“Africa worldwide”: ZAM magazine goes international

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The launch of the first international (English) issue of the Amsterdam-based ZAM magazine took place at Stichting Mediamatic, Amsterdam, on Wednesday, March 14, 2012. With DJ Bamba Nazar spinning the tunes, visuals by Bouba Doula, conversations buzzing, and a stylish venue decked with ZAM paraphernalia, the evening progressed in edgy elegance.

Founded in 1997, ZAM – a magazine celebrating African creativity and new thinking – was first published in Dutch. The first international issue is currently available at selected bookshops, galleries and cultural organisations worldwide. Subscribe or order a copy online on the ZAM website where you can also find links to their Facebook page, Twitter and YouTube channel.

*A big thanks to the blog Africa is a Country for the heads up.


“The ZAM network consists of journalists, writers, visual artists, photographers, academics, visionaries and doers, among them Marlene Dumas, Chika Unigwe, Anton Corbijn, Binyavanga Wainaina, Berend Strik, Zanele Muholi and Palesa Motsumi. Together they fuel a critically acclaimed, independent, quarterly magazine, digital media, events and art pieces.” (www.zammagazine.com)
"ZAM magazine is an international publication celebrating African creativity and new thinking. Through provocative and opinion-led photography, features, design and short stories, they are committed to giving an edgy and contemporary viewpoint on Africa" - www.zammagazine.com
Funky photo booth: Event manager Poema Jones poses for a photo. Guests could pose with copies of the magazine. Check out the “Alternative Covers” album on their Facebook page.
Anticipation: Guests page through Dutch issues before the unveiling of the first international issue.
The host of the evening, Saeda Nourhussen
Kunlé Adeyemi (founder of NLÉ - Architecture | Urbanism | Design): “ZAM represents Africa’s intellectual capacity, arts and culture. Africa is no longer a question of tomorrow or a question of the past; it is now.”
Investigative journalist Idsis Akinbajo: “ZAM paints a true picture of Africa for the rest of the world” – not as a continent ravaged with poverty, war and malnutrition only.
Palesa Motsumi (journalist/student) on the power of artistic expression:”ZAM is a vehicle to connect, to expose the talent we have; it is a step toward the future.”
Saeda Nourhussen and editor-in-chief Bart Luirink
Aggie Langedijk (representative of the ZAM board) and Saeda Nourhussen
The unveiling of the first international issue: Bart Luirink and Ama Koranteng-Kumi (publisher of ZAM)
Guests page through free copies of the first international issue after the unveiling.
Spinning: DJ Bamba Nazar
Elegant ambiance: Stichting Mediamatic
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