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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Book Review – In the House of the Interpreter

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  “For a long time, I was not able to write about my life – Ngugi wa Thiong’o said recently – or rather, when I did, I did it through fiction, drawing from bits and pieces of my past. Then, it seemed to suddenly begin coming together and I felt that I was ready to…

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Music – Les Tambours de Brazza

Forget everything you thought you knew about African drums. The name itself of Congo’s Les Tambours de Brazza indicates the importance given to the drum (‘tambour’ in French). Nevertheless, their music is far more elaborate than a “traditional percussion dialogue,” as the group leader, Emile Biayenda repeated on many occasions. “Some people may think that…

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Afro-Brazilian – The Sacred Waters

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  The marambiré is the most authentic African ritual of all Amazonia. Its rhythm is similar to that of the candomblè, whose costumes, musical instruments, coloured ribbons and rhythm are reminiscent of African heritage.It is a display that goes back to the time of slavery. It has been celebrated for almost two centuries and is…

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Timbuktu – Struggle for culture

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 It was Mali’s secret battle. While the weak Bamako army proved unable to resist the rebels’ advance without foreign help, civilians in the northern city of Timbuktu, occupied by Islamists, managed to inflict a major defeat on the enemy, not from a military point of view, but in the struggle for culture.The battlefield was the…

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Advocacy

Emigration and the Young African.

Advocacy is about politics and change, values and beliefs, consciousness and knowledge. It is about building democratic organizations and expanding citizens’ skills to understand how…

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Baobab

Hare and the Corn Bins.

In the old days, all the animals used to make farms like men do today. They hoed the ground, planted the seed, harvested the grain and…

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Youth & Mission

Five Ways To Reduce Our Reliance On Plastic.

Plastic is so prevalent in our lives that we don’t even notice it anymore. It is convenient. It is cheap. It is ubiquitous. The unfortunate truth…

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