Global African creativity in Nataal magazine

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by Steve Watson in September 2019
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“It’s not looking outward for approval…” Helen Jennings is editor of Nataal, the magazine of global African creativity. Launched online in 2015, the project grew steadily until last summer the first print edition hit shelves around the world, immediately impressing with its lavish production values and its fresh approach to the fashion, music and visual arts coming out of Africa and the diaspora.

In this conversation Helen speaks about the new sense of confidence she’s seeing amongst young African artists and creatives, and I love the way that Nataal reflects that energy and optimism. It had always been their intention to go into print, and she explains that when they finally started working on the print product, they really didn’t have any choice but to go all out and make something spectacular.

We have copies of Nataal’s second issue on sale in the Stack shop now, so please do head over there if you’d like to pick one up for yourself. And of course if you enjoy this conversation follow us on Soundcloud or iTunes or wherever else you get your podcasts so we can deliver our next episodes straight to you as soon as they’re ready.

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