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[1 Nov 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Umoja sets the bar for performance high

The first International Umoja Cultural Flying Carpet Show in Uganda was a phenomenal display of talents. New music, new choreography, new acrobats and circus, all pulled off with such admirable coordination and symbiosis that the audience didn’t have reason to yawn. The show was a success because Umoja’s overriding idea of creating together was fulfilled.

Issue 014 Nov '11, Special analysis, Visual Art »

[1 Nov 2011 | 9 Comments | ]
Patronage, finesse and passion

Could the above be the ingredients that can be injected into Kampala’s visual arts scene to spice it up? It cannot be denied that the art industry has grown over the past ten years, but where should it go from here? Startjournal.org caught up with a few renowned artists to discover what they believed were the elements necessary for Kampala’s visual arts scene to be the best it can be.

Artist interviews, Issue 014 Nov '11, Special analysis, Visual Art »

[1 Nov 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Vision for Africa Pottery Workshop: A case study for traditional African design

Carola Tengler is a ceramicist who spent her career making and teaching pottery in Austria, her home country. In 2003, she joined the Vision for Africa project in Mukono district, Uganda. Carola’s vision is to bring value and expertise to the traditional African forms and patterns as manifested in the field of pottery. She argues that there is a traditional African form and design that is unique to Africa, and therefore must be uplifted and used to create unique works and not works that are trying to copy other cultures’ ideals.

Artwork critiques, Dance and Theatre, Issue 014 Nov '11, Music »

[1 Nov 2011 | 45 Comments | ]
Where’s the real voice of Ugandan hip-hop?

Hooded teenagers in trainer sneakers stormed the “Raw Expression Party” organised by the Breakdance Project Uganda. Despite the success of the Raw Experience Party, the Breakdance Project Uganda should try to localize its content. The teenagers do not necessarily have to dress hip, talk slang and rhyme like the hip-hop celebrities in the U.S to garner attention and respect from other youth.

Artist interviews, Issue 014 Nov '11, Literature »

[1 Nov 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
The Butterfly Effect: An interview with Caine Prize-nominee Beatrice Lamwaka

The story Butterfly Effect was written by Beatrice Lamwaka, and was short-listed for the 2011 Caine Prize for African writing, a prize that many writers on the continent aspire to win. The nominaton has strengthened Beatrice’s belief in herself as a writer. However, when she writes, she says it is important she does it without the conscious nagging of being a short-listed winner of this prestigious prize.

Issue 014 Nov '11, Literature, Music »

[1 Nov 2011 | One Comment | ]
Tracing the Life of a Song: Poetic Wisdom in Gganga Alula

Discovering accurate transcriptions of the Ganda standard tune, Gganga Alula, in the works of ethnomusicologist Peter Cooke spoke directly about the life of a song. If the true essence of our traditional culture is preserved, then we’re going to find better solutions to our problems, perhaps utilizing this very poetic wisdom. Serubiri Moses attempts to shed more light on preservation of the essential African arts.

Issue 014 Nov '11, Upcoming events, Visual Art »

[13 Oct 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
In memory of Geoffrey Mukasa: Exhibiting at AKA Gallery at Tulifanya

On October 23rd the AKA Gallery at Tulifanya will put on an exhibition to commemorate the life of the late, great Geoffrey Mukasa. German artist and friend Klaus Betz salutes the work of Mukasa, and Ugandan artists Josephine Mukasa and Rose Kirumira tell the story about his life.