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  • Cotonou to host international festival on aesthetics
    16 august 2002 22:11:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Cotonou will host the first edition of the international festival on hairdressing and aesthetics (Canaya seduction 2002) 28 August to 1 September, organisers announced. Full text...

  • Cameroonian Journalist Claude Ondobo dies in Paris
    16 august 2002 22:03:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- UNESCO's assistant director of Communication and head of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), Claude Ondobo of Cameroon passed away Thursday in Paris following an illness, newspapers reported Friday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • Algeria to attend Montreal Film Festival
    13 august 2002 15:39:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria will for the first time take part in the Montreal Film Festival in Canada, scheduled for 22 August to 2 September, sources indicated in Algiers Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou hosts training course on rights of African natives
    13 august 2002 13:18:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A training course on the rights of French-speaking African autochthons is underway in Ouagadougou with a view to promoting the integration of marginalised minorities into mainstream society. Full text...

  • Algeria takes part in World Film Festival
    12 august 2002 19:31:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria will take part in the World Film Festival which, for the first time this year, has opened doors to the African film industry. Full text...

  • Togo's Fraternity Theatre Festival holds this month
    12 august 2002 18:04:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's Fraternity Theatre Festival (FESTHEF) will hold 23-30 August in the town of Assahoun, 50 km south-west of Lome, according to the organisers. Full text...

  • Benin to hold beauty contest for midgets
    12 august 2002 11:41:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's Cotonou arts and leisure hall will on 31 August host the men's and women's finals of the first beauty contest for midgets in the country, organisers told PANA on Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria warns pageant participants against Sharia
    11 august 2002 14:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has warned participants in this year's Miss World beauty pageant to stay away from states using the Islamic legal code Sharia in their own interest. Full text...

  • Angolan television launches new entertainment programme
    09 august 2002 20:51:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Public Television (TPA) Friday evening began presenting a new entertainment programme called 'Kandando,' directed mainly at nationals and other Africans living abroad. Full text...

  • Benin's Agbo'Nkoko group to attend theatre festival in Togo
    09 august 2002 20:30:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's Agbo'Nkoko Theatre Company will represent the country at the Fraternity Festival (FESTHEF) to be held from 23 to 30 August in Assahoun, 52 km north of the Togolese capital of Lome, sources at the French Cultural Centre in Cotonou said Friday. Full text...

  • Guinea's Tabanka Djaz band in Luanda
    08 august 2002 12:14:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Guinea's Tabanka Djaz musical group arrived Wednesday in Luanda to stage various shows as part of the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos on 28 August. Full text...

  • Benin's open air art festival set for Saturday
    07 august 2002 23:17:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 20 artists from Benin and Togo are to participate in the 3rd edition of the plastic arts festival, "Open Air Art," to be held in Cotonou from 10 to 12 August, sources close to the organisers said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Creole makes immense progress in Mauritius
    07 august 2002 21:33:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A Mauritian non-governmental organisation, Ledikasyon Pu Travayer (LPT), said Wednesday that the Creole language has registered immense progress which no other language has realised in Mauritius in the past decade. Full text...

  • South African women with disabilities speak out
    07 august 2002 13:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Three documentaries on the lives of South African women with disabilities are being screened at film festivals throughout the country this month. Full text...

  • South Africa to help preserve Timbuktu manuscripts
    06 august 2002 11:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad arrived in Bamako, Mali Tuesday to sign an agreement on a project to preserve some of the Timbuktu manuscripts. Full text...

  • Angola all set for Festisumbe music festival
    05 august 2002 21:53:00
    Sumbe- Angola (PANA) -- Some 250,000 US dollars has been set aside to help finance an international music festival known as Festisumbe which will take place from 16 to 17 August in Sumbe, Angola's coastal city in the central Kwanza Sul Province. Full text...

