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Music. Youssou N’Dour: the king’s comeback

For many Senegalese Youssou N’Dour is more than just a singer: he is a living symbol of success, almost a legend even for those who are not his fans. Taxi drivers carrying foreigners around Dakar point at the building hosting his media group (comprising a newspaper, a radio and a tv station) as they do…

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Music – Farewell to Papa Wemba

It is not common for the Vatican spokesperson to release an interview to remember a music star, but for Papa Wemba, Fr. Federico Lombardi made what can be regarded as a notable exception. The Jesuit priest, as director of the press office of the Holy See, has more often to deal with the interpretation of…

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Ivory Coast, singing against terror.

Grand Bassam is wounded, and yet, she sings. Or better, a number of Ivorian artists have chosen to celebrate through their music the city’s strength and resilience a few weeks after the attacks that, on 13 March left 19 dead on the beach of the renowned Ivorian tourist destination. It was a Sunday, when a…

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Music. Akendengué, fifty years of challenges.

At the beginning of his career he has been called “the African Bob Dylan”, and – although he has questioned this comparison from time to time – Gabon music legend Pierre Akendengué has some features in common with his much more famous colleague. Like the American singer and songwriter, in fact, Akendengué can be compared…

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Music. X-Maleya, from Cameroon to Paris

The boys have grown up. Playlist, the fifth album of the Cameroonian band X-Maleya, marks a new step in the career of the trio and, in the artists’ intention should also represent a personal turning point as big as Yelele, the song which gave them a continental popularity in 1999 also thanks to the remix…

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Music. Souad Massi meets the “Masters of the Word”

“The fruit of silence – an old Arab saying goes – is tranquillity”. But if silence is broken, art might reveal itself, one could reply after listening at El Mutakallimun, Souad Massi’s latest album. A word that can be translated as “the speakers” or, more freely, as “the masters of the word”, El Mutakallimun is…

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Music. Essaouira, home of the Gnawa

For almost the entire year, Essaouira, on the coast of central Morocco, is just a small port city, its main connection to music being the story – firmly believed by locals – that Jimi Hendrix wrote here the world famous Castles made of sand during his visit in the summer of 1969. However, since 1997,…

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Music. Nneka, a project for the world

Thirty-five minutes long, and full of sound, My Fairy Tales, Nneka’s fifth album, is the best demonstration that true quality music can easily make its way to success even if it breaks some of the industry’s rules. “It’s been a few years since I released my last album [Soul Is Heavy, 2012] – the Nigerian-born…

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Music. “Gospel Journey”, the sound of wonder

If the title of Faada Freddy’s first solo album, Gospel Journey, has to be taken as a promise, after listening at its eleven tracks one must admit that the Senegalese artist has more than kept his word. The 40-year old founder of the rap crew Daara-J, leaving apart for a while his trademark hip-hop rhythms…

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Music. DR Congo. Rhythm from the mines

Times have changed and even the performers’ faces have, but more than fifty years later, the ‘Jecoke’ are still there, in Lubumbashi. This Congolese city is mostly known for being the capital of the resource-rich province of Katanga (which, according to a recently approved law, is due to be split in four in the near…

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Music. To touch everybody

A tribute to women and Africa marks the comeback of Dobet Gnahoré on the musical scene. Released in April 2014, four years after her previous album, Na Drê includes fourteen tracks mainly dedicated to these two themes, which the Ivorian-born singer constantly intertwines. “I speak of beaten women, of those in love, of those who…

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Music. Monza, not just a “bad boy”

Politicians are often blamed if they try to wear more than one hat at a time, but Kane Limam, even though calling himself “president”, never faced such criticism. Despite his self-imposed nickname, in fact, he does not hold any office and is better known as Monza: he is one of the most skilled rappers in…

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Advocacy

Meetings and Words empower advocacy.

From the 16th to the 19th February, 2017 took place in Modesto, California first U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM).  Even though, Popular movements have…

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Baobab

The Goodness of Rice

A long, long time ago, on the island of Java there were no rice plants. The people of the earth had only grown cassava for their…

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Youth & Mission

God of Nonviolence.

Thank you for the gift of your love and your peace. Give me the grace to live the life of Gospel nonviolence that I might be…

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