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Culture September 2013

Senegal – Baaba Maal: the People’s Voice

Baaba Maal is one of Africa’s most original and innovative artists. His music embraces the gentle filigree of West African folk, the tumult of mbalax and the toughness of rap and reggae. Maal was born of a noble family of Podor, an ancient village on the fringes of the Sahara. Across the Senegal River lies…

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Environmental sustainability as a way of life

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For Mayan communities, good living (Buen Vivir) means safeguarding natural resources. The forest, its wildlife, its trees, and its rivers have a sacred value for the Mayan K’iché inhabitants of Totonicapán, a department located in Guatemala’s western highlands.Timber logging in a 2-kilometer (3-mile) radius from water sources is strictly forbidden. If a family needs to…

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Mariachi: the soul of Mexican music

It was declared part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Mariachi is truly Mexican. It is the country’s most famous symbol. It is the soul of Mexican music. Its songs reach out from generation to generation, to all Mexicans wherever they may be.  The musicians dress in typical charro style, usually in black…

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Ghana – The ancestors’ stool

The Akan live in Ghana and in the Ivory Coast in the area bounded by the Volta and Kamoe rivers. They are the most notable group among the populations of western Africa. The main object of their ancestors’ cult is the sacred stool. It is here, as if it were an altar, that drink, food,…

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Advocacy

The 4 Freedoms.

One of the most important aims of advocacy is building strong democracy and democratic organizations to hold those in power accountable, expanding citizen’s understanding of…

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Baobab

The Water in Olive Lake.

Long, long ago, a mother and her son lived by Olive Lake below Olive Mountain. The mother was very, very old and could not work anymore.…

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Youth & Mission

Youth on the frontline against Covid - 19.

In the time of Coronavirus, young people have organised to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and supporting their communities. In Cameroon, Achalake Christian, the coordinator of Local…

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