On April 25th, 2014, we recorded Mourad Belouadi in his ancestral town of M'hamid El Ghizlane, at the southeastern edge between Morocco and Algeria. This is the first of 10 songs we recorded, and it is a traditional Gnawa song. Gnawa music has its roots in the slave trade, which displaced many Central and West Africans (mostly the Fulani people) to North Africa. Over the years it has mixed pre-Islamic African traditions with classical Islamic Sufism, and today can be found mostly in Morocco and some parts of Algeria. "Mawama" is both a song of displacement, and one of spiritual transcendence. Mourad is a brilliant multi-instrumentalist and photographer who was born blind. At the age of 11 (after a few unsuccessful attempts) he finally underwent an operation which allowed him to see the world for the first time. We called Mourad "Magic Fingers" because of his incredible ability to turn any object he laid his hands on into amazing music.+ More details
This is a short film I made for Oxfam during an amazing, if tragic, journey through northern Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso in 2005 at the height of a major drought. I met different groups badly affected by the drought including Fulani (also known as Fula, Fulbe or Peulh in Francophone countries) and Kel Tamashek (or 'speakers of Tamashek' as the groups known by outsiders as Touareg prefer to be called). Although these are people with distinct cultures they share similar problems as pastoralists - people whose livelihood is centered on keeping herds of animals. Pastoralists groups are undervalued for the contribution they make to modern African economies, and frequently viewed with mistrust and even fear. A history of conflict with central governments, and rebellion born out of marginalisation exacerbates this neglect of the pastoralist economy. Agriculture is promoted as a better way of life, even where it is inappropriate and doomed to ultimate failure in arid and semi-arid areas. My guide on this journey was Mohamed Ali Ag Mattahel, one of the Kel Tamashek, and at that time the coordinator of a pioneering pastoralist programme working across borders and ethnic boundaries. I owe him massively for hospitality in his 'Hôtel Aux Mille Etoiles' – drinking sweet tea by firelight and sleeping under the stars in the dunes. The music is by the wonderful Senegalese musician, Baaba Maal, himself Fulani. When I spoke to him about my experiences he immediately agreed to allow me to use this track, and also recorded an appeal piece to raise money for work with pastoralist communities. He has continued to work with Oxfam since then. The track is Lam Tooro from the largely acoustic album Djam Leelii recorded with blind guitarist and long-time friend Mansour Seck. Re-released with extra tracks by Yoff Productions/Palm Pictures in 1998.+ More details
Date: May 31, 2012 By: Daniel Whyte III Description: Pastor and prophecy author, R. Loren Sandford, says, despite the outcome of the 2012 election, America is heading towards "collapse". He warned Christians in an article for Charisma News, "Know that the outcome of the 2012 election will have a significant effect on how much or how little time we in the body of Christ yet have to prepare for the very difficult days that must inevitably come. No matter who wins, America and the world are in serious trouble. The church must awaken spiritually, morally and biblically and we have a limited amount of time in which to do it. We must grow in numbers, in grace, in righteousness and in love in order to be ready to minister to those made desperate by the coming collapse. Neither presidential candidate has the power or the wisdom to prevent this. We are witnessing and will soon see the catastrophic collapse of a once great culture. The effect in human suffering will be enormous." Back-to-back asteroids fly close to Earth. According to the Associated Press, a newly discovered small asteroid has harmlessly zipped close to Earth -- just as scientists expected. The 16-foot-long space rock, discovered on Memorial Day, passed by early Tuesday at a distance of 8,950 miles from the Earth's surface. It was the second asteroid encounter this week. On Monday, another asteroid, measuring 69 feet across, flew by at a distance of 32,000 miles. Anti-Christian violence continues in Nigeria. According to Compass Direct News, in Nigeria's Plateau state, Christian leaders said more Christians have died at the hands of Muslim extremists than the 35 that the military reported thus far in May. A Compass reporter was among a group of journalists that came under attack from Islamic extremists this month. In three local government areas in Plateau state, armed Fulani herdsmen attacked 15 Christian villages, killing and maiming Christians, destroying homes and leaving more than 1,000 villagers displaced. You can read these stories in-depth and get more prophecy-related news at www.secondcomingherald.com. In closing, remember the words of the Lord in Matthew 24:42: "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come." Matthew 24:44 says, "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." If you are not ready, John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." May I encourage you to accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour today so that you can be ready for Jesus Christ's return.+ More details
