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Culture April 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

Feeding people during the Covid-19 emergency.

With the declaration of the health emergency in Ecuador, all activities and services taking care of poor people were suspended. The experience of Caritas’ dining…

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Baobab

The Herons and the Tortoise.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful lake, near a big mountain. There lived many animals in the water and on the banks of the…

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Youth & Mission

Young People lead the protest against racism, discrimination and social…

More and more young people are joining protests around the world and are playing an increasingly important role to protest against racism, discrimination and social inequality. Is…

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