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Culture November 2012

Music review – The death of Afrobeat

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  London based Afro-funk outfit KonKoma released their debut album last June. The group proposes a sound typical of the 1970s Ghanaian music scene. The band has been built around two Ghanaian musicians – Alfred Bannerman and Emmanuel Rentzos – who have stage experience with the likes of Bobby Womack, Hugh Masakela and Peter Green…

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Minorities – Revolution’s backlash?

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  Tunisia has always been a crossroad of cultures. The Arab-Muslim identity of many Tunisians cannot hide the Berber culture surviving beneath it, and now battling to acquire official status. Other minorities are equally part and parcel of the Tunisian landscape: Jews, Italians (especially Sicilians), and French communities have been present in the country for…

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Swahili culture – Keram

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  People living on the coasts of the Indian Ocean have long been connected by trade. Indian, Persian and Arab merchants sailed along the coasts to buy and sell their wares. They also founded a string of outposts, some surviving to this day. It goes without saying that, through the centuries, there have been intermarriages…

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Mali – Killing traditions

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  At the centre of a vast net of merchants’ routes, Timbuktu was a fabulously wealthy city especially in the 15th and 16th centuries. Gold, ivory, slaves, salt, and other goods transited here before being shipped to northern Africa. Merchants were Tuareg, Mande, and Fulani, but also Europeans adventurers and Berbers. They all led Timbuktu…

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Advocacy

A Nun faces big multinational corporations.

Sister Nathalie Kangaji has never been ready to accept injustice. She has been fighting for ten years as coordinator of the Legal Aid Center (CAJJ)…

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Baobab

Why the Bat Flies at Night.

0nce upon a time, the bat and the bush-rat were great friends. All day long they would go hunting in the bush together, dodging between the…

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Youth & Mission

Young People. Always Missionaries.

It doesn’t take much to make young people missionaries. Even those who are most frail, limited and troubled can be missionaries in their own way, for…

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