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Culture March 2013

Mali – Music for peace

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They could be called a coalition, even though not a warring one. Many West African singers and musicians took their stand on the conflict in Mali, and chose to ask for peace and unity. In January, Mali’s Fatoumata Diawara gathered some of the country’s best-known music artists, including Vieux Farka Touré, Amadou et Mariam, Oumou…

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Film – Otelo Burning

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  Shakespeare in South Africa? It’s not the case. Despite the title, jealousy is only one part of the award-winning South African film Otelo Burning. Set in 1988, on the eve of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, the film deals with many subjects, as acknowledged by the director, Sara Blecher: “What you think when you…

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Cuba – Guajira Guantanamera

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  The Guajira-son (Cuban popular song) known as La Guantanamera is famous over the world. Our correspondent in La Habana explains the origin of its universal success. It hit the international airwaves in the 1960s, gaining the popularity it enjoyed on a national level in Cuba in the 1930s, and became one of those mysterious…

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Ivory Coast – The Yam festival

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  The annual yam festival is one of the most important moments of the various Akan groups from Ghana and the Ivory Coast. It is lived with great intensity. The yam is a plant with a climbing stalk that is cultivated in many parts of West Africa. Its tuber is the basis of the food…

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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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