Poetry May 15, 2015

first_imgEbola, go awayBy Lekpele NyamalonYour time is up!You’re a stranger, an enemyLeave this space and go awayYour venom has struckBringing down pillars, built for yearsTearing apart men and women of courageDigging beneath the depths of painBut, where is your strength?To rip to shreds the flesh?That even a spin can send to rest?Can you break the strength of united hearts?And bruise the will of a silent hero?No, no you’re just another thugRoaming aimlessly like an armed banditYou’re a loser a lone travelerLost in the tropical rainforestGet out of here and go away!Run back to where your comfort lies!And what is your name? Ebola?You don’t even have a nameYou’re remembered after some riverCuz, no one even cared about youLeave the corridors of foya marketAnd vanish from the slums of west point and watersideYou chose the wrong targetWhose courage is stronger than steel’s backAnd strength to blow away your venomLost in our resolve as a peopleShot in the leg by our patriotismYour mission has failed, go awayYour target was missed, go awayThose men you took are smiling from above, resting in peaceYou took them to a better place, go awayGo to the belly of tiny fruit batsAnd slam your face in shame, beating yourself with hate‘21days’ is your strength of timeAnd we live on foreverEbola, go away.Meditations on My Birthday MorningBy Charles G. Tiah-LAWIt took about five years to remake this manToo many of me burned in the smith’s hearthAnd the ego cut off in MIGHTY POTTER’s PALMMaking my strength to transform to inner mightThe first beatitude should we inherit Earth     For Christ himself on the mount to us had said  Though my craving is not for world’s wealthSo for Christ pleasures traded and call them deadTwenty Ninety Years I Live Till This May 6Through failures and gains, through loss to GODGrave sins of a self-ruled life full of mistakesBut His grace had me made it through it allWho cares when you hurt and blood gushes from withinDo they know how many nights of opened eyes you had?The crabbing me down, AND the stabs helped made meBad times don’t even matter when God hears our cry?Battles are not won if one has not gone to wars?A Life of persevering endurance gets championshipHow are we addressing it?  Through talk shows and callsAimed at unfeeling people detached from commoners’ hardships?I learned that there are marital challenges when one looks outsideI feel the government’s heart break struck by blows of hypocrisiesSome of these lessons crushed-Sirleaf may have just realizedTheming the Iron Heroine’s Tragedy as delayed response and leniencyHow do we address these three: Friendships, Hardships, and Enemyships?At 29 my life has written a 19 chaptered-story featuring these minor charactersThe raising action marked helpless sleeps and drowsy days. And a struck heart too.But Christ in us makes all the difference………….Scars of a tired nationBy Lekpele NyamalonWhat more can a country take?Stories of children that can’t live in peaceTreating each other like strangers from afarThe sons returning and the ones they metFighting for a space left by Mama1980-panic splashed upon the face of Africa’s oldest childBringing down the walls a century highBuilding another 100ft higherShaking to shreds young old mamaPromising her a lie to leave her aloneWhat a tired country she has becomeStanding alone on a continent she blossomedLeft alone by countries she led to IndependenceA troubled house is always lonelySuch a land she stands to beHer place in history forgotten by men of timeLeft to maggots and bugs to chewAnd spit into history’s shredderHer prints erased from the archives of Africa’s glossaryAnd left to wander- gathering crumbsCouldn’t her sons keep her diaryOf how generous a home she hadGiving a shelter for Africa’s neglected,Spewing hope into a lifeless continentDoomed by colonialism and whisked by fear?She went in shock and comatoseFor 14years her eyes couldn’t blink nor winkOnly ears of thunder and terrorWith a sigh of relief to live againHer candle is lit in a thunderstormThe scars of a tired nation are eating up againThe face of EBOLA shatters the dreamTo put together a wretched, lonely lifeCould this scar flip into a star?And shine forever?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Premier League Preview: First Round Kicks Off This Month

