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The Place I Dance - by Leigh Barrett

I blame my imagination. My head is so filled with the vision of the sound, I think perhaps that is what sucks up all the energy. As a child, growing up without television, and relying on the radio to be the theatre of the mind, it was several years before my mother started taking me to every musical film and Broadway-style extravaganza that came through our nearest city. By then, my imagination was in full flight and every tune I heard played in my head as a stage production or “video”, even th
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The San: The Modern Significance of an Ancient Indigenous Culture

In a moment of surely unintended irony, current President Ian Khama, hailed internationally as a staunch environmentalist who claims to seek ways to avoid exploiting the country’s natural resources, reflects the old colonial way of seeing the Bushmen, “They have to be moved into the modern way of doing things. Give them livelihoods which will allow them and their children to live better lives and not do what Survival International expects, to continue living a very extinct form of life, a very backward form of life, denying them – and especially their children – opportunities to grow with the mainstream of our citizens.”
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This Is Why Ballet Must Be Decolonised

World history is fraught with the tales of how some used their power and privilege to rule over the unwilling, and sometimes, unwitting. Africa was the epicenter of human greed and for centuries, the continent dealt with incursions, cruelty, economic advancement, upliftment, and oppression. There is no single story of colonialism. We remain a messy and complicated continent and the fight to "decolonize" ourselves reflects the complex range of our humanity.
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The Horn's Mayday

The ancient city of Mogadishu has a profoundly rich history.  The original hunter-gatherer tribes mingled with agrarian tribes and formed an Arab aristocracy that ruled between the 10th and 16th centuries.  An exceptionally important trading empire, Mogadishu, as a Sultanate and then as the country known today as Somalia,  dominated the gold trade at the time, minted its own coin, and left an architectural legacy that earned the nickname, White Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Photo feature by Anthony Karen
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Food Security and Land Reform in the Free State

Long passionate about labor rights and food security, the chance to make a difference in a community far from anywhere was not to be missed. Jay Naidoo says the goal of Earthrise Trust “is to grow sustainable local communities, growing healthy food through eco-friendly practices that respect our environment, so that communities can feed themselves, raise their incomes by selling their surpluses in the market and investing in building the homes of their dreams, educating their children and promoting good nutrition and health in a village of the 21st century.”
Perspective Publications Vol 2

The Price of Development (Cameroon)

In true African fashion, Cameroon is a land of contrasts and complexities. Home to over 1,700 linguistic groups, and a geography of deserts, beaches, forests, savannas, lush tropical rainforests, not to mention political and social stability, and a complex colonial history where Portuguese, Arab Muslims, Germans, French and British, with input from the League of Nations, all squabbled over the place until independence in 1960. Photo feature by James Whitlow Delano.
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This Has to be Remembered (Marikana)

MARIKANA: the word is now part of the lexicon of history: the remote area that saw the bloodiest use of force by the South African Police against the people since the Soweto uprisings in 1976. Marikana, also known as “Rooikoppies” (Red hills), is a town between Rustenberg and Johannesburg, and forms part of the Bushveld Igneous Complex, colloquially known as the “Platinum Belt”, of South Africa. Through 2 billion years of molten rock being forced to the surface through long vertical cracks in the earth, the area has some of the richest ore deposits in the world – platinum, palladium, iron, titanium, tin, are just some of the metals that are produced here. Photo feature by Max Bastard/African Eyes Photography