From November 2 to 17, 2013, Casa Africa Nantes organizes the second edition of Casa Palabres two weeks to dive into the richness of traditional and contemporary cultures of Africa. An event which will mingle literary meetings, afro fusion, traditional tales, highlife, projections, afro beat and conferences.
This program is the result of joint work between several cultural associations Nantes working with and for Africa to reflect the complexity and dynamism of the continent. We also worked with our partners to Maine et Loire propose events outside Nantes.
We thank all our partners that make possible Palabres Casa.

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AfricaPachanga DJ Set, a collection of African music that seduces 2015

To close the weekend with good pace we offer this session in which we include some of the songs of African music 2015 we have dj hire melbourne mix. Among them, we have included some musicians who have spent many years longer with us; to Cheikh Lô , which continues giving ourselves discs great quality never lose its high level and also Tony Allen , the drummer of Afrobeat who was at the origins of this sound in the 70s with Fela Kuti, and continues to offer works teachers each time you enter a recording studio.

Another legendary figure is Pat Thomas , singer Ghana 70s, who used to sing in some of the masterpieces of Ebo Taylor, and who has returned to record a full modernized highlife, after many years inactive disk.We cross the border north pay tribute to Amadou Ballaké , the star of Burkina Fasso 60s and 70s, who unfortunately left us in the summer of 2014 after recording a great album: “In Conclusions” published this year, which he reviewed some of his greatest songs with musicians from his country showing he had lost none of his great voice.

On the other hand, we have musicians who have discovered this year as Kantala : instrumentalist kora which we have incorporated in this list through a topic with light skatalíticos touches accompanied by rapper Humanist Mao Sidