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African news: music, culture, and more

Ghana cashes in on slave heritage tourism

Remembering the slave trade

In memoriam: Prof J.H. Kwabena Nketia

Ewe king of the ring

Namsa Leuba's Stunning Photo Series Captures the Mystery and Beauty of Benin’s Voodoo Tradition

Nanny in Jamaica

Rawlings visits Apetorku festival in Dagbamete

In Ghanaian Village, American Woman Reigns As King

How Did A Jam Queen From Ghana Get To Be A Google Doodle?

website-in-progress for A Drummer's Testament

, which is the product of a collaborative ethnographic project. The principal authors are John M. Chernoff and Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulai.

Great Tufts website devoted to Dagomba dance drumming

Mapping Africa

Also see this Time magazine map of principal export commodities

Ghana Highlife Music repository

Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground A penetrating look at the environmental and social impact of electronic waste.

African Art at the Met

(see especially The Age of Iron in West Africa, Arts of Power Associations in West Africa, { Art of the Asante Kingdom], and other exhibits.)

John Collins has put his academic publications online on

The Royal Museum for Central Africa

History of Africa from the BBC

Hand painted Ghanaian movie posters, an exhibition

Art & Life in Africa, hosted by the University of Iowa Museum of Art

Islamic tolerance in West Africa

Professor Kofi Agawu on the minimalist impulse in African music

The story of Ghanaian Highlife from the BBC (by John Collins)

Ghana's modern musical history from the BBC

m.anifest is an award-winning rapper and songwriter who's performed with Erykah Badu - and he's Prof. Nketia's grandson!

Ghana's unfinished buildings and sky-high rent

Obituary: Martin Bernal, author of Black Athena

Old Liquor Finds New Life in Ghana Cocktail Scene

Save precious Timbuktu manuscripts!

Du Bois in Our Time...

a landmark exhibition and book that focuses on the intersection of art and the major issues of our time, centered on the legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois and the causes he championed, on the 50th anniversary of his death in Accra, Ghana

Mansa Musa, 14th century Malian king, was richest human being in all history

African Union at 50

Fifty anthems for the African continent. To mark the 50th anniversary of the African Union this year - formerly the Organisation of African Unity, BBC World Service listeners suggested the African songs that summed up the continent to them.

Africa Beats , from the BBC.

Chatham House publications

Ghana's Azonto Craze

Fela Kuti Reissues: Message to an Unknown Soldier

Mali's historic manuscripts

A pioneer in West African literature: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Malian kora legend breaks music barriers

Timbuktu's musical muse , with Mali's Toumani Diabate

Group to Invest N1.4bn in New African Music Platform Called Mokingo