Q & A with Elsa M’bala on Addis'63

Last year we published Elsa M’bala’s story “December Rain” on Bakwa Magazine. We recently caught up with her to see what she’s been up to.   The main character in your story, “December Rain”, is a free spirit, belonging here…

Q & A with Mayembe Malayika on Pan-African Soul

Samyra Manka’a discusses with German singer Mayembe Malayika, highlighting roots, influences and diversity Mayembe Malayika (L) You found out about your Congolese father when you were 25, is that right?  What was that like and has this African side of…

December Rain by Elsa M’bala

“December Rain” highlights familiar, yet very important issues: displacement and homecoming. With an eye for detail and a keen sense of belonging (the kind of belonging that many citizens of the world have in common), Elsa’s story takes us from…

Eka Christa and the New School of Cameroonian Cinema

Dzekashu MacViban profiles Eka Christa, showing how her style eschews stereotypical narratives and goes for stories which are simple, delirious, funny, and highly reflective of the Cameroonian society.

Tito Valery “I Am Particularly Interested In Working With Artists Who Have A Vision "

  Interviewed by Dzekashu MacViban   Last month I introduced a collaborative project Bakwa was working on with Tito Valery in the article “Black and White are Colours Too: the Ambitious Experiments of Tito’s Photography”, wherein I discussed the experimental…

Ten Cities: Public Sphere, Urban Space, Club Culture

10 countries, 2 continents, 3 disciplines, 22 concerts, 10 photographers, and 23 authors   Whether it’s in Nairobi or in Kyiv, in Bristol or in Cairo: in all the major cities of Africa and Europe, people get together in dedicated…

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