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Music. Noa. Seeds of peace.

Deeply rooted in the land and culture of his ancestors, Achinoam Nini, known in the world of art as Noa, is still sending out a message of peace that involves all of us. The western world came to know of her when, in 1994, with her own special grace and simplicity, she performed her own…

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Music. Jain, Souldier of Soul.

At the famous Parc des Princes studio in Paris on 7 June of this year, during the opening of the Women’s World Football Championship, a young female singer with an exceptional voice caught the attention of the public. Jeanne Louise Galice — known as Jain in the world of music – has Malagasy ancestors but…

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

He is considered one of the best living blues guitarists. He has succeeded in combining the nomadic culture with sounds that charm the largest international audiences. His real name is Goumar Almoctar, but in the world of music he is called Bombino.  A Niger Tuareg, he was born in Agadez, in the heart of the…

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Laura Mvula. A Gospel for the Third Millennium.

A voice that  radiates all the moods and colours of Africa. She is one of the brightest stars of contemporary pop. A rather limited description in that her music is a combination of the Gospel music she grew up with and the soul music of the masters, the real old jazz-blues and danceable funky, with…

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Yasmine Hamdan. A Vagabond Spirit.

“With her powerful voice and unique style she succeeded in bringing together the treasures of traditional music and the electronic sounds of European pop-rock”. For some time now, Yasmine has lived in multi-ethnic Paris but she has lived and criss-crossed many cities and cultures in her life of forty three years. It started in Beirut…

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Souad Massi. The voice of North Africa.

“Her songs speak of love, altruism and courage; they are messages against intolerance and of all kinds of fundamentalism” 46-year-old Souad has the face and eyes of her people. She is an artist who is becoming well known outside her native Algeria where she is a leading star, especially in the areas of North Africa…

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The Queen of Calypso.

Calypso is a genre of Afro-Caribbean music that comes primarily from the island of Trinidad. Linda McCartha Monica Sandy-Lewis, better known as Calypso Rose, is the undisputed Calypso queen. Like most genres of Caribbean music, calypso is heavily rooted in West African traditional music and was originally used as a means of communication between slaves,…

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Music. Imany, Africa in her heart.

Of African descent, with a voice that is elegant, smooth, sensually melancholic. Imany overpowers and charm. Her birth name, Nadia Mladjao, immediately shows her African origins. In effect Imany, an ever brighter star on the new transalpine music scene, was born in Provence, near Marseilles into a family originally from the Comoros Islands. Her stage…

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Music. A marvel called Oud. The Joubran Trio.

A pre-Islamic instrument. Three brothers. Music that is a poetry, the heart and the patrimony of a people. Last October they launched their sixth album. The Long March At first sight it looks like a mandolin with a crooked neck. The oud is the chief musical instrument of Arabic music. It is a chordophone instrument…

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Music. Afro Trap.

A young Frenchman of African descent has invented a new type of rap to set the new Afro generations dancing and more. It is taken from West African languages and does not try to imitate the American style. Up to three years ago, Mohamed Sylla, also known as MHD, was delivering pizza in north-east Paris.…

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Music. Youssou N’Dour: the king’s comeback

For many Senegalese Youssou N’Dour is more than just a singer: he is a living symbol of success, almost a legend even for those who are not his fans. Taxi drivers carrying foreigners around Dakar point at the building hosting his media group (comprising a newspaper, a radio and a tv station) as they do…

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Music – Farewell to Papa Wemba

It is not common for the Vatican spokesperson to release an interview to remember a music star, but for Papa Wemba, Fr. Federico Lombardi made what can be regarded as a notable exception. The Jesuit priest, as director of the press office of the Holy See, has more often to deal with the interpretation of…

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Advocacy

Widen the horizon of Empowered Women.

Concluding the Special Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, Pope Francis in his homily said with a witty remark that the final document speaking of…

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Baobab

Hare and the Hyena.

0ne day, a long time ago when there was a famine in a certain part of Africa, Hare met Hyena. “How thin you are looking,” said…

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Youth & Mission

Young Indios: “The world must listen to us”.

During the Synod for Amazonia, we heard stories of young Indios who struggle against environmental exploitation, in recognition of their own identity, and they want to…

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