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Music from Uganda – Eddy Kenzo

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World Music - the Music Journey

Eddy Kenzo, born as Edrisa Musuuza in 1989 in Masaka, Uganda is a popular dancehall and afropop singer. He lost his mother when he was 5 years old and lived on the streets for 13 years. Listen to his greatest hit so far, called “Sitya Loss”:

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Music from Kenya – Daddy Owen

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Daddy Owen is a kenyan gospel and Kapungala musician, who was awarded with the MTV Africa Music Award in 2010. Listen to “Saluti”, featuring various artists:

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Calling All Real Men & Women

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Keep the message alive. #BringBackOurGirls

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#BringBackOurGirls: Nigeria FINALLY Accepts U.S. Help To Rescue Kidnapped Girls

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Originally posted by By Boko Haram,on Bossip:#BringBackOurGirls: Nigeria FINALLY Accepts U.S. Help To Rescue Kidnapped Girls But Is It Too Late?
MAY 7, 2014

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Why is Nigeria lagging in the effort to find the 300 kidnapped schoolgirls?

Nigeria Accepts US Help To Rescue Kidnapped School Girls
Via CBS News reports:

President Obama said Tuesday that the U.S. would do everything possible to help Nigeria find nearly 300 teenage girls missing since they were kidnapped from school three weeks ago by an Islamic extremist group that has threatened to sell them.

Mr. Obama said the immediate priority was finding the girls, but that in the longer term, the Boko Haram group must also be dealt with.

Speaking to CBS News Tuesday, Mr. Obama said the U.S. was “sending in a team of our military, law enforcement and other experts and we’re really glad that Nigeria has accepted the help.”

CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan said Secretary of State John Kerry first told Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday that the U.S. would send in the team, which would include hostage negotiators and intelligence experts, to help in the search.

“We remain deeply concerned about the welfare of these young girls, and we want to provide whatever assistance is possible in order to help for their safe return to their families,” said Kerry.

The technical experts heading to Nigeria will include U.S. military and law enforcement personnel skilled in intelligence, investigations, hostage negotiating, information sharing and victim assistance, as well as officials with expertise in other areas, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

U.S. armed forces were not being sent, Carney note.

Nigeria’s police have said more than 300 girls were abducted from their secondary school in the country’s remote northeast on April 15. Of that number, 276 remain in captivity and 53 managed to escape.

Another eight girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants early Tuesday morning or late Monday evening, according to local police and villagers who spoke to Reuters by phone. French news agency AFP reported Wednesday morning that 11 girls were actually seized in that latest raid on the village of Warabe. The discrepancy in numbers could not be immediately reconciled.

We hope to God it’s not too late to save these innocent girls! In a perfect world Boko Haram loses captivity of these girls when it sells them. All 300 have well-established identities from photos. Getting them out of the control of BR should be a top priority. But then they can be freed from their less militant captors one by one. Then, the monsters who perpetrated these kidnappings can be caught up with and themselves taken as prisoners.

E&B World Music Showcase

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Music from Uganda – Ghetto Kids dancing to Sitya Loss

Repost from World Music – the Music Journey
May 5, 2014

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg 2014

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Brought to us by African Fashion International (AFI) – Official Page David Tlale show in Mandela Square Sandton! The message is loud and Clear! Hail to the King David.

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Credit: New African Woman Magazine

E&B World Music Showcase

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Happy International Women’s Day! It’s been a perfect day for listening to an assortment of African music. #musicfriendsofTenaciousM enjoy!

Prophets of Da City (POC) is a hip hop crew from Cape Town, South Africa. They are composed of about eight members, though the exact membership fluctuates frequently; these include Ishmael Morabe (vocals), Mark Heuvel (dance), Shaheen Ariefdien, Ramone and DJ Ready D. Their style uses elements of hip hop music, reggae and traditional African rhythms. Their albums include Our World (1990), Boom Style (1992), Age of Truth (1993), Phunk Phlow (1994), Universal Souljaz (1995), and Ghetto Code (1997). They are currently signed under the independent record label Ghetto Ruff. Credit: Wikipedia

Nomfusi was born in the township of KwaZhakele in the Eastern Cape. Her single mother, Kwazibani (“Who Knows?” in English) raised her while her father languished in jail for 21 years. A domestic worker by day, Kwazibani was a sangoma (African medicine woman) with a gift for music. Nomfusi would accompany her mother to the weekly sangoma rituals (“Intlombe”) where Nomfusi would develop her musicality by dancing and singing for hours. Today she is a two time SAMA nominee, Metro FM Award nominee and has multiple local and international tours under her belt. Credit: Wikipedia

Sonny Okosun (January 1, 1947 in Enugu, Nigeria– May 24, 2008 in Washington DC) was a musician from Nigeria. His surname is sometimes spelled Okosuns and first name Sunny. He was one of the leading Nigerian musicians from the late 1970s to mid ’80s.

His first band, The Postmen, was formed in Enugu in 1965. In 1969 he joined Melody Maestros, a band led by Victor Uwaifo. From 1972 to 1974 he led a group known as Paperback Limited and then formed a new band, Ozziddi. From then on, he released several albums either with Ozziddi, or solo recordings.

His 1977 song, “Fire in Soweto”, became a major international hit. He was featured in the anti-apartheid album Sun City, and his song “Highlife” was in the soundtrack of 1986 film Something Wild. His mainstream success started to fade in the late 1980s, but he continued his career as a gospel musician under the name Evangelist Sonny Okosun

He died aged 61 on 24 May 2008 at Howard University Hospital, Washington DC. His musical styles ranged included reggae, highlife, Afro-funk and gospel among others. He made music in the Edo language, Igbo language, Yoruba language and English. Credit: Wikipedia

Illustration: “Mothers in Colors” by Patience Lekien

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I find beauty in all things colorful and historically relevant. This illustration captured my soul and I just had to share it. Few things are as simple as they seem. We should always look a little closer…

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Credit: FASHIZBLACK