Dear Roger and all,
Yes this list is mainly for discussion on IT in Africa.
But I am happy to see other issues such as music in Africa being
discussed here, or a protest on French nuclear tests... of course
having a good sense of the amount of the conference space used.
These other issues are important ingredients that give the tone of the
spirit that governs the conference. They enable us to have a better
view of the reality and understand ourselves, disarming us of
misjudgements and promoting a 'lightness of the being' essential for a
mature decision making. This is before all, the most important layer
one needs to settle in order to HELP AND BE HELPED effectively. The
Sorry if I was obvious, boring or not understandable. Of course most
of us in this conference are after to see a better World.
Before to go back to IT in Africa:
By the way, in Brazil (my country) the music has very strong influence
of African culture. We have different styles of music but most of them
have a touch of Africa (Bossa Nova, Baiao, Xaxado, Forro) and some are
almost 100% African (Samba, Capoeira's music and most of the folkloric
music from Bahia State).
Also it is in Food, Painting, Art and Artcraft, Religion, Philosophy,
Language... At all, as Brazilians most of us has Africa in our veins.
Doesn't matter if Brazil was founded by Portuguese (and so is the
mother language), my family is composed by Italians and Tchecs, have
some Japanese habits and German friends - We all still love Samba and
Bossa Nova and the national symbol of Beauty is the 'Mulata' (the
mixed races person, but mainly composed by Black and White).
Yes, Africa is present there and in many other countries as we know.
OK, OK, OK lets get back to the work.
Best Regards to All
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Subject: African music
Author: [log in to unmask] at INTERNET
Date: 29/09/95 01:04
Admitted that this list is mainly for discussion of
Information technology in Africa, there has been some
talk about Africa being invaded by Western culture.
I myself find certain elements of African quite appealing
to the 'Western' taste, such as 'black' music from
South Africa, Mozambique and Angola.
There is also *Jose Marais and Miranda* who were popular
during the 1940s, singing folk songs of all the ethnic
groups of South Africa. Can anyone tell me if they are
still popular, not condemned to political incorrectness?
I'd like to see all of these groups rediscovered and made
known throughout the world. Hopefully a promoter will
come along someday and do this deed.
Best wishes to all,
Roger Wiesenbach [log in to unmask]