first_imgIt is the richest, and arguably the most competitive, league in the world, and the action kicks off again later this month. On Friday, 10 August the new Premier League season gets underway with Manchester City the team to catch. 0Shares0000Manchester United get the season underway, while champions Manchester City travel to Arsenal First things firstBefore you go any further, head on over to the Oddsshark website, find your favourite betting agency and get your account up and running using your credit card. As a new customer and with the new Premier League season almost set for the big kick off, there should be several promotions and offers available to you.Where should I be investing my money?The first match of the new season takes place at Old Trafford on 10 August, as Manchester United host 2015/16 champions Leicester City. United finished as runners up last season but were a massive 19 points behind Manchester City, and veteran boss Jose Mourinho knows he needs to offer a more sustained challenge this time around.After bringing in Brazilian midfielder Fred it is United who come into this match as the clear favourites to make a winning start to the new season. The Red Devils are at just 1.44 to take all three points with Leicester out at 7.50, and a comfortable 2-0 win for the home side is priced at just 7.00.On the first Saturday of the season, St. James’ Park is likely to be packed top the rafters as Newcastle United host Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham won here comfortably 2-0 a year ago, but a lack of activity in the transfer market has left Spurs fans feeling restless.Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez pulled out all the stops last season to lead Newcastle to a top half finish, but has also found himself with limited resources during the summer transfer window. However, victories over Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea last season shows that they are more than capable of causing an upset against the big boys of the division.Nevertheless, it is Tottenham who come into the game as the favourites to take all three points. You could more than double your money by backing the London side at a price of 2.05.Newcastle are at a much higher price of 3.40 but the effect of the home crowd, especially on the opening day of a new season, is an assert that cannot be underestimated. A narrow, 1-0 win for the Magpies is priced at 11.00, offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment.And finally, the biggest game of the opening round will take place on the Sunday afternoon, as Arsenal host defending champions Manchester City. The Gunners start life without Arsene Wenger in the most challenging circumstances, but in Unai Emery they have a man at the helm of the ship who can steer them across choppy waters.This would look to be a very close game, despite City and Guardiola’s record breaking feats last season. The Citizens collected 100 points and scored 106 goals, and will look to pick up where they left off.Arsenal finished sixth last season but did win 15 of their 19 home games. Their only defeat came against City, and it is the visitors who will come into this match as the favourites to take the points.City are at 2.15 to take the points at the Emirates, while Arsenal are further out at 3.10. A draw is priced the highest at 3.60.Premier League Round 1 fixturesFriday, 10 August(1.45) Manchester United x Leicester City (7.50); draw (4.00)Saturday, 11 August(3.40) Newcastle United x Tottenham Hotspur (2.05); draw (3.50)(2.00) Bournemouth x Cardiff City (3.60); draw (3.50)(2.30) Fulham x Crystal Palace (3.10); draw (3.30)(6.00) Huddersfield Town x Chelsea (1.53); draw (4.00)(2.20) Watford x Brighton (3.30); draw (3.25)(2.40) Wolverhampton Wanderers x Everton (2.90); draw (3.25)Sunday, 12 August(1.28) Liverpool x West Ham United (11.00); draw (5.00)(1.85) Southampton x Burnley (4.33); draw (3.40)(3.10) Arsenal x Manchester City (2.15); draw (3.60)center_img 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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FOYLE CUP – DONEGAL TEAMS FEATURE AS ALL FIXTURES ANNOUNCED

