A Woman’s World – Songs of Resilience and Hope

A Woman’s World – Songs of Resilience and Hope

ARC Music is proud to present this 12-track feminine ‘tour de force’ album, a truly remarkable journey from the streets of Spain to adventures in Colombia, religious chants in Russia to a courageous adaption of the Bengali national anthem… Each singer brings their unique flavour to this carefully crafted album in a diverse, brilliant and bold collection: Album: A Woman’s World – Songs of Resilience and Hope Artist: Various Artists Label: ARC Music

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20 Best of Brazilian Capoeira

20 Best of Brazilian Capoeira

Capoeira is a Brazilian cultural expression that mixes martial art, sport, music and popular culture. Developed in Brazil, mainly by descendants of African slaves with some Indian influence, it is characterized by agile, complex movements, primarily using kicks and sweeps, and head butting, kneeing, elbowing, ground or aerial acrobatics. One feature that distinguishes the Capoeira from most other martial arts is its musicality. Practitioners of this Brazilian martial art not only learn to fight and…

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Minyeshu ምንይሹ – Daa Dee ዳዴ – New Ethiopian Music

Minyeshu ምንይሹ – Daa Dee ዳዴ – New Ethiopian Music

‘Daa Dee’ is the new 13-song studio album from Ethiopian siren Minyeshu; a hypnotic and modern hybrid of Ethiopian grooves and melodies, delicately mixed with Western instruments and styles. The words ‘Daa Dee’ are the sounds of encouragement that Ethiopian mothers make to help their children take their first steps; the title track of this album vividly highlights the heartbreaking revelation that Minyeshu’s mother was absent in this critical time. Soothing waterfalls of vocals and…

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The Art of the Vietnamese Zither

The Art of the Vietnamese Zither

The Vietnamese zither, the Đàn Tranh (pronounce: dan chang), is cousin to the Chinese guzheng, Japanese koto and Korean gayageum. Whereas several recordings of these related instruments can be found, Đàn Tranh recordings have not been as abundant among the world music releases of recent years. While the few Đàn Tranh-focused recordings available are masterful examples of traditional Vietnamese music, Tri Nguyen borrows from his bi-cultural background to present the Đàn Tranh in a new…

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ONE REPUBLIC, TWO PRESIDENTS

ONE REPUBLIC, TWO PRESIDENTS

My cry of heart for Côté d’Ivoire – Préface Georges Alula Lou Amanan Hélène Dandi This book features the testimony of a humanitarian worker who witnessed the aftermaths of war : Dandi Lou saw danger coming and tried to thwart it from exploding in Côté d’Ivoire, preaching peace to all the politicial leaders of her country and those who claimed to be heirs of late President Houphouet-Boigny. Yet, it did not save the country from…

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In Somalia some 855,000 people face acute food insecurity

In Somalia some 855,000 people face acute food insecurity

Widespread acute malnutrition persists across Somalia and large numbers of people will be acutely food insecure through December 2015, following below average cereal harvests in crop dependent areas; poor rainfall in some pastoral and agropastoral areas; trade disruption in some southern urban areas due to insurgent activities; and new and continued population displacement. This situation is likely to be exacerbated by heavy downpours and flooding which typically happen during Deyr rainy season. These rains fall…

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MASKS “Objects of wisdom”

Masks are the means of transmitting something beyond our understanding. Amadou Hampâté Ba Masks are to be found throughout Africa. As used by secret societies, fraternal organisations and in rites of passage for various age groups, and as possessors and distributors of knowledge, they are associated with all the important life stages and events. Masks are regularly used in public performances to tell creation myths and to instruct in the secrets of initiation ceremonies. They…

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ARTS OF AFRICA. SEEING THE INVISIBLE

An object is a thought in concrete form. Claude Lévi-Strauss The traditional creative arts in the cultures of sub-Saharan Africa – which boast an exceptional wealth of form and function – serve as the support for a thought system that is based on a vision of a world teeming with invisible forces. These remarkable powers act via a network of connections which man must do his best to decipher and control. It is this necessity…

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CAMEROON

A Lion Deeply Asleep – Building A New Cameroon    Linus Patem There’s no doubt that Cameroon has a gargantuan potential for growth. Cameroonian people must all work together as one people, in their own way, depending on how they’ve been gifted by God. But how do you go about this considering the present circumstances? It comes from the depth of the love one has for his country and the strong desire to see it…

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UN envoy urges restraint among all Burundian parties; heads to region for weekend summit on crisis

The United Nations Special Envoy for Burundi today travelled to Tanzania where he hopes an East African community summit over the weekend will help reinforce dialogue among the Burundian parties amid concerns raised by UN agencies that the current political instability and violence puts children at risk and could lead to a humanitarian crisis. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that amid the ongoing crisis in Burundi, children are at risk, especially those who have…

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