Xhosa people are a Bantu ethnic group from South Africa. The name “Xhosa” comes from that of a legendary leader and King called uXhosa. There are approximately 8 million Xhosa people in South Africa, and the Xhosa language is the countries second most-populous language in the country, after Zulu.
Xhosa women have a history of wearing traditional head wraps, that would increase in size as the woman aged. For special events, the head wraps would be even large and more elaborate than usual.
Some hyenas and an African wild dog I sketched yesterday–trying to get back into the swing of art after working on less-drawing/more-typography stuff. That top one kind of sums up how I feel about sketching right now. ;P
Situated on the slopes of Signal Hill, Bo Kaap is the historical center of Cape-Malay culture in Cape Town. The area has a deeply rooted Malaysian, Javanese, Indian and Sri Lankan cultural identity, and was the first Islamic settlement in South Africa.
It is easily identified by its colourful homes, and cobblestone streets. A number of walking tours are available to explore Bo Kaap’s unique streets, visit the best restaurants, and the Bo Kaap museum.
The third post in this African Music
series is about the great diva from Cape Verde, Cesária
She was born in Mindelo
in Cape Verde on 27 August 1941. Her
parents were poor, and after her father’s death (probably due to alcoholism),
her mother placed her in an orphanage. Here she was introduced to music when
she joined the orphanage choir.
When she was older, she started singing in the local bars of
Mindelo, a glass in one hand, a cigarette in the other. She became well-known
locally for her interpretation of coladeras and mornas, the traditional songs of Cape Verde
(heavily influenced by Portuguese music, since the islands used to be a
first international success was in 1988 with
the release of her first commercial album La Diva Aux Pieds Nus, recorded in
France. She eventually won a Grammy for World Music in 2003 for her album Voz
d'Amor. She died in 2011.
The song I’ve selected is Sodade, the
Cape Verde version of the Portuguese word saudade, which refers to a deep
nostalgia or a profound melancholic longing (for something or someone
PS: If you want to listen to more
African divas, I recommend the late great Miriam Makeba from South Africa and
Angélique Kidjo from Benin.
Enjoy! - Today in Tokyo (who lives in Tokyo but grew up in
Bo Kaap is situated on the slopes of Signal Hill in Cape Town. The neighbourhood is made up of many different cultures, but is best known for its colourful houses. The area has become highly sought after for property investors.