Taarab singer Bi Kidude was one of Zanzibar's greatest cultural ambassadors and influenced a generation of musicians.
Algerian and Moroccan films at FESPACO herald a tough new wave of cinema.
"'World music' was expecting me to be what I'm not," Traoré says. "I'm not a griotte [praise singer]. I'm not from Wassoulou. I have not been in a national orchestra. I am not able to make traditional Malian music"
The Franco-Cameroonian star mixes musical styles and social awareness in her latest album.
The fire seems to have gone out of Burkina Faso's biennial film festival as directors desert it for Europe and South Africa.
African theatre at home and in the diaspora intends to build on 2012's success.
Famed for the Inspector Wallander novels, Henning Mankell's other passion is his role as artistic director at Mozambique's only theatre.
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