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“Making that album was like a cleansing” By: Michiel van Oosterhout

He taught singer Bobby Brown African lullabies and saw Richie Havens perform his anthem ‘Freedom’ at the legendary 1969 Woodstock music festival. Long before Wasswa Birigwa became a household name in Ugandan business and politics, he was a celebrated musician both in his home country and the United States. In the early 1970’s he released an Afro-American folk jazz album...

Plea for peace: 30 songs about war Read

  Rhian Daly Jan 4, 2019 2:09 pm Of all the subjects that inspire songwriters, war and love are a couple of the main contenders. Popular music’s archives are littered with songs rising up against conflict, pleading for peace, and simply depicting scenes of battle throughout history. Here are 30 of the greatest songs about war. Black Sabbath – ‘War...

How language makes and unmakes our world: French language policies in Algeria, storytelling, and post-colonial recovery – Part 2

As part of  our #MDAcademics space, in a two part essay, Barâa Arar discusses the impact of French Language policies in Algeria, how it impacts not only language but a whole culture, and how to overcome. Read Part one here The Algerian novelist Ahlam Mosteghanemi chose to write in Arabic instead of French, as part of her resistance to her country’s colonized past, “Only...

How language makes and unmakes our world: French language policies in Algeria

As part of  our #MDAcademics space, in a two part essay, Barâa Arar discusses the impact of French Language policies in Algeria, how it impacts not only language but a whole culture, and how to overcome. Part One Language is a fundamental hallmark of the human experience. Without language we cannot express trivial things; “Pass the salt, please”, “Make a left...

Jacinta Kerketta And Nighat Sahiba On The Power Of Poetry And Politics Of Language by Kavitha Muralidharan

As she was stepping out of her session at a literary festival in Chennai, earlier this month, a huge billboard caught Nighat Sahiba’s eye. The board invited people to write the name of a book that changed their lives. The poet wrote her answer in bold red colour: The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir. As someone who grew up in a...

War and Peace: A workshop by Bangladeshi artists

Eight Bangladeshi artists submerge themselves into their country’s tumultuous history, universal repercussions of war, and inclusivity of art A large tent made entirely of newspapers welcomes visitors at Akar Prakar gallery with colourful drawings of picturesque landscapes. There are calm rivers, boats quietly floating on their surface, and the brimming sun smiling from far behind. Bringing in a dose of...

UN adds reggae music to list of international cultural treasures

Jamaica’s distinctive beat has furthered ‘international discourse on injustice’, says Unesco – while devotees praise it for breaking down colonial race barriers Laura Snapes Appeared on Thu 29 Nov 2018, on  theguardian.com The UN has added reggae music to its list of international cultural treasures worthy of protection and promotion. Jamaica applied for recognition of its musical tradition at a...

Nourishing Communities

By Prof. George Kent November 2018 – There are many guidelines for dealing with specific nutrition problems (No Wasted Lives Coalition; 2018; World Health Organization 2013; 2016). Often treatments are delivered by specialists through community-based nutrition programs. Some are initiated and designed by outside experts and are community-based only in terms of their geographic location. Some community-based programs involve local...

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