first_imgDonegal Schoolboy Under 16 winners 2011The 2012 Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup was made tonight and Donegal is well represented in this years competition. The tournament takes place from Monday 16th to Saturday 21st of July in venues throughout the Northwest. Entrants this year include Donegal teams such as Finn Harps, Letterkenny Rovers, Kilmacrennan, Moville, Buncranna Hearts and Glencar, with Donegal and Inishowen also putting in representative sides into the tournament. It’s a fantastic week of football for all involved with competitions starting at Under 10 level right up to Under 19s.Lagan Harps are also involved in the Ladies section of the competition.Below is the draw for the group stages of this years Foyle Cup,Under 10 Section Group A: Ballinamallard, Derry & Dist Colts, Kilmacrennan, Bertie Peacock YLGroup B: Clooney, Ballymoney, Sion Swifts, Maiden City ColtsGroup C: Trojans, Limavady Utd, Finn Harps, Carniney YouthGroup D: Glencar, Tristar, Maiden City Academy, St Oliver Plunkett ColtsGroup E: Buncrana Hearts, Derry & District, Coleraine, Oxford SunnysideGroup F: Moville Celtic, St Oliver Pliunkett, Culmore, Oxford United Under 11 SectionGroup A: Dungannon Utd, Ballymoor, Letterkenny Ballyraine, Limavady UtdGroup B: Derry & District, Inishowen, Enniskillen Town Utd, Camlough RoversGroup C: Ballymoney Utd, NW Donegal, Maiden City Academy, Shankill Colts Group D: Hillsborough Boys, St Oliver Plunkett, Inishowen Colts, Oxford UtdGroup E: Ballinamallard Bertie Peacock YL, Derry & Dist Colts, Bright StarsGroup F: Hearts, Coleraine, Culmore, Shankill JuniorsUnder 12 SectionGroup A: Cavan Monaghan, Ballinamallard, Limavady Utd, Donegal TownGroup B: Derry & District, NECSL, Inishowen, Ballyraine KilmacrennanGroup C: Hearts, Newhill, Bertie Peacock YL, Donegal Schoolboys,Group D: Glentoran, Arklow Town, Maiden City Academy, Dungiven CelticGroup E: Finn Harps, Armagh City, Lucan United, ColeraineGroup F: Crumlin Utd, Ballymoney Utd, Kilmacrennan Celtic, Derry & Dist ColtsUnder 13 SectionGroup A: Limavady United, Inishowen Yth, Dergview, Donegal SchoolsGroup B: Institute FC, Bertie PEacock, Enniskillen Town Utd, StranocumGroup C: Derry & District, Stonebridge, Ballymoney Utd, Maiden City AcademyUnder 14 SectionGroup A: Derry & District, Newhill, NFC Kesh, CamloughGroup B: Celtic FC, Maiden CIty Academy, Coleraine, Donegal SchoolboysGroup C: Bohemians, Foyle Harps, Ballymoney United, Dungiven CelticGroup D: Kilmarnock, Ballinamallard, Institute, DungoyneGroup E: Hearts, Oxford Utd, Lucan United, Shankill JnrsGroup F: Arklow Town, St Oliver Plunkett, Inishowen Youth, Armagh CityUnder 15 SectionGroup A: Lucan United, Enniskillen Tn Utd, Top of the Hill Celtic, Draperstown CelticGroup B: Glentoran, Ballymena North End, St Johnstone, Oxford UnitedGroup C: Inishowen, Trojans, Ballymoney, Mount MerrionGroup D: ANB Soccer, Donegal Schoolboys, Limavady United, Crumlin ColtsUnder 16 SectionGroup A: Donegal Schoolboys, NECSL, Crewe United, Limavady UtdGroup B: Strabane Athletic, Glentoran, Gweedore Celtic, Derry & DistrictGroup C: Hull CIty, Mid Ulster FA, Grosvenor Youth, Sion SwiftsGroup D: Everton America, St Oliver Plunkett, COleraine, Hillsborough BoysGroup E: Ashgrove Juniors, Inishowen, Liverpool De La Salle, Shankill JnrsUnder 19 SectionGroup A: Derry City, Sports & Leisure, Ballinamallard, InishowenGroup B: Institute, Ballymoor, Hillsborough Boys, Finn HarpsGroup C: Dergview, Hibernian, Crewe United, Arklow TownGroup D: Ballybrack, Strabane Ath, Ballymena Utd, Letterkenny RvsLadies CompetitionDerry City, Lagan Harps, Simon Swifts, YMCA LadiesFOYLE CUP – DONEGAL TEAMS FEATURE AS ALL FIXTURES ANNOUNCED was last modified: June 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:fixturesFoyle Cup 2012last_img read more

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EBOLA LATEST: HEARTACHE FOR DONEGAL FAMILY AFTER 44-YEAR-OLD WITH MALARIA DIES

