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  • Mozambican police seize counterfeit music discs, cassettes
    24 july 2003 19:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican police Wednesday seized thousands of music compact discs and audio cassettes from Maputo shops, in a raid against counterfeit products, the national news agency, AIM, reported Thursday. Full text...

  • 6th MASA scheduled from 30 August to 6 September
    24 july 2003 16:18:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The 6th African Arts and Entertainment Market (MASA) will be held in Abidjan from 30 August to 6 September, the Ivorian Minister of Culture and Francophonie, Mrs Anne Affala Messou, confirmed Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo Brazzaville Minister visits Kinshasa over Music Festival
    23 july 2003 19:42:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville's Culture and Tourism Minister Jean-Claude Gakosso, is in Kinshasa to conclude arrangements for the 4-9 August Pan-African Music Festival (FESPAM), to be hosted by Kinshasa and Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Mother disowns son for marrying sexagenarian
    19 july 2003 18:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The mother of the 25-year-old man who caused a stir by marrying a 67-year-old woman here on Friday has rejected the union and threatened to disown her son. Full text...

  • Over a thousand participants in 8th FESCUAO
    19 july 2003 16:19:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The 8th cultural festival of UNESCO University Clubs (FESCUAO) scheduled here 14-24 August will attract the participation of some 1100 students, academics, festival directors, media professionals, cultural promoters, researchers and experts, organisers said Saturday. Full text...

  • Black civilisation museum cornerstone laid in Dakar
    19 july 2003 11:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young on Friday evening laid the foundation stone for the construction of a Black Civilisation Museum here. Full text...

  • West African female journalists study NEPAD concepts
    16 july 2003 22:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- About 20 female journalists from 15 West African countries Wednesday commenced a three-day drill here on the concept of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) initiative. Full text...

  • Dakar to get Black civilisation museum
    15 july 2003 21:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade has announced that he will lay the cornerstone next Thursday for the construction of a Black civilisation museum in the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • Benin to host 'Gospel and Roots' festival in August
    10 july 2003 22:28:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Three Beninese cities are set to host a weeklong "Gospel and Roots" festival starting from 10 August, organisers told the press on Thursday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • DR Congo bills music, dance festival for August
    10 july 2003 19:25:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The second Congolese music and traditional dance festival will hold 23-28 August in Kinshasa under the auspices of the France-Africa Organisation of Cultural and Economic Promotion and Initiatives (Proficefa). Full text...

  • 'Ecrans Noirs' film festival opens in Brazzaville
    09 july 2003 22:52:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's film festival, dubbed "Ecrans Noirs," is underway in Brazzaville, the riverside Congolese capital. Full text...

  • Morocco's Asilah cultural festival set for August
    09 july 2003 20:15:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The 25th edition of Morocco's famous Asilah cultural festival will take place from 3 to 20 August in the kingdom's northern city of Asilah, organisers have said. Full text...

  • The Bobodiouf tour Cameroon
    08 july 2003 21:43:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The main stars of the famous Burkinabe TV series, The Bobodiouf begin a five-day Cameroonian tour on Wednesday, at the invitation of the Cyr Entertainment association. Full text...

  • Uganda's Gaetano divides countrymen in reality TV show
    07 july 2003 22:38:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Gaetano Jjuko Kagwa, Uganda's housemate vying for the US$100,000 in the popular Big Brother Africa (BBA) House reality TV show, has sparked a heated debate over his sexual exploits with South African female housemate Abby. Full text...

  • Ipi Tombi composer Egnos dies
    03 july 2003 08:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Bertha Egnos, composer of South Africa's hit musical Ipi Tombi died Wednesday at the age of 90. Full text...

  • Mozambican president suggests use of African languages
    02 july 2003 13:02:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has said he prefers African languages at regional conferences that bring together African nations. Full text...

