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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

Silencing the Guns in Africa.

On 27 February 2019, the Security Council welcomed the African Union’s “determination to rid Africa of conflicts and create conditions favorable for the growth, development…

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Baobab

How the Dogs Came.

A long time ago there were no domestic animals, all were wild, and all were the enemy of man. They feared him, and he feared them,…

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Youth & Mission

Pan-African Youth Leadership Development.

The Leadership Development and Mentorship program has an ambitious agenda for training tomorrow’s leaders across Africa. Africa is by far the world’s youngest continent, with a median…

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