AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Conakry

image

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Elections and Ethnicity in Guinea

The traffic along the Route de Fidel Castro, the main thoroughfare that runs through Conakry, was among the lightest I’d ever seen Monday evening. Usually, the infamous embouteillage (literally, “bottle-neck”) of Conakry has vehicles inching along as crowds of people weave through the streets on their way to and from work, or take advantage of

Monday, July 18th, 2011

DSK, the maid from Guinea and ‘agency’

Robert Thornton is an anthropologist who teaches at Wits University in South Africa. He also maintains  a blog: An Anthropologist in South Africa. In this guest post, he gives his take on Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the Guinean-American hotel...

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

‘The African chambermaid’ and the media

I had said I wasn’t going to write no more pieces like this, no more pieces on the bad Western media and African women. I was wrong. I had said I wasn’t going to write about the...

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

The Dadis Show

I was a bit surprised today to read that Guinea’s military leader, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, has agreed not to return to Guinea (he’ll hang out in Burkina Faso with fellow dictator Blaise Compaore) and that a...

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

MUSIC AND FILM / BEMBEYA JAZZ

The opening minutes of the excellent 2007 documentary, “Sur les traces du Bembeya Jazz,” about the great Guinean group, Bembeya Jazz. The intro is brilliant for showing the band members in their prime (in 1979)...