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  • 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...

  • 2300-year old mummy unearthed in Sudan
    10 april 2002 21:13:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A mummified corpse of a man believed to have lived in the third century BC has been unearthed in the Sudanese locality of Nuri along the River Nile, about 600 km north of Khartoum. Full text...

  • Malian government to ratify Florence Convention
    05 april 2002 23:46:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's Culture minister Pascal Baba Coulibaly has announced a decision by the government to ratify the Florence Convention. Full text...

  • Bongo Maffin to make tour without lead vocalist
    05 april 2002 17:21:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's best music group, Bongo Mufin, said their US tour would go ahead despite the deportation of "Appleseed" the band's Zimbabwean lead vocalist. Full text...

  • The Commonwealth launches short story competition
    04 april 2002 16:38:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association is calling for short stories for radio from talented writers for the 2002 Commonwealth Short Story Competition. Full text...

  • UNESCO focuses on reconciliation and development
    03 april 2002 15:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO announced Wednesday that the themes of reconciliation and development are the main focus of its activities in 2002, the year it has dedicated to cultural heritage. Full text...

  • Belgium to stage African cultural season next year
    02 april 2002 21:06:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgium's Association for Cultural Promotion, under the country's federal department for co-operation, plans to organise simultaneously in Liege and Antwerp, a big cultural event dubbed "Africalia 2003" from March to October next year. Full text...

  • Belgium supports Senegal's DAK'ART biennial
    02 april 2002 20:22:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PAN) -- Africalia, a cultural promotion association set up by Belgium's federal department of development cooperation, will provide financial support to the DAK'ART biennial slated for May in the Senegalese capital of Dakar. Full text...

  • "Little Senegal" to be shown in Algeria
    02 april 2002 20:11:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- "Little Senegal," a feature film by Algerian Rachid Bouchareb, will be shown on 6 April at the Oran film theatre in Algiers, the Algerian capital. Full text...

  • Brussels plans modernisation of African centre
    02 april 2002 17:11:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgian authorities intend to modernise an African district in Brussels that was abandoned following the murder of a 25-year-old Congolese on 22 March. Full text...

  • Belgian support for Mozambique and West Africa
    02 april 2002 16:48:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgium's cultural promotion association "Africalia" will support two dance training projects this year in Mozambique and Senegal, as well as literary projects in Burkina Faso and Mali. Full text...

  • Zao goes on stage next week in Ethiopia
    17 march 2002 18:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Alliance Ethio-Francaise, the French and Canadian embassies in Ethiopia and the International Francophonie Organisation have announced a musical concert for 21 March in Addis Ababa, to feature Congolese musician Casimir Soba, Alias Zao. Full text...

  • UNESCO to present Cities for Peace Prizes in Marrakesh
    15 march 2002 20:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Lubumbashi city in the Democratic Republic of Congo is among 10 cities chosen by UNESCO from 76 entries to receive the Cities for Peace prizes for 2000-2001. Full text...

  • Report finds anglophone Cameroon more disposed to bilingualism
    15 march 2002 17:25:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- English-speaking Cameroonians are more open to French than their French-speaking compatriots are to the English language, according to a report by the Douala Bilingual Centre published on the occasion of Commonwealth Day, celebrated last Monday. Full text...

  • West Africa moves to promote local film industry
    14 march 2002 21:23:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Leaders of the film industry in member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) have ended a two-day meeting here with a formal resolution to harmonize the development of the industry on a regional basis. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso to host first edition of Fet'Art
    13 march 2002 13:52:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso is to host the first edition of the "Artistes en Fete" (Fet'Art) festival to be held from 14 to 17 March in Ouagadougou, the organisers said Wednesday in the Burkinabe capital. Full text...

  • DR Congo musicians on world tour
    13 march 2002 13:32:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo's Wendo Kolosoy and Rumbanella music bands, plan a tour of Europe, America and Africa, to promote the Rumba (dance) across the world, organisers said in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Authorities in Mali mapping national heritage
    12 march 2002 20:20:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Authorities in Mali are preparing the country's first cultural map and they intend to publish it soon. Full text...

  • Soyinka Reiterates Call for Common African Language
    08 march 2002 12:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Nigerian writer and social critic, Wole Soyinka, on Friday in Addis Ababa, reiterated his call for a common language for African countries south of the Sahara, saying this would go a long way in promoting regional integration. Full text...

  • Francophonie organisation to promote local African languages
    06 march 2002 22:05:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Francophonie Organisation (OIF) plans to provide substantial funding in the coming months to promote local African languages, OIF sources revealed Wednesday. Full text...

  • South Africa's Miriam Makeba and Russian composer share award
    05 march 2002 21:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Celebrated South African singer Miriam Makeba and Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina have been named this year's winners of the two-million kronor (190,000- dollar) Polar Music Prize. Full text...

  • Council hails France over Nigeria's rights to sculptures
    05 march 2002 21:10:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Council of Museums (ICOM), Tuesday praised the French authorities for acknowledging Nigeria's ownership of three Nok and Sokoto sculptures acquired by France in 1999. Full text...

  • Angola inspires German plastic artist
    04 march 2002 23:13:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Visiting plastic artist Horst Poppe of Germany conceded Sunday in Luanda that the symbols and force of Angolan culture inspired his research into the significance of the country's cultural features. Full text...

  • Will Smith plans to buy property in South Africa
    04 march 2002 14:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (Cape Town) -- Actor Will Smith who has been nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Muhammed Ali in the new blockbuster movie, says he is planning to buy property in South Africa. Full text...

  • All-star African fashion show set for Ethiopia
    03 march 2002 11:19:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Niger fashion designer Alpha Diye will lead a host of eight internationally renown African designers in a fashion show organised as an event to support in "defining priorities for regional integration," which is a theme for the African Development Forum's (ADF III) to being held in Addis Ababa from 3-8 March. Full text...

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