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: THE MAN who died in South West Donegal and whose remains were taken to Letterkenny General Hospital to be tested for the Ebola virus was 44-year-old Dessie Quinn.He had returned to Ireland from Sierra Leone two weeks ago where he was working for a Dublin-based company on a cable project.He had been treated for malaria, but had been in good form over the weekend, local people said. Mr Quinn was a much-loved father of one; with many tributes to him on social media sites tonight.He lived between Inver and Mountcharles; his large extended family are said to be ‘distraught’ at his death.“He had been sick all right,” said one family friend, “but he had been in great form at the weekend so his death at home came out of the blue.”The HSE is currently assessing the suspected case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Donegal. Until a diagnosis is confirmed, and as a precautionary measure, Mr Quinn’s remains will stay in the mortuary pending the laboratory results which are expected late tomorrow.The risk of transmission of any disease is considered to beextremely low. As a precautionary measure, appropriate infection controlprocedures are being put in place in the community and at the mortuarypending the outcome of laboratory tests.Dr. Darina O’Flanagan, Head of the HSE Health ProtectionSurveillance Centre, said; “In general, the risk of contracting Ebolavirus disease is extremely low and would involve very close personalcontact with the infected individual or their body fluids for there tobe any risk at all.”“We await the outcome of the laboratory tests before we willknow whether or not this individual had contracted Ebola virus disease.The appropriate public health guidelines are being followed at everystage in this process as a precaution.”Further information on Ebola virus disease can be found on theHPSC’s website at http://www.hpsc.ie/   andhttp://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/ViralHaemorrhagicFever/Ebola/ . EBOLA LATEST: HEARTACHE FOR DONEGAL FAMILY AFTER 44-YEAR-OLD WITH MALARIA DIES was last modified: August 22nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deathebolaletterkennyMOUNTCHARLESlast_img read more

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ENTERTAINMENT: FASHIONABLE AND FUTURISTIC COCKTAIL BAR RE-OPENS TONIGHT

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Retro and Funky Bar – The Liquor Rooms is back tonight with fashionable and futuristic tasty cocktails. The Liquor Rooms is a place like no other, opened every Thursday to Donegal, the hip yet very cool new bar has a chilled vibe yet buzzing atmosphere with quirky cocktails served in fishbowls, milk bottles and classy vintage glassware. The extensive cocktail and drinks selection includes a ‘Pink Barbie’ a deliciously fun pink drink which is the perfect summer refreshment, with Malibu and Raspberry it delights all tastebuds.The Liquor Rooms Letterkenny Beer cocktail which is a potent, citrusy cocktail ‘Corona Margarita a traditional margarita that is accompanied by an upside down corona which slowly seeps onto the margarita while the cocktail is being consumed infusing it with subtle yet distinct corona flavour.Another fruit treat with a kick on the exciting new menu are Drunken Gummies, with a jiggly jell-o texture, they are a pleasantly squishy adorable extra to new venture.Located along the alley way at Voodoo Venue Letterkenny, The Liquor Rooms is OPEN every Thursday at 12 Midnight. Kick starting your Thursday Night madness is Paul Ward in Voodoo Lounge at 10pm, with fresh new cocktail menu of their own.Be in Voodoo Lounge before 12 Midnight and receive complimentary entry into The Liquor Rooms Letterkenny.Check out the Facebook page for more information: Facebook/ Voodoo VenueENTERTAINMENT: FASHIONABLE AND FUTURISTIC COCKTAIL BAR RE-OPENS TONIGHT was last modified: October 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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‘Desperate Houses’ TV series visits Kilcar mum and daughter

