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Ethiopia. That propitious day.

The Gedeo are an ethnic group in southern Ethiopia. Among the Gedeo, there are three…

01 Jun 2021

The new frontiers of music. The sound of the desert.

With the initiative of Christopher Kirkley, an American bio-engineer who has become a music producer,…

01 Jun 2021

Spotlight on African films. Reinventing the seventh art.

The films made by young directors can be traced to two main streams. Afrofuturism which…

01 Jun 2021

Colombia. San Basilio de Palenque. A place of resistance and…

Four hundred years ago, a group of black slaves fled from the Spanish Crown to…

01 Jun 2021

Herbs & Plants. Canarium schweinfurtii. A Medicinal Plant.

Known as African olive or bush candle, this tropical tree is highly beneficial to human…

01 May 2021

Music. Fatima Said. Enchanting Voice.

Capable, beautiful and full of positive energy, the Egyptian soprano Fatma Said with her formidable…

01 May 2021

Mexico. Weaving culture.

Within the priceless cultural heritage that is preserved among the Indian peoples of Mexico and…

01 May 2021

Kenya. Rose Wanjikũ Mũriũ. Karate girl.

She wants to make history: to be the first Kenyan Karate Woman to take part…

01 May 2021

Uganda. Empako a sign of respect among the Batooro.

Besides their family names, the Batooro have pet names called empako. It was a sign…

01 Apr 2021

Venezuela. The Indios Warao: the 'Boat People'.

The Warao indigenous people inhabit the states of Bolívar, Monagas, Sucre and Delta Amacuro in…

01 Apr 2021

Music. Jonas Gwangwa. Antiapartheid jazz leader.

The South African musician and composer was active both in music and in politics. At…

01 Apr 2021

Brazil. Capoeira, the dance of the resistance.

A martial art that combines dance, self-defence and music, with its roots in ritual Bantu…

01 Apr 2021

Nigeria. Edo Museum of West African Art. Collective Memories.

A museum project has been launched this year under the care of architect David Adjaye…

01 Mar 2021

Music. Santrofi, the sound of pan-Africanism.

The Ghanaian band Santrofi demonstrates that Highlife music is still a rich and vital force.…

01 Mar 2021

Africa. To Share fraternity.

In his last Encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti”, (“Brothers All”), Pope Francis is calling for…

01 Mar 2021

Ivory Coast. Contemporary art in the city of Abidjan.

The pandemic forced it to close just a week after it was officially opened and…

01 Mar 2021

Music. Jerusalema. Dance, Sing, Resist.

The Gospel track devised by South Africa DJ Master KG has spread on YouTube due…

01 Feb 2021

Unesco. Cous cous. 'Live united'.

Cous cous, a popular emblematic dish of North Africa, has been placed on the list…

01 Feb 2021

Herbs & Plant. Warburgia salutaris. A unique medicinal plant.

The importance of medicinal plants in primary health care systems to treat and manage various…

01 Feb 2021

Egypt. Archaeology. The sarcophagi of Saqqara. New light on the…

The discovery by Egyptian archaeologists of more than a hundred sealed sarcophagi in the necropolis…

01 Feb 2021

Sami. An indigenous European people.

The Sami have always lived in the far north of the continent. Historically oppressed and…

01 Jan 2021

Herbs & Plants. Psorospermum febrifugum Spach. A medicinal plant…

Medicinal plants continue to play vital roles in primary health systems globally. A number of…

01 Jan 2021

Ethiopia. The Guji. A people in transformation.

The Guji are an ethnic group of southern Ethiopia. They belong to the great family…

01 Jan 2021

Bolivia. Water: source of life in the Andean Pacha.

The Andean peoples preserve their ancient wisdoms with great care in order to lead a…

01 Jan 2021

Music. Djibouti, Modern Notes.

The New York music house Ostinato Records recently released a Groupe RTD album – a…

01 Dec 2020

Herbs & Plants. Piliostigma thonningii. A multipurpose medicinal plant.

Piliostigma thonningii, common name 'camel’s foot', is a leguminous, deciduous tree with a single stem,…

01 Dec 2020

Pan-African Museum. Reclaiming History.

Aimed at Africans and the diaspora, the Pan-African Museum of Heritage and Culture in Accra…

01 Dec 2020

Africa. Ubuntu, to live positively.

In the African context, Ubuntu is a religious belief which concerns the need for humans…

01 Dec 2020

Madagascar. Famadihana, the feast of Return.

