Africa Top10 Lifestyle & Travel News

1Netflix’s First Children’s Animation from Africa is an All-Girl Spy Team Written by Women 

Mama K's Team 4

In partnership with acclaimed South African animation studio, Triggerfish, Netflix has announced its latest African project, ‘Mama K’s Team 4,’. The series follows four teenage girls living in a futuristic version of Lusaka, Zambia, who are recruited by a retired secret agent to save the world. It was created by Zambian writer Malenga Mulendema, who in 2015 was one of eight winners of the Triggerfish Story Lab, a pan-African talent search backed by the Cape Town-based animation studio and The Walt Disney Co. The series is designed by the Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope. In the past decade, Triggerfish has become a powerhouse in South Africa’s burgeoning animation industry. Its first two animated features, “Adventures in Zambezia” (2012) and “Khumba” (2013), are two of the five top-grossing South African movies of all time.

SOURCES: QUARTZ AFRICA

2Behind the Scenes of Donald Glover and Rihanna’s Guava Island    

Guava Island

See the amazing and inventive fashions in Donald Glover’s latest musical endeavor, Guava Island, which pay homage to Africa and the diaspora. Inspired by classic movies of the African diaspora such as Touki Bouki, City of God, and Black Orpheus, the 54-minute feature stars Glover as a singer trying to stage a music festival, while Rihanna plays his factory worker girlfriend. The piece includes unreleased Childish Gambino songs as well as those that might sound more familiar, like “This Is America.” 

SOURCES: VOGUE

3Sir David Adjaye Designs Memorial in Honour of Hugh Masekela

Sir David Adjaye

To honor the late, great musician and activist, Hugh Masekela, a new memorial by David Adjaye will be erected in Johannesburg. The memorial pavilion features a perforated roof top which mimics local flora capturing the light and breeze. The shadows from the surrounding plant life are reflected across the pavilion floor welcoming visitors old and new. On the base of the pavilion is a statement inscribed by the Masekela family. The structure of the pavilion will also feature specially selected stones. These stones are a representation of the various nations where Bra Hugh spent time in while in exile. The memorial will be erected over his grave at Johannesburg’s Westpark Cemetary on Heroes Acre. Barbara Masekela, representing the Masekela family, says: “Our family could not be more honoured to have such an iconic son of the soil, Sir David Adjaye design this immutable memorial pavilion which beautifully reflects Hugh’s openness and his love of Africa. A true Pan-Africanist, we are touched that the design is by a world-renowned architect born in Ghana, another part of our beautiful continent Hugh regarded as home.”


SOURCES: DESIGN INDABA

4Meet the Women Behind Tunisia’s New All-Female DJ Academy    

Tunisia Sir David Adjaye

Thanks to the Arab Spring and some enterprising women, Tunis has become an unexpected epicenter of a new all-female DJ movement. lfa Arfaoui for La Fabrique and Tia Korpe for Future Female Sounds have designed an intensive 7-day training to teach multiple facets of DJing: how to set up equipment, creating libraries, how to work with sound, EQ, BPM, self-promotion, branding, management, working with bookers and more. And, of course, practice, practice, practice. The week culminates in a live performance at Yüka, a beach-front venue with a female booker, with mini-sets from all the workshop participants capped off by a two-hour back to back from workshop instructors Tia and Noy Ära. It’s an ambitious program and, while driving from one meeting to another, Tia, Olfa and I start to chat about the goal of the Academy as a whole. It is very clear both Tia and Olfa want this to last, not just as a one-off event—but as the base for something much bigger, longer lasting.

SOURCES: OKAYAFRICA

5Fela and the Kalakuta Queens Musical Takes South Africa by Storm

Kalakuta Queens Musical

The first Nigerian production ever to play in South Africa, this musical about the life of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti takes a particular focus on his multiple marriages. The play titled “Fela and the Kalakuta Queens” chronicles Fela’s life as a musician, government critic, and his relationship with his numerous wives, whom he referred to as “queens.” The musical differs from other accounts of the late legend’s life by focusing extensively on the 27 women he got married to on the same day in 1978. Directed by Nigeria’s theater impresario, Bolanle Austen-Peters, it explores topical issues such as gender-based violence, greed, and poor governance. It was received warmly in South Africa where it has been described as the “best of African artistic expression,” according to Sibongiseni Mkhize, CEO of South African State Theater.

