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ARTS: Hidden messages in Kampala’s scenery

What Clifford Kibuuka’s colourful hues reveal about sound of the city Kampala, Uganda | DOMINIC MUWANGUZI | Kibuuka Clifford has become defined by his painting of Kampala settlements; compacted together, and with tiny glowing light illuminating them in the dark. The settlements- sometimes shanty in nature or boxy in form – …

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ARTS: Artists as activists

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Bruno Ruganzu explains the magnetism of artivism Bruno Ruganzu has recently been shortlisted among the four finalists for Artivism in Residence artists by MS TCDC in Arusha, Tanzania for using art for social justice in Africa. The Independent’s Dominic Muwanguzi spoke to him. Below …

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Sudan unearths bones from pyramid for DNA testing

BAJARAWIYA, Sudan | AFP | Archaeologists in Sudan have reopened an ancient pyramid and extracted bones and artefacts, in order to carry out further examination including DNA tests. The items were found in one of three burial chambers in Meriotic pyramid number 9 in Bajarawiya, a UNESCO World Heritage site …

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ARTS: Saints and sinners

Adonias Ocom’s halos fall on unusual suspects Kampala, Uganda | DOMINIC MUWANGUZI | Normally, a saint is a holy or pious person. In ordinary speech, it might mean someone known to be good or morally upright. Not so, says Adonias Ocom. The painter sculptor has an ongoing exhibition at Afriart Gallery, …

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ARTS: Speaking vernacular for modern artists

Contradictions in decolonising art training in Africa Kampala, Uganda | DOMINIC MUWANGUZI | Formal western art training in the East African region started with Mrs. Margaret Trowell, a Christian missionary, who first lived in Kenya and later Uganda. It is in Uganda during early 1937 that Trowell established her first art …

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First Azulato Children’s Festival set for May

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ugandan German Cultural Society has organised a children’s festival May 6th, one of several educational projects aimed at strengthening and promoting the growth of local art and the bilateral co-operation between the people of Uganda and Germany. The Azulato Children’s Festival takes place for the first …

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ARTS: The politics of black hair

When girls’ hair was cut to reduce their desirability to men Kampala, Uganda | KATHOMI GATWIRI | When I was growing up in a village in Kenya, we kept our hair short. Sometimes my grandmother cut it with scissors, other times with a razor blade. “It’s manageable when it’s short,” my …

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ARTS: Mukasa’s women and cocks

Metaphors of Buganda or images of exploitation? Kampala, Uganda | DOMINIC MUWANGUZI | A current exhibition of Geoffrey Mukasa’s works at AKA Gallery in Kamwokya, Kampala relieves his bold and controversial portrayal of the human form, especially the female. A painting by Geoffrey Mukasa would never be complete without these women. …

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