It is impossible to list the most influential African musicians of the 20th century and not include Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango. Considered the legend of Afro-jazz, he gained worldwide notoriety when he fell in favor of New York DJs, who catapulted the song "Soul Makossa" to one of the greatest hits of 1972.
“Intuitively, I realized that there was something in this story that concerns the story of all of us”, shares Eliana Alves dos Santos Cruz when speaking of her book “Água de Barrela” that tells the story of her family. Eliana is a writer, journalist, and producer in Rio de Janeiro. Through research and family reports - especially from her aunt, Dona Nunu, the author builds a narrative that traces the path that connects Brazil to Africa. Eliana defends teaching, research, and writing as a way to preserve Afro-Brazilian culture.
Nigeria's female voices are taking over the world. In 2019, three Nigerian writers - Akwaeke Emezi, Oyinkan Braithwaite and Diana Evans - entered the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. The award is considered one of the most prestigious in terms of English-language literature.