Africa

AFROPOP: THE ULTIMATE CULTURAL EXCHANGE
My Friend Fela and Birth of Afrobeat

 

A new perspective on the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, “My Friend Fela” is told through conversations with his close friend and official biographer, African-Cuban Carlos Moore. The accompanying live-action animated short, “Birth of Afrobeat,” tells how Nigerian drummer Tony Allen and his partner Fela Kuti created the Afrobeat genre.

 

 

 

NATURE
Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants

 

What does it take to relocate a herd of wild giraffes in Africa? One man, his family, and a band of enthusiastic helpers are about to find out. Their journey will take them across the wild heart of Uganda, crossing the mighty Nile River. The importance of this operation cannot be underestimated, because these are Rothschild’s giraffes, the world’s rarest. Any mistake could be costly, not only for the giraffes being moved but also for an entire species.

 

 

 

AFROPOP: THE ULTIMATE CULTURAL EXCHANGE
Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba!

AFROPOP: THE ULTIMATE CULTURAL EXCHANGE - Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba!

 

MAMA AFRICA: MIRIAM MAKEBA! traces the life and music of the South African singer and anti-apartheid activist, the voice and the hope of Africa. Using rare archive footage of her performances and interviews, MAMA AFRICA introduces a new generation to the music and fascinating life of the woman who stood for truth and justice, fought for the oppressed and campaigned tirelessly against apartheid.

 

 

 

JOSEPH ROSENDO’S TRAVELSCOPE
Zambia: Bush and River Safari

 

Magnificent, wild and culturally rich, Zambia is everything you think Africa is and more. Joseph first flies into the South Luangwa National Park for astonishing wildlife and cultural encounters. We join Joseph on village visits, jeep excursions as well as on a walking safari for close encounters with the King of Beasts! He then heads south along the great Zambezi River. There he canoes through “Hippo City”, visits with a pride of lions, and for the icing on the cake journeys to Victoria Falls or as the locals call it, Mosi-oa-Tunya – “The Smoke that Thunders.” In one of the world’s great wonders he swims in the “Devil’s Pool” and leans out into the 300-foot abyss. In the end, he discovers that although Zambia’s wildlife is impressive and its natural wonders, breathtaking, it is the majesty of its people’s gentle smiles, open hearts, and quiet strength that outshines it all!

 

 

 

ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Johannesburg

 

David Goldblatt investigates South African sociocultural influences on architecture in this preview of the upcoming “Johannesburg” episode from Season 9 of the “Art in the Twenty-First Century” television series. Featured artists include David Goldblatt, Nicholas Hlobo, Zanele Muholi and Robin Rhode.

 

 

 

ANIMAL BABIES
Safari Babies

ANIMAL BABIES: Safari Babies

 

Baby animals in three very different wild environments. On the vast savannahs of Africa, youngsters encounter the world’s top predators and face intense competition. Water babies must deal with threatening coasts and powerful currents. And in the mountains, food is scarce and the weather extreme. It’s a steep learning curve for all the babies. But, if they can learn from those around them, they might just overcome the hurdles that stand in their way. With stunning photography and endearing animal stories, this series makes perfect family viewing.

 

 

 

ANIMAL BABIES: FIRST YEAR ON EARTH
First Steps

 

See how the babies learn to understand their surroundings in environments ranging from Africa to Sri Lanka to Iceland. The most basic tools for survival must be learned in their first three months to thrive and ultimately survive.

 

 

 

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