Sona Jobarteh hails from a long West African tradition of Griots and kora players; her grandfather was the master Griot Amadu Bansang Jobarteh. Creating her own history, she has broken from the male-dominated kora tradition to become the family's first female virtuoso of the instrument. Here Sona Jobarteh performs the traditional Malian song, Jarabi, accompanied by Femi Temowo on guitar and percussionist Robert Fordjour.
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Sona Jobarteh hails from a long West African tradition of Griots and kora players; her grandfather was the master Griot Amadu Bansang Jobarteh. With a debut album and a film score already available, Sona is working on tracks for her second album release, Fasiya. She came to Bush House to perform a video session for BBC Network Africa. On this track Sona Jobarteh plays acoustic guitar and is accompanied by Femi Temowo on electric guitar and Robert Fordjour on percussion.
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As the BBC's Connected Africa Day focuses on Africa's new broadband connectivity, Network Africa sessions step in to provide you with the opportunity to really test the new technology by watching the great Zimbabwean singer and guitarist, Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi performing two tracks live in our Bush House studios. This classic track, Neria is about the strength of women and how they should take their place and not feel inferior to men.
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No 1 Mango Street is the latest album release from Ghanaian rapper, M3nsa. Together with friend and collaborator, Wanlov the Kubolor, M3nsa came to our Bush House studios to perform a Network Africa video session. He singss 'Anaa' from the new album, accompanied by Wanlov on backing vocals and Alex Hunter on acoustic guitar.
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Ghana's self-dubbed 'African Gypsy', Wanlov the Kubolor has worked for a long time with his friend and fellow musician, M3nsa. Wanlov performs 'Human Being (Just Like You)' from his 2007 Green Card album accompanied by M3nsa on backing vocals and Alex Hunter on acoustic guitar.
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Thousands of women across West Africa have been enslaved by a centuries old practice called “trokosi”. Girls are forced to live and work with priests in religious shrines, for the rest of their lives, to “pay” for the sins of family members. Although the practice has officially been banned in Ghana, it’s still happening there and in other parts of West Africa but on a smaller scale. Twenty years after she was freed from this practice, Brigitte Sossou Perenyi goes on a journey to understand what trokosi really is and why her family gave her away. Subscribe to our channel for more investigative journalism. Nothing stays hidden forever. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcnewsafrica/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bbcafrica/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcafrica/
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The materials needed to make art can be expensive, too expensive for some. But one artist in South Africa has found away to combine his artistic passion and his love of recycling. Mbongeni Buthelezi collects plastic bags from the streets around his Johannesburg studio and melts them to create a unique kind of art - he calls it "plastic fantastic". Video journalist: Christian Parkinson
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Bassekou Kouyate and his band Ngoni Ba made one of the best received African albums of 2009. "I Speak Fula", released in September followed the hugely successful 2007 Segu Blue album. Through his music, Bassekou and his band have breathed new life into Ngoni playing. The traditional string instrument made of wood or calabash with animal skin stretched across it was always played sitting down on stage. Bassekou and his band changed that, strapping the Ngonis over their shoulders like guitars and bringing the instruments to the front of the stage. Bassekou and Ngoni Ba headlined on Friday night at the Festival of the Desert. We made contact with him on Saturday and he invited us to come to where he and his band were staying in Timbuktu to film an unplugged performance in the more traditional style. Again, we found ourselves racing the setting sun, trying to get the performance recorded before the light failed us. We borrowed his neighbour's rooftop and Bassekou Kouyate, his wife Amy Sacko, Calabash player Alou Coulibaly and Ngoni bassplayer Moussa Bah performed this beautiful version of "Jonkoloni" from the album Segu Blue.
