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New projects from directors who dared in 2013

Jahmil Qubeka, film director. Photo©Tebogo LETSIE/SUNDAY Times/GALLO images/GETTY imagesThe year 2013 saw African cinema explode out of its conservative shell as filmmakers began to challenge local customs and authority.

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Africa's small screen rivals

Photo©fotolia; ebonylife.tvThe arrival of satellite channel TV Telemundo is bad news for the fledgling sector of African-made TV series. Will demand for African content allow our local heroes to stand up to their Latin American cousins?

 

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Ethiopia's Yegna – More girl power than Spice Girls

Ethiopian Girl Group, YenyaWhilst both Yegna and the Spice Girls were deliberately manufactured, comparisons between the Ethiopian girl group and their British predecessors are simplistic. Yegna are not in it for the money or the fame.

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Bi Kidude - A belated tribute: A "little thing" whose voice shook the world

Taarab singer Bi Kidude died on 17 April 2013/Photo©ReutersTaarab singer Bi Kidude was one of Zanzibar's greatest cultural ambassadors and influenced a generation of musicians.

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Film: Radical times for North Africa

Djamila Sahraoui incarnates Algeria in Yema/Photo©ARAMISAlgerian and Moroccan films at FESPACO herald a tough new wave of cinema.

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Rokia Traoré- A path between multiple identities

Rokia Traoré©MATHIEU ZAZZO"'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"

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Music: Sandra Nkaké takes nothing for granted

Sandra Nkaké wows audiences with her theatricality live/Photo©BENJAMIN COLLOMBELThe Franco-Cameroonian star mixes musical styles and social awareness in her latest album.

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