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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

10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Baobab

Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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