On the Madagascar plateau the bodies of the dead are exhumed from their tombs and…

01 Nov 2020

Special Report/Iraq. Cultural Heritage in Peril.

The wars in Syria and Iraq are (mostly) over, but the region’s rich cultural heritage…

01 Nov 2020

Special Report/ Syria. Destruction, Looting and Illicit Trafficking of Cultural…

Syria is the Arab country that has best preserved the physical evidence of its pre-Islamic…

01 Nov 2020

Music. The Sarkodie Generation.

The head of a musical movement that is both cultural and profitable, Michael Kwesi Owusu…

01 Nov 2020

Qhapaq Ñan. Symbol of integration.

The Qhapaq Ñan is an extraordinary set of roads constructed by the Incas. This network…

01 Oct 2020

Herbs & Plants. Lantana camara. A Therapeutic Plant.

Plants have been a source of effective therapeutic agents for various diseases. Globally, there is…

01 Oct 2020

Africa. Masks that protect and heal.

Wearing a mask is essential when faced with a virus like Covid-19. The notion of…

01 Sep 2020

Music: Hope Masike, ‘The Princess of the Mbira’.

Evocative music, blending ancestral melodies and pop rhythms. "I hear our ancestors encouraging us to…

01 Sep 2020

The American Continent. Curative multifunctional masks.

The masks of the Americas, despite the differences in styles of the ethnic groups in…

01 Sep 2020

Nigeria. The dance of the street children.

The Dream Catchers Academy is an organisation that helps street children. To give them some…

01 Aug 2020

Herbs & Plants. Rhus vulgaris Meikle. An Important Herbal Medicinal…

Vital in traditional medicine for the treatment and management of various disease conditions. The ash…

01 Aug 2020

Music. Obongjayar. Aromas and Rhythms of Mother Africa.

His name is Steven Umoh but in the world of music, he is known by…

01 Aug 2020

Mexico. Arms that speak of peace.

A visual Mexican artist collects arms used during violent times in his country and transforms…

01 Aug 2020

Music. Mory Kanté. The Electric Griot.

His eighties hit Yeke Yeke made him one of the prime artists of nascent world…

01 Jul 2020

Herbs & Plants. Aspalathus linearis. The medicinal Tea Plant.

It is used to treat different allergies and help various antioxidant-associated health benefits. Globally, a…

01 Jul 2020

Music. Manu Dibango. The Poet with the Saxophone.

A victim of the Coronavirus, in Paris, on 24 March 2020. The Cameroonian saxophonist and…

01 Jun 2020

Mexico. Pre-Hispanic city of Uxmal.

The ancient pre-Hispanic city of Uxmal and its three surrounding sites: Kabhá, Labná and Sayil…

01 Jun 2020

Gaye Su Akyol. Dreamer of the Turkish Sound.

A mixture of Anatolian pop and oriental folk, gypsy resonances and western sounds. A committed…

01 May 2020

Zimbabwe. In search of the lost city.

Grand Zimbabwe is one of Africa's largest and most complex archaeological sites. Its origins and…

01 May 2020

Herbs & Plants. Cyathula prostrata. A wild plant with vast…

The plant is often harvested from the wild for local use, especially for medicinal purposes…

01 May 2020

Herbs & Plant. Harrisonia abyssinica. Its unique traditional medicinal activities.

The root in the form of a powder, a decoction, or an infusion, is taken…

01 Apr 2020

The Nubian People: between Egypt and Sudan.

The legacy of the time of the Pharaohs of the Twenty-Fifth Dynasty is being ransomed…

01 Apr 2020

Music. Omar & Gustavo.

Omar Sosa and Gustavo Ovalles. Two great musicians, two different stories often merging in a…

01 Apr 2020

Herbs & Plants. Manilkara mochisia. A vital medicine plant.

It is used to treat backache and brittle bones. The decoction from the leaves…

01 Mar 2020

Brazil. The Magic and Colour of Movement.

A school of dance for the blind, the only one of its kind in the…

01 Mar 2020

Brazil. Frevo, infectious joy.

If the samba is the sound of Rio de Janeiro, the frevo is that of…

01 Feb 2020

Guatemala. The native flavour of boj.

Boj, which originates from the northern region of Alta Verapaz, has a cultural and spiritual…

01 Jan 2020

Mexico. Calakmul, the Lost City.

