Sahelian Tunes

Bamako Sounds

Is there a better way to reemerge from a long hiatus than with some Sahelian music posts? I think not. Exciting news out of University of Minnesota Press: Ryan Thomas Skinner (The Ohio State University) has a new book out entitled Bamako Sounds and it looks wonderful. Satellite Magazine held an interview …

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Crash Course History

Crashcourse

So I was recently acquainted with the phenomenon that is “Crash Course History” via a colleague of mine in the anthropology department (yes, I do realize I’m probably the last person to hear about them). For those of you that don’t know, these are very cool 10-15min online educational videos spanning a variety of topics /disciplines presented in …

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Timbuktu

Timbuktu

The 2014 film buy Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako entitled Timbuktu is up for an Academy award! You can find the trailer here and the Cannes information here. This is Mauritania’s first nomination and it will be up for the Best Foreign Language Film. Sissako is the director of the provocative and critically acclaimed film Bamako (2006), which depicted a fictional trial …

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Missing Maps

Missingmaps

MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres) is calling for volunteers to help map remote places around the world in order to better serve vulnerable populations. Yesterday, Missing Maps had its hugely successful launch events scheduled from London to Taipei (yes, I realize I’m a bit behind…). Now anyone can go and sign up to …

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African Fossils

AfricanFossils

Last weekend I was hanging around the labs at the Nairobi National Museum during their bi-annual science exhibt (where I’ve been for last two months and change, lending a hand on a palaeontological project around Lake Baringo). This was a particularly impressive event that was open to the public and completely free. Stalls highlighting …

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All Hail the Exosuit

High-tech Dives on an Ancient Shipwreck Armed with advanced ocean technology, archaeologists return to Antikythera By Leslie G. Baehr :: Originally published online September 11, 2014 This just in from Oceanus Magazine and the Woods Hole Institute. “One of the ocean’s least studied places is actually the realm between 200 …

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“Right now, books set in Africa are hot”

The Golden Hour

A thriller writer’s challenge: Make U.S. policy in Africa into a page-turner By RICHARD LEIBY Washington Post Sunday, September 7, 2014 (Published in print: Sunday, September 7, 2014) With “rampaging Islamist radicals, a military coup in Mali (a vital U.S. counterterrorism ally) and a damsel in distress – specifically a …

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