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Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Music Break. Gaël Faye

Bujumbura-born Gaël Faye (you know him from the Paris hip hop outfit Milk Coffee & Sugar) returned to Burundi to record this video with singer Francis Muhire for ‘Petit Pays’ (a first single off his upcoming ‘autobiographic’ album). It’s an ode to that ‘small country’, with the images pushing some safe buttons (happy kids and

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

How to write about elections in Africa

With a few elections coming up next year, journalist Jina Moore already has the template down for covering them:

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Slo-mo better than No-mo

Not personally in love with the song, and I get this feeling all the way through that I want to hear the music the dancers are actually moving to, but this is great slow motion footage of...

Friday, July 1st, 2011

July 1, Burundi, Rwanda and Somalia

July, like June, is a busy month for independence celebrations in Africa. We can’t keep up. Today we celebrate with the people Burundi, Rwanda and Somalia.  Here’s one each from each locale. It’s pop. The Ben (Rwanda):

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Na Wewe*

Ivan Goldschmidt’s Na Wewe has been nominated for this year’s Academy Award Short Films. “1994: There is civil war in Burundi, a small country of Central Africa directly bordering Rwanda. A near genocidal confrontation opposes rebels mainly...

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Bujumbura is hot*

The newest in expat chic? Bujumbura, “a freewheeling city of palm trees and colonial-era Art Deco buildings thrust against the shores of Lake Tanganyika Congolese, Rwandans and aid workers from across the region are flocking to...

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Democracy in Burundi: The Mixtape

In the Fall of 1998 I took up a brief research fellowship in Cambridge, MA, and spent some time hanging out with Alexis Sinduhije, a Burundian journalist who had been on the fellowship program the year before....