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Nikky Okyere, who came to the UK from Ghana, has become the go-to barber for English Premier League footballers from Africa, like Crystal Palace FC's Bakery Sako and Wilfried Zaha. Describing himself as a 'hair therapist', some of his other clients include Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Jordon Ibe, Asamoah Gyan, Christian Atsu, Mario Balotelli, Christian Benteke, and Danny Welbeck. Apart from running his own barbershop in Camberwell, south London, he also does home visits to some of his more famous customers.
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Queen Njinga Mbande lived from 1583 to 1663. She was the monarch of the Mbundu people and ruled a region which is in present-day Angola. Digital producer: Maryam Ghanbarzadeh Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcafrica/
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Haben Girma was the first deafblind student to graduate from Harvard Law School. Today the Eritrean-American fights for better education for deafblind people worldwide. FULL TRANSCRIPT (AND TEXT DESCRIPTION) [Video opens with photos of African women and lively music. Music ends with the words: ‘Women of Africa: Africa’s Unsung Heroes’ under the BBC logo] [Screen now shows Haben sitting in a chair in her office] Haben says: “My mother grew up during the 30 years of war in Eritrea, where Eritreans struggled to gain independence from Ethiopia. And when she was 16, she took the very dangerous journey, walking three weeks through the deserts of Eritrea. And then a reparatory organisation helped her come to the United States.” [Screen now shows text on black background, reading:] Haben Girma Lawyer Haben, 27, was born in the US after her mother fled Eritrea as a refugee in the early 1980s. She was the first deafblind student to graduate from Harvard Law School. Haben is now a lawyer with the non-profit group Disability Rights Advocates in California. [Screen now shows Haben with her dog, walking down the street then walking past the reception desk at her workplace, Disability Rights Advocates. Then we see a photo of Haben with an older woman and man, wearing her graduation gown and holding a certificate. Followed by a photo of Haben being awarded her graduation certificate]. Haben says: “I am an attorney here and I grew up facing access barriers as a deafblind person, and that inspired me to become a lawyer. And when I first started at Harvard Law School, there were very few deafblind attorneys. I couldn't turn to older deafblind individuals and ask. I had to figure it out a lot on my own. So graduating from Harvard Law School says a lot about what can be done when people have the right attitude.” [Screen now shows text on black background, reading:] One of Haben’s priorities is to help deafblind people communicate through better access to technology. [Screen now shows Haben, pictured with her assistant who is typing while she uses her digital braille display.] Haben says: “There are so many forms of communicating information. And if we’re creative and open-minded, we’ll find those forums. I use a digital braille display and QWERTY keyboard for communication. The braille display shows in digital braille, mechanical dots pop up to form braille letters. And, as I am reading, my assistant Chris types on a QWERTY keyboard when there are conversations going on.” [Screen now shows video clip of President Obama walking onto stage to applause.] [Screen now shows text on black background, reading:] Haben met President Obama at the White House to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. [Screen now shows Haben sitting in her office. Then photos of Haben Girma with President Obama, who is typing her a message on a keyboard while she uses her digital braille display.] Haben says: “At the White House celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, President Obama met with me and he used alternative technologies to communicate with me.” [Screen now shows video clip of President Obama giving Haben a hug and then typing “I couldn’t type a hug” to which she says “I prefer real hugs to types hugs!” Both laugh.] Haben says: “That sends a very empowering message - it reminds the rest of the United States and the world that having an inclusive attitude ensures that people with disabilities can contribute their talents to society.”
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You'll know her from Sauti Sol and Nyashinski's "Short n Sweet". Aggie the Dance Queen has made a name for herself, and we caught up with her in her dance studio to talk about her fame, her future plans, and THAT outfit. Make sure you subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica You can always visit our website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcnewsafrica/ @ us on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bbcafrica/ We've got so much more on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcafrica/
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Network Africa's video sessions continue with a performance from Nigerian musician Keziah Jones, the inventor and master of Blu-funk. Influenced by Fela Kuti and Jimi Hendrix, Keziah shuttles back and forth between West Africa, Europe and the US, singing, playing guitar and absorbing new musical styles as he goes. He came to Bush House to perform a session for Network Africa. Kpafuca appears on his 2003 album, Black Orpheus.
