007 – Simphiwe Dana: The Quintessential African Renaissance Woman

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“Aside from being an electrifying live performer with an incredible voice, Simphiwe Dana is also a songwriter, a mother and a dedicated cultural activist – in many senses the quintessential African Renaissance woman. Underlying all of her work is a passion for her people, traditions and country and a deep concern for their future.”[1] Continue reading

005 – Paper: The Relevance of Karl Popper’s Philosophy in African Renaissance by Joseph Kahiga

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The following paper is added to the catalog in its original form, without comment or notes about its merits.

source: http://www.the-rathouse.com/Kahigapopper.html

Biography – “Joseph Kahiga has been a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Moi State University in Kenya since 1999.  He lectures in critical thinking, philosophy of language, philosophy of Religion and Contemporary Philosophy for undergraduates; and metaphysics and methodology for post graduate students.

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004 – Indigenous Games

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-a picture of a girl playing “Diketo”-

2001 saw the revival of indigenous games played in various communities in South Africa. The tournament was developed in response to the government’s call for an African Renaissance [1]. The Ministry of Sports and Recreation established a tournament to host the games, “South African Indigenous Games”

The indigenous games tournament is held annually in September and 23 indigenous games from different regions of the country have been incorporated. Continue reading

003 – Modjadji The Rain Queen – History, Culture and Spirituality Booklet

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From early 2000s after Thabo Mbeki and other African leaders heralded the African Renaissance, there was a lot of interest from the young generation about African culture and there were a lot of “excavations” happening. Documents were created to pass on old African knowledge to the young and new generation. These documents took the form of booklets, which were printed by small community press projects. Continue reading

002 – Africa’s Scientific Renaissance – Catalogue of Astronomy projects up to 2012

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It has been interesting to note reactions to the awarding of the SKA telescope to South Africa on twitter and across the web. From members of the public the most defining comment for me was by ‏@imogenwright on twitter – “On edge for the #SKA announcement. So exciting for South African science – the African renaissance is built with bricks like this.”[1] Continue reading

001 – AFRIKA21 The Mixtape… Your Soundtrack To The New African Renaissance Vol 1 – 4

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Society HAE has been releasing mixtapes conceptualized as “AFRIKA21 The Mixtape… Your Soundtrack To The New African Renaissance”

“…with the goal of creating a platform to introduce Africa’s emerging creative thinkers in the fields of music and arts & culture. Afrika21 will give audiences a first hand look at 21st century contemporary African music and culture, and open up a new dialogue about Africa. The Afrika21 Mixtape Project serves as an opportunity to celebrate Africaʼs next wave of musicians, highlight the renaissance taking place on the continent and raise the profile of people and organizations working toward farming a new vision of Africa in the 21st century.” Continue reading