THE RBO-COLLECTION
LINKS TO MORE STORIES FROM AFRICA

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Klaus Kinski spricht afrikanische Gedichte, LP 1961, Deutsche Grammophon-Gesellschaft / Literarisches Archiv
Dichtung afrikanischer Völker, aus: Schwarzer Orpheus, deutsche Nachdichtung von Janheinz Jahn

   
On June 21, 2001 a total eclipse of the Sun darkened the continent of Africa. The Moon's shadow made its landfall in Angola on the west coast of the continent then swept across Zambia, where the capital, Lusaka, was within the path of totality, onward through the northeast corner of Zimbabwe, then Mozambique. The umbra next crossed into the Indian Ocean and across the island of Madagascar.

   
Stumbling into Africa - 3 stories, partly in German, partly in English. Elsa has been living in Zimbabwe since 1985. She is a graduate social worker. Together with her friend Mavis, a primary school teacher, she initiates projects for women and children. This is a compilation of Radio Bridge Overseas.
   
In Search of Africa - Nick Perkins from Barbados exploring his roots on a trip from North to South. A very personal approach in the tradition of great story-telling presented by Radio Bridge Overseas in 12 audio-essays.
   
Navrongo and Lawra Home Page devoted to two small communities in Northern Ghana. The authors of this web page collectively spent six years in these West African towns and they would like the world to know more about them. Includes photos and a "virtual tour" of prominent village sites.
   
The Sukuma Museum is a community based organization that promotes and celebrates the traditional and contemporary arts of the Sukuma culture in Tanzania. The Museum provides an interactive and educational environment where Sukuma elders teach younger generations traditional history and arts, and younger generations are encouraged to develop and expand creative voices and new Sukuma artistic trends. The Museum also welcomes visitors to workshops that provide training for those interested in learning the traditional arts of the Sukuma. The Museum is the only institution devoted to Sukuma culture and is the sole benefactor of objects from the ancient Sukuma chiefdoms and Dance societies.
   
Voices of Ngorongoro. A worthy project which tries to make the voices of the Masaai pastoralist population heard in the debate over development of the Ngorongoro region in Tanzania.
   
Voices from an African Village, audio, text, and photographic reports describing a year in the life of a reporter/researcher living for a year in Tanzania, East Africa. You will learn about village food, witchdoctors, music, news, cattle herders, how children live, a weekly market, and much more. Photos with captions illustrate each segment, and there are links to text essays about beautiful, challenging rural Africa.
   
Population figures in Nigeria have never been reliable. They are usually estimated, and even these can differ. I have seen an estimate of 101 million people from the ABC Country Book, 114 million from the World Bank, 127 million from the United Nations estimate, all for the year 1995. It has one of the highest population densities in the world (at one time, it had the third highest population densities), and roughly 1 out of every 4 Africans is a Nigerian.
   
CARE - Virtual Field Trip - Mali: A virtual fieldtrip with CARE aid workers down the Niger River in Mali, exploring the lives of ordinary Malians, their ancient culture, and the extraordinary challenges they face. Complete with journal entries, photos, maps and more.
   
CARE - Virtual Field Trip - Ghana: Current events mix with an evocative history. Coastal fishing villages thrive at the base of former slave forts. An Ashanti chief, surrounded by his court, gathers his community to discuss AIDS... Ghana will surprise you with the unexpected.
   
CARE - Virtual Field Trip - Madagascar: Take a trip to the enchanting and mysterious island of Madagascar, located off the southeastern coast of Africa. Explore the rainforest home of the world's most exotic plants and animals, and visit the Malagasy people.
   
Jos Spaansen's Visit to Ethiopia. Full of mystery and fact, this site offers one thing that is for sure... Africa's uncolonized beauty.
   
On the line Burkina Faso: Virtual Journey. African part of Oxfam's "On the Line" project. Aimed primarily at young people, each "virtual tour" gives insights into daily life and culture. ‘Welcome into my home’ is the translation of the name of Burkina Faso’s capital city, Ouagadougou. The country is renowned for its hospitality and now you can explore this fascinating country for yourself.
   
On the line Ghana: Take a journey through Ghana, and experience the culture, the cuisine, and the colours of a country steeped in ancient traditions. Visit a typical Ghanaian village, discover the history of chocolate, and learn about Ghana's music scene.
   
On the line Togo: One of the smallest countries in West Africa, never more than 120km wide at any point, Togo is a long narrow country stretching up from the lively maritime region on the Gulf of Guinea to the hot, dry savannahs of the remote North-west.
   
On the line Mali: Mali is probably the only country that can boast two famous citizens with the same name: Salif Keita. Their talents, however, are very different. Find out more as you explore. As you travel, you’ll discover what’s happening in Mali in 2002 and why everyone there is so excited, and if you get hungry, don’t worry, we’ll tell you how to rustle up some sesame sticks as a sweet treat. So go on, what are you waiting for? Start your journey now.
   
On the line Algeria: Explore Algeria and discover a fascinating country full of contrasts. This virtual journey aims to explore the positive aspects of life in Algeria. The country has much to offer, despite the conflict that continues to rage within its borders. As one young Algerian called Adila put it, "If you asked me to describe Algeria, I would say it is a very big country with a lot of beautiful things to see.
I hope everybody can come and see the country for themselves!"
   
University of Botswana History Department: "El Negro of Banyoles" is the name given to a stuffed human body that was displayed at the Francesc Darder Museum of Natural History in Banyoles, Spain, between 1916 and 1997. It was removed after protests by Africans and people of African ancestry, which began around the time of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
   
Department of Fine Arts, Harvard University: Founded in 1994, the Baobab Project was established to make African visual culture available to a broader audience, as well as to create a research tool which can be used by scholars and students alike.
   
In French. The Bateke live in Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville) and Congo (Kinshasa). Describes social organization, history, geography, language, music (with audio clips), etc. Has maps, photographs.
   
A web site dedicated to commemorate the life and death of Patrice Émery Lumumba, who was assassinated, at a young age of 35. Lumumba was a visionary and a revolutionary. He wanted his country, the Congo, to be independent not only in name but in deed.
   
"The information and perspectives you'll find on this web site are, unlike most web sites on the Maasai of Kenya, presented by a Maasai person rather than outsiders." On the people, land struggle, ceremonies, art, school & water projects, community, lion hunting, conservation, Western Paparazzi who depict people as objects.
   
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