Arts, Culture and Sport

Working towards change in Cameroon’s challenging music industry
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Arts, Culture and Sport Working towards change in Cameroon’s challenging music industry

Cameroon has produced some of Africa’s best-known musicians, from Manu Dibango to Richard Bona, Francis Bebey to Sam Fan Thomas. Today the country is bustling with fresh young talent which, influenced by global trends, are playing a mix of contemporary rhythms, from Soul to Rhythm and Blues, House to Jazz and Hip-hop. But the current crop of artists are having to do it all on their own with no professional organization, very few gigs and limited airplay on radio and TV.

Somalia: using the arts for peace and peace-building
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Arts, Culture and Sport Somalia: using the arts for peace and peace-building

Djibouti touts herself as the capitale culturelle and the eventful Fest’horn Festival has, without doubt, been one of the instruments that is used to claim the centrality of culture in national matters. “Fest’Horn Festival is a regional festival of music from the horn of Africa that was created with the intention of bringing attention to this part of Africa, often tarnished by wars, famines and other calamities. For six days this annual artistic meeting happens in the capital of Djibouti with artists from various African countries and the rest of the world. The event not only serves to promote the culture of Africa, but to provide a platform for the promotion of the values of peace and development.”