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
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.
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.
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 »…
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.
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.
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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Inequality between and within countries is the outcome of capitalist development, and not a natural outcome of social processes, as seen in Tanzania and Zambia. New models of development are needed to resolve the structural contradictions of endemic poverty in the Global South.
"2013 SADC Regional Vulnerability Assessment reported that an estimated 14 million people out of a total population of 277 million are food insecure, which represented an increase of 16% from 12 million in 2012...southern Africa is unable to uphold and protect one of the most basic human rights; the right to food. This failure also undermines human secu […]
2024 we will have seen a wholesale realignment of politics. This is likely to entail “the formation of two new centres of power, on the left around a socialist labour party, and on the right around a socialist conservative democratic alliance.” The working class might well support such a new power centre; business likely would not. KAIROS circulating this ar […]
"For us they are not Muslims or Christians. They are people in danger," said the Rev Dieu-Seni Bikowo. His sentiment is religion at its best. Thanks to priests like Nary and Bikowo, it is now the world’s responsibility to save not only those Muslims hiding in their church but to help stabilise their country". JK
A new continental body of civil society to resist human rights abuses caused by domestic and multinational corporations was launched in Accra, Ghana on 27 November 2013 . It begins "We, the undersigned organisations, support African communities and individuals whose human rights are adversely impacted daily by the activities of corporations..." JK […]