Culture January 2014

Music – Gasandji

Gasandji sings mainly of herself. At first sight she does not resemble her music. This DR Congo-born artist stands out for her rather unconventional haircut; her voice is instead gentle and soft. Her music has been labelled afro-jazz, or afro-soul, but, as is often the case with African artists, this definition is lacking. The same…

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Sudan – A real Maban wedding

The Maban people are a Nilotic group of about 700,000 people. They live in 15,000 sq km in the Sudanese region of Malakal, near the Ethiopian border. This community makes its living working in the fields. Maban people divide a year into two semesters instead of 12 months. The rainy season, from April to September,…

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Nicaragua – Gueguense

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A Nicaraguan masked play that defies the arrogance of the powerful with style and creativity. An exceptional portrait of non-violent resistance. The January wind cuts a path through the peaceful town of Diriamba, 45Km from the capital Managua. Diriamba owes its name to Cacique Diriangen, the legendary Nahuati Indian chief. On 19 January the people…

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Peru – Cuzco, where history lives

On the streets of Cuzco the Andean identity of the Peruvian people and the legacy of Spanish colonialism are written in stone. The ancient Spanish streets blend magnificently with the Inca walls made of stones cut to fit perfectly without mortar. The Inca structures have survived for centuries and withstood earthquakes, although they are often…

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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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