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Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Ebola in Perspective: The role of popular music in crisis situations in West Africa

Cultural Anthropology published a series of articles last week called “Ebola in Perspective,” curated by two experts on crisis in the Mano River region, Danny Hoffman and Mary Moran. The Hot Spots series is an attempt by the journal to provide deeper insight into international crises making headlines today. I contributed my own entry looking at the role

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...

Friday, August 30th, 2013

5 New Films to Watch Out For, N°30

From the director and singer-actors of the 2005 film U-Carmen eKhayelitsha comes a new “opera” film. Unogumbe/Noye’s Fludde follows the plot of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde work but moves the action from medieval England to present-day South...

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

What was Dominique Strauss-Kahn wearing?

Yesterday Nafissatou Diallo “agreed to settle” the civil lawsuit against prominent French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn—she had accused him of sexual assault last year—for an undisclosed amount. Diallo has also settled a lawsuit against The New York Post....

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Guinean-Swiss photographer Namsa Leuba “merging” aesthetic traditions

Namsa Leuba is a Guinean-Swiss photographer who is occupied with merging two aesthetic traditions in her artwork. Leuba’s photographs for NY Magazine’s recent (and annual) “Fashion Issue” (also featured on the magazine’s new fashion blog The Cut), are...

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Independence Day in Guinea

Since we’re back to our Independence Day meme, yesterday was Guinea-Conakry’s day. (Yes, Sean’s fault again.) Looking south from where I live, it’s tempting to think of, say, DJ Oudy as being the big star. But that’s...

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Maid in Public: Nafissatou Diallo Speaks

By now, anyone who’s been following the case knows that Nafissatou Diallo’s exclusive interviews with Newsweek and the US television network, ABC, have changed the manner in which ‘the maid from Guinea’ has been portrayed by news...

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...

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Music Break

“MotoTaxi” by Guinean dancehall artist Singleton. Tiken Jah Fakoly makes a guest appearance.

Friday, May 27th, 2011

When You Refuse, You Say ‘No!’

Gregory Mann Guest Blogger I had to buy The New York Post this week. It’s something I never do because, as the letters page reminded me, it’s something of a Zionist rag. But Tuesday the cover caught...

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

The maid from Guinea

When we’re not besieged by news about how still IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on suicide watch, how his various French supporters claim the whole thing is a conspiracy (he won’t get to run for President anymore),...

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Music Break

I like this video for Sayon Bamba’s song ‘L’excisée’ (from her album Dougna). Born in Guinea she resides in Brussels these days. A message doesn’t come much clearer than this.

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Gaddafi’s voluptuous Ukranian nurse

1. Anyone who has done any kind of archival research will know immediately the use of the WikiLeaks cables, and also their limits. Now that the superficial and the obvious are out of the way, the truly...

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Music Break: Unité En Guinée

This Sunday, Guineans will go to the polls in a presidential run-off contest between ex-Prime Minister Cellou Dalein Diallo and his rival Alpha Condé in what is considered their first democratic election since independence in 1958. It’s...

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Paid in Fish

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has discovered high-tech vessels with “EU numbers, indicating that they were licensed to import to Europe having theoretically passed strict hygiene standards” were not only operating without licenses in exclusion...

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Conflict of Interest

Foreign Policy’s website has this story: “David M. Crane, the former U.N. war crimes prosecutor for the Special Court in Sierra Leone, and his chief investigator, Alan A. White, indicted former Liberian warlord and president Charles Taylor...

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Six Degrees of Charles Taylor

The former Liberian warlord, who is being tried for war crimes, is in mainstream American news again this week:

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)...