Africa

5:09pm

Wed August 1, 2012
Music Reviews

The Very Best: A Band's Summer Escape With A Message

Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 8:45 am

Malawian singer Esau Mwamwaya and Swedish producer Johan Hugo met in a London thrift shop and soon became musical collaborators as The Very Best.
David Harrison

The high-tech pop intro to The Very Best's song "Kondaine" suggests a carefree summer party. There's Afropop uplift to the sound and Top 40 melodiousness to the vocal.

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2:59am

Wed August 1, 2012
Africa

As Islamists Gain, Mali's Tradition Under Threat

Originally published on Thu August 2, 2012 5:31 am

A soldier wears a button bearing the image of coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo with the words 'President, CNRDRE,' the French acronym of the ruling junta, as he stands guard at junta headquarters in Kati, outside Bamako, Mali.
Rebecca Blackwell AP

Hard-line Islamists in northern Mali stoned a reportedly unmarried couple to death for adultery last Sunday. Analysts worry this is growing evidence of the rebel fighters' avowed intention to impose strict Islamic law in the vast territory under their control.

Another version of the story put about by an al-Qaida-linked militant group is that the couple was married but engaging in extramarital affairs.

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12:17pm

Tue July 31, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

As Ebola Cases Rise In Uganda, Health Workers Seek To Contain Virus

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 6:16 pm

The Ebola virus causes a deadly form of hemorrhagic fever.
Frederick Murphy CDC

The number of Ebola cases in Uganda has increased during the past few days, a spokesman from the World Health Organization tells Shots. But the outbreak is still limited to a small region.

"Accumulatively to date, there are 36 suspected or confirmed cases," WHO's Gregory Hartl says. "All cases are in the Kibaale district," a rural region west of Uganda's capital, Kampala.

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11:48am

Mon July 30, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Ebola Outbreak Kills At Least 14 In Uganda

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 12:48 pm

Although infections with the Ebola virus are rare, they can be deadly.
Cynthia Goldsmith CDC

An outbreak of the Ebola virus has emerged in western Uganda.

Twenty cases were reported by the World Health Organization yesterday. At least 14 people have died. The number of Ebola infections is expected to rise in the next few days, as more patients are admitted to hospitals.

The outbreak began in a rural district of Uganda about 125 miles west of the Uganda capital, Kampala.

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5:40am

Sat July 28, 2012
Music News

Rodriguez: Forgotten In America, Exalted In Africa

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 5:52 am

Detroit singer Sixto Rodriguez's sweet voice and socially conscious lyrics made him a legend in apartheid-era South Africa. This photo appears on the cover of his second album, Coming from Reality (1971).
Sony Pictures Classics

Legends rarely disappear. But Sixto Rodriguez that did just that.

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