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Entrevue avec un chef Touareg

Aziz Fall rencontre Shindouk Ould Najim chef de tribu Touareg, guide touristique dans le Sahara malien et co-auteur de "Je reviendrai à Tombouctou".


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Retour sur la vie du chanteur camerounais Lapiro de Mbanga

Le collaborateur d’Amandla Jean-Marc Soboth jette un regard sur la vie de Lapiro de Mbanga, chanteur camerounais décédé en début de semaine aux États-Unis.

De Mbanga est un artiste engagé et critique du régime de Paul Biya, il devient « le porte-parole de la jeunesse de son pays, en particulier des ndos, ces personnes désœuvrées qui jonchent les stations de trains et de bus des métropoles camerounaises. »4. Il chante dans un pidjin local, mélangeant Français, Anglais et Douala truffé de mots d’argot auquel on donnera le nom de « Mboko talk »3.


Quelques extraits sonores:

«Fogoh Mawoh»:

«Constitution constipée»:

Intervention au Oslo Freedom Forum (Mai 2013):
Nota: intéressante à partir de 4:29

Interview brève (en anglais):

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Tunisie 2014 : vagues de privatisations et conditionnalités néolibérales

Mouloud Idir de l’équipe d’Amandla reçoit les journalistes Mohamed Dhia Hammami et Ghassen Ben Khelifa. Ils discutent des enjeux sous-jacents aux différents accords de partenariats que la Tunisie a ratifiés avec l’Union européenne et les institutions multilatérales, ainsi que des vagues récentes de privatisations dans des secteurs clés de l’économie tunisienne. Une analyse qui vise à dévoiler les angles-morts du regard dominant sur la Tunisie. Celui-ci ayant pour effet d’éluder les pressions économiques d’acteurs privés locaux et internationaux qui dépouillent la société et l’État tunisiens de leviers importants pour accéder aux revendications populaires et citoyennes à l’origine du processus révolutionnaire entamé il y a 3 ans.


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Remembering Tabu Ley, one of Africa’s most significant musicians

Pascal Emmanuel Tabu Ley, a.k.a. Tabu Ley Rochereau, was a prominent Congolese musician and political figure who died on the November 30th 2013.

Ley was one of the most important musicians of the Congolese music scene, but also a major figure in African music. He is also known as the king of African rumba, being among the first to popularize African music around the world.
Living in exile in the 90s, he returned to the DRC to become a politician.

Doug Miller looks at his legacy and remembers his significance as a musician.



Tabu Ley singing in the band of  Joseph “Le Grand Kallé” Kabasele at
independence 1960

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y6BjNJD0ZM

Kaful Mayay 1974 – Soukous Africa rumba

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cboj9LPHbOk&feature=kp

Mokitani ya Wendo 1994

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7KkzJmPB-w&feature=kp

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Human rights defender Beatrice Mtetwa acquitted in Zimbabwe

Gwendolyn Schulman talks to Gertrude Hambira, a human rights defender and former General Secretary of the General Agricultural and Plantation Workers Union of Zimbabwe about the recent acquittal of Beatrice Mtetwa, a prominant criminal lawyer and outspoken critic of the Mubabe regime.


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Development and Peace launches campaign to monitor mining

The Canadian NGO, Development and Peace launched a campaign last week to share an important message with their elected MP’s from communities in the Global South: Canadian mining companies that don’t respect their rights should be held accountable. The campaign calls for an ombudsman position to be created.

Gwen Schulman talks to Development and Peace campaign coordinator Alana Wright.


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Le Ngondo du Cameroun

Notre collaborateur Jean-Marc Soboth épilogue, ici, sur le « Ngondo », étonnante assemblée traditionnelle multiséculaire aux relents mystiques des peuples Sawa de la côte atlantique camerounaise, qui joua un rôle central dans la résistance et la collaboration à la traite et la colonisation européenne.

Savourez-y en toile de fond la musique traditionnelle « Eséwè » des « Jumeaux de Massao » qui célèbrent le « Ngondo »…


 

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The Lion of Kasoba

Amandla regular Doug Miller is presently in Malawi. Here is a post from his new blog.

The three young men pushed mightily and the engine roared to life. “The lion of Kasoba is back.” Kapote laughed and off we 3 geriatrics rolled to start this next phase of our adventure. Kapote has a lovely sense of humour. He is 71 years old and a patriarch in Karonga society. The Lion is a 1988 Toyota Land Cruiser and our transport of choice for the work on our book for this trip. The battery needs to be replaced so for the moment the truck needs at least 3 able bodies to push it enough to start. And I am a 67 year old Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder senior who instead of retiring into a rocking chair is running back and forth to Malawi. We are trying to record and document the history of people who suffered under the 30 year dictatorship of Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

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Emancipatory freedom versus licensed freedom

Gwen Schulman talks to Firoze Manji, head of CODESRIA’s Documentation, Information and Communications Department about the distinction he has drawn between “emancipatory freedoms” and “licensed freedoms,” and how these concepts apply to struggles in Africa, both past and present.


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Old growth rainforest in danger in Cameroon

U.S-based Herakles Farms has been seeking to replace 37,000 hectares of old growth rainforest in Cameroon with a palm oil plantation. However, opposition on the ground has garnered international support, and under the harsh light of public scrutiny, the project is beginning to flounder. Gwen Schulman speaks with Anuradha Mittal, the Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, which has played a key role in demonstrating the corruption, duplicity and intimidation that have underpinned the Herakles Farms project.


 

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