Its name means "The Place of Adjacent Mounds." This site was contemporary with Tikal and…

01 Jan 2020

Music. Gabacho Maroc. A Connecting Sound.

Afro-Maghrebian percussion, ngoni, chants and choreography, driven by infallible and colorful arrangements make it possible…

01 Jan 2020

Mexico.The Circus as a Life Project.

In the Nahuatl language, spoken in the central region of Mexico, Machincuepa means somersaults or…

01 Dec 2019

Music. Noa. Seeds of peace.

Deeply rooted in the land and culture of his ancestors, Achinoam Nini, known in the…

01 Dec 2019

South Sudan. Death. A place of Rest.

The Bari, a South Sudan ethnic group who live on the Savannah along the White…

01 Nov 2019

Uganda. A Circus, the Art of Redemption.

The slums of Katwe have seen the birth of a new circus where the jugglers,…

01 Oct 2019

Nicaragua. Journey into myths and legend in the land of…

Every town and city has its own tales, myths, and legends that make up part…

01 Oct 2019

Music. Jain, Souldier of Soul.

At the famous Parc des Princes studio in Paris on 7 June of this year,…

01 Oct 2019

Music. Niger. Bombino, the rock in the desert.

He is considered one of the best living blues guitarists. He has succeeded in combining…

01 Sep 2019

North Africa. Recognition of Amazigh Culture.

Indigenous to North Africa, the Amazigh people, sometimes known as Berbers, have spent decades fighting…

01 Sep 2019

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: “Prison was a school to me”.

Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o was imprisoned and exiled for his political beliefs. As he…

01 Sep 2019

Africa. The art of food. Ancient flavours and genuine ingredients.

From the Maghreb to Southern Africa, a myriad of flavours, aromas and colours. A journey…

01 Jul 2019

Herbs & Plants. Acalypha indica. A useful source of medicine.

It is a plant used as a medicine for several therapeutic treatments. The leaf decoction…

01 Jul 2019

Herbs & Plants. Funtumia elastic. A medicinal African rubber tree.

Highly valued in traditional medicine for treatment and management of a number of diseases and…

01 Jun 2019

Laura Mvula. A Gospel for the Third Millennium.

A voice that  radiates all the moods and colours of Africa. She is one of…

01 May 2019

Herbs & Plants. Xylopia aethiopica. A Spicy Herbal Medicinal Plant.

It possesses great nutritional and medicinal values. The plant is used in the treatment of…

01 May 2019

Yasmine Hamdan. A Vagabond Spirit.

“With her powerful voice and unique style she succeeded in bringing together the treasures of…

01 Apr 2019

Belgium. The Museum of Africa, a revisited version of the…

The Museum of Africa aspires to be an open space for discussion of the sad…

01 Apr 2019

Herbs & Plants. Entada abyssinica. A resourceful herbal medicine.

It is used as medicine, source of fibre, and wood. But also in the treatment…

01 Apr 2019

Senegal. The Great House of African Art.

The Museum of African Civilisation was founded in Dakar: it contains African art from its…

01 Apr 2019

Uganda. Bobi Wine. Rapper and Opposer.

His songs criticise the government and corrupt politics. Young people listen to him and have…

01 Mar 2019

Ghana. The great Mosque of Accra.

Financed by Istanbul, it also contains other structures: a congress hall, administration offices and a…

01 Mar 2019

Herbs & Plants. Acacia sieberiana. To relieve back pain.

It is an important plant for medical use. But it is also used to make…

01 Mar 2019

Mexico. Poblano Chili here we come.

When most people think of Mexican food, the first thing that comes to mind may…

01 Feb 2019

Souad Massi. The voice of North Africa.

“Her songs speak of love, altruism and courage; they are messages against intolerance and of…

01 Feb 2019

South Africa. The True Legend of the Black Swan.

Kitty Phetla, ballerina and choreographer with Joburg Ballet, grew up among the tin-roofed rows of…

01 Jan 2019

African Musicians. License For Transformation.

With the catchy rhythms of Afro-Pop, African artists are increasingly singing about young Africans’ frustrations.…

01 Jan 2019

Music and Dance. Tango, African Rhythm.

Music and dance in Latin America has much of what is African. An example: the…

01 Jan 2019

Music. Imany, Africa in her heart.

Of African descent, with a voice that is elegant, smooth, sensually melancholic. Imany overpowers and…

01 Dec 2018

Western Africa.The confraternity of Knowledge.The mysterious world of the Donso…

They are seers and traditional healers with a vast knowledge of medicinal plants, spells and…

01 Dec 2018

Music. A marvel called Oud. The Joubran Trio.