SOURCES: CNN

6The First South African Actress to Lead an American Television Series

Thuso Mbedu

The search for the lead role in Barry Jenkins’s adaptation of The Underground Railroad, has come to an end: Thuso Mbedu has officially been cast as Cora, the main character of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. Jenkins has given the main roles of Cora, Homer, and Caesar, three slaves who seek freedom from Southern plantations via the Underground Railroad, to actors who are relatively new to American audiences.  Mbedu may not be very well known to American audiences right now, but she is already a bona fide star in South Africa. Although she only began acting four years ago, when Mbedu stars in The Underground Railroad she’ll make history. The 27-year-old spent the past year starring on one of South Africa’s most popular television series, a soap opera called Generations: The Legacy, and also scored two International Emmy Award nominations for portraying a young woman named Winnie on Is’thunzi, a teen drama series for the country’s Mzansi Magic channel.

SOURCES: W MAGAZINE

7Marvellous Malawi

Marvellous Malawi

Nyika is the largest national park in Malawi, with a plateau reaching Lake Malawi, the eastern border of the plateau forms the wall of the Great Rift Valley. The great domes of hills have gentle slopes, making Nyika perfect for trekking and mountain biking. At around 3,000 meters, the Mulanje Massif dwarfs the lush land that surrounds it. The mountain is distinguished by giant basins of rock and narrow gullies cut by fast-flowing streams. Expect to encounter monkeys, hares, voles and a carpet of  wildflowers. Lake Malawi, one of the largest lakes in the world. The lake has more tropical fish than any lake in the world and the freshwater diving is great. The biodiversity has been recognized by UNESCO, which has made Lake Malawi National Park, the world’s first freshwater park, a World Heritage Site.

SOURCES: IOL

8Top 5 Experiences To Try While In Africa

Africa holiday experience

Africa offers the ultimate holiday experience or experiences, depending on how long you intend to stay. Either way, the continent delivers something that stays with you for all time, giving you a new perspective on the world as you know it. The question is, how do you choose your African destination by experience? Would you rather see the Great Migration in Tanzania or brave the winds and sands to stand before the pyramids of Egypt? Perhaps you’d prefer to track endangered primates in Uganda or marvel at the magnificent obelisks in Ethiopia – the list of tourist attractions in Africa is endless.


SOURCES: AFRICA.COM

9Mauritian Beach Bar among the Best in the World

Mauritian Beach Bar

Local fishermen deliver the catch of the day straight to this new little bar and grill on Ile aux Cerfs, the tiny off-shore private island that has some of the best beaches in Mauritius. Referencing the rustic shacks where islanders go for barbecued seafood with their families, it has rope swings hanging by the shiplap counter, Phoenix beers in the fridge and sunbeds clustered under straw umbrellas on the sand and in the shade of the filao trees. And the only way to get here is via the Four Seasons at Anahita, as a hotel guest, taking a boat across the glittering lagoon.

SOURCES: CNTRAVELLER

10Welcome Spring in Cairo

Spring in Cairo

Despite its dusty reputation, springtime in Cairo unleashes bursts of warmth and colour, from puffy oleander bushes to jacaranda trees shouting with purple blossoms. Sidewalks are shaded under blooming acacia trees, and Cairenes are happily shedding their winter coats and thick scarves for sandals and t-shirts. As the city reawakens, it’s the picture-perfect time for a visit.  If you prefer to sit back and take in a film, save a night in mid-May for an art house film at Zawya, which hosts the Cairo Cinema Days festival, showcasing around 40 contemporary award-winning feature and documentary films from across the Arab region. The festival also screens some historic heavy hitter films and has panels and Q&A sessions with filmmakers.

SOURCES: LONELY PLANET