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Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Independence Day in Equatorial Guinea

What’s to celebrate on independence day in the land of the current chairman of the African Union? Not much, when reading what Guinean writer (in exile) Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel publishes on his blog. Or it should be the construction of those presidential villas. (At least they’ll be of some use during next year’s African

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Independence Day in Uganda

Today’s Ugandan Independence Day. Over to the very popular Radio and Weasel and “Toko Toko” (Talk And Talk). Sample lyric: “They can do thee talk / But I will do thee walk.” Not sure if they’re talking...

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Lesotho’s Independence Day

When I was growing up, Independence Day was quite a big deal in and around Maseru, Lesotho. Besides it being a public holiday, it carried with it the promise of festivities which usually occurred at our national...

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...

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

July 26, Liberia

The oldest republic in Africa, Liberia–formed in 1847–celebrates its independence today.  Chances are Dumyarea, the song we wrote about earlier will pump from stereos and in cars, but there’s more. Right now you have two major styles Gbema...

Friday, July 8th, 2011

July 6, Comores and Malawi (Belated)

Belated. First  for the Comores, here’s Rikaef. They live in France (big Comores diaspora) and they’re like four mini Lil’ Waynes:

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

June 26th, Madagascar

Today is the 51st anniversary of Malagasi independence. Things could have been better for its citizens. What with being governed by a former radio DJ and its army and with threats that Western governments and aid agencies...

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

June 25th, Mozambique

We had much fun selecting recent videos coming out of South Africa last week, so we decided to follow up on this. At the occasion of each country’s independence day, over the next months we’ll try and...