A pre-Islamic instrument. Three brothers. Music that is a poetry, the heart and the patrimony…

01 Nov 2018

Plants & People. Cowpeas, Essential In The Management Of Diabetes.

It is an herbaceous food legume belonging to the plant family Fabaceae. It can either…

01 Nov 2018

Plant & People. Vitex doniana. Multipurpose Tree.

Vitex doniana (Family Verbenaceae) is a useful, multi-purpose tree providing food, medicines and timber to…

01 Oct 2018

Senegal. Ina Thiam: “Photographers put their soul in each image”.

Young Senegalese artist Ina Tiam takes fashion shoots in places covered with rubbish and plastic…

01 Sep 2018

Herbs & People. Pseudocedrela kotschyi. Fracture Healing Plant.

It is a medicinal plant whose therapeutic values undoubtedly have a folkloric background as it…

01 Sep 2018

Herbs & People. Momordica charantia. A unique anti-diabetic plant.

Commonly known as bitter melon or bitter gourd, it is a climbing vine whose leaves…

01 Aug 2018

Cinema. The Black Star Of Hollywood.

'The Black Panther’ by Ryan Coogler, the first superhero movie, is the greatest cultural moment…

01 Aug 2018

Ekebergia Capensis. Highly valued plant.

This plant plays important role in various communities for the treatment of numerous diseases and…

01 Jul 2018

African Cuisine. Variety and Flavours.

African cuisine offers a wide range of dishes of great flavour and variety. Food is…

01 Jul 2018

Missionary botanist. Camellia Tea.

Pharmacist, botanist and missionary, the Moravian Jesuit Brother Josef Kamel (1661-1706) left the Hapsburg Empire…

01 Jun 2018

Erythrina abysynica. The Anti-Helminthic Plant.

It is one of the well-known popular plants which is often used in traditional medicine.…

01 Jun 2018

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Culture Archive – summaries

Music. Afro Trap.

A young Frenchman of African descent has invented a new type of rap to set the…

01 Jun 2018, Culture June 2018

Herbs & Plants. Syzygium cumini. An anti-diabetic plant.

It is commonly known as Jamun or Jambul. It is a multipurpose tree which is highly…

01 May 2018, Culture May 2018

Herbs & People. Aspilia Africana: The Unique Anti-Haemorrhage Plant.

The plant is commonly found distributed in the Sub-Saharan Africa. It is widely gathered from the wild…

01 Apr 2018, Culture April 2018

The 'African Mona Lisa' Rediscovered ...

It took almost four decades for the people of Nigeria to rediscover one of three lost…

01 Apr 2018, Culture April 2018

Nidia Góngora. Singing The Memories Of Her People.

This singer from the South Pacific of Colombia has liberated from ostracism the lullabies of her…

01 Apr 2018, Culture April 2018

Africa. Puppet Theatre.

The roots of puppet shows in Africa are as old as the myths and legends. Today,…

01 Mar 2018, Culture March 2018

Mesoamerica. Pizza With Savour Of Aztec Cuisine.

Along the centuries, food and plants coming from America, and in particular from Mexico have given…

01 Mar 2018, Culture March 2018

Burkina Faso. 'The Ants Can Carry An Elephant'.

The Mossi are the most numerous ethnic group in Burkina Faso with 6.2 million members making…

01 Feb 2018, Culture February 2018

Pelargonium sidoides. An Effective Medicinal Plant Against Respiratory Diseases.

Pelargonium sidoides is a small geranium-like plant which is commonly referred to as 'South African geranium'…

01 Jan 2018, Culture January 2018

Angola. 'The Thinker'.

When we visited the Anthropological Museum of Luanda we were fascinated by a small statue known…

01 Jan 2018, Culture January 2018

Advocacy

The European Union and the COVID-19 crisis in the poorest…

Since April 2020, the European Commission has defined the EU strategy to support the fight against COVID-19 globally through an action plan called Team Europe,…

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Baobab

Why Goats Live with Man.

The goat and his mother lived alone in their village. He said to her, "I have here a magic-medicine to make one strong in wrestling. There is…

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Youth & Mission

Restore Our Earth so We Can Live.

The youth see the environmental destruction in all aspects of our lives - the air we breathe, the forest destruction, the polluted oceans, the climate change…

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