Global Voices Digest

February 15, 2006, 2:03 am
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Global Voices Online – Feb. 15, 2006

African Music Roundup

Obi Orjiekwe is back with his third roundup of African music online and winds up with some real gems including: reflections on the societal impact of Hiplife, a controversial genre of Ghanaian rap, the lasting legacy of Afrobeat founder, Fela Kuti, and lots of links to free downloads of Afrobeats groups like Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra and Akoya Afrobeat.

Voices from Central Asia and the Caucasus

Buzkashi is a traditional sport in Tajikistan in which opposing teams riding horseback each try to navigate a goat’s carcass through a goal. If that doesn’t sound like your kind of spectator’s sport, Ben Paarmann also points to a post featuring Uzbekistan’s winter olympians in his comprehensive summary from Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Cambodia’s Shadows of the Past

ThaRum Bun notes that, despite his country’s recent ascent as a tourist mecca, Cambodians today must still cope psychologically and culturally with a violent past and that “weblogs can be deployed as a way for people to comfortably tell their own stories.” That includes a Khmer’s reflection of growing up in America, another blogger’s search for his long lost uncle, and yet another’s thoughts on a famous Khmer Rouge photographer.

Costa Rica’s Papaya Fest

Juliana Rincón Parra runs down the blog buzz which has consumed Costa Rica’s online writers in anticipation of Papaya Fest, a Central American music festival with participating bands from throughout the region.

Defending piracy in China, a ban on press mentions of Valentine’s Day in Uzbekistan, a recipe for Jamaican curried goat, and much more can be found in today’s Global Roundups.

Get the blog buzz from East Asia, South Asia, the Americas, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe, Russia, Central Asia & the Caucasus.

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