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Ghanaian rapper M.anifest kicks off new season of BBC Africa Beats with a medley of hits. SUBSCRIBE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvhP... Check out our website: http://www.bbcafrica.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bbcafrica Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bbcafrica Instagram: http://instagram.com/bbcafrica_01
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SUBSCRIBE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvhP... Check out our website: http://www.bbcafrica.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bbcafrica Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bbcafrica Instagram: http://instagram.com/bbcafrica_01 Africa Beats seeks out the most innovative and interesting up and coming musicians from the continent, and Aziza Brahim was chosen because of her beautiful fusing of traditional Saharawi vocal style.
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Former Senegal midfielder had to spend 10 days sleeping rough under a stadium while awaiting his trial with his first club. The ex-Liverpool and Stoke player now runs his own academy which trains Senegalese children in football, but only if they stay in school.He's been talking to BBC Africa as part of the Where Are They Now? series, looking at ex-Premier League players from Africa. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcafrica
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We met Cheick Tidiane on the festival charter flight from Bamako to Timbuktu. A towering figure on the Malian music scene; keyboardist, composer, and performer and arranger of popular and traditional Malian music. He is a prolific and experienced traditional musician with many international musical collaborations under his belt. He arrived at the festival accompanied by a clutch of home-grown, African and international musical talents to perform at the grande finale of the festival on Saturday night with The Cheick Tidiane Seck jam session. The small BBC team visited the guest house where he and the musicians were staying in order to record an interview he had agreed to do with BBC Network Africa in London. As we tried to get a link with London, he happily chatted away on his mobile phone to his friend and former collaborator, Salif Keita - Cheick Tidiane knows eveyone who's anyone here. With the interview complete, he agreed to play an acoustic session for us, and as the light faded over the courtyard of the residence in Timbuktu, we set up our cameras to record a moment of Timbuktu magic. Enjoy Cheick Tidiane Seck singing and playing acoustic guitar accompanied by Malian newcomer, Ché Ché Dramé and Guinean singer, Kabiné Kouyaté. The track is Nebe N'makoun.
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In February 1952, Princess Elizabeth was enjoying a short break in Kenya with Prince Philip, her husband of five years. It was a brief respite from their royal duties. And it was here on 6 February, that the princess became Queen, after George VI passed away in his sleep. Now Queen Elizabeth II is the UK's longest-reining monarch.
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Many African countries experience violence and intimidation fuelled by tribalism. But Tanzania seems to be an exception. Despite having more than 100 ethnic groups and bordering eight countries, it has succeeded in overcoming tribal tensions in a region where some neighbours have failed to do so. The BBC's Tulanana Bohela reports from Dar Es Salaam.
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Dirt is a common craving in many parts of Africa - especially amongst pregnant women who need the nutrients contained within the soil. In Tanzania the special clay soil is known as "udongo wa pemba", Swahili for "The Soil of Pemba". Focus on Africa's Tulanana Bohela travelled specially to the hills of Morogoro to find out what dirt really tastes like...but her journey begins in a famous market in Dar Es Salaam
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Oliver Mutukudzi with a song called Kupokana - a warning to be careful about the words that come out of your mouth. As the BBC's Connected Africa Day focuses on Africa's new broadband connectivity, Network Africa sessions step in to provide you with the opportunity to really test the new technology by watching the great Zimbabwean singer and guitarist, Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi performing two tracks live in our Bush House studios.
Views: 182688 BBC News Africa
Nikky Okyere is the chosen stylist of Premier League players and Afrobeat stars. His barbershop in Camberwell, South London, has become a platform for dancers and musicians to launch their careers. Watch part one of Nikky's story here: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=iWHuoSocCvY
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When Islamist militants captured Timbuktu and banned secular music, the members of Songhoy Blues felt they had no choice but to leave their homes in the north and head south to the Malian capital, Bamako. They were traumatised by having to leave behind loved ones, but they also had some luck. British musician Damon Albarn and his Africa Express collective went to Mali in a gesture of solidarity, and Songhoy Blues was one of the bands they recorded for their Maison des Jeunes album. As a result, the desert band's international career has taken off and they have played at several European festivals.
