Culture January 2017

Africa. Voices of Opera

Through the interpretation of numerous opera repertories by African singers and authors, new paths are opening up on the stages of the world. It was during the inauguration ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014, in her elegant long red dress, that 38 year-old, Pumeza Matshikiza, nicknamed the ‘Callas of the townships’, enchanted…

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Mexico. Chichen Itza, the power of time

Surrounded by dense rainforest, the Pyramid of Kukulcan in Chichen Itza is an ancient Maya ceremonial centre on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and is voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The history of the architectural complex, whose name means ‘at the mouth of the Itza well’, inspires a sense of wonder worthy…

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Kenya. Pökot, the Parpara Ceremony

The Pökot are a Nilotic people. They live in Western Kenya, in the districts of West Pökot and Baringo, and in Uganda, in the Karamoja region. We look at the Parpara ceremony, a rite that any Pökot woman must do before delivering her first child. This ceremony must be done together with the woman’s husband.…

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Annona Reticulata: A powerful fruit plant

It is a fruit tree or shrub. The tree is commonly referred to as ‘custard apple’. The plant has enormous nutritional and medicinal benefits. It’s a low, erect tree, with a rounded or spreading crown and trunk of about 25-35cm thick and grows to a height that ranges from 5-10m. Its leaves are deciduous, alternate,…

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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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