In this special issue of TRIBES, join us as we head to Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leon, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, and S. Africa to meet musician and activist Nneka raising awareness around big oil business, natural resource exploitation, and state corruption in her hometown of Warri; Hip Hop Activist, promoter, and journalist, Buddha Blaze co-founder of Spark Africa to generate and unify Hip Hop communities across the African continent; Sister Fa- Female MC and subject of the documentary film, Sarabah, on her mission to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) practices in her Senegalese homeland; and, MAMA AFRICA, Miriam Makeba, and her peace and humanitarian work during and after the fall of apartheid in her native South Africa.
These individuals, and the other artists and activists to grace the pages of this Spark Africa edition, teach us that through intensely personal, substantively relevant expressions of art and culture, we become infinitely connected and limitless beings with voices amplified for the work of improving our world. In this issue, love, and as a means for revolution, reigns supreme and thus, we welcome you to the TRIBES Magazine SPARK AFRICA Issue. May your heart’s light illuminate the darkness! (Published Spring 2012).