Culture August 2015

Book Review – Africa Uprising

When in late October last year a wave of protest in Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou forced the then president Blaise Compaoré to flee after 27 years in power, many political commentators began to wonder which country would be next. Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly, who at the time were working on a book on urban…

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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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Malawi. Gule Wamkulu. Dance of the Spirits

The ‘gule Wamkulu’ is both a secret cult and a ritual dance performed by people wearing character masks or disguised as animals, who represent the world of the spirits. This ritual performance, which is aimed at preserving traditional values, is practiced among the Chewa people on various occasions. Among this population, as in the majority…

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Myanmar – Calling Home the Spirits

The Karen people are the second largest ethnic minority in Myanmar. Because of the civil war they were spread throughout different countries in the South East of Asia, in the Unites States, Australia, New Zealand and the Scandinavian countries. To strengthen their identify and unity each year they celebrate the “wrist-tying” festival. The month of…

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Rely on one own strength first.

We are in Pikine, a Dakar suburb, Senegal. Father Armel Duteil, is the one telling the story. He is an 80-year-old Spiritan missionary. French by…

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The Water-Buffalo and the Tiger.

Once there lived a hard-working farmer in a small village who had a water-buffalo. Every day, with his plough on his shoulder, he led his water-buffalo…

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Youth & Mission

Nine Challenges Facing Young People in Syria.

For over nine years, violence and displacement have devastated opportunities for youth across the country. Here are nine of the most pressing challenges facing young people…

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