first_imgA Donegal woman and her mother are set to be treated to a much-needed home decluttering as they appear on the RTE series ‘Desperate Houses’ this week.Architect and designer Róisín Murphy will be visiting Margaret Reilly in Kilcar to tackle her hoarding ways and give her home a much-needed spruce up in the popular Desperate Houses show. You can see how she gets on this Tuesday, December 19th on RTE1 at 8.30pm.Margaret, aged 63, is a full-time carer for her mum Bernadette Doogan (93) who is wheelchair-bound. Margaret and BernadetteMargaret is unable to leave the house, so people tend to visit her, and her home is often full of friends and family. The problem is – her house is too full to accommodate them, because Margaret loves a bargain or ten!Margaret spends the eight hours respite she gets from being her mother’s carer volunteering in the local charity shop, with her lifelong best friend also called Margaret. This is one of the places that is responsible for her growing collection of handbags, shoes and scarves.Not only do they shop in their own charity shop, but they take turns visiting the other three charity shops in the area and searching out the bargains.Margaret and BernadetteRoisin Murphy – Desperate HousesArchitect and designer Róisín Murphy along with her team are going to help Margaret declutter the items that she no longer needs and give her the space that she craves – her very own sanctuary in her bedroom and a much-needed sitting room for her and her many visitors to enjoy. Here are some before photos from their house, but you’ll have to tune in to see what wonders Roisin works on the rooms!The living room before the Desperate Houses worked their magicThe bedroom before the Desperate Houses visitTune in to see the final of Desperate Houses on Tuesday 19th December 2017 @ 8.30pm on RTÉ One.‘Desperate Houses’ TV series visits Kilcar mum and daughter was last modified: December 18th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:desperate housesRTElast_img read more

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QPR v Southampton: Ramsey makes changes, Saints man out

first_imgAdel Taarabt has been included in the QPR starting line-up to face Southampton by caretaker boss Chris Ramsey. There are also starting places for Steven Caulker, Matt Phillips and Clint Hill, while Leroy Fer has been moved into the centre of midfield and Armand Traore will play on the left.Southampton’s on-loan Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand is suspended for the game. QPR: Green; Onuoha, Caulker, Dunne, Hill, Phillips, Barton, Fer, Traore, Taarabt, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Isla, Kranjcar, Henry, Vargas, Zarate, Zamora.See also:The Ramsey recap: Chris on QPR fans, Ferdinand’s role and moreFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Round-up: Jota latest and QPR edge closer to signing

first_imgBrentford boss Dean Smith says the club have received another offer for Jota.Championship rivals Middlesbrough have had a £4.5m bid for the Spaniard rejected by the Bees.Speaking ahead of his side’s home game with Wolves at the weekend, Smith revealed another approach has been made.Champions League drawEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea have been drawn to face Atletico Madrid and Roma in the group stage of this season’s Champions League.The Premier League champions will be in Group C, which will also include Azerbaijan’s Qarabag.Meanwhile, Tottenham have been handed an extremely tough draw.Spurs will face Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in Group H. The other visitors to Wembley will be Cypriot side Apoel.Wenger ‘highly determined’ to keep Oxlade-ChamberlainEmbed from Getty ImagesArsene Wenger has reiterated that he is keen to keep Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Arsenal amid reports the England international could be on his way to Chelsea.“I want to keep my best players. I have only one target – to keep everybody on board,” Wenger said.“We have invested a lot of time and confidence and money in players like Oxlade-Chamberlain, who we bought at a very young age, and they have a responsibility to this club.“I am highly determined to keep him at this club and I hope he will commit.”Aluko an injury doubtSone Aluko is a doubt for Fulham’s trip to Ipswich on Saturday.The Whites forward is struggling with a hip problem and will be assessed close to kick-off.Smyth deal agreedEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR are poised to sign Paul Smyth after agreeing a deal in principle with Linfield. Rangers recently made an offer for the forward, who turns 20 next month and is under contract until 2019.Linfield’s directors have discussed the offer and the finer details of the deal are now being ironed out ahead of Smyth’s expected move to Loftus Road.Meanwhile, QPR are looking to bring in a defender before next Thursday’s transfer deadline following the news that James Perch faces several months on the sidelines with a knee injury.Holloway defiantIan Holloway says the cup thrashing against Brentford has not changed his belief that QPR are heading in the right direction.Statistics show Holloway’s emphasis on pressing the opposition has been successful so far.And the Rangers boss says his team can surpass expectations this season despite Tuesday’s one-sided derby.“It hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm for what we’re doing in the league,” he said.“We are the best closing-down team winning it in the opposition’s half out of the top two divisions, which is something to be proud of.“We haven’t got slaughtered like a lot of people thought we would.”Carter-Vickers set for loan moveEmbed from Getty ImagesTottenham youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers is close to joining Sheffield United on loan. The 19-year-old has made four senior appearances for Spurs and the club are keen for him to pick up more first-team experience.Winks left out of Under-21 squadEmbed from Getty ImagesHarry Winks has been left out of the England Under-21 squad because boss Aidy Boothroyd felt the Tottenham midfielder is not yet ready to be selected following injury.The 21-year-old has played only three minutes of competitive football since suffering ankle ligament damage against Burnley in April.He came off the bench in the 89th minute of Spurs’ win at Newcastle and was an unused substitute against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Kasey Palmer and Fikayo Tomori have been named in Boothroyd’s squad for the games against Netherlands and Latvia.So too have Winks’ Tottenham team-mates Kyle Walker-Peters and Josh Onomah. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors HQ: Why the next two weeks will determine Golden State’s path to the Finals

