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brendanmcfadden : africa   19

The extraordinary life of Ethiopia's 93-year-old singing nun - The Guardian
She sang for Haile Selassie but later retreated from the world, living barefoot in a hilltop monastery, perfecting her bluesy, freewheeling sound. Kate Molleson on The Honky Tonk Nun, her documentary about Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou
theguardian  music  musician  emahoytseguemaryamguebrou  ethiopia  ethiopianmusic  africamusic  africa 
april 2018 by brendanmcfadden
Navigating Sometimes Chaotic, Always Fascinating Addis Ababa - The New York Times
Addis Ababa is the capital of the oldest independent country in Africa (though it was occupied by the Italians, Ethiopia was never formally colonized). The capital, where both Orthodox Christianity and Islam are practiced, is an extraordinary, fascinating and sometimes heartbreaking city. Dire poverty is still a harsh reality for many in the country despite a booming economy. And while the city can certainly be navigated inexpensively, you will also find fascinating cultural landmarks, wonderful food and an almost unparalleled coffee culture.
addisababa  ethiopia  africa  travel  nytimes  thefrugaltraveler 
december 2017 by brendanmcfadden
180,000-Year-Old Candlelit Ali Barbour Cave Offers Unparalleled Fine Dining in Kenya | Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
We were delighted to discover the otherworldly Ali Barbour Cave Restaurant during our recent stay in Diani Beach, Kenya. Thought to be up to 180,000 years old, the multi-chambered coral cave reaches depths of up to 10 meters below ground - and it's been converted into a world-renowned fine dining establishment.
kenya  travel  inhabit  dianibeach  africa  restaurant  alibabarbourcave 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Meditative Train Ride Through South Africa - The New York Times
My train journey between the two South African cities would take 26 hours and cover nearly 1,000 miles before reaching its terminus in Cape Town railway station on the coast. Besides tapping into a new found love of train travel, my trip on the Shosholoza Meyl Premier Classe provided the ultimate in affordable luxury: For 3,120 rand (plus a 75-rand booking fee, for a total of about $235), I had my own air-conditioned sleeper compartment, a shower and a proper dining car serving multicourse meals. And, of course, there were a multitude of vistas, from the grassy, steppe-like plateau in the heart of the country to the craggy Hex River Mountains in the southwest.
travel  nytimes  southafrica  africa  johannesburg  capetown  train  traintravel  trains 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Mali’s Desert Elephants, on Edge of Annihilation, Get a Fighting Chance - The New York Times
To defend the 300 or so elephants that remain, Mali has formed an anti-poaching brigade to patrol a Switzerland-sized area called the Gourma, with the force deterring poachers and assisting isolated communities along the elephants’ migratory route.
africa  conservation  mali  gourma  poaching  elephants  antipoaching  animalrights 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Provocative Museum Places African Art on the Global Stage - The New York Times
The $38 million new museum houses the collection of Jochen Zeitz, the German-born philanthropist and former chief executive officer of Puma SE, who has been amassing contemporary work from Africa and its diaspora since 2008. The building’s simple concrete exterior and cut-glass-faceted windows give little hint of the spectacular cathedral-like interior, with 80 white-cube galleries over nine floors on either side.
zeitzmuseum  africanart  contemporaryart  capetown  africa  art  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
What War Can’t Destroy - The New York Times
Years of conflict have torn at the seams of Juba, South Sudan. But the city’s people hold their heads high.
sudan  juba  photography  design  fashion  culture  africa  nytimes 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Chorus of Mazel Tovs in Uganda - The New York Times
On Aug. 8, Gershom Sizomu, a rabbi from the nearby Jewish community at Nabugoye Hill in Mbale, and Yafa Chase, a rabbi from Granby, Mass., married the couple and four other Jewish couples before about 1,500 witnesses, including Abayudaya (the Ugandan term for Jewish people) from the nine communities. The event gathered politicians from the local council, government officials and family and friends of all five couples from throughout the country.
marriage  judaism  africa  uganda  wedding 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
One of the Largest Cactus Farms in Africa - The New York Times
Twenty minutes beyond the plissé mud walls and souks of Marrakesh’s ancient medina, miles past the 1920s-era Guéliz neighborhood and its new Yves Saint Laurent museum, lies a vast no-man’s land of telephone towers and dust. Then, on a chain-link fence that seems to guard nothing, a hand-lettered sign pointing down a rocky path: ‘‘Cacti.’’
cactus  cactusfarms  africa  morocco  moroccandesert  marrakesh  nytimes  tmagazine 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Mali twist: the photography of Malick Sidibé - in pictures | World news | The Guardian
Known as the Eye of Bamako, Malick Sidibé took photos in dance halls, soirees and his studio. The largest ever exhibition of his work, on display at the Fondation Cartier in Paris until the end of February, includes images taken in the years after Mali’s independence from France in 1960
malicksidibe  photography  theguaridan  mali  africa 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Desert discs: how mobile phones are at the root of Saharan music -The Guardian
Christopher Kirkley went to Mali to make field recordings, but returned with a mixtape of music taken from Saharan Sim cards
christopherkirkley  mali  music  musicfromsaharancellphones  theguardian  africa 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Is China the World’s New Colonial Power? - The New York Times
The rising superpower has built up enormous holdings in poor, resource-rich African countries — but its business partners there aren’t always thrilled.
china  africa  nytimes  nytimesmag  colonialism 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
In Goma, Lights May Flicker but Looks Stay Sharp - The New York Times
“One of the first things I noticed is how completely beautiful everyone is on the street,” said Shayla Harris, a documentary filmmaker and journalist, about her recent trip to Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.
goma  congo  poverty  style  africa  nytimes  shaylaharris 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Loss of Fertile Land Fuels ‘Looming Crisis’ Across Africa - The New York Times
Climate change, soil degradation and rising wealth are shrinking the amount
of usable land in Africa. But the number of people who need it is rising fast.
nytimes  climatechange  africa  agriculture  food  foodshortages  hunger 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Nigeria’s Afrobeats Music Scene Is Booming, but Profits Go to Pirates - The New York Times
Artists across the world battle illegal sales of their work. But Nigeria’s piracy problem is so ingrained that music thieves worry about rip-offs of their rip-offs, slapping warning labels on pirated CDs to insist that “lending is not allowed.”

