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Utopias under African skies

- Africa Now

Africa is a rapidly evolving continent and it is therefore more relevant than ever to re-imagine an Afrocentric future. Africa is the continent of young people, with an average age of 19 years. This gives the continent a good reason to own the future, but is this future afrocentric?

Uganda has the second-largest population in the world, with an average age of 15.9 years. Within this youthful nation is a new generation of artists who, in the capital Kampala especially, are embracing technology such as smartphones, internet and money transfer. The current wave of artistry in Uganda also includes the low-budget movies coming out of Wakaliwood, a film studio based in the Wakaliga slum.

This seminar will explore the concept of utopia and dystopia in an African cultural landscape both in the African diaspora and on the continent. How are ideas from Africa changing the word? Is this Africa’s time?

Speakers
Spyda
from Nihiloxica. By focusing even more on the indigenous; by utilizing the natural impetus of Bugandan rhythms such as the loping, bipolar Baksimba groove, Nihiloxica unleash the full force of ancient tradition.  
Arlen Dilsizian and Derek Debru manage the Nyege Nyege Festival and label, promoting underground music from the African continent.
Hibotep is a DJ, musician, fashion designer, installation artist and filmmaker.
Dr. Sipho Sithole PhD, holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology (Wits University), he has recently started a new property – the Afrocentric Agency – a company that will create platforms for Pan-African dialogues on the most discomforting topics on post-coloniality, whilst representing the best creatives in performing arts, public speaking and film.

In collaboration with Norwegian African Council.

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