A new study
by Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann and others found that voice-hearing experiences of people with serious psychotic disorders are shaped by local culture – in the United States, the voices are harsh and threatening; in Africa and India, they are more benign and playful. This may have clinical implications for how to treat people with schizophrenia, she suggests.
Ghanaian R&B singer Y'akoto
bemoans her lack of Perfect Timing
- and the same bikers support Ghanaian/Brookylnese rapper Blitz the Ambassador reminiscing about his Ghanaian childhood in Make You No Forget (via)
"And looks like an almost goal. If that whole goal system would have been moved over maybe thirty more feet, we would have been looking at a goal."
-- MeFi favorite Reggie Watts (previously
) doing World Cup commentary alongside MeFi favorite Peter Serafinowicz (previously
) on his Mixlr account, where Serafinowicz has been providing comedic commentary for the games for the last week. [via]
President John Atta Mills of Ghana died unexpectedly today
, with Vice President John Dramani Mahama taking the presidency. [more inside]
Life Without Lights
Energy Poverty Photography.
is the 30th anniversary of Flt. Lt. Jerry Rawling
's coup d'etat
catapulting him into the crowded
ranks of military dictators in Africa
. Yet, Ghana chooses to celebrate
this date and Rawlings' speech
on this historic occasion has been shared and published
, his words hearkened to (albeit
) and his global standing
by his [role
]* as the African Union's envoy to Somalia.
of military dictatorship
changes did the coup accomplish
in democratic Ghana
, today considered the fastest
stable Sub Saharan economy
expected to be
elevated to middle income status
in the near future? [more inside]
Can the human head itself function as a percussion instrument? Why, yes! Yes it can
The Sakawa Boys: Inside the Bizarre Criminal World of Ghana’s Cyber-Juju Email Scam Gangs
is a short documentary about Sakawa, the Nigerian mix of African black magic and Internet scamming that has grown into its own cultural phenomenon, complete with clothing brands, music, and "Nollywood" movies
, we have seen I Go Chop Your Dollar
, whose star was subsequently arrested
See also this (PDF alert!)
academic paper on the subject
There are only 10 days of the World Cup left.
The World Cup Final is on Sunday 11th July at 19:30 GMT. Today sees the start of the Quarter Finals, and with only 8 teams left, this is when the pressure really starts. A brief Preview of the Quarter finals: [more inside]
Forty years ago, just after the Biafran War, Nigeria was home to a cultural boom that paralleled its skyrocketing oil revenues. These heady days not only produced afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, but also, in the genre of music called highlife
, created a star known as the Ultimate Dr. Sir Warrior
(born Christogonus Ezebuiro Obinna) a member of the nebulous Oriental Brothers International Band
. Listen to the music of Dr. Sir Warrior and the Oriental Brothers International Band
. [more inside]
The James Koetting Ghana Field Recordings
has 142 reels of Ghanaian music
, almost all of which have more than one track, collected by ethnomusicologist James Koetting
. There is a glossary of musical terms
should you want to know a bit more about Ghanaian music and Koetting's notebooks
should you want to know a whole lot more. All the music is wonderful but here are a few that stood out to me. Here
are two tracks
featuring postal workers whistling over a rhythm beat with scissors and stampers. Flute and drum ensemble
. Brass band blues
. And finally, twenty teenage girls singing over some nice rhythms
. [requires RealPlayer]
FRONTLINE: Ghana - Digital Dumping Ground On the outskirts of Ghana's biggest city sits a smoldering wasteland, a slum carved into the banks of the Korle Lagoon, one of the most polluted bodies of water on earth. The locals call it Sodom and Gomorrah.
One of the biggest fallouts? Identity Theft
A brief history of chocolate slavery:
That Chocolate is an oligopoly
might surprise a few people. Chocolate's Bittersweet Economy
(pdf) shows that seven years after the industry had agreed to abolish child labour, little progress has been made. Cross-border Migration of Working Children
has still been left out of Harkin-Engel Cocoa Protocol Process.
Reflects on the politics of cocoa and chocolate.
With Halloween approaching you might consider a Fair Trade
approach to Trick or Treat. (If Chocolate slavery doesn't make you throw up a little maybe this will.
, has gripped the streets of Kinshasa, Congo
. Unlike the 1967 Koro Epidemic in Singapore
, which was blamed on tainted pork, the afflicted men in Kinshasa have blamed the psychosomatic penile shrinkage on witchcraft by a rival sect, and responded with attempted lynchings. In order to prevent bloodshed of the kind seen in Ghana a decade ago
, police have responded by apprehending the alleged sorcerers
. [more inside]
#1 African Music Website
. Africa Hit offers an extensive and varied selection of great music videos from West Africa. [more inside]
'West Africa's markets are legendary and none more so than the famous Makola market in Ghana's capital, Accra. Run by powerful women traders who sell in the market, Makola is a place where you can buy anything you need - manufactured and imported foods, fresh produce, tools, medicines, shoes, pots and pans etc etc. It's also a place that's good for the soul; its humour and energy will recharge your batteries. If you aren't lucky enough to be in a West African city, you can still imagine you're there. Whether you are in New York, Paris or Sao Paolo, Johannesburg, Nairobi or Cairo, click on the link and join Ofeibea Quist Arcton on a stroll through Makola Market. It will do you good. '
Via allafrica.com's photo pages.
Child Slaves in Ghana.
Short article and photos, from AllAfrica.com.
Related :- Ghana's trapped slaves.
"The girls are my slaves - they are the property of my shrine"
For all those who spent hours in the darkness of Introduction to Western Art I staring at slides out of context perhaps you should take a look at African art. In the West, to a large degree, art hangs on walls or resides only in museums
, but most "traditional" African art needs to be understood in context. Among my favorites are the linguist staffs
of the Ashanti people
of the Akan. These staffs are used to tell parables, but they also create a nexus between culture, politics and beauty.
Eight hundred years ago,
the Empire of Mali
was the West African equivalent of Byzantium (succeeding Ghana
's Rome), and its legendary
founder was Sundiata
African fantasy coffins
are produced by the Ga and other tribes of the Ghana coast to confer the status of travel and luxury goods upon the deceased. The coffins themselves are incredibly detailed works of art that range from miniature Mercedes automobiles and cellphones
to giant fish and Coke cans
. What would you like to be buried in?