stay@home program: Exhibitions, lectures, concerts and more – in your living room



Book: North of Dawn

Much of Nuruddin Farah's extensive work, in addition to the topic of political turmoil, revolves around the living conditions of women in his Somali homeland.

Book: Descent into Night

Right at the beginning of the book, he wants to kill himself to finally put to rest the flashbacks from the murderous days of the crushing of the student protests in Lomé. But the memory of the friend from the prison camp who chose him as…

CD: Urban Village Udondolo

With Udondolo, Urban Village present a varied, well-rehearsed record. The masterful quartet plays vibrant mbaqanga, but goes further in the process.

Buch: Die Schiffbrüchige

Lange kann sich Anguille in den Wellen nicht mehr am Benzinkanister festhalten, den sie sich gekrallt hat. Doch sie hat noch viel zu erzählen, von der Leidenschaft und vom Verrat, von Vorace und von Voilà, dem Säufer mit seinen sieben…

Mdou Moctar: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Since 2008, Mdou Mactor mixes classic Turag music with ectronic guitar play. In this feature, recorded last year and now available on NPR, his band is celebrated for its artistic virtuosity in bringing psychodelic rock elements in Tamasheq…

Tupodcast: Tupoka Ogette im Gespräch über Antirassismus, weisse Privilegien und Ally-Sein

Für Tupodcast wurde Tupoka Ogette für den diesjährigen Online Grimme Award "Bildung und Wissen" nominiert. Der Podcast stellt die Geschichten schwarzer Frauen vor, die sich selbst in einem rassistischen System verorten. Ihre…

Buch: Nomaden von Laetoli

Der junge Archäologe Martin Anderson folgt der Einladung Arthur Millers, der alten Koryphäe seines Fachs, ins Rift Valley. Dort erforscht der alte Professor die Spuren der Urmenschen.

CD: Femi Kuti & Made Kuti: Legacy+

Fela Anikulapo Kuti not only left behind gripping, pulsating music with radical songs, but also two descendants who carry on his legacy. His son Femi Kuti and his grandson Made Kuti move to new horizons with this afrobeat album.
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Podcast: Cry like a Boy

What does it mean to grow up as a man in Africa? The makers behind this interview and documentation podcast trace the stories behind centuries-old stereotypes of men and shed light on men who actively take action for gender equality across…
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Buch: Der treue Verstorbene

Der berühmteste Autor der Kapverden soll in der Hafenstadt Mindelo seinen neuen Roman vorstellen. Doch bevor Miguel Macieira die Bühne betritt, nähert sich sein bester Freund Edmundo, zückt eine Pistole und schiesst ihm ins Herz.
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Podcast: 1-54 Forum

1-54 Forum is the cultural program of the art fair "1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair" consisting of artist talks, lectures and readings. The podcasts reflect the intellectual and artistic breadth of artistic creation in Africa and the…
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Book: My Sister, the Serial Killer

Korede is a smart and capable nurse and secretly in love with a doctor, Tade. This could become something, if only it were not for her sister Ayoola - who, in contrast to Korede, is blessed with a stunning beauty and draws men irresistibly…

Movie: Das neue Evangelium

The filmmaker and his team return to the origins of the gospel and stage it as a passion play for an entire population. Together with Yvan Sagnet, a former farm worker and activist from Cameroon, Milo Rau creates a new gospel for the 21st…
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The Assurance Podcast

In a new podcast series, British-Nigerian DJ Juba who is based in Berlin, portrays female DJs across the Global South. The Assurance Podcast is a follow up to Juba’s documentary 'Assurance' which explored the experiences of female DJs in…

Book: Flashs - Aphorèmes

For 10 years Timba Bema searched for the source of the poem, this matrix from which spring rises, these combinations of images, sounds, rhythms and signs that the attentive poet catches day after day, year after year. In this collection,…
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Book: The Dragonfly Sea

The new novel by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor takes the reader into the world of the young Ayaana and her mother. The book review appeared in the current Africa Bulletin.

CD: Star Feminine Band

Musical input from Benin. The seven-person girl band challenges old traditions in their home country Benin and abroad. Pius Frey reviewed this great record for the current issue for the Afrika-Bulletin.
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Cambridge Development Podcast

Since mid-February, the Cambridge Society for Social and Economic Development produces a novel podcast. In this, postgraduates create a forum for current debates in development studies and thus contribute to a critical questioning of the…

South South Veza: Viewing Room Kiximbi

On this website, South South Veza curates contempory art by artists from the global South. Kiximbi is the name of one of the viewing rooms. Here, spectators are confronted with new and exiting currents in contemporary art production. The…

CD: "Optimisme" by Songhoy Blues

Desert blues from West Africa is cultivated and lived by some bands and musicians. Songhoy Blues from Mali present "Optimisme", a courageous, rocking record.

ZASB student Lina Noll produces new afrobeat song

Lina Noll, a student in our African Studies Masters's program, and the Nigerian musician UGO jointly composed and recorded this tune which was featured as newcomer on radio Bayern 3's evening show on Wednesday 10 February 2021.

Podcast: Bobi Wine: From musician to politician

Starting in the beginning of January, Spotify Studios launched a new podcast series tracing Ugandan Bobi Wine in the fight for democracy in his home country.

