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Culture February 2012

Music – Gambian Night

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  Western Africa has produced some of the most celebrated musicians of the continent. There music has an important role in society, and musicians are considered not only for their personal ability, but by their lineage also. This is why West African musicians are eager to show they come from a line of great musicians…

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Cesária Évora – Barefoot singer

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She knew poverty. As a young girl, she suffered the humiliation to be taken to an orphanage after her father’s death, because her mother could not afford to raise all her seven children.  She never forgot that, nor did she forget the long hours spent as a waitress in the local bars of Mindelo, a…

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Contemporary art – Afran

  Francis Abiamba, known in the art circles as Afran, is a Cameroonian born in 1983 in Bidjap from Equato-Guinean parents. He studied at the Institute of Artistic Formation in Mbalmayo and received a degree in ceramic work. He then joined a studio where great Cameroonian and Congolese painters work, working side by side with…

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Islam – In the heart of Islam

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 All Muslim have to abide to the five pillars: to believe in one God (shahada), to pray daily (salat), to fast at Ramadan, to give to the poor (zakat) and to go in pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime (hajj). The first four pillars can be shared by people of other faith.…

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Advocacy

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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Baobab

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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