- "Please don't beat me. I'm having my period." ~ Mama Wangari
- "It is being both black and gay [which is problematic]." ~ Zanele Muholi (Nehanda Nyakasikana) [NSFW]
- "Sisters at heart, these women are: from Kibera to Loresho." ~ WM
- "My vagina wants an Uzi" ~ Larissa Klazinga (Amanda Atwood)
- "You are from Kenya? So are you Kikuyu or Luo?" ~ Wangui
Blogs of women from Africa. That is all.
posted by hadjiboy
on Apr 17, 2008 -
is an online radio station that plays/streams this energizing, joyous, African fusion music, known for its bright guitar sound and rumba/salsa beat. The name, Soukous, is derived from the French word secouer, to shake. A popular, recent Soukous video by two Ivory Coast singers, DJ Eloh and DJ Mix, The Bobaraba
(which means “big bottom” in the local Djoula language), celebrates booty shaking. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Feb 21, 2008 -
The Secret Museum of Mankind
:: "Published in 1935, the Secret Museum is a mystery book. It has no author or credits, no copyright, no date, no page numbers, no index ... The tone of the commentary is dated, and uniformly racist in the extreme, often hilariously so. It reads like the patter of a carnival sideshow barker, from a time when the world was divided between "modern" Europeans and "savages" ... Presented here is the Secret Museum in its entirety, all 564 pages scanned and transcribed-- nothing is omitted or censored ... Treat it as entertainment instead of education (don't take it seriously and don't believe a word it says!), adjust for the blatant racial bias of the time, and enjoy."
posted by anastasiav
on Feb 14, 2008 -
Oh, I say old chap--do you mind not going all "immigrant
" on me, and spitting all over the place? Thank you very much
. (how Britain proposes to solve the problem of integrating its migrant population)
posted by hadjiboy
on Feb 6, 2008 -
The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace
, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), is the largest church in the world1
. Completed in 1990 for about $300 million by President Félix Houphouët-Boigny - with profits skimmed from the slave labor best cocoa (chocolate) industry - in the small rural town of his birth, it sits today in the bush a vast empty palace of marble and crystal gawked at by the occasional backpacker. Among other trappings it has the only airport big enough in Africa to take the Concorde, a presidential palace with a lake stocked with scores of Sacred Caymans (crocodiles,) and a mansion next to the Basilica reserved exclusively for the Pope on visits from Rome (used once). The President enjoyed his complex for less than 3 years before dieing in 1993.
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 27, 2008 -
, a native Ethiopian grain, has been cultivated there for at least 4,000 years. Its seeds
are smaller than pinheads, and can be easily scattered. Many Ethiopians eat it two to three times a day in injera bread
or, of course, alcohol
(pages 3-4). The grain is gluten-free and is full of essential amino acids, calcium, and other vitamins and minerals. It has a short growing season
and tolerance for marginal soils and drought or flood conditions, but its low comparative yield
optimal sunlight conditions, and labor intensive
harvest may limit the spread of the grain.
posted by Pants!
on Jan 6, 2008 -
(article in French) Mbacké
, the leader of the Mourides
(academic link), a prominent Islamic brotherhood in Senegal (and Harlem, NY
, died a week ago today. Arguably the most influential person in Senegal, he had been the the last living son of the Mouride founder Chiekh Amadou Bamba. Thousands of people
have traveled Touba
, the Mouride capital, to pay their respects. [more inside]
posted by fizzix
on Jan 5, 2008 -
"It will no doubt be deemed a strange circumstance that an African negro should attempt to write a book, and that he should presume to offer his production to the enlightened people of Great Britain.
The Life and Adventures of Zamba
, an African Negro King; and His Experience of Slavery in South Carolina. Written by Himself.
posted by borkingchikapa
on Dec 11, 2007 -
"The really disturbing thing about Lagos’s pickers and venders is that their lives have essentially nothing to do with ours. They scavenge an existence beyond the margins of macroeconomics. They are, in the harsh terms of globalization, superfluous."
, George Packer in Lagos.
posted by afu
on Dec 11, 2007 -
Doris Lessing's Nobel Prize for Literature acceptance speech.
