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Culture February 2014

Music – A tribute to ‘Rochereau’

He was called by his fans “the baobab of Congolese rumba”, and no title could be more appropriate for Tabu Ley, also known since his school years as ‘Rochereau’. Deeply rooted in the musical tradition of his country, the present day DRC, this legend of the African music scene passed away on 30 January, 2013:…

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Mozambique – Macua people: living in harmony

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The Macua are the largest ethnic group in Mozambique. Some cultural traits of these people. The region inhabited by the Macua overlooking the Indian Ocean to the east, with more than 600 km of coastline, covers an area of ?about 200,000 sq km. It is bordered to the north, towards Tanzania, by the Makonde’s territory,…

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The rural market in Africa – A meeting point

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The market is not only a place to buy and sell, where commercial transactions are carried out. In the rural areas of Africa it is a place characterised by deep social relations and becomes a meeting point for the scattered members of one’s family, native village, and other areas. The large tree that often grows…

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Guatemala – Atitlan: in the land of Corn Flower

This town of about 50,000 people is located on the south shore of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala’s central highland region and sits approximately 160 km. to the west of the country’s capital, Guatemala City. Santiago Atitlán amazes its visitors  with its cultural richness. This municipality, in the Department of  Sololà,  is home to the Tz’utujil,…

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Advocacy

10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Baobab

Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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