A symbolic and untypical figure in the musical landscape of Congo-Brazzaville whose Rumba and Soukouss are the most dominant styles, former teacher, song-writer, poet and performer NZONGO SOUL has become famous for his musical style summorized by a single word:”WALLA” which symbolises purification for the Koongo people and etymologically means “listening to the path”.

 

Homeless in America
Homeless in America

Who are the homeless? Are their numbers significantly increasing because of the recession? Read some eye opening and sobering facts about homelessness in America and find out what you can do to help.

What is the definition of homelessness?
Different definitions of homelessness are used in different contexts. Generally, homelessness is defined as a person who “lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence.”

How is the recession affecting homelessness?
The recession will force 1.5 million more people into homelessness over the next two years, according to estimates by The National Alliance to End Homelessness. In a 2008 report, the U.S. Conference of Mayors cited a major increase in the number of homeless in 19 out of the 25 cities surveyed. On average, cities reported a 12 percent increase of homelessness since 2007.

 

Ma Kalou
New Album release: "Ma Kalou"

In the image of her country Reunion island, a tremendous mosaic of populations from all origins: Europe, Africa, China, India, Madagascar, interbreeding is the distinctive feature of the music offered by Reunionian poet, song-writer and singer YELA.

She draws from her island’s cultural legacies like Sega, Maloya, (percussions-based traditional music inherited from slavery times), and from the different backgrounds she grew up with : African, Carribean, Malagasy music, Jazz, Soul, Gospel…;to set to music her Creole and French poems inspired by her elders’ lifestories, her counterparts’ modern life, joys, pains, hopes and dreams. Through her artistic path, YELA joins the path of her island s’elders like: Alain PETERS, Luc Donnat, René LACAILLE, Danyel WARO, ZISKAKAN, BASTER…who all share Creole culture reappropriation and radiance as a motto.

 

Togo Soccer Team withdraw from Tournament

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer

CABINDA, Angola – Togo's national soccer team, devastated by a shooting attack on its bus that killed at least three and left eight gravely injured, withdrew from the African Cup of Nations on Saturday.

The bus was in Angola about six miles from the border of Republic of Congo when the gunfire began. When the ambush ended, 30 minutes later, the driver was dead and the team's assistant coach and spokesman were mortally wounded. It was not immediately clear if the convoy was targeted. The attackers fled back into the Republic of Congo after Angolan forces intervened, officials said.

Angel Adelaja
Angel Adelaja

BIOGRAPHY

Oluwayimika Angel Adelaja was born on August 17, 1983 in London, England. She moved to America with her parents at the tender age of 3 years. However, from that age, she knew she was meant to make an impact on the world through health services. From that small age, she was heavily involved in science competitions and volunteering at health clinics.

Miss Nigeria In America 2009: Claret Onukogu
Miss Nigeria In America 2009: Claret Onukogu

BIOGRAPHY

Claret Onukogu is a 24 year old woman from Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria who was born as the first child out of six children to Ray and Kathryn Onukogu. Some of the adjectives used to describe her include enthusiastic, spiritual, charismatic, intelligent, humble, ambitious, independent, goal-oriented, friendly, graceful, optimistic, outspoken, hard-working, open-minded, courageous, and multicultural. She spent her early childhood in Nigeria where she completed her nursery, primary and part of her secondary education.

She is known for standing out in a crowd amongst the midst of her peers due to her renowned personality, academic and athletic abilities. While in elementary school, she was crowned Miss ESAN and had to represent her school during occasions, debates, and contests. After graduating with distinction at High Gate Elementary School in Lagos State, she was admitted into Federal Government Girls College Ibusa, Delta State. While at FGGC, Ibusa, she was an active member of the student government board. She later relocated to the United States to complete her secondary and University education.

Damien Hirst Products
Opening of the Gagosian’s first ever retail space located on the ground floor of 988 Madison Avenue

22 September 2009 – Last week marked the opening of the Gagosian’s first ever retail space located on the ground floor of 988 Madison Avenue. The 2500 square foot space was designed by Daniel Rowen Architects with MN Designs, and was launched with the presentation of Richard Prince’s newest limited edition artist book, Bettie Kline last week. It will feature a selection of publications, posters and prints as well as limited editions by John Currin, Tom Friedman, Ellen Gallagher, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Marc Newson, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, and Franz West.

Miss Congo Ireland 2009
Miss Congo Ireland 2009

On the 23rd October 2009 from 8pm at the Crowne Plazza hotel, Shopping Center, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, Irish Community Empowerment Group, will be organizing for the first time in Ireland Miss Congo Ireland.

Miss Congo Ireland will be a major event and a great opportunity for all and sundry, that is why we invite everyone wishing to become sponsors not to delay in contacting us. We will put your logo on the internet, on our leaflets and all our TV programs relating to our official Miss Congo Ireland pageant.

About IRCEG
IRCEG (Irish Community Empowerment Group) works to empower individuals while assisting especially the Congolese to integrate into the Irish society, while achieving their potentials within the community in a sustainable way through the promotion of poverty alleviation and related concerns in Africa especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

South Africa and Nigeria lead the nominations list in the second MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs) taking place in Kenya on Oct. 10.

South Africa and Nigerian artists received 15 nominations, with Nigerian R&B artist 2Face notching up four MAMA nominations - best male, artist of the year, best video and best R&B. 2Face will be looking to add to his MTV award collection: he was named best African act at the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards.

The nominees and their respective categories are as follows: