What Mandela taught us – FT.com

In 1993, South African general Constand Viljoen was plotting an Afrikaner guerrilla war against multiracial rule. So Nelson Mandela invited him over for tea.

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Hugh Masekela – Stimela – Afrikafestival Hertme

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“It is now almost 60 years since he was given his first trumpet. As young passionate antiapartheid-activist he escaped from his country after the bloodbath of Sharpville and managed to achieve asylum in the US. There he created a musical body of work in which he mixed his Afro-Jazz and township-jive with pop, funk, soul, reggae and more, but always with an instantly recognisable Masekela signature.

Together with his criticism of Apartheid, he was also a fanatical critic of the Vietnam War which even led to his imprisonment. At the beginning of the Seventies he settled in West Africa, where Fela Kuti inspired him to add Afro-Beat to his dazzling musical mixture. He returned to South Africa in 1991 with a triumphant tour. Politically as well as musically, he still keeps a finger on the present. Again, he his critical of the politicians in his country just as he was during the Apartheid regime. As prominent musical activist, he has as much influence as an elder statesman.”

Community Village‘s insight:

Hugh Masekela playing at Yoshi’s Oakland June 22nd

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Arabic (300s- ) is the main language of North Africa, the Middle East and, according to the Prophet Muhammad, of Paradise. It is the language of the Koran. In 1974 it became one of the official languages of the United Nations. It is the largest language in Africa, the fourth largest in the world (after English, Mandarin Chinese and Hindi/Urdu).

English has about 2,000 root words from Arabic, mainly by way of French, Italian, Spanish and Latin. Among them:

1200s: admiral, candy, syrup, sugar, mattress, elixir, scarlet, chess, cotton, lute, saffron1300s: caliph, alchemy, Aldebaran, Algol, zenith, nadir, orange, azure, checkmate, rook (chess), amber, alkali, borax1400s: lemon, spinach, jar (container), carat, crimson1500s: mosque, emir, vizier, sultan, artichoke, apricot, arsenal, magazine, alcohol, algebra, Rigel, Betelgeuse, calibre, caliper, giraffe, assassin, gauze, lacquer, monsoon, sheikh, talc, tariff, Gibraltar1600s: Muslim, minaret, Koran, coffee, alcove, sofa, algorithm, Vega, genie, zero, harem, sherbet, gazelle, guitar, lime (fruit), sequin, Sahara, Abyssinia, madrasah1700s: fake, ghoul, carmine, cheque, tambourine, adobe, Allah1800s: Islam, tangerine, so long, safari, alfalfa, tuna, wadi, burka, hijab1900s: intifada
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African Slave Castle

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“Africa Africa Africa. Elmina Slave Castle, in Ghana, is the biggest in west Africa. Take a tour with a guide and find out what African Slaves experienced before being put on the boat to America.”


History of #MixedByForce  not #MixedByChoice

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California Newsreel – THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW

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California Newsreel – educational video documentaries and films on African American life and history, Civil Rights History, Africa, race and diversity training, media and society, campus life, labor and workplace issues.
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