Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category

Music Monday: Baraka Som Sistema- Sound of Kaduro

In Africa, Music, Music Monday on August 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm

soooo i heard this song while i was watching a show, of course i cant remember which, on Al Jazeera while i was in Ethiopia. they were doing a profile about a genre of music called kaduro originally from angola but popularized in portugal…or maybe its the other way around. anyway, i thought it was pretty hot and of all the different kaduro bands and songs they featured, this one is the only one i remembered. +it reminds me why i ever liked m.i.a. so many years ago.




Dear Naomi Campbell, please stop LLLYYYYYIIINNNGGG [Al Jazeera]

In Africa, World News on August 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm

if your not gonna respect yourself, at the very least respect the Hague, which is TRYING to serve as a serious and legitimate international criminal court. like i said on twitter earlier today this is nnnoooottt like that one time in local court when you got sued for being a disrespectful inhumane monster and throwing a phone at your maid’s head. also, please note ms. campbell that donning an ugly hairdo for your day in court does not make you any more believable or reputable.

Farrow Rejects Campbell’s Gem Claim

A US actress has challenged testimony from Naomi Campbell, the British model, over an alleged gift of diamonds from Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president, who is on trial for war crimes in The Hague.

Contradicting Campbell’s evidence that she had not known where the diamonds had come from, Mia Farrow said the model had told her that Taylor had sent them to her.

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Bullet-ridden Building in Liberia Turns into Fair-trade Haven [CNN]

In Africa, World News on August 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm

*side note, click here to watch the corresponding video. tell me Chid Liberty doesn’t remind you of some Liberian-American version of that guy that owns American Apparel.

Monrovia, Liberia (CNN) — Chid Liberty’s family business high-rise was corrupted into a site of conflict, mass graves and executions during Liberia’s fourteen-year civil war.A prominent building on Monrovia’s cityscape, it was occupied by warring factions – including Charles Taylor. The family investment was pillaged, with even the metal electric wiring from the building stolen.

“There was talk that if you crossed the street and looked over, they would pull you in and execute you,” Chid explained of his family building’s role in the war.

“They didn’t want anyone looking at what was going on in here.”

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Why Broadband Not Roads Will Transform Africa [CNN]

In Africa, World News on August 7, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Click here to watch the three minute video clip.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (CNN) — African countries should invest in broadband infrastructure to improve the welfare of their people, according to Ajai Chowdhry, co-founder and CEO of HCL Infosystems, the global IT services provider.

The Indian entrepreneur, who is often described as India’s equivalent to Bill Gates, said access to information will be critical in solving many of the continent’s problems.

“I’ve a very strong belief that Africa should take a leadership position in putting up broadband right down to every village and you’ll see the change,” he said. “If you give people information you can actually transform Africa.”

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Who Wants to Try the Captured Pirates? (No One) [TIME]

In Africa, World News on June 3, 2010 at 11:17 pm
think the world’s forgetting to ask how these somali men came to be pirates…


After Kenya threatened in March to halt prosecution of Somali pirates unless wealthier countries ponied up the cash to pay for the trials, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Baroness Ashton, came to Nairobi to cut a deal. Kenya relented, and remains one of the few countries shouldering the burden of prosecuting the men accused of wreaking havoc with global shipping off the Horn of Africa. But Kenyan lawyers defending accused pirates tell TIME that they have not been paid for their work, and have no funding to collect evidence in their clients’ defense.

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Ghanaian Drum Master Yacub Addy meets the Great Wynton Marsalis at “Congo Square” in New Orleans

In Africa, Americas (North), Music, Music Monday, World News on May 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm

On April 23, 2006 a historic new composition was premiered in New Orleans – “Congo Square”, co-written by Ghanaian drum master Yacub Addy and Wynton Marsalis. Presented in historic Congo Square for a wildly enthusiastic crowd, it was intended by it’s creators as spiritual support for the Crescent City’s recovery from the ravages of Katrina. The ground-breaking work, which combines Ghanaian percussion and vocals with jazz forms, was performed by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Yacub Addy and Odadaa!. Part of the opening selection is currently being used by HBO in it’s promo for the new series “Treme”.

The historic Congo Square is the only place in America where African slaves were allowed to perform their own music and dance in the 1700s-1800s. It established the roots of American music by providing a means for African music to enter and mingle with American forms.

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Puma Presents: Of the Same Earth

In Africa, Artsy Fartsy, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace on April 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Recently, PUMA created one unity uniform for African national teams and invited artist Kehinde Wiley to paint a portrait of African togetherness. This is a story of Africa, football, and unity through a painting.

“Corrective” Rape in South Africa

In Africa, World News on April 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm

the disgusting truth is people really think like this and this kind of ridiculousness happens all over the world.

what’s really going on when even the marginalized and oppressed find people to marginalize and oppress?

thanks for the heads up Irene.

-peace.pace.selam <<< we need so much more of it.

South Africa’s “Black Empowerment” [The Economist]

In Africa, World News on April 4, 2010 at 9:18 pm

The president says it has failed…

To give more economic clout to the black majority has proved hard

BMW enjoys the fruit of BEE

IT IS now widely agreed that “black economic empowerment” (BEE) and affirmative-action laws brought in after apartheid as the star policies of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) have failed. Even President Jacob Zuma seems to agree. Instead of redistributing wealth and positions to the black majority, they have resulted mainly in “a few individuals benefiting a lot,” he says, while leaving the leadership of most big companies in white hands. The black masses, the intended beneficiaries, have hardly gained.

Largely as a result of the emergence of this new BEE elite, post-apartheid South Africa is still one of the most unequal countries in the world. Although poverty has been alleviated by providing welfare benefits to more than one in four of South Africa’s 49m inhabitants, the gulf between rich and poor has widened. The richest 4% of South Africans—a quarter of whom are black—now earn more than $80,000 a year, 100 times what most of their compatriots live on.

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Beauty Icon: Iman []

In Africa, Artsy Fartsy, Fashion, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace, World News on April 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm

every month takes a “look at the faces that have made history.” this month’s “beauty” is none other than the exquisite Iman…

more photos after the jump…



“My dream woman is Iman.” So said no less an arbiter than Yves Saint Laurent. And those words still ring true today: The CFDA will honor the Somalian-born beauty as its Fashion Icon later this spring.

The supermodel—one of the first, long before the reign of the Trinity, the rise of the waifs, or the Eastern European boom—has well earned her one-name status. She was Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid when the American photographer Peter Beard discovered her as a young student at the University of Nairobi. Her elegant, sculptural beauty—the impossibly long neck, the regal features, those cheekbones—was a revelation when she hit the international scene in the late seventies and eighties. At a time when the glossy pages were dominated by athletic, all-American girls, she was an instant favorite among editors and nearly a religion among designers, many of whom called her their muse.

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Made in Africa: Sawa Shoes [Fader]

In Africa, Fashion on March 23, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Feted as the first 100% authentic African-made sneaker, Sawa shoes had their official worldwide launch today [March 4th]. The label’s assembly line spreads a little love at all four corners of the continent: the laces are made in Tunisia, the rubber soles in Egypt, the leather in Nigeria, the canvas in Cameroon, the packaging in South Africa and the final product is cooked up by craftsmen in Cameroon. For now the kicks will be available at Soula in Brooklyn and Dover Street Market in London (probably one of the best stores ever)—Comme des Garçons has put in an order too. An online shop featuring the footwear and other Sawa-related treats is also in the works, and their African school notebooks will probably replace our obsession with French scribble pads as soon as it goes live.

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Black History Month continued (part VI)…

In Africa, History, Music, Profile: People Places & Things of Peace, World News on March 5, 2010 at 3:20 am

An awesome documentary about the late GREAT Fela Kuti complete w/ first hand interviews and performance footage. Makes you wonder: how different would things be if the greatest musicians ran the country? How different would the world be if presidential candidates could conduct interviews in their speedo underwear?  #justsayin

catch the rest after the jump. {thanks buchu for putting me on game about fela, and mickey for showing me this documentary!}



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Ending Fistula-Empowering Women: Help Young Women Reclaim Their Lives and Transform Villages

In Africa, Miscellaneous on February 26, 2010 at 3:44 pm

above: a documentary about fistula in Ethiopia

below: a little something you can vote for to help end fistula in Ethiopia. 



Click HERE to vote for the Ending Fistula-Empowering Women: Help Young Women Reclaim Their Lives and Transform Villages project in the Dell Social Innovation Competition. 

Deemed inadequate, a 13 year old girl is abandoned by her husband and father and left on the outskirts of town in a doorless hut so hyenas could eat her. Cause of abandonment: obstetric fistula, a condition eliminated during the 19th century in US. Although this 13 year old girl made it to the hospital, few girls do. The consequences of obstetric fistula can leave a girl physically impaired, emotionally scarred, psychologically damaged and socially ostracized. Lack of obstetric care plays a significant role- currently only 1 midwife per 100,000 people- yet child marriages are also a primary cause of fistula.  

Project Resilience will work with young Ethiopian (15-23) post-surgery fistula survivors that have been ostracized from their villages. We will serve as a center for healing and self-empowerment.  Collaborating with Addis Ababa’s Fistula Hospital and Black Lion Hospital, Project Resilience’s innovative model will provide living quarters for a period of three years during which time they will gain both classroom and hands-on midwife training, gain administrative/managerial skills, learn about family planning methods and the dangers of early childbearing. Each woman will then be assigned to a rural area where she will provide health education and services, midwife and maternal care & job opportunities significantly contributing to  fistula rate. Outreach programs will create jobs for young girls and educate young children beginning a necessary shift in the cultural and economic perspectives of women. Project Resilience uplifts communities by empowering women. Strong and healthy women create strong and healthy communities. 

President Isaias Afewerki on Talk to Jazeera [Al Jazeera]

In Africa, World News on February 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

The Eritrean president in a rare interview with al Jazeera’s Jane Dutton.

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Twenty years after the liberation from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Africa’s youngest nation, has emerged as strategically vital to the stability of the region and the wider global agenda.

Eritrea is struggling to balance the needs of its people with the perceived threats to the nation.

Al Jazeera’s Jane Dutton conducts a rare interview with Isaisas Afewerki, the president of Eritrea.

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Anti-Retrovirals Could Halt Aids Spread in Five Years [BBC News]

In Africa, World News on February 23, 2010 at 12:38 am

Anti-retroviral treatments (ARVs) and universal testing could stop the spread of Aids in South Africa within five years, a top scientist says.

Dr Brian Williams says the cost of giving the drugs to almost six million HIV-positive patients in the country would be $2-3bn per year.

Only about 30% get the life-saving drugs, he said, but early detection and treatment would prevent transmission.

This, he said, should be complementary to the search for an Aids vaccine.

An effective vaccine, he said, was still a long way away.

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