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Africa Express at Marseille's Fiesta des Suds 2013 - Rehearsal - Reeps One, Kasabian, Seye, Pauli The PSM, Jeff Wootton, Nick Zinner Video: Manuel Toledo, BBC Africa. This clip was shot with a photo camera in low light. The quality of the image and sound is not perfect but we hope you enjoy it anyway.
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In Nigeria, thousands of young people are addicted to codeine cough syrup – a medicine that’s become a street drug. The Nigerian senate estimates that 3 million bottles of codeine syrup are drunk every day in just two states – Kano and Jigawa. But who makes this syrup? And who sells it to Nigeria’s students? BBC Africa Eye went undercover to investigate. Subscribe to our channel for more investigative journalism. Nothing stays hidden forever. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcafrica/
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Snails are eaten in large quantities in parts of West Africa where they are considered a delicacy, but most people in Eastern and Southern Africa do not eat snails. Now, one entrepreneur is raising snails in Kenya. It is the only snail farm in East Africa, as Ruth Nesoba reports.
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Ivory Coast's cultural capital, Abidjan is famous for its thriving music scene thanks to bands such as Alpha Blondy, Tiken Jah Fakoly or reggae artist Kajeem. When the Africa Kicks bus rolled into town, the BBC asked Kajeem to record a special Network Africa video session. He performs 'Demain C'est Aujourd'hui' with Adama Diabaté on guitar and Nadege Kablan on backing vocals.
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Some African economies have continued to grow rapidly even during the global downturn. But long before then,Nigerians have been known for their love for glamour and big spending. It's not unheard of for a champagne bottle to cost an unbelievable amount. So just what is it about Nigerians and luxury brands?
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Almost one hundred football officials across West Africa and Kenya have been caught on camera accepting cash in a sting operation. It’s part of a two-year long undercover investigation by controversial Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas. BBC Africa Eye has had exclusive access to the footage for their latest documentary. In one case a World Cup bound assistant referee from Kenya accepted six hundred dollars from a man posing as an official of a Ghanaian premiership team. -- Thank you for submitting your #AskAnasAnything questions in the comments! We will soon publish a Q&A with Anas in the coming days. Stay tuned and subscribe so that you don't miss it! -- Don't miss our amazing documentaries - subscribe now: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Visit our website: https://www.bbc.com/africa We're also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcnewsafrica/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bbcafrica/ And Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcafrica/
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What is the price of having smooth skin? Some people spend a lot of money on beauty products which contain shea butter, but not much of that trickles down to the widows of a small farming community in northern Ghana who process nuts from which the moisturising paste is made. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcafrica/
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We speak to Amina Hersi, one of Africa's most successful female entrepreneurs. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcafrica/
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Caleb Mutombo doesn’t fit the stereotype of a bodybuilder. He was born severely disabled and weighs less than 40kg. Despite that, he now competes in South Africa and hopes to inspire other people to follow him into the sport. Video Journalists: Christian Parkinson and Late Lawson Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcafrica/
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Meet the women who are breaking tradition and joining the Berber men of North Africa in the high octane, dangerous sport of Fantasia - and winning. Reporter: Sahar Zand - Morocco Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcafrica/
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Indris - the largest lemurs - are native to Madagascar but their existence is threatened by illegal sapphire mining. Since late last year more than 40,000 miners have descended on the island. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcafrica
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The Network Africa video sessions continue with this stunning performance from London-based Sudanese-Italian singer, Amira Kheir at our Bush House studios. She writes and performs in Arabic seeking to reinterpret traditional Sudanese music with the more contemporary musical influences in her life. Accompanied by Anna Wright on kora, this is Kullu Wahid.
