Culture January 2013

Afro-Brazilian – Jongo rhythm

The African slaves once arriving in Brazil were hardly put to the test by the labour they were forced to endure. They resisted as a people thanks to the strength of their tradition and of a culture that neither the slavery system nor the distance from their homeland were able to erase. In the new…

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Cinema – Nairobi Half Life

  The film has been selected for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, in Hollywood. “The story of a city… It is simply Nairobi”. In Kiambu, a small town in Central Province, Kenya, life is all about farming and not much else. 19-year old Mwas tries to convince a group of…

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Amadou Diagne – ‘mbalax revisited

In the field of African music Senegal holds an important place. Rap music, as in other parts of Africa, is successful among Dakar youth, but the work of many other artists is still rooted, in different ways, in the most well-known local musical genre, the ‘mbalax. Amadou Diagne is one of these singers. Born in…

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Book Review – Dhow culture

For centuries the dhow, the traditional Arab sailing vessel common along the shores of the Indian Ocean, operated according to the principles of free trade, carrying sailors, traders, passengers, and cargo along the long arch from Kilwa in Tanzania to Kerala in India, and beyond. Following the rhythm of the monsoons – its only propeller…

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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