African governments don’t want us thinking that “homosexuality” is within the realm of their “traditional values”. So these leaders, even Nobel Peace Prize winning ones, use that as an excuse to justify the persecution and lack of protection for some of their most vulnerable citizens. Well, it seems that the Angolan government who currently seem to have their hands full (of money?) can’t be bothered to check whether or not popular Kudurista, Titica, fits within that value system… and we’re glad for that! Now, I don’t know the frame through which Angolans are seeing Titica. A little forum and youtube scrolling reveals a divided public (as always). Since I’m not there, I’m not going to write a drawn out post on LGBT issues in Angola. I do have to say that Titica may just be as much of a “challenge” for some New York audiences as ones in Africa, so I’m proud to say that she will be visiting us next Monday night at Bembe in Brooklyn for the iBomba party! New Yorkers, come say hi and give your support.
Afripedia [af-ri-pee-dee-uh] is a new TV series, produced by Swedish collective Stocktown, which describes itself as “A platform and a visual guide to art, film, photography, fashion, design, music and contemporary culture from African creatives worldwide.” Shot in Kenya, Ghana, Angola, Senegal and South Africa, each of the five episodes focuses on a group of artists and creators in that particular country, including Okayafrica favorites like Ghanaian soul singer (and First Look Friday alum) Jojo Abot,Gazelle, Omar Victor Diop, transgender kuduro queen Titica, and performance artist/multi-media creator/writer and all around provocateur Nástio Mosquito. The first episode, “Angola,” aired September 25th on Swedish Television (SVT Kunskapskanalen). If you aren’t in Sweden, you can catch full episodes later this year via Afripedia.com. Until then, watch trailers for all five episodes below. Stocktown is currently working to turn Afripedia into a full-length documentary film. For more on the series follow Afripedia on facebook and Stocktown’s tumblr… [Continue reading the article and watch the trailers at okayafrica.com]