural appropriation, a petition asks Disney to abandon its trademark of ‘Hakuna Matata,’ the Swahili expression made world-famous by the ‘Lion King.
5She Wore Every Country in Africa: How Beyonce Slayed Global Citizen
At the recent Global Citizen festival honoring Nelson Mandela, Beyonce’s Africa-inspired fashion was on point and a beautiful tribute to the diversity of the continent.
SOURCES: The Glow Up- The Root
6Painting the Town Red in Kigali’s Former Red-light District
Remera, the Kigali neighborhood housing a soccer stadium and bordering Kigali International Airport, used to be known for little more than flophouses and the city’s red light district. But Remera is coming into its own, with this once-rundown area in Rwanda’s capital now seeing an influx of bars, sustainable-minded bakeries and artist-led boutiques.
SOURCES: New York Times
7Off the Beaten Track in Morocco
Must-do Marrakesh, the High Atlas and Essaouira are some of the country’s most popular destinations, by heading south one can discover three off-the-radar alternatives where you can immerse yourself in Berber culture, mountains and surf without the crowds.
SOURCES: Lonely Planet
8Eco Resorts Blossom in Africa
Zuri was designed to have a minimal carbon footprint, from its low-impact, stilted construction to efficient air conditioning. The hotel also uses proceeds to fund community projects: It’s established the area’s first waste management program, built several wells, and created a tourism training institute to bolster local education and employment.
9Exploring Seychelles’ Gems
Plants and animals unique to the Seychelles, including the insectivorous pitcher plants can be found in higher sections of Morne Seychellois National Park; just be ready to climb up over 100 m of granite rock in order to see them. The mountain chain that gives the park its name, Morne Seychellois, reaches a height of 905 m and overlooks the city of Victoria — perfect for your undercover adventurer.
SOURCES: AFK Travel
10A Journey down the Mighty Congo River
The Congo is one of the world’s great rivers. Along the mighty river you can find precious resources and amazing wildlife found nowhere else on Earth.