Colorful, beautiful, expressive! I've always wanted to learn more about Kanga; who wears it, why are they wearing it? The name comes from the pattern resemblance to a bird - the guinea-fowl ('Kanga' in Kiswahili). After slavery was abolished in East Africa (1897) and more goods were being imported such as kangas, they became a sign of … Continue reading Kanga Textile and Culture
'If the ultimate self that never left could see me, what would he make of this literary pretension?' asks Kayo Chinogonyi in his poetry collection 'Kumukanda'. The title of the book translates as 'Initiation' and depicts the development of a young boy through a succession of poems that explore the complexity of an immigrant's identity. … Continue reading Kayo Chingonyi
Are you free on the first weekend of July this year and looking for something amazing to do? As their website puts it: 'The Africa Writes festival is an annual celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora brought to you by The Royal African Society. Every year we showcase established and emerging talent … Continue reading Africa Writes 2017
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska *This is an excerpt from a longer essay on 'Exploring the Formation and Development of Selfhood in the 18th as well as the 21st century' that works on the premise of childhood being divine and longed for by artists (due to its importance to the self). William Wordsworth’s portrait painted by Benjamin … Continue reading The Collaboration of Times: William Wordsworth ft. J. Cole
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska The Role of an Individual Voice in Shaping Histories and the Reader’s Perception of them as explored in Jorge Luis Borges’ Short Story ‘The Shape of the Sword’ Jorge Luis Borges’ craft to fit a novel worth of meaning into a short story does not fail to excel in ‘The Shape of … Continue reading The Masterful Layering of Voices in Borges’ ‘The Shape of the Sword’
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska With the summer vibes getting closer and closer, I've decided to compile a list of my favorite comedies! So here it is: Superbad - Being lame has never been cooler ;)4 2. Friday - Once you get yourself acquainted with this 1995 masterpiece (that has a sequel), prepare for Last Friday! 3. Borat - Very nice! Coming … Continue reading Do You Feel Like a Comedy?
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska Heraclitus has said that ‘dreamers are active collaborators in the universe’. Thus, while dreaming one is not merely participating in the natural order of human life but they are shaping life itself! Having Heraclitus’ claim in mind, I wanted to find out to what extent is then keeping a dream diary a … Continue reading Why Keep a Dream Diary??!
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska Are you familiar with Camino de Santiago (an 800 km long spiritual walk in Spain)? My dear friend Alissa Atanassova (a Bulgarian actress and official Free Sofia Tour guide, who also loves dancing and hosting concerts for Sofar Sofia, Bulgaria!) went there in 2014 and later wrote a blog about it to share with the … Continue reading Camino de Santiago with Alissa
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska Remember that time Shia LaBeouf closed himself in a room with a bunch of (random) items and invited people to come in and do whatever they like to him (using these items) as part of an artistic performance/experiment? Shia was alone in the room and combined with the passivity required by the … Continue reading Marina Abramovic and the Fluxus legacy
By Rali Chorbadzhiyska Lil Dicky does not fail to entertain once again! His real name is David Burd and he rose to fame with his witty rap and hilarious videos, including Ex-boyfriend, White Dude and Lemme Freak. To know his life story why not have a go at his collaboration with Snoop Dogg - Professional Rapper. … Continue reading Lil Dicky – Pillow Talking feat. Brain