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Theresa Kachindamoto is the senior chief of Dedza district Central Malawi. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcafrica/
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The acclaimed Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe has died at the age of eighty-two. A statement released on behalf of his family described Chinua Achebe as one of the great literary voices of his time, whose wisdom was an inspiration to all who knew him. The Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan said Professor Achebe would live forever in the hearts and minds of present and future generations. BBC's Bilkisu discusses his legacy with Stephen Sackur
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Vieux, Souleymane Kane (Calabash) and Aly Magassa (guitar) in session at Bush House for BBC Network Africa. Great guitar work from the main man here and the calabash and rhythm guitar accompaniment combine to create this distinctive sound of modern Africa. Vieux Farka Touré was also interviewd by Bola Mosuro about his new album Fondo. You can listen at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/2009/05/090528_vft_av.shtml
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Shewa Hagos and her sons changed their sandwich shop into a traditional Eritrean cafe in 2014. Within a few months, the Blue Nile had become London's best restaurant on the review site TripAdvisor. BBC's Africa's Peter Okwoche went to test his taste buds.
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They’re calling her the “Nigerian Serena” - but Marylove Edwards wants to be known by her own name. BBC Sport Africa met the thirteen-year-old, who is tipped for future international success by top tennis coach Nick Bollettieri. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcafrica/
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Now if you're a lover of jazz you may well have heard of this artiste : Prudence Katomeni Mbofana. The Zimbabwean singer's self titled album "Prudence"getting a lot of air play right now particularly in Southern Africa with its strong inspirational message and motivational lyrics. Well the BBC's Bola Mosuro sat down with the lady herself as she recently passed through London. They began by talking about some of the musical influences behind her brand of Jazz
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The Premier League continues here in England this weekend and one player who will be hoping for a run-out on the pitch is Swansea and Gambia striker Modou Barrow. He has been under the radar a bit since joining the Welsh based premier league club in August 2014. But, as he has been telling the BBC, he wants to become the best player in the league.
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Ghanaian cardinal Peter Turkson was considered Africa's main candidate for Pope. In his country, however, many believe that Catholicism is under threat from the growing appeal of Pentecostal churches. BBC Africa's Akwasi Sarpong sent this report from Accra.
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His music video "This is Nigeria" has gone viral, with millions watching it within days of its release. Falz tha Bahd Guy talks to BBC Africa's Usifo Umozokpea about why he decided to cover Childish Gambino's This is Ameria, and comments on the backlash he has received since his video came out. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcnewsafrica/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/bbcafrica/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bbcafrica/
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On Saturday morning, a group of young Tuareg men, wrapped in turbans against the strengthening sun, sat in the sand in front of their community of tents jamming together. There were guitars, drums, rapping, clapping and harmonies, the sound attracting a participating audience of friends and fellow musicians. It epitomised the spirit of the festival, the coming together of people for music, collaboration and friendship. The young men were musicians from Kidal, a town in the north of Mali which is also home to Tinariwen, the countrys most successful Tuareg band. Playing together that day were members of three bands from the town; Amanar, Terkafte and Taliwen. It was too windy for an outside performance and so they were persuaded to crawl into one of their own small tents along with cameras and recording equipment to perform a track for the Timbuktu video sessions collection. This is - from Terakafte: Salou on guitar and vocals; from Taliwen: Araby Ag Iknane and Baye Ag Ibrahime rapping; from Amanar: Abdarahmane Se'kou on guitar and Oumar Ag Baoly on the drum. The track is " Adounia Tanoukmane".
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Chioma Ajunwa won Nigeria's first ever Olympic gold in the long jump in 1996. She is also a police officer in Lagos, and she thinks more needs to be done to bring Olympic success to her country. Subscribe: http://bit.ly/subscribetoafrica Website: https://www.bbc.com/africa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbcafrica/
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