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Afropolitan festival rocks Bozar

Three days dedicated to Afropolitan art, creativity and thought, on the theme “Black Artlantic” are offering numerous dazzling encounters.
The programming of the festival is inspired by British sociologist Paul Gilroy’s ‘Black Atlantic’ concept, and honours artists and intellectuals of African descent in Europe, Africa and the United States.

From Brussels to Los Angeles, by way of Abidjan, Kinshasa, and Addis, the festival becomes a crossroads of creations, meetings, exchanges and proposes some fifteen multidisciplinary events: concerts, debates, films, premières, talks, slams, hip-hop, handicrafts market, fashion, DJ-VJ party, African cuisine, bookstore, kids programmes, dance and singing workshops, exhibitions, and more.

Marie France Vodikulwakidi, master of ceremonies of the Afropolitan Festival 2018, will present the events during the three days. Creative and dynamic, she pursues her professional carrier in Public Relations and as influencer. She founded the company Connects The Dots embodies the new generation of Afro-Belgians.

Image: Congo Eza group

Magic System at Afropolitan Festival

Magic System will be celebrating 20 years of success on stage at the Henry Le Bœuf Hall during the 2018 Afropolitan Festival, Brussels.

Born in Anoumabo, a working class district of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, A’Salfo, Manadja, Goudé and Tino, the four current members of Magic System, forged were friends long before they knew any success. While retaining its roots in zouglou, the popular music of the Côte d’Ivoire, their music mixes a range of influences, from rap to raï and including RnB, electro and pop.
Their new album Ya Foye, celebrating 20 years of Magic System, also marks a new departure: among the hits for the clubs, there are  songs calling for people to come together, messages of hope and appeals to preserve the planet.

20 years after first meeting, Magic System are still driven by an incredible energy that enables their music to cross borders, generations and cultures in an infectious spirit of enthusiasm.

South African wine producers at risk caused by drought

A three year drought that is considered once a millenium weather event has significant negative impact on the South African wine industry, particularly with that segment that is geared to the production of low-cost bulk wine which relies heavily on irrigation.

With water rights cut by 50%  in the Western Cape, wine producers are having to choose which vineyards to save.

Quotas have already been triggered to cut the amount of water available to vineyards by as much as 80% according to a “Quartz Africa”. Taking into consideration that  60% of South Africa’s wine exports are in the bulk category, and there is concern in the industry that, if South Africa can’t meet the demands, others exporters such as South America and Australia will take over the market. Once the market for South African wine export is taken by the competitors, the winning it over will be a challenge, requiring time and investment to re-introduce the African wines.

African art auction in Cape Town

In a warehouse in Cape Town docks on Saturday 17 February the art world will enjoy a thrilling event of a contemporary African art auction, organised by

Art collectors, curators, critics and artists will stream to the Cruise Terminal at the V and A Waterfront to try their chance to acquire an African masterpiece. There will be well established names: as Ayanda Mabulu, whose pieces were bought by President Jacob Zuma, and many other artists, who has not reached zenith yet such as Patrick Bongoy from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Blessing Ngobeni and Mongezi Ncaphayi. Hopefully some of the artefacts will be purchased by Museums to remain in direct contact with general public. However, as art experts say, any remarkable private collection trend to become public if reaching a certain level of quality and amount of artefacts.


South Africa humble harvest but high quality wine

They’re not yet rationing pinotage in South Africa exactly, but the country’s 3,000-plus grape growers certainly can feel some of the pain of a drought that has pushed nearby Cape Town into a state of emergency. The 2018 harvest, now under way, is projected to be significantly smaller because of depleted groundwaters and precariously low dam levels that have choked irrigation supplies, writes Beppi Crosariol for Globe Life and Style.

In the quality regions of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Swartland, “we’re looking at a diminished crop of probably 20 per cent – much smaller berries, much smaller bunches,” Marc Kent, winemaker and managing shareholder of Boekenhoutskloof, told Crosariol over the phone. In the worst-hit areas, he added, the number could be closer to 40%. And that’s on top of two already light crops since the rains began tapering off seriously in 2015.

Kent says the situation has exacerbated years of pain for many growers, who have been grappling with sharply rising labour, utility and other costs. “It hasn’t been too exciting in terms of the returns [on investment],” he said. “It’s already been under pressure for economic reasons. Now, coupled with the drought, it’s difficult.”

Zeitz MOCAA: Hlobo’ witch’ servant

In Contemporary Art Museum – Zeitz MOCAA – in Cape Town, Western Cape, the BMW Atrium stands at the heart of the museum. It provides Zeitz MOCAA with the ability to commission and exhibit monumental interventions on a scale never before seen in a public museum in Africa.

Nicholas Hlobo’s, iimpundulu zonke ziyandilandela, inaugurates the space. This seminal object, originally created for the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), combines rubber inner tubing, multicoloured ribbons, an animal skull, and pink theatre lights. As light streams in from the glass topped atrium, this massive bird hovers over us. Hlobo seduces us with the haunting lullaby he has created for this space.

As oral histories inevitably disappear, Hlobo represents the Xhosa myth of the Lightning Bird or the witch’s servant, manifesting itself as a bird or an attractive man. Hlobo, however, morphs the myth to particular personal concerns taking into account taboos associated with masculinity and violence. 

The generosity of Hlobo’s practice allows us to enter a fantastical world not normally accessible to us.

This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of BMW

Nicolas Hlob is the winner of the 2006 Tollman Award for Visual Art, the 2009 Standard Bank Young Artist Award, and a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize 2010. In 2010, Hlobo was selected as a protégé by mentor Sir Anish Kapoor as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative an international philanthropic programme that pairs masters in their disciplines with emerging talents for a year of one-to-one creative exchange.

Rustenberg Chardonnay a gem of Stellenbosch

Rustenberg is a well-known producer of high quality Chardonnays and the Stellenbosch Chardonnay embodies the house style.

A traditionally made, barrel fermented Chardonnay, the Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay is a combination of complexing factors from the vineyard, wild yeast and careful barrel age, aiming for balance and expression in each vintage.