Puerto Rico – ‘Bomba’ dancing

If you take a walk at sunset along the northeastern beach of Puerto Rico at the end of July, you can hear the sound of drums giving the welcome to nightfall. Groups of black people get together in front of their houses or under coconut trees ready to dance to the rhythm of the drums.…

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Cuba – Havana in Guanabacoa

  Guanabacoa is one of the most interesting and picturesque quarters on the outskirts of Havana city. With customs and traditions of its own, it maintains its characteristics and distinguishes itself from the other areas because of its rich history, its continued religiosity, and other manifestations of African heritage, and for some colonial architectural monuments.…

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Notting Hill Carnival – Back to the roots

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Every year, the last weekend of August, Notting Hill – an upmarket neighbourhood of London – becomes alive with the Carnival organized by the Caribbean community. For two days, floats parade through the streets, while revellers can sing, dance, and eat traditional food. The carnival is rooted in the presence of a large Caribbean community,…

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Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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