  • Libreville to host Sculpture symposium
    01 july 2003 17:49:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A sculpture symposium grouping artists from member countries of the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) and others from Senegal, Burkina Faso, France and Russia will hold here throughout July, Gabonese Culture and Arts minister Pierre Amoughe Mba announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Yaounde hosts African art exhibition
    01 july 2003 13:14:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A two-day art exhibition dubbed "Art and Magic of African Traditions" opens here Wednesday, according to the organisers. Full text...

  • South African jazz legend dies
    01 july 2003 13:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African music industry is mourning the passing of one of the country's greatest jazz musicians, Allen Kwela, who died Monday of asthma at the age of 64. Full text...

  • Senegal's Serers hold cultural festival
    30 june 2003 08:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The fourth edition of the biannual Serer Cultural Festival, one of Senegal's three biggest ethnic groups, took place on Sunday in Sébikotane Village, 43 km east of Dakar, the country's capital. Full text...

  • South African divas receive reconciliation award
    28 june 2003 09:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Two outstanding South African singers are this year's recipients of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation's annual Reconciliation Award. Full text...

  • Dakar hosts workshop on art criticism in Africa
    25 june 2003 23:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An international workshop on art criticism in Africa opened on Wednesday in Dakar, attended by the honorary President of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), Jacques Leenhardt, of France. Full text...

  • Five African states to present heritage sites
    25 june 2003 14:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Cultural and natural heritage sites from five African countries will be among 30 to be presented in Paris next week for inclusion to the World Heritage list. Full text...

  • South Africa hosts sex, secrecy international conference
    25 june 2003 13:36:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The fourth conference of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society began here Wednesday to debate social concerns relating to sexuality and secrecy. Full text...

  • Haiti to host First ACP Cultural Festival in 2004
    20 june 2003 22:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first cultural festival of the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific (ACP) countries will take place in the second half of 2004 in Haiti. Full text...

  • Senegalese Premier opens of ACP cultural conference
    20 june 2003 21:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's Prime Minister Idrissa Seck has urged ministers from the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group to design policies that will exploit its vast economic and cultural potential. Full text...

  • US supports earthquake-hit Algerian national library
    18 june 2003 23:05:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The United States has donated 20,000 dollars to refurbish the Algiers national library damaged by the 21 May earthquake that hit the Algerian capital and its outskirts. Full text...

  • Dakar hosts ACP culture ministerial meeting
    18 june 2003 20:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ministers of culture from the 78-nation African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group begin their first conference here Friday in the presence of the organisation's secretary general Jean Robert Goulongana. Full text...

  • Apartheid-era policeman immortalised in film
    18 june 2003 14:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A US film depicting the life of an apartheid-era white policeman who became one of South Africa's most wanted fugitives in the 1970s will be released around the world later this year. Full text...

  • Malawi musicians threaten MBC over royalties
    17 june 2003 16:42:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Musicians in Malawi are up in arms against the state-run Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), in a wrangle over unpaid royalties. Full text...

  • Kenya hosts Anglophone Africa's museum training initiative
    16 june 2003 08:08:00
    Mombasa- Kenya (PANA) -- National museums in sub-Saharan Africa can now offer advanced training to their staff right in the region instead of sending them overseas at enormous costs. Full text...

  • Yaounde jazz festival kicks off in Cameroon
    14 june 2003 10:57:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Fifteen jazz groups from the US, France, Congo and Cameroon are expected to perform during the third edition of the Yaounde Jazz Festival which opened on Friday in Yaounde, organisers said here. Full text...

  • Swazi king orders replanting of stolen 'sacred' plants
    13 june 2003 13:27:00
    Siteki- Swaziland (PANA) -- Fearing imminent arrest for stealing 57 'sacred' plants used by King Mswati III to remain powerful, public works and transport minister, John Carmichael has replanted all the plants. Full text...

  • Abidjan to host Francophone traditional music Festival
    12 june 2003 18:47:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Twelve African countries are on roll for a traditional music festival for French-speaking countries, coming up 21 June in Abidjan's Yopougon district, sources indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • Benin to host international dance and tale festival
    10 june 2003 22:41:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's royal city of Allada, 50 km from Cotonou, is to host in November the first International Dance and Folktales Festival (FIDAC), organisers have said. Full text...