"The storyteller is deep inside everyone of us. The story-maker is always with us. Let us suppose our world is attacked by war, by the horrors that we all of us easily imagine. Let us suppose floods wash through our cities, the seas rise . . . but the storyteller will be there, for it is our imaginations which shape us, keep us, create us - for good and for ill. It is our stories that will recreate us, when we are torn, hurt, even destroyed."
posted by jokeefe
on Dec 10, 2007 -
Austin Gutwein first became aware of the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS from a pen pal in Africa
.“‘My pen pal [2006 video - 2:48]*
...was the first one to open my eyes to the world outside of my own backyard,’ Austin says. One of the harsh realities that struck a chord with Austin was the fact that many kids become orphaned as a result of a parent contracting HIV. ‘I started to think about what it would be like if I lost my parents,’ says Austin. ‘I just felt called to help.’...On World AIDS Day
] 2004, at age 10, Austin shot 2,057 free throws to represent the number of children who would be orphaned because of AIDS during that school day....Austin approached individuals in his community to sponsor his endeavor. That year [he] raised $3,000, which he gave to World Vision
to be used to help eight orphans in Africa.” Three years later his non-profit, Hoops of Hope
, raised $100,000 [2007 video - 2:32]
which was used to build a residential school in Zambia for those orphaned -- and many infected -- by HIV/AIDS. Next year's goal -- to build a hospital. [more inside]
posted by ericb
on Nov 30, 2007 -
A day in the life
of Abdullah Ibrahim
, South-African composer and performer who creates hypnotic and softly singing grooves.
To me, his recent piano trios
are the highlights of his work, because they are both swinging and soulful. But his compositions do not sound bad in a big band setting
-(or in an arrangement for guitar
). His music is quiet and meditative but powerful, and has sometimes been used as a banner for freedom and equality. Now he likes to withdraw once in a while
to the smallest scenes (french commentary with some english underneath), putting strong emphasis on necessary simplicity. Written portrait
posted by nicolin
on Nov 1, 2007 -
The full-on, amped-up sanza
sounds of Konono No. 1
have been celebrated here at MeFi not once
, and they are indeed wonderful. Björk
's been working with them a bit lately, too. But let's go back a few decades, and take a listen to the unplugged version of this type of music: mesdames et messiurs, Papa Kourand
, the grand old man of the sanza! [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Oct 10, 2007 -
There is time, and there is "African time"
. The Ivory Coast is fighting chronic lateness
with a contest that offered a $60,000 villa as its grand prize. The winner, legal adviser Narcisse Aka, is known by his colleagues as "Mr. White Man's Time" and said
that his punctuality makes him feel like "an extra-terrestrial."
posted by stbalbach
on Oct 9, 2007 -
Are Zebras black with white stripes, or white with black stripes? Find the answer to this, plus many other fun zebra facts and many great zebra pictures and photos for your desktop at the appropriately titled Fun Zebra Pictures & Facts
website. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000
on Oct 5, 2007 -
, who spent most of her life in Kenya, was a noted naturalist and filmmaker (along with her (former) husband
. She was murdered
by gunmen at point-blank range in January, 2006 in her home on Lake Naivasha
. Lake Naivasha is the only fresh water source in the Great Rift Valley
, and has become increasingly endangered by pollution and overuse for irrigation, and Root spent considerable time fighting to protect it. Today, a Kenyan magistrate acquitted
the four suspects in her murder, calling the testimony of 13 witnesses "defective".
posted by mkultra
on Aug 10, 2007 -
"Thanks to tremendous progress achieved by the General Packet Radio System (GPRS), the wireless communication protocol, it is now possible for Africans to send articles and images (still and moving) about events taking place in their countries without using a computer and without having internet connection. Under those circumstances, the bigger the number of people expressing their opinions through that technology, the stronger becomes democracy, and the more valuable is the contribution to good governance efforts in Africa" - Voices of Africa
, Mobile stories and videos from Africa. Quote above from article Mobile Reporters in Africa
posted by infini
on Jul 27, 2007 -
Four endangered gorillas were found shot dead
in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a conservation group announced today.
For all the evil bastards that do this, there are many, many more good people
fighting the good fight to help keep gorillas healthy. One
, even has a blog
posted by james_cpi
on Jul 26, 2007 -
decided to build a windmill to power lights in his home: "For many years we had only paraffin candles to light my home at night. They are expensive, smoky, smelly and have to be purchased about 8 km from home."
posted by letitrain
on Jul 5, 2007 -