Updates from Africa

(Français) “Mali-South” ou la beauté de s’habiller à l’africaine

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“Africa:ancient rites, moderne celebrations” on Radio France Internationale

« …Comment vivre nos valeurs au présent ? C’est cela que nous sommes en train de chercher avec toutes ces nouvelles formes de célébration du mariage, de remise de dot, ou de célébration des funérailles que nous trouvons en Afrique, dans les villes comme au fin fond des villages. »

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Merry Christmas and Very Happy New Year 2013

In this period of the Nativity, Sourou-onsite wishes you a Merry Christmas and and Very Happy New Year 2013.

Nigeria: Arts of the Benue Valley

Presenting more than 150 objects – sculptures and masks in wood, pottery and metal drawn, the selection invites the visitor to discover the artworks of this little exhibited or studied region. Following the course of the Benue River, the most important tributary of the Niger, the exhibition aims to offer an accurate perception of the dynamic arts of this region, which is the cradle of some of the most spectacular art forms produced in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the organizers of the exhibition, “it is the first to present a comprehensive overview of art produced by the many tribes inhabiting the region of Nigeria defined by the great Benue River.” Venue: Quai Branly Museum, Paris, France. Date: from November 13th 2012 to January 27th 2013.

Ghana: Launch of the 2013 African Humanities Program Fellowships

The university of Ghana in Accra-Legon has hosted from 20th to 22nd of June 2012 the launch meeting of 2013 African Humanities Fellowships Program.

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South Africa: A Musical Phenomenon Called Zahara

Zahara, a musical phenomenon in South Africa

She is so well known in South Africa. She sold more than 285 000 copies of Loliwe, her debut album within a month of it’s release. Zahara has been nominated as the Best Newcomer for the Best Produced Album, Best Female Album and Song of the Year 2011 for her album. Some critics said she is “polluting the airwaves” because her songs are always on radio. Zahara is simply popular. She gets talent, a fresh voice, she is only 23 years old. “It’s not just the tittle-track “Loliwe” that defines the depth of her talent. All the seven songs that Zahara sings in Xhosa her mother tongue are exceptional. The other five songs are in English. But she “sounds better when she sings in her elegant IsiXhosa language”. Easten Cape’s (her native region) people are very proud of that rarest music gem of their land forced by lack of funds to quit the Mandela Bay Metropolitan University and take up her music career sooner than she had hoped.
Zahara (Bulelwa Mkutukana, her real name) is reaching fast her goal: to make her “album popular around the world”.

(Français) Cesaria Evora: voix célèbre de la musique africaine dans le monde

Couverture du dernier album de Cesaria Evora

Il y a juste un mois, le 17 décembre 2011, la “diva aux pieds nus” décédait à l’âge de 70 ans dans un hôpital de son cher archipel, Cap-Vert.  Les jours passent vite, mais il sera difficile d’oublier Cesaria Evora : sa voix charmante et chaleureuse, sa simplicité, son sens de l’accueil,  ses engagements sociaux et ses combats. Celle que l’on qualifie d « une des voix les plus célèbres de la musique africaine dans le monde » a connu un succès tardif, mais elle a construit sa carrière avec patience, détermination et foi en son talent.
Ses compatriotes de la diaspora faisaient de la publicité à l’occasion de chacune des ses étapes dans les villes européennes et venaient eux-mêmes massivement applaudir l’ambassadrice de la musique de leur pays.
Cesaria Evora, c’est quelque part un mélange d’humanité, d’attachement à ses racines culturelles, d’acceptation de son propre passé, du  désir du partage, de la joie… une femme très sympathique. C’est tout cela qui a fait d’elle un grand Talent mondialement applaudi  et admiré.

Suivez ce reportage sur le concert qu’elle a donné à Rome en 2005 pour le Programme Alimentaire Mondial

Cesaria Evora en concert à Rome pour le PAM


The Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes University

To mark its 20th year of engagement on Environmental Education, Rhodes established on 2010 the Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC). ELRC mission is to promote a culture of respect of the environment by educating people. “Environmental Education as a process of social change”. Another ELRC’s main goal is set down a theoretical basis to the environmental policy. That is why it has an “active research programme, with 16 PhD and 33 Masters students currently registered, and with a throughput rate in the Masters programme of 85%”.  ELRC tries to translate into “real-world situations, creating sustainable solutions for communities”. It organizes seminars, courses, and diplomas according to the needs of learners.

China Week at Rhodes University

The Confucius Institute of Rhodes University (CIRU) is organizing from the 26th to 30th September 2011 the China Week. It’s an important occasion for scholars and students to discuss around some aspects of the relations between Africa and Cina. The growing up of these exchanges between Africa and Asia needs deep debates and mutual understanding at various levels.

Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2004 passed away

Professor Maathai passed away on sunday 25th september at the Nairobi Hospital, “after a prolonged and bravely borne struggle with cancer”. Maathai’s departure is untimely and a very great loss to all who knew her in the world.

She started the Green Belt Movement in 1977, working with women to improve their livelihoods by increasing their access to resources like firewood for cooking and clean water. She became a great advocate for better management of natural resources and for sustainability, equity, and justice. That is why she has been appointed for the Nobel Peace Prize on 2004. It was the first time that the Price has been given for environmental question.

She was the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree, Professor Maathai obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas (1964). She earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh (1966) and pursued doctoral studies in Germany and the University of Nairobi, obtaining a Ph.D. (1971) from the University of Nairobi where she also taught veterinary anatomy.

People around the world and especially in Africa will remember her for her civic, social and human engagements.