Culture October 2014

Music – Papa is back

Sixty-five years, have marked the age of retirement in many countries, including DR Congo, for a long time: but don’t tell Papa Wemba about it. Although growing old, the “king of Congolese rumba” – as he has been known for years – is still at work, and not willing to abdicate. If as some feared…

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Kenya. Maasai : ‘Hold onto your own life’

Every Maasai from an early age is part and parcel of many groups. Each of these with its own rules, customs and traditions, which regulate his or her social life. When a Maasai child is born and its umbilical cord is cut through, either the mother or the assisting midwife will say: “Hold onto your…

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Theatre in South India – The new myths of Yakshgana

In South India, particularly in the state of Karnataka, there is one form of theatre that defies most rules of popular art, perhaps even societal norms; where the hero is just one among many actors on stage; where the villain looks so much grander and has so much more fun that he ends up overshadowing…

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Book Review – The voice of the voiceless

From 1983 to 2005, the Sudanese fought a harsh civil war. To many, this was simply a continuation of the previous struggle that opposed Southern Sudan to the government of Khartoum. During the 22 year war, the already frail South Sudanese infrastructure collapsed. The only institution that resisted was the Church, and this shouldered the…

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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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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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