​the new website chronicling contemporary africa

Nataal is the new space for African fashion, music, arts and society.

by Stuart Brumfitt
11 September 2015, 4:30pm

Photography Chris Saunders

"The time is right to go live now because Africa's creative scene is beginning to boom," explains Editorial Director Helen Jennings when asked about the launch of Nataal, a new website for contemporary African culture. "Its best designers, artists and storytellers are building the cultural landscape at home as well as making waves in the rest of the world, where there is a newfound interest in all things African. And this movement is only set to grow."

Photography Lakin Ogunbanwo

The initial content includes actress Rosario Dawson in Accra, model Armando Cabral in NYC and South African singer Petite Noir in Cape Town, so as well as focusing on Africa, it's concerned with the diaspora too. "Our content is globally relevant but with Africa at its heart," says Jennings. "It's of interest as much to Africans living on the continent and those in the diaspora as it is to non-Africans engaged with the economic and creative development of Africa. As such, we cover happenings everywhere from London to Lagos, from NYC to Nairobi."

Photography Lakin Ogunbanwo

The main focus is fashion, beauty and style, but they'll also be reporting on visuals arts, culture, entrepreneurship, current affairs, technology and the environment.


Photography Kristin-Lee Moolman

Photography Cristina de Middel