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The Scene In Six Sounds: South Africa

Miriam Makeba, Mama Africa

Few countries can claim a more tumultuous recent history than South Africa, and great music, as they say, comes from great tragedy. International successes from the continent’s Southern tip are few and far between, however, but home grown talent makes plenty of noise in the bars and clubs of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. The occasional artist who has broken ... Read More »

Chronicles: African Burial Ground

African Burial Ground Memorial

In 1991, work began on new federal offices in downtown New York City but excavators soon turned-up something they weren’t bargaining for, skeletal remains. Building halted while archaeologists moved in to excavate what would end up to be the largest bioarchaeological site of its kind, which uncovered 419 men, women and children. The bodies were that of free and enslaved ... Read More »

News: An Extraordinary Ordinary Life

  Shot over the course of three years, on location in Sweden, Japan, Singapore, United States, South Africa, England, Chile and Argentina, using a combination of video diary, surveillance camera, concert and tour footage as well as animations, filmmakers Mikel Cee Karlsson and Fredrik Egerstrand have committed the life and struggles of one of Swedens most interesting artists José González ... Read More »

Museyon’s Guide to the Weekend

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  Celebrations: Nelson Mandela’s birthday- The United Nations has declared Mandela’s birthday on July 18 Nelson Mandela International Day, this year he turns 92. Scores of businesses and public institutions in South Africa are mobilizing their staff to devote at least 67 minutes, representing the 67 years Mandela devoted to politics, to a good cause.   Film: There are two ... Read More »

Museyon’s Guide to the Weekend

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  Celebrations World Cup Finale – This weekend, the eyes of the world will be focused on South Africa as the month long World Cup comes to a close. Once again, two European teams will battle for first place; last World Cup four years ago saw a gripping, head-butting, finale between France and Italy while this year The Netherlands and ... Read More »

News: World Cup Captured on Canvas

  The World Cup is gearing-up this year to be quite the spectacle, with North Korea hiring actors as fans and the constant drone of the vuvuzelas driving people mad, but at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Sandton, South Africa, a different kind of spectacle is happening. To help celebrate the World Cup, Adidas has set-up their official World Cup ... Read More »

Who’s Synth for Sale, Flying Across The Bay, and Welcome to Nollywood

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  South African artist Pieter Hugo gives us a somewhat disturbing tour of Nollywood—that’s the Nigerian version of Hollywood for all you Nollywood novices out there. (Vulture)   Turns out that both Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal turned down the lead role in “Avatar”, most likely because they read the script. (SlashFilm)   If you need to get to Oakland ... Read More »

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