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  • hardie karges 1:31 pm on November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Jeddah, KSA, Music, Rotana, Saudi Arabia, Waed, Wahabi   

    Saudi Arabia: Kingdom of Kings… 

    Saudi Arabia is one of the great conundrums of the modern world, superficially as modern as they come, but at heart as medieval as any country ever was… (More …)

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    • Esther S. Fabbricante 4:24 pm on November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Almost too much to comprehend.

  • hardie karges 1:19 pm on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Asmara, Eritrea, , human rights, Isaias Afewerki, Italy, Music   

    Eritrea: North Korea in Africa? You Decide… 

    Though Eritrea may have an ancient history, as a modern country they’ve only been independent since MY BIRTHDAY, 1993, and that only after a long hard war fought with neighboring Ethiopia, its big brother and modern nemesis… (More …)

     
    • Kelly 11:33 am on October 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I love the colours, everything is so lush and bright. I never knew that different music can influence on people so much…

      • hardie karges 12:13 pm on October 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Language, music and art are the best expressions of a culture, IMO, and music is easily the most accessible, no prior training required. Ethiopia is definitely my favorite country in Africa, and I think Eritrea would be almost as good. Thanks for your comment, Kelly…

  • hardie karges 2:04 pm on September 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , corruption, Equatorial Guinea, Music, Obiang, oil, petroleum, poverty, wealth   

    Equatorial Guinea: No Equator, lots of oil… 

    Equatorial Guinea is an anomaly, in more ways than one, it the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, thus defying the Pope-sponsored Treaty of Tordesillas (or was it tortillas?) that divided the New World into spheres of influence between Spain and Portugal, which must have been the kiss of death, since both declined not long afterwards, leaving the seas to the likes of the Netherlands, France and that United Kingdom of World Cup fame.. (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 1:52 pm on September 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Freetown, Geechee, Gullah, Kissi, Mende, Music, Sierra Leone, Temne, tribe,   

    Sierra Leone: You’ll Never Be Alone… 

    Sierra Leone is something similar to the UK as Liberia is to the US, the place where they resettled the slaves that they had just liberated from the high seas and holding pens of West Africa, this after slavery had been abolished in the UK… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 12:50 pm on September 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aztec, Cumbia, El Salvador, , Mexica, Music, Nahuatl, Nawat, Pipil, refajo, skirt,   

    El Salvador: Rescuing the past… 

    El Salvador is not necessarily the first country to come to mind when you talk about indigenous cultures in Central America, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing there, either. There are. And if the indigenous language is the mark of that culture, then it’s been looking pretty grim, with only some two hundred Nawat (Nahuatl) speakers left in a culture that calls itself ‘Pipil’… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 1:42 pm on August 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chinese, , Malay, Music, shoegaze, Singapore, Tamil   

    Singapore: singin’ no blues in four languages… 

    Singapore has always had an image–I mean identity–problem. I mean: what do you do when you’re a tiny city-state slash ex-Malaysia cast-off slash Chinese immigrant magnet slash ex-Straits settlement British crown colony commonwealth cultural mash-up without comparison in the modern world? For starters, you speak English, boldly and proudly, and hope for the best. After all, what choice do you have? (More …)

     
    • davekingsbury 10:01 pm on August 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Manglish is a new one to me, like it … always stimulating to hear dialect versions of one’s own language, as these nice clips show.

      • hardie karges 1:18 am on August 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Hey, you gotta’ keep up with the provinces; that’s the cutting edge of language and culture–sometimes…

        • davekingsbury 5:59 pm on August 30, 2017 Permalink

          The border is always more interesting than the capital …

  • hardie karges 1:49 am on June 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Music, Nubian, Sudan   

    #Egypt in #Music, #Nubian and Urban… 

    Egypt (Misr) is a mother, the mother of us all. With origins at least ten thousand years ago and a well-documented history for at least half that, this is where it all began, the bottle-neck between Africa, Asia and Europe, where black and white have rubbed shoulders since time immemorial and big ideas have been made and canceled as a matter of course, where Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Mamluks, French, British and Ottomans have all had their day, until Egyptians ultimately have their say and their way, and agree to disagree…

    The last six years say it all, at the start of which I could travel freely all over the region, over land and water, like a pilgrim in search of everything, now divided into safe zones and no-fly zones and there-but-for-the-grace-of-God-go-I zones. Pick any God. The pyramids are the big deal, of course, but Thebes is all about columns, though never given credit as the prototype for Greece, with whom Egyptians share more DNA than has ever been acknowledged, either, only now obvious with the world genome now revealed…

    If you want to travel there, do it. There is an overland route going south, too, you know, South Sudan optional. Sudan also has a border with Eritrea, and onward to Ethiopia via Djibouti, more of that same Greek/Nubian DNA there, apparently. Get visas in advance, if possible. You can always fly. The horn is the heartland. Welcome to the Bible. Go before WW4…

     
  • hardie karges 1:32 pm on June 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Kristina, Music, Slovakia, Travnice   

    #Slovakia in #Music: #Kristina and #Travnice… 

    Slovakia is probably best known as little brother to the Czech Republic and half of the former Czechoslovakia of Warsaw Pact fame in the Communist era. But there’s more to it than that, though, as this video shows. I myself only passed through the capital Bratislava through the night on a train from Prague to Budapest, but that much looked quite nice. It’s on my list for a return trip. This is the song Kristina sang for her Eurovision contest. Then there’s something straight out of the past, out of the heart of the Carpathian Mountains, and no more than a strong yodel or two from the Alps. Enjoy…

     
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