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Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Christmas Day*

UPDATED: So there you have it. After 120 minutes and a great goal by Mario Goetze (whose name will now be part of German lore like Gert Muller and Andreas Brehme), Germany are World champions. It’s been a magical month. But it is also basically the last time (till the next World Cup in four years)

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Disgraced Abdoulaye Wade leaves behind “exile” in Versailles; returns to Dakar

Two years ago, Abdoulaye Wade, after 12 of years in power as Senegal’s President, lost his post in an election against his former Prime Minister, Macky Sall. Wade decamped to the wealthy Versailles suburb in Paris (his...

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The wisdoms of Akon

The Senegalese-American singer Akon may be a very talented musician, but he has terrible politics. And he likes to share them. Remember when George W Bush was still President in the United States and Akon opined to...

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

How do Senegalese talk about gay identities

A music video by Senegalese singer Ouzin caused some online stir in Senegal when it debuted last month on Youtube. “Beureung Barigo,” which means “rolling the barrel” in Wolof, is a mbalax style song with simple lyrics...

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Khady Sylla made films out of the impossible and the untranslatable

Filmmaker, novelist, storyteller, visionary, Khady Sylla died this year, at the age of 50. Apart from African Women in Cinema, little note was made of her passing in the English language media. The Francophone press took some...

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Martin Scorsese digitally restores Djibril Diop Mambéty’s masterpiece Touki Bouki

The Criterion Collection has just released a new box set and it’s a big one. Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project collector’s set brings together six classic films from around the world. Among them is Senegalese filmmaker Djibril...

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