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Diaspora institutions are charting new courses for diasporic African youth

Diaspora institutions are charting new courses for diasporic African youth

THE desire for knowledge about Africa and a growing sense of African pride among African youths living in an increasingly discriminatory diaspora has fueled a surge in institutions promoting African identity. A new Africa No Filter report, "Being African: How African Youth Experience the Diaspora," finds that African diaspora youth maintain their African identity and seek cultural exchange and information from Africa and fellow Africans even while abroad. “Speaking or knowing an African language, learning about African history and current affairs, eating African food, wearing African clothes and hairstyles, and enjoying the cultural and sporting achievements of the continent are…
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The legacy of iconic singer Miriam Makeba and her art of activism

The legacy of iconic singer Miriam Makeba and her art of activism

SOUTH AFRICA'S world famous singer and activist Miriam Makeba (1932-2008) would have turned 90 on 4 March 2022. Born Zenzile Miriam Makeba in Johannesburg’s Prospect township, she had a life of remarkable global impact. She contributed to black people’s struggle for liberation and defended the integrity of African identity and artistry while living in a land absent of her ancestry. Author NOMFUNDO XALUVA, Lecturer, South African College of Music, University of Cape Town Despite being banned from her home country for her outspokenness and resistance to apartheid, Makeba went on to build an illustrious international career, performing on some of…
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