  • Kenyans in search of their roots in Seychelles
    15 june 2002 18:09:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Some 96 Kenyans are in Seychelles in search of their ancestral roots, according to sources at the Foreign Ministry in Seychelles The sources said the Kenyans, who arrived Thursday would be spending two weeks on the fact-finding mission. Full text...

  • Daughter publishes speeches of late Liberian president
    14 june 2002 10:39:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Christine-Tolbert Norman, eldest daughter of the late Liberian President, William R. Full text...

  • Mali intensifies efforts against piracy
    13 june 2002 20:35:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian Ministry of Culture, in partnership with the Malian Copyrights Bureau (BMDA) has launched a fool-proof stamp meant to fight more efficiently against musical piracy. Full text...

  • Researchers unearth first century temple in Sudan
    13 june 2002 16:09:00
    Khartoum- Sudan(PANA) -- Researchers have unearthed a first century temple in Berber district 250 km north of Khartoum, the Sudanese capital. Full text...

  • Yaounde hosts second International Jazz festival
    09 june 2002 17:04:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The second International Jazz Festival is underway in Yaounde, the Cameroonian capital. Full text...

  • Reunion band to perform in Zimbabwe
    06 june 2002 19:59:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion's band "Oussanoussava" which is popular because of its traditional "Sega" style leaves Saint Denis Sunday for a tour in Zimbabwe, musical sources disclosed in Saint Denis Thursday. Full text...

  • Addis Ababa to host Ethio-Arab cultural week
    03 june 2002 19:35:00
    Addis Ababa Ethiopia (PANA) -- At least 11 Arab countries are expected to take part in cultural performances to be staged in the Ethiopian capital for a week from 7 June. Full text...

  • South African musician defends racist lyrics
    30 may 2002 11:32:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Mbongeni Ngema a renowned South African musician has defended racist lyrics on his new CD "Amandiya," saying he just wanted to provoke a race relations debate. Full text...

  • South African group to sing for the Queen
    29 may 2002 13:50:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- South Africa's renowned choral group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, is due in London Wednesday to begin a European tour, which includes performances in some major cities in the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain. Full text...

  • ICRC launches album advocating culture of peace
    27 may 2002 23:52:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently launched an album of songs by several West African artists in Cotonou to sensitise the public towards a culture of peace and the need to ensure the promotion of human rights. Full text...

  • Swazi King Mswati III marries eighth wife
    27 may 2002 12:36:00
    Ludzidzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swaziland's King Mswati III over the weekend officially married an eighth wife who had been his fiancee for almost five years now. Full text...

  • Saxophonist Manu Dibango expected in Luanda
    23 may 2002 22:13:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Top Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango and his Band are expected to stage a show in Luanda next week at the invitation of the Angolan Public Television (TPA), which launches its new logo and programmes on 28 May. Full text...

  • Karamojong women in tears for beads snatched by Uganda army
    22 may 2002 21:46:00
    Moroto- Uganda (PANA) -- By her dress, one can tell the social status of a Karamojong woman. Full text...

  • New African dance school created in Senegal
    22 may 2002 21:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese choreographer Germaine Acogny has inaugurated an international school of African dances dubbed "Jant Bi" at Toubab Dialaw about 40-km from Dakar, the national capital. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou hosts colloquium on cultural integration
    22 may 2002 20:31:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Ouagadougou is hosting an international colloquium on "Culture, factor of identity, unity and openness" aimed at sub-regional cultural promotion. Full text...

  • Burkinabe encounter difficulties with mother tongue
    22 may 2002 14:33:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Two Burkinabe broadcasters covering a symposium on culture as a factor of unity and identity were Tuesday bitter about difficulties obtaining interviews in any of the local dialects. Full text...

  • Man, the hub of Ivorian cultural heritage
    22 may 2002 11:00:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Man, a region located 600 km west of Abidjan is renowned in Côte d'Ivoire for its cultural diversity, characterised by "Wê" masks, named after the local inhabitants. Full text...

