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The African Undercurrent in Twentieth-Century Jazz Culture by Gerhard Kubik – The Syncopated Times


Jazz Transatlantic: The African Undercurrent in Twentieth-Century Jazz Culture, Volume I
by Gerhard Kubik (2017)
464 pages (approx.), 6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 112 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
University Press of Mississippi
(www.upress.state.ms.us) $75.00 hardcover

The culmination of almost 60 years of field research and immense learning, Jazz Transatlantic is a remarkable contribution to the academic literature and a milestone achievement for Gerhard Kubik. To a degree never before achieved it distils what can be known of the African cultural and musical contribution to jazz.

Gerhard Kubik became interested in jazz as a teenager in Austria after World War II. He went on to become a prominent ethnomusicologist, cultural anthropologist, and psychoanalyst studying cultures in Africa…

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Watertown Daily Times | Violent hailstorm kills rare African vulture brought to the U.S. to help save the species


Motswari was around eight months old when she smashed into a power line in South Africa, sending her into a violent spiral toward the ground.

She survived, but the injury robbed her from the key trait for vultures to eat and to live. Motswari’s cream, black-tipped wing was shattered. She could no longer fly.

But as a member of a long-dwindling population of Cape vultures, an important link in the ecosystem now endangered by human activity, Motswari was still vital. Perhaps even existentially important to what’s left of her species.

Motswari was a member of an eight-vulture cadre spirited off to the United States to breed chicks in a race against encroaching doom, said Kerri Wolter, the chief executive and founder of…

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Bright skies, good times. Caribbean Carnival hits T.O.


There was no judgment.

Struggling to get a handle on the pulsating rhythms of soca?

Jasmine Conner of St. Croix, left, comes to town each year for the Caribbean Carnival party.  (RICK MADONIK / TORONTO STAR)

Not a problem.

Awkward newcomer feeling your way through the staccato beats of calypso music?

Come join in.

That welcome vibe was in full force Saturday as Toronto kicked off another Caribbean Carnival Grande Parade (formerly Caribana), a celebration of Caribbean culture marking its 51st year.

“Oh my God, this is great,” enthused Bobby Galupe, 20, a recent high school graduate from the Toronto area and first-timer to the parade.

“I love the environment, the vibe. It makes me want to go crazy and join in (with the mas band revellers),” he added.

Galupe joked that he doesn’t have a…

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Caribbean News – New York Times Stands By Guyana Story Despite Criticism From Nationals


An aerial view of Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, which Clifford Krauss referred to as a “a clapboard city.”

By NAN Staff Writer

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Aug. 3, 2018: The New York Times is standing by its man Clifford Krauss, or at least his story, “The $20 Billion Question for Guyana,” despite the condemnation it continues to elicit in Guyana, in its US Diaspora and globally.

On Thursday, a spokesperson from The Times told News Americas: “We are confident in the accuracy of our story, which was rigorously reported.”

The spokesperson also added: “We have also seen a positive response to the article from various sectors of Guyanese society and are proud that it has spurred a healthy debate.”

The comment contrasts to the many commentaries, letters and…

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African youths seek remedy to unemployment | The New Times


An estimated  2,500 delegates from 49 African countries are convening in Kigali for the 7th African Students and Youth summit that aims to discuss issues affecting the Africa and how to engage the youth to transform the continent.

The summit is an opportunity for young Africans to discuss and come up with solutions to some burning problems, officials said.

Among the challenges being discussed is unemployment. Young Africans have raised their voice and are pushing for networks among themselves to tackle unemployment.

The three-day summit is running under the theme “Pan-Africanism: A Paradigm Shift towards Achieving the SDGs and AU Agenda 2063: The Role of The Youth Counts.”

Officiating at the opening ceremony of the summit on Wednesday, the Minister for Education, Dr Eugene Mutimura, said…

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Audio: African-American men with prostate cancer are two times more likely to die, a new study looks into why


African American men are much more likely to get prostate cancer and die from it than men of other races.   

The Keck School of Medicine at USC says it will lead the nationwide study, which will include a number of other cancer research institutes around the country. The goal is to study ten thousand African-American men with prostate cancer. 


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