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Drought impacts grapes harvest in Western Cape

South African Distell Group 2018 wine grape harvest was 30% down on the previous year due to drought in the Western Cape but grape quality was promising, its head winemaker conveyed.

South Africa has declared Western Cape and other regions as disaster areas as a prolonged dry spell decimated the wheat crop and reduced apple, grape and pear exports to Europe.

“The ongoing drought in the Cape has certainly had an impact on this year’s harvest,” Niël Groenewald said in a statement. “We have seen slower ripening of the grapes than usual due to smaller canopies, limited water in the soils and that which is available for irrigation.”

BOZAR: Black speaks Black

Five short stories present Europe from the perspective of the young African diaspora. A group of young, talented Europeans with roots in various African countries have dedicated months of their lives to this project by way of workshops, boot camps and studio sessions. This film expresses their loves, fears and hopes for the future in the form of poetry, rap, dance and song. Their exhibition will immerse you in the reality of the film EUphoria. You will become part of the film and follow the quest for who we are as Europeans and what we, as human beings, leave behind.

This project came about thanks to ‘Black Speaks Back’: A Belgian-Dutch non-profit organisation set up to empower young people with African roots through online videos. In this project we collaborate with Wanlov the Kubolor (Ghana/Romania) as musical director, co-writer and co-producer; brother and sister Robert-Jonathan (director) and Nohely (script) Koeyers (NL/Curacao); art director Bouba Dola (NL/Congo) and poet Susu Amina (NL/Somalia). We have also brought a fantastic group of young people together to conquer the silver screen with their own songs and choreography.

Artists: Emmanuel Owusu Bonsu, Christopher Daley & Susu Amina
Young participants/Collaboration: Robert-Jonathan Koeyers, Nohely Koeyers, Bouba Dola & a group of about 15 young Afro-Europeans initiated by Black speaks Back
Experts: Mathieu Charles, Emma-Lee Amponsah
Theme: Afro-European identity
Final output: 1 story / 5 films

Wednesday 9 May – Premiere (Hall M)

20:00 Premiere EUphoria by Black speaks Back + Q&A

Contemporary African artists at rise

Contemporary African artists have been gaining appreciation on the international art market, a boom that’s been confirmed through record sales at auction.

However these artists remain part of an emerging market niche, as the Quartz news website pointed out: “For all the excitement around African contemporary art,” it wrote in March, “the continent still accounts for a fraction of the global art market.”

Art Basel‘s latest global art market analysis, “The Art Market 2018,” showed that combined sales of African and South American art constitute less than four percent of last year’s international market share. The US, China and the UK still strongly dominate the market, largely because these richer countries count more art collectors.

 

Jürgen Dünhofen ‘in solo’

Jürgen Dünhofen is a proud participant of  @KKNK2018,  the biggest Afrikaans cultural festival held in picturesque  streets of Oudtshoorn. The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) which “turns the sleepy town into a colourful and chaotic melting pot of performance, theatre, sound and visual art” Cape Town Magazine claims.

Among  Jürgen Dünhofen  latest creations – the monumental fresco (see Tweet below) assembling precision of the Oriental calligraphy, and fluidity of the Western gestural; the power of American expressionism, and refinement of Proto-Renaissance masters. The spectacular outcome is the unique in its integrity Abstract piece, striking with its polyphony, accumulating melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic qualities. which can without doubt claim the status of South African state of art.

“A multi disciplinary Artist, I’m especially fond of installation art. Besides carving out a career as an artist I love to teach as well as explore nature”- Jürgen Dünhofen writes about himself in a few humble lines. Graduate from the University of Cape Town, he advances the endeavour of contemporary art with courage and ease, making him one of the most brilliant South African creators of his generation.

The #KKNK2018 took place from the 29th March to the 4th April 2018.

Images: social networks, courtesy of Jürgen Dünhofen

“I enjoy being close to my work being able to write phrases onto the paper. I also like the ability to show movement easily when standing so close to the piece” -explained Dünhofen to Africa Diplomatic.

‘Maqdala 1868’ exhibition in London

The UK’s Victoria and Albert Museum has offered to return on loan to Ethiopia treasures seized by British troops 150 years ago, including an ornate crown, a royal wedding dress and a gold chalice.

The overture came as some of the objects are display until June 2019 at the museum in London to mark the anniversary of the Maqdala battle in 1868.

Historians describe 15 elephants and 200 mules were needed to transport all the looted artefacts from Maqdala the capital of Emperor Tewodoros I.

“On 13 April 1868, the fortress of Emperor Tewodros II at Maqdala was besieged by British troops, – says the communiqué of Victoria & Albert Museum, announcing the display of the precious objects. “150 years later, to mark the anniversary of this significant and controversial period in Ethiopian and British history, this display presents a selection of Ethiopian objects and explores their connections to the so-called Abyssinia Campaign. The display highlights the craftsmanship and beauty of the Maqdala treasures within the context of the collection’s complex history.”

Ethiopia expo

 

 

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.

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