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'Keeping the Dream' Album Review
Louis Mhlanga uses his music to express his experiences and to connect with daily events. He feels utter happiness and fulfilment when he is able to reach other souls through his music and ‘Keeping the Dream’ does just that.
African Lions, Lizards & Wildebeest
The complex and remarkable symbiotic relationship that exists between the African landscape, the lion and the lizard can actually be attributed to the wildebeest. Everything in Africa exists in a neat and highly sophisticated balance.
African Palm Oil
The prized palm tree produces a large orange fruit which is used in the production of a range of regional dishes and everyday non-food necessities. It can be seen on supermarket shelves around the world and thus is a valuable part of West African economies.
African Slave Trade
It is believed that up to thirteen million Africans were taken from their homes, communities, tribes and families over four hundred years. The slave trade was fueled mostly by a desire for gold and a taste for sugar.
Anansi and the Chameleon
It is believed that the stories of Anansi originated in West Africa and most probably in Ghana. The stories then spread to the Caribbean with the Atlantic Slave Trade and eventually to the United States. The oral tradition has allowed the stories of Anansi to take on many adaptations.
Birth of the Zulu Nation
The Zulus make up about 22% of the population of South Africa and the language is spoken across the country. Their history stretches back for centuries but their name 'Zulu' first appeared in oral tradition in the 1620s.
Breastfeeding as Contraception
Africa has a strong breastfeeding culture. Breastfeeding plays an important role in the growth of the population and a woman who breastfeeds gains respect and shows the community she is not HIV positive.
Cape Town was Settled by the Dutch
Europeans settled for the first time on the southern tip of Africa where Cape Town is today. The city is known as 'The Mother City' and was where a very colorful beginning put South Africa on a very interesting path.
Cheops and the Great Pyramid of Giza
Little is known about Cheops, the Egyptian pharaoh who was responsible for one of the most impressive structures on earth - the Great Pyramid of Giza. But his pyramid ensures his memory will last for at least another million years.
Chinua Achebe Remembered
The Nigerian writer and scholar Chinua Achebe passed away in March 2013. He used his love of language to bring the history of his people to light and is celebrated across Africa. The Biafran War shaped his life and his writing. He will always remain at the heart of African literature.
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