Most Impressive Ancient Kingdoms in Africa

Most Impressive Ancient Kingdoms in Africa

It is widely accepted now that Africa is the Cradle of Civilization. Many historians and anthropologists will agree that the first humans lived in Africa, and later migrated to other regions of the world. So it is easy to understand why some of the most ancient kingdoms and civilizations can be found in Africa. Let us not forget that one of the oldest, long-lasting and developed empires that has ever existed - the ancient Egypt - is found in Africa. But there are even older civilizations ... [ read more ]

Most Beautiful Mosques in North Africa

Most Beautiful Mosques in North Africa

North Africa is known for its souks, hammam spas, ancient ruins and desert towns. But it is also the place where some of the remarkable works of architecture can be found. And here I am not only talking about the pyramids in Egypt, but also about some of the oldest and most beautiful mosques in the world. Countries like Morocco, Egypt and Algeria host remarkable works of Moorish and Islamic architecture, together with important historic sites. Here you can find mosques that are 1000 years... [ read more ]

Unusual Traditions in Mauritius

Unusual Traditions in Mauritius

A tropical island near the coast of Africa, Mauritius is increasingly sought-for by holiday makers for its picture-perfect beaches and spectacular mountains. But there is more to Mauritius than nature, though. The culture and history of Mauritius are equally interesting, as few other countries in this part of the world display such an interesting blend of cultures and traditions. Mauritius today is a multicultural nation, but one where old traditions, even ancestral ones, have still survi... [ read more ]

Famous African Musicians

Famous African Musicians

African music and drum rhythms don't make it to the international music charts very often. Yet, African music has been one of the most influential musical trends in the history of music, and it is present today in many of the popular songs we listen without even knowing. Less often than they would actually reserve, African artists reach international fame. Today we will present a few of these famous African musicians, artists who have brought an important contribution to promoting African... [ read more ]

Unusual Architecture in Africa

Unusual Architecture in Africa

Africa is a terrific place for those willing to discover its architecture. While in the big cities you can find more conventional buildings, skyscrapers, European-style churches and mosques (most of which can be found in North Africa) in the least urban areas of Africa true marvels of architecture are waiting to be admired and photographed. So get ready to walk the least beaten paths of African tourism and discover the unusual architecture in Africa: Great Mosque of Djenné Made of mud and... [ read more ]

Popular African Myths and Legends

Popular African Myths and Legends

Africa is such a large and culturally diverse continent that it would be a pity, if not a sacrilege, to travel here without having the faintest idea about its culture and traditions. African fairytales and legends are truly remarkable, and for many African tribes in the past storytellers were widely respected. Form immemorial times, the people of Africa have created the most interesting myths about the origin of humans, the creation of the world or the existence of sun and natural phenomena.... [ read more ]

Traditional African Dances

Traditional African Dances

Dances play a tremendous role in the African culture. More than a sport or a leisure time activity, dance is a way of expressing oneself and for many African tribes specific dances take the shape of sacred rituals. Traditional African dances can be classified into different categories, but it’s also important to distinguish between dances specific to each tribe and the ritualic dances that most tribe have. In this post we’ll try to get a look at both and talk a little about each particul... [ read more ]

Popular Music Festivals in Africa

Popular Music Festivals in Africa

Since scientific proofs indicate the African continent to be the origin of human race, it’s easy to presume that music was born here as well. Actually, it’s hard to imagine any popular musical genre today that hasn’t been influence by the irresistible African rhythms. Paradoxically, Africa is not particularly famous for its festivals: you won’t find any Woodstock, Glastonbury or Love Parade around here. But those interesting in less popular and more revelatory musical genres will act... [ read more ]

Best Roman Heritage Sights in Africa

Best Roman Heritage Sights in Africa

Like most of the Mediterranean regions, the coast of North Africa was once home to flourishing Roman colonies. Although the Romans were not the first settlers, nor the last conquerors of these regions, their heritage is still impressive. Visiting the archeological sites in Libya, Tunisia and Algeria is a great occasion to discover not only the ingenious panning of a Roman city and the sturdy constructions, but also the comfort and functionality that the old roman towns provided. Many of these No... [ read more ]

Cool African Fashion

Cool African Fashion

African fashion is all about colors. The daring combinations of vibrant colors and tribal patterns present in most African traditional costumes have long ago crossed the borders of the continent and inspired designers world-wide. But while African fabrics and hand-made accessories become increasingly popular around the world, Africa remains a continent of striking contrasts. In Africa you’ll find tribes that are very faithful to their traditional way of dressing, but also promising fashion... [ read more ]