Movie | Zinder | Another Look at the Sahel

Zinder film - Aïcha Macky

The Sahel as far as the eye can see. A city, Zinder. Scars, muscles, rage,… and the rage to live too.

Last June, it was in front of a packed house that the premiere of the movie Zinder took place in Niamey.
After several international screenings the Nigerien director Aïcha Macky was back home to present her latest documentary.

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Shopping local in Niamey | 4 stores run by creative women

Zamany Accessory - Shop Niamey

Fashion, interior design or delicatessen, in the Nigerian capital creativity is flourishing and several original stores have been created, highlighting local and continental know-how. From the Koira Kano district to the old small market via Yantala, here are four stores initiated by creative and inspiring women.

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Dance Festival | Dialogues de Corps | Ouagadougou

Dance Festival - Dialogues de Corps 2020 - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

On December 9, the festival Dialogues de Corps will open its doors for a new edition : Nos Solitudes Partagées (Our Shared Lonliness), at the Choreographic Center La Termitière in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In these times of uncertainty and restrictions, the festival is adapting and this edition will have a special resonance with the presentation of mainly solos. An ode to all isolated bodies and a message of resilience and hope.

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Aftown | Streaming from Africa

Aftown - streaming african music

Aftown is a beautiful Ghanaian initiative: an online music listening platform that promotes African music and is adapted to the African market. The goals of the Aftownmusic platform are to support artists from the continent and make their music accessible to fans.

Telling the story of Africa. Making Africa. Promoting Africa. For Africans and by Africans. To showcase African music in its plurality on the web. These are the wishes of Aftown.

The best-known streaming platforms are not designed for the specificity of the African ecosystem where music is however omnipresent and the scene prolific. On the continent the internet access is often expensive and its quality is not always optimal. Moreover, in cities as well as in the countryside, credit cards or PayPal are far from being the most popular methods of payment.
In response to this observation, and backed by its experience in distribution and support for artists, Technation Ghana, TIC Ghana and the BBnZ Live label are launched the Aftown streaming platform in June 2017.

Aftown - Streaming from Africa

Aftown is an online music listening and downloading service.

The platform offers exclusively African music, labeled or independent artists: afrobeats, pop, gospel, house, high life, reggae … Aftown reveals and promotes talents beyond the few mainstream artists featured on traditional platforms.
Artists can sell their music on the marketplace and Aftown even offers workshops to help them make the most of it.
In addition, it is committed to remunerating artists as fairly as possible and makes their income available immediately.
This is a real development in a context where piracy is the law. Aftown contributes to the education of fans by inviting them to support the artists and to invest so that they can make a living from their art.

Aftown music workshop - Ghana 2020

With free and premium services, Aftown allows fans to get the music they want faster and discover new songs.
Users can pay with the mobile money system, using their phone credit, which is widely used on the continent.
The platform also strives to minimize data consumption, a key factor in a territory where the Internet is one of the most expensive in the world and rural areas are poorly connected.

We can only applaud this initiative made in Africa, which offers a unique service. And the Aftown team is ambitious with plans to expand into Nigeria and Senegal. Remaining African and developing more content, especially videos… To be continued!

Discover all of Aftown’s services and listen to music from the continent here