ART OFFERS SOLUTION IN ZIM WITH RICHARD MUDARIKI

In 2010, Zimbabwean-born painter Richard Mudariki was forced to leave his homeland for South Africa so that he could tell the stories of his people. Had he stayed, it would have been impossible for him to practise his craft without being arrested on trumped-up charges such as treason.

This is because his paintings show how a country that was once considered Africa’s bread basket and a haven for the arts has been torn apart.

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“At one point, in the 1930s and 1940s, Zimbabwe had renowned artists such as Bernard Matemera and…
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ART OFFERS SOLUTION IN ZIM WITH RICHARD MUDARIKI

CAPE TOWN X NEW YORK CITY

A city-twinning agreement between NYC & Company and Cape Town Tourism went live in February 2018. The two destination marketing agencies have pooled resources to market each other’s world-class destinations, and Cape Town is set to receive more New Yorkers who will be taking advantage of special airfare offers and more.

This is the first time such a partnership has taken place on the African continent, and that’s exciting for us,” says CEO of Cape Town Tourism, Enver Duminy.When asked: ‘Why New York City?’, we reply that in years of discussions, we have noted that both cities have much in common, and…
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CAPE TOWN X NEW YORK CITY

MaXhosa’s Laduma Ngxokolo commissioned by MoMA, New York

Laduma Ngxokolo, renowned fashion designer and founder of sought-after knitwear brand MaXhosa, continues to transcend boundaries, both locally and beyond our shores. He’s been commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York to provide a piece for its exhibition Is Fashion Modern?

Ngxokolo took to Instagram to announce the news. Other international brands that will feature include Levi’s 501 jeans, Converse All Stars and Nike.

“Got commissioned by @themuseumofmodernart to create a modern example of what I think the future holds for the prominent Aran knit that originated in the late 1800s in Ireland, among 100 fashion pieces,” Ngxokolo wrote.

The exhibition will be…
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MaXhosa’s Laduma Ngxokolo commissioned by MoMA, New York

NO PLACE LIKE BED-STUY, New York

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn must be New York’s hottest neighbourhood with the coolest people. From the striking, 200-year-old brownstones to several streets recently winning “Greenest Block in Brooklyn”, the neighbourhood has attracted an influx of artistic millennials and young couples, as well as many black-owned businesses that reflect the area’s prominent African-American and West Indian heritage.

Ban Leow, a Malaysian resident of Bed-Stuy since 2007, knows the charm of the area well and enjoys working locally at the luxury real estate firm, Halsted. “I love the architecture, the mix of cultures, including the hip-hop culture and jazz. I moved here for the…
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NO PLACE LIKE BED-STUY, New York

MDC takes swipe at Mugabe’s NYC trip

Zimbabwe’s main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), has taken a swipe at President Robert Mugabe for attending the UN Oceans Conference that opened in New York on Monday at a time when the Southern African country’s economy is floundering.

Mugabe (93) took two Cabinet ministers and his wife, Grace, with him, among an entourage of senior government officials. MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said the nonagenarian should have remained in landlocked Zimbabwe to address a myriad of problems affecting the country.

“It’s a total embarrassment; Zimbabwe is a small landlocked country and the nearest ocean is the Indian Ocean, which is about…
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MDC takes swipe at Mugabe’s NYC trip

Namibian tribes lodge case against Germany over Genocide

Lawyers representing two indigenous Namibian tribes are meeting for a pre-trial conference in New York on Thursday following a lawsuit filed earlier this year that demands compensation for the descendants of people massacred in the 20th century’s first genocide.

Between 1904 and 1908, around 100,000 Herero and Nama people were killed by German colonial leaders in South West Africa, now known as Namibia, when the territory was a German colony. German settlers, with the explicit consent of German colonial authorities, seized about one-quarter of Ovaherero and Nama lands between 1885 to 1903. Tensions eventually boiled over and in early 1904, the Ovaherero…
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Namibian tribes lodge case against Germany over Genocide