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Making Art Work in Cote d’Ivoire – A Conversation with Cultural Attache

Africa Business Radio — Today Africa, we draw your attention to the beautiful country of Cote d’Ivoire and what is happening in that countries art scene. But first a bit of context. For those of you who don’t know - Cote d’Ivoire attained independence from the French on the 7th of August 1960. Her first president was Felix Houphouet-Boigny, who ruled the country until 1993. After Felix Houphouet-Boigny ended, Cote d’Ivoire has experienced a coup d’etat, in 1999, and two religious - grounded...


Getting Up Close and Personal with Izuu Muoneme

Africa Business Radio — Today we get up close and personal with artist Izuu Muoneme – a native Anambra State in South East Nigeria. Izuu or Izuchukwu Muoneme in full was born in 1985. And his passion for the arts started at an early age. He trained as a painter at Nnamdi Azikiwe University. But later went to explore other mediums. For example his use of paper and aluminum cans to explore various art forms in his collages, mosaics, and installation. In his works, he uses captivating vibrant...


Cultural Bodies/Organizations in the Culture Economy: South African Case Study

Africa Business Radio — Tony Kgoroge renowned actor and cultural activist was our guest on the show today. We explored the challenges that face Africa’s creatives – from their inability to protect their intellectual property to royalties, lack of education and training and many more. Speaking in his capacity as the Chairman of The Creative and Cultural Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA), he talked us through the importance of cultural bodies/ organizations and addressing these...


Africa's Culture, Heritage and The Creative Economy

Africa Business Radio — Today’s conversation is about the relationship between Culture, Heritage, and the creative economy. We started our conversation today with a song by an Ethiopian all-girl band Yegna ft Aster Aweke. A song that talks about young women – courageous and finding themselves in the 21st Century … But rooted in their heritage and culture … Exemplified by featuring Aster Aweke … young Ethiopia meeting ‘old’ Ethiopia…. An apt opener to our conversation about culture, heritage,...


Africa's Creative Economy in Perspective

Africa Business Radio — Today's show is about understanding what Creative Economy is and unpacking it. We'll also look at why Creative Economy is important by discussing its contribution to the economy and its cultural and social role. Alongside the discussion, we'll take a musical journey through the sounds of Bobby Mcferrin, Tania Maria, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Khandja Nin.


Art Means Business - Where To From Here?

Africa Business Radio — Today’s show is about outlining phase 2 of the journey that is Art Means Business. We introduce co-host Sami Modiba and take this opportunity to explore some of his thoughts and what he brings to the conversation. We tackle issues such as defining what is blackness, Africaness and its importance in the conversation around Art and Business. We ask questions about who defines quality: Who defines sellability? Who defines the price? We reflect on exclusivity versus...


In Conversation With Daniel Mosako

Africa Business Radio — We started the show with the sounds of Toto – Africa. One of my favourites and my guests favourite. In the studio we have Daniel Mosaka; Not only have Daniel and I worked together in the Arts space – Daniel has an amazing CV, history in the African Arts scene. But what makes Daniel an exciting guest is that he has been in involved in all areas of the arts: Daniel Rankadi Mosako is an art practitioner and UNISA PhD student candidate. He majored in Fine Arts, and has...


Understanding The Current State of Africa’s Creative Economy - Sami Modiba

Africa Business Radio — In today’s Show we want to get a better understanding what is the state of the creative economy Africa. We look at what is working and what is not for us. As well as compare it to what is happening elsewhere in the world. And ask the question what do we need to do to make it better. The world’s creative economy today makes up 3% of the world’s GDP. With all 11 cultural sectors combined generating US$2,250 billion in revenue. These figures exceeds those of...


The Africa's Creative Economy Defined

Africa Business Radio — The show introduces to the Africa Business Radio platform the topic of the ‘creative economy’. In particular, its relevance to Africa’s economic and development agenda. The show explores the potential of the creative industry to provide new opportunities for developing countries, more importantly, the African continent. Educational Outcomes: • An understanding of the concept of the creative economy. • Explore how art and business are connected • Exploring the ‘state’...