first_imgAfter a .500 road trip, capped by a big win over Philadelphia, the Warriors return to Oracle Arena for a three-game stretch that could determine if they earn the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs.In this episode of the Warriors HQ podcast, Bay Area News Group Warriors beat writer Mark Medina joins me to discuss the fascinating upcoming schedule, which starts Tuesday night against the scuffling Celtics and includes a game with the Nuggets before a road trip that sees the Warriors …last_img read more

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Africa Day: Get your funk on with five great musical tributes to the continent

first_imgFrom Sly to Fela, reggae to hip-hop, the world is indebted to the rich musical and cultural history of Africa. Here are five examples of that influence.Nigerian Afro-funk superstar Fela Kuti was a pioneer in bringing African music to global audiences in the 1970s. Fusing political consciousness with catchy funk rhythms, Kuti and his evolving musical collective, Africa 70, influenced a host of modern hip-hop, electronica and jazz artists. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonThe world of music owes its origins and a monumental debt of gratitude to the rhythms and melodies of Africa. From the continent’s rich oral storytelling traditions that evolved into spoken word poetry and hip-hop, to the mournful makeshift simplicity of acoustic music that became blues and jazz, and powerful natural percussions that would ultimately get the rest of the world dancing to rock, reggae and funk, Africa is truly the ground zero of the global heartbeat.To celebrate Africa Day, here are just five examples of that overwhelming musical influence, five deep cuts from legendary African and global artists that not only pay tribute to Africa, but also celebrate its people and the undeniable pulse that those of us who live here feel every day.Fela Kuti — LadyNigerian Afro-funk superstar Fela Kuti was more than just another musician; he was a cultural movement, a religion and a seismic introduction to African music for the rest of the world.With pulsating, addictive hit singles and electric live performances, Kuti and his ever-growing music and dance entourage, Africa 70, travelled the world delivering uncompromising, unashamed African pride.Kuti’s Afro-funk sounds influenced some of the world’s biggest hip-hop, electronic and jazz artists seeking to push the envelope of music.The Meters — AfricaThe premier New Orleans soul funk family was the bridge between the motherland and the Caribbean, the old and the new worlds. On this tribute to the continent, The Meters tinge their swampy soul music with just enough voodoo rhythm and lyrical legend-building to get people thinking while dancing.Sly and the Family Stone — Thank you for talking to me AfricaSly Stone’s multicultural musical collective ruled both white and black airwaves in the 1960s and 1970s with charged political statements wrapped up in catchy musical hooks. And while much of their music owed more to the trailblazing funk soul of James Brown and rock sensibilities of Jimi Hendrix, the Family Stone’s tight rhythm section – led by bass guitar innovator Larry Graham – had their feet firmly planted in Kuti’s Africa.BCUC — YindeSouth Africa’s best kept musical secret, more appreciated around the rest of the world and on the continent than at home, Soweto’s Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness (BCUC) offer genre-bending musical theatre and triumphant black consciousness, telling African stories using African methods of dance, words and art.Lee Scratch Perry — African FreedomThe musical connections between Jamaica and Africa are steeped in their shared political and cultural history, and that marriage of sound and fury are best embodied by the father of dub reggae, Lee Scratch Perry.From Haile Selassie to Nelson Mandela, the celebration of Africa’s heroes is vital to reggae’s undying spirit and its continued popularity around the world.Source: Wikipedia, YouTubeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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