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Tiken Jah Fakoly’s identity politics

A few days ago, Al Jazeera English channel screened (and then put online) a 30 minute documentary, “The Power of Song,” on the Ivorian reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly. Made by a Canadian production company, the film was billed by Al Jazeera as following Fakoly on a visit to two village schools in Côte d’Ivoire that he funds (51% of Ivorians are illiterate). The publicity also emphasized generalities. Tiken Jah “fights for Africa’s poor and marginalized.”

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Les Fantômes

A painting sits glowering on the wall of the Jack Bell Gallery in London. Figures daubed in bright colours stare out from the canvases against a dark background broken up…..

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Didier Drogba, Truth Commissioner

It’s clear that truth and reconciliation commissions are half-successful attempts at inventing half-baked feelings of national identities (turning a blind eye to economic restoration in South Africa; with some self-interested…..

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Things will get better

Magic Systeme and Tiken Jah Fakoly tells their fellow Ivorians “Ca va aller.”

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Orientalism in Sub-Saharan Africa

James North: Orientalism takes a different form in sub-Saharan Africa.  There, Orientalists do not emphasize the “Islamic” angle quite as much, although they do sometimes suggest that a “fault line” running…..

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Who Cares About Elections?

In Cote d’Ivoire, President Laurent Gbagbo’s gamble to hold elections did not work out as planned.  You guessed it he was supposed to win easily. After all it’s his (and…..

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Jesse Jackson and the Ivorian Crisis

Jesse Jackson, whose brand of black politics has been displaced momentarily with the emergence of Barack Obama, was in the news recently after he was crowned a prince in Cote…..