Mozambique Musings – Xibelani Dance


Mozambique Musings - Xibelani Dance International boundaries of a country is not that important when it comes to Africa. Here the groups or tribes often spread out across two, three or sometimes several countries. This applies for the Tsonga people also as their presence can be felt across South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mozambique. Continue reading “Mozambique Musings – Xibelani Dance”

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Oromian Dance of Ethiopia


Oromian Dance of Ethiopia Whenever you visit a new country there are chances that you can get a culture shock and I did get my fare share while my East African tour of 2007. During an International conference I came across a group of dance performers from Ethiopia, consisting of male and female participants along with backup vocals and musicians it was a treat to the ear and the eyes. Continue reading “Oromian Dance of Ethiopia”

Mesmerizing Masai Mara


Mesmerizing Masai Mara In 2007 I had the wonderful opportunity to attend World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. It was a life changing experience for me to meet so many people from different parts of the globe. For few days Nairobi became the capital of the world. When someone travels to Kenya then the words Masai Mara always comes to their mind. A trip to Kenya would be incomplete without visiting the great Masai Mara game reserve for a true African Safari. Continue reading “Mesmerizing Masai Mara”

How the (Red) cross saved me in Africa


Held at Gunpoint

Africa as a continent is a Pandora’s box, you never know what to expect next. I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Kenya in 2007 to attend World Social Forum 2007 with the theme “Another world is possible”. For me it was my first experience of the continent. I had mostly read about Africa in the novel Chander Pahar (Mountain of the Moon) by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay where it was described more like a dark continent with wild animals roaming all around. To me I always imagined Africa with these in mind thus was awestruck with the stark contrast in the living standards. Basically in Kenya or rather whole of Africa you have two class of people, rich and poor. Middle class is non-existent thus you see people in the streets sniffing glue to stop the hunger and also find people in their convertible Merc’s.

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