Film: Papicha (2019)

The film follows young Nedjma in her aspirations to become a fashion designer amindst the Algerian Civil War. While the political climate radicalises, Nedjma follows her path against all odds and makes a claim for women empowerment.
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Online performance by Paul Hanmer (piano solo)

Due to the travel restrictions we had to cancel Paul Hanmer's concerts in Switzerland in November 2020. Instead, we organised a house concert.

Films: Africa knows!

Africa knows! offers African film productions during their three-month conference (2 December 2020 - 28 February 2021).
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Nollywood on Netflix

The streaming website offers viewers a large variety of Nollywood films, ranging from romantic comedies to thrillers and dramas.

Online Gallery: The GoDown Arts Centre

Google Arts and Culture Series presents a young arts gallery from Nairobi, Kenya.

Tsitsi Dangarembga: This Mournable Body

Nominated for the Booker Prize 2020, one of Zimbabwe's most acclaimed novelists, Tsitsi Dangaremba, sheds light on the cumbersome conditions of women seeking economic prosperity in her home country.

Maaza Mengiste: The Shadow King

Shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, Mengiste tells a story about women soldiers during the Italian occupation in Ethiopia in 1935.

Gabrielle Kwarteng @ Hallo Montag

DJ-set with the Ghanaian-American producer on

Short Film: Streets of Lagos (2020)

Captivating short film following Lagos’ strongest up-and-coming skater Daniel Ogbogu through the streets.

Podcast series by the Royal African Society

This series offers some very interesting insights into the activities of the Royal African Society in London, following recent events, such as the Film Africa 2020 festival, webinars and talks.

Sailors and Daughters: Early Photography and the Indian Ocean World

A new online exhibition by the Smithsonian Museum of African Art presents exceptional insights into the lives of maritime communities in South-East Africa.
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Self-portrait by Other (Autoportrait par autrui)

Writing the Self: In an essay, Mohomodou Houssouba explores the relation between written text and identity.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Zikora

The Nigerian bestselling author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie published a new short story on Amazon Original Stories. Zikoria is the story of a Nigeiran lawyer in the US who finds herself about to become a single mother.
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Urban Sessions: Streaming Concert Series embarks on its second season

During the lockdown in spring, Militia Broadcast introduced the Urban Sessions, which soon became a regular fixture on the South African musis scene.

Bénédicte Savoy: Raubkunst muss zurück nach Afrika

In der SRF-Sendung "Sternstunde Philosophie" fordert die französische Kunsthistorikerin Bénédicte Savoy eine bedingungslose Rückgabe von Kulturgütern, die in kolonialer Zeit aus Afrika nach Europa kamen.
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Basler Afrika Bibliographien Podcast series

The BAB podcast episodes consist of interviews and conversations with BAB guests, as well as bits from the BAB sound archives.
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Africa through a lens

The national archives of the UK presents a selection of historical photographs together with podcast and videos on their „World through a lens“ portal.
Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time

Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time

The Block Museum of Art's online exhibit lets you discover Africa's global histories through traces of medieval Africa's trans-Saharan trade routes of gold.
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Johannesburg Art Gallery

Take a virtual stroll through the online exhibit from the Johannesburg Art Gallery.
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African Digital Heritage

This initiative uses technology and digitisation to increase awareness, participation and engagement with African Histories.

Burna Boy (NI) Tiny Desk Concert

Enjoy Nigerian artist Burna Boy's performance at the great Tiny Desk Concert from last November.
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FIKTION KONGO – Kunstwelten zwischen Geschichte und Gegenwart

Machen Sie sich auf eine Entdeckungsreise durch die online Materialien der Ausstellung FIKTION KONGO vom Museum Rietberg.
Mandisi Dyantyis in Salt River, Cape Town (David Harrison/ M&G)

Mandisi Dyantyis (South Africa) - Theatre Practicioner, Vocalist, Trumpeter, Raconteur

Discover an artist evading categorization

Claudia Masika Livestream Concert

Claudia Masika and her afrofusion band streamed a live concert from Ferienwil (17 April 2020), which is now available online.
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Visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Robben Island online

Online exhibitions on Nelson Mandela and the history of the South African liberation struggle.

Movie: "Liyana" (Swaziland, 2019)

"Liyana" is a story born in the imaginations of five orphaned children in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Because of the cinema closure the movie is streamed in premiere.

Guided tour: El Anatsui. Triumphant Scale

Five short video-clips guide through the current exhibition of the work of Ghanaian artist El Anatsui at the Kunstmuseum Bern. And on the website of Art Basel you can meet the artist.
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Podcast: Literature from Southern Africa

In February 2020, the Literaturhaus Zürich celebrated current literature from Southern Africa. Parts of the program are available in a podcast, including two events with involvment of ZASB.
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Online exhibition: Kaboom! – Focus on African Comics

This online exhibition examines the rolse of graphic novels from Africa and on Africa as a source for research into the recent history.

Movie: "You Will Die At 20" (Amjad Abu Alala, Sudan, 2019)

The premiere of the Sudanese movie takes place online on the streaming portal "filmingo".

Online performance by Keenan Ahrends Trio (Johannesburg)

The trio of South African guitarist Keenan Ahrends recorded a video replacing performances in Switzerland cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.