  • African curators under 10-week training in Porto Novo
    20 may 2002 20:47:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- Some 20 curators of the West African museums are undergoing training at the headquarters of the African Heritage School (EPA) in Porto Novo on the development and management of educational programmes in museums. Full text...

  • Talented African women meet in Senegal for project
    20 may 2002 08:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Women from 21 African countries met in Dakar in a preliminary meeting to set up a project known as "Women's Voices Africa. Full text...

  • Musician's family, Rastas angry over death inquiry outcome
    28 april 2002 10:20:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Family members and the Rastafarian community in Malawi have reacted angrily at the outcome of a presidential commission of inquiry into the mysterious death last year of the country's controversial reggae king, Evison Matafale. Full text...

  • Over 100 expected at Ouagadougou Jazz festival
    25 april 2002 21:35:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- At least 100 musicians from seven countries are expected to perform during the 10th "Ouagadougou Jazz Festival" from 26 April to 4 May. Full text...

  • Benin artists exhibit works
    25 april 2002 10:55:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The picture of two young girls, stripped to the waist with their faces covered with clay, highlights the photographs of "naked women" being exhibited at the French Cultural Centre in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Algiers to celebrate European culture in May
    24 april 2002 23:39:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algiers will throughout May host cultural events from various countries of the European Union as part of the third edition of the European cultural festival. Full text...

  • 3rd African film festival in Brussels
    24 april 2002 19:05:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The third African film festival of Brussels dubbed "Mwinda", continues till 30 April, the organiser of the event, Mbeka Mabiala said. Full text...

  • Sun City hosts Africa's freestyle dance extravaganza
    22 april 2002 20:59:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- More than 500 South African and overseas dancers will gather at Sun City's Superbowl from Friday to Sunday to take part in the famous Battle of the Giants All Styles Dance Festival. Full text...

  • Sudanese Melodist Needs Kidney Donation
    21 april 2002 17:38:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Among Sudanese, the mention of Mohammed Wardi is like transmitting a signature tune on television or radio. Full text...

  • Govt panel says Malawian reggae star died of natural causes
    19 april 2002 19:49:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A Presidential Commission of inquiry into the 26 November 2001 death in police custody of Malawi's reggae king, Evison Matafale, said Friday the singer died of "natural causes. Full text...

  • South African delegation to woo Hollywood producers
    19 april 2002 19:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa Friday left for a week-long investment promotion mission to the United States and Canada to promote the South African province of Gauteng as a location for film productions. Full text...

  • Kenya to enact new tougher copyright law
    18 april 2002 13:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- To curb rising music piracy, the Kenyan government plans to enact a copyright law with deterrent measures against offenders. Full text...

  • Cameroonian-French artist reports threatened
    18 april 2002 09:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A humorist of Cameroonian and French origins, Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, said in Paris Wednesday he had received serious threats from some Jewish extremists. Full text...

  • NEPAD delegates visit African renaissance monument site
    16 april 2002 21:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Delegates --including African leaders-- to the Dakar Conference on the financing of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) Tuesday visited the site of the African Renaissance Monument initiated by Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade. Full text...

  • Archaeologists fight to save Sudan's Nubian heritage
    14 april 2002 19:31:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Local and international archaeologists are racing against time to save the antiquities and monuments of Sudan's ancient Nubian civilisation, which could be submerged under the waters of the Merowe Dam, billed for completion in 2008, some 600-km north of Khartoum. Full text...

  • 18th Film Festival 'Vues d'Afrique' opens 19 April
    11 april 2002 22:22:00
    Montreal- Canada (PANA) -- The 18th Film Festival 'Vues d'Afrique', offering ten prizes, will be hold 19-27 April in Montreal, Canada, according to organisers. Full text...

  • Botswana gets ready for spectacular arts festival
    11 april 2002 18:03:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Final preparations are underway in Gaborone for this year's spectacular Maitisong Arts and Music festival that showcases the works of internationally acclaimed playwrights like Athol Fugard and Jazz Maestro Steve Dyer, among other African artists. Full text...

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