Fierce Sun – a Word for Go-getter
The word jua kali means ‘fierce sun’ in Swahili, but also translates to a person, businessman, or entrepreneur who can fix or practically do anything upon request. In Kenya these types of workers have been around for a long time and have become a part of the Kenyan culture.
Now a Kenyan artist has taken them as inspiration for some fascinating artworks. Tahir Carl Karmali, who is based in New York and has a Masters degree in Digital Photography, has created mixed media works that incorporate jua kali photographs with their tools and materials — all combined with East African landscapes.
Let’s celebrate the jua kali culture throughout Africa!