Niger, 2007. Where many see only sand, Rissa Ixa and his team of Tuareg workers have drawn water from the ground by marrying ancient methods to solid engineering skills. They have invested in serious rigging and safety equipment, and have built reliable wells in almost forty places, supporting a community of nomadic Tuareg and Fulani herdsmen marginalized by the government. At an isolated location in the Tidene Valley lies one of their many successes, an Eden of green in the desert, made possible by a single plentiful well. Acres of tomatoes, potatoes, beans climbing up corn stalks, peppers, gourds, rice and herbs all grow here, thanks to a rotating crew of Tuareg, who take turns cultivating and then guarding the produce. At another remote well, nomads like visions from the Bible raise water by methods unchanged for a thousand years. Visible reminders of failure lie close by. But with little funding, and under tough conditions, the Tuareg are undaunted, their attitude marked marked by fearlessness and good cheer. Photographed and recorded on location by Jay Dunn. http://www.jaydunn.org Humanitarian Issues & Cultural Tradition Worldwide+ More details
Walking with Abel (Riverhead, 2015) is a book by Anna Badkhen that follows a family of nomadic Fulani cowboys and its cattle for a year-long cycle of transhumance in Mali. It is a lyrical, non-fictional account of survival, perseverance and adaptation of one nomadic family’s traditional lifestyle in an increasingly globalized world. The Fulani’s annual pilgrimage on the oldest plateau of the world’s oldest continent reenacts year after year human peregrinations from the time when we first walked the semi-deserts of Africa. It is a story of our communal journey, and Anna needs your help to tell it.+ More details
Dr. Keith Warrington interviews Boureima Diallo. Boureima is church planting for Elim in West Africa, primarily Burkina Faso amongst Muslim Fulani people. Church planting is a key part of the vision of Elim Missions. For more info about Elim Missions visit: http://www.elimmissions.co.uk+ More details
Daridibó is an NGO that is based in Guinea-Bissau with on site experience in integrated nature conservation and development in Boé, Guinea-Bissau. Our main goal is the conservation of the chimpanzee population and their natural environment in the Boé region of Guinea-Bissau. Daridibó undertakes all sorts of generally community-based actions to achieve this goal. Daridibó is supported by its sister organisation CHIMBO. The board of CHIMBO is based in the Netherlands and its members have extensive experience with international nature conservation projects. If you want to join us, please visit our webiste and contact us: www.daridibo.org or www.chimbo.org+ More details
http://www.facebook.com/TalNational TOUR DATES: Oct 11 -- San Francisco, CA -- Rickshaw Stop Oct 12 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Bootleg Bar Oct 13 - Joshua Tree Music Festival, Joshua Tree CA Oct 15 - Sahara Lounge, Austin TX Oct 17 - Martyrs @ the Chicago World Music Festival, Chicago IL Oct 18 - The Loving Touch, Ferndale MI Oct 19 - Artisphere, Arlington VA Oct 20 - Mercury Lounge, New York, NY ABOUT: Tal National is a band from Niamey, the capital city of Niger, West Africa's largest nation (and one of the world's poorest). Although they are hugely popular in their homeland where their music is heavily featured on Niger national TV, they can still be found selling their CDs on roundabouts in Niamey, since the country has no distribution system. Each year they do national tours, travelling 18,000 kilometres throughout Niger, performing shows in over forty cities. In their joyously hypnotic, highly unique contribution to West African guitar music can be heard the history of Niger as a cultural crossroads along ancient trade routes. Collected within the borders of the former French colony can be found Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg populations, all of whom are represented in the musicians of Tal National. These different ethnic groups tie Niger closely to the peoples of its more powerful neighbours Nigeria, Mali, Algeria, and Libya. In the band's 'tradi-modern' music the listener can hear strong reverberations of the rolling 12/8 rhythms in the Hausa's Fuji percussion, the pensive aridity of the Tuareg's assouf or "desert blues", and the exquisite "griot guitar" of Mali's Songhai. These African roots sounds are all delivered with virtuoso precision and a driving, energetic immediacy that typifies the sound of nightlife in a modern African city. On stage Tal National perform with six musicians, but due to their rigorous performance schedule (they play five nights a week for five hours at a time, without breaks) there might be up to thirteen members of the band at any one time. At shows, musicians regularly change places midway through songs (including the amazing sight of drummers swapping without missing a beat). On some nights the band might split up to play two gigs simultaneously. Their material is a combination of original compositions and new arrangements of West African folk songs. The themes dealt with in the songs largely involve love, tolerance, peace, feminine beauty, and the woman's physical dance expression based on traditional African rhythms. (From http://www.fat-cat.co.uk/site/artists...)+ More details
I was at my 3yr old daughters school for cultural day and the camera peeped out from the bag asking me what was going on... Long story short me and the Sony nex-vg20 decided to share some Nigerian culture with y'all. Enjoy... no racist comments okay, they're kids.+ More details
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