In Lagos, Africa’s biggest city, legitimate music stores are rare, streaming services haven’t caught on and fans are flocking to markets like Computer Village, with its rows of yellow umbrellas shading young men selling illegal downloads. Throughout the city, thousands of pirated CDs are churned out each day, and some artists even pay to appear on them, hoping the exposure will somehow be worth it.
africa  nigeria  lagos  afrobeat  music  piracy  nytimes 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
The Hunted - The New Yorker
The inside story of how an ABC nature shoot in Africa end up producing a snuff film.
jeffreygoldberg  thenewyorker  africa  conservation 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Drinking Fanta With Islamist Militants - The New York Times
This was the Fall of 2006, just months before a failed American-backed effort to crush Islamist “aggression,” when there was a rapidly shrinking sliver of an opportunity to bring peace to Somalia. Somalia. I know what Americans see when they hear that word, because I, too, saw it before I ever actually set foot here: pirates and starving people, shot-up buildings and lifeless sand landscapes, AK-47s and battered jeeps, anarchy and ruin. Somalia seems to represent angry Islam and all that is wrong with the world and a threat to us.
nytimes  islamistextremism  terrorism  somalia  mogadishu  africa 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Fleeing Boko Haram, Thousands Cling to a Road to Nowhere - The New York Times
More than 130,000 people have amassed along this desert highway outside Diffa, Niger — National Route 1. They now call its barren, sandy shoulders home.

All of them have been chased from their villages by Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group that kidnaps and kills indiscriminately in a campaign of violence that has lasted eight years. The New York Times spent weeks documenting the stories of people living along this road, interviewing more than 100 residents — including 15 in the following image — clinging to its edges to survive.
nytimes  boko  haram  africa  islam  refugees  international  news 
may 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Leopold II of Belgium
Leopold II was the second King of the Belgians, known for the founding and exploitation of the Congo Free State as a private venture.
leopoldII  belgium  history  congofreestate  slavery  genocide  congo  africa  wikipedia 
october 2016 by brendanmcfadden

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