  • Tunis hosts meeting on protection of Iraq's cultural heritage
    09 june 2003 19:48:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Experts from Arab nations met here at the weekend to work out a strategy to protect Iraq's cultural heritage in the aftermath of Gulf War II. Full text...

  • Filmmaker Abderahmane Sissako submits work for Chinguitty Prize
    08 june 2003 15:00:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Award winning Mauritanian Filmmaker Abderahmane Sissako has decided to submit a film for the 2003 Chinguitty Prize (cultural category), sources have said in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Senegalese film producer pleads for women
    05 june 2003 21:56:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Senegalese film director Moussa Sène Absa, author of the film 'Madame Brouette,' reveals his activism against the plight of women. Full text...

  • Tunisian movie industry to get technology park
    03 june 2003 17:54:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- A technology park for the movie industry in Tunisia is to be set up in Gammarth near Tunis with the help of private sector professionals at home and abroad, in keeping with a decision announced recently by President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali. Full text...

  • UNESCO official calls for institution of National NEPAD Days
    03 june 2003 14:14:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A UNESCO deputy Director General Noureini Tijani Serpos has recommended the institution of National NEPAD Days by African countries to help popularise the continental initiative. Full text...

  • UNESCO boss to visit Cameroon in January
    02 june 2003 18:45:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura is to pay an official visit to Cameroon in January 2004 at the invitation of the government, Ahmed Sayyad, an official of the UN agency said in Yaounde Monday. Full text...

  • Kinshasa welcomes news of Papa Wemba's release
    29 may 2003 20:08:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Music lovers in Kinshasa are eagerly waiting for the release of pop singer Shungu Wembadioa, alias Papa Wemba on Friday as announced by international media organs Wednesday. Full text...

  • Gambia to represent Africa in German cultural exhibition
    29 may 2003 09:40:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Ubuntu, a German donor organisation on cultural affairs, has chosen the Gambian chapter of the Association For Promoting Girls and Women's Advancement (APGWA) to represent Africa at an international cultural exhibition in Germany. Full text...

  • Yaounde hosts Bantu cultural week
    26 may 2003 22:17:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's first cultural week of the International Centre on Bantu Civilisation (CICIBA) kicked off Monday in Yaounde, under the auspices of the ministry of Culture. Full text...

  • Two US actors visit Cape Verde
    26 may 2003 20:13:00
    Praia- Cap-Verde (PANA) -- US actors Eriq La Salle who plays Dr Benton in the TV series 'Emergency Room' on NBC and Michael Beach, a protagonist in 'Third Watch' are on a private visit to Cape Verde. Full text...

  • 600 artists to attend 'MICA 2003' in DR Congo
    23 may 2003 22:11:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- More than 600 artists are expected to participate in the 24-27 June International Market of Culture and Arts (MICA 2003) in Kinshasa, organisers of the event said Friday. Full text...

  • South African University promotes Portuguese language
    22 may 2003 08:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- One of Africa's ten best authors of the past century and a South African Constitutional Court Justice would be part of the centre stage at a forum opening Thursday at the University of the Witwatersrand to promote the culture and language of the Portuguese-speaking world. Full text...

  • Abdou Diouf supports cultural diversity rights
    21 may 2003 21:06:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- On the occasion of the first World cultural diversity day celebrated Wednesday, Abdou Diouf, International Francophonie organisation (OIF) secretary-general, called on the international community to institute cultural diversity rights. Full text...

  • UNESCO to organise African Week in Paris
    20 may 2003 23:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Group of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Tuesday said it would organise an "African Week" 24-30 May at its Paris headquarters to mark "African Day," celebrated 25 May each year. Full text...

  • Regional leaders pay tribute to Senghor in Lome
    20 may 2003 08:09:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- An exhibition called "Career and Review" of the life of the Senegalese poet, thinker and president, leopold Sedar Senghor, has officially opened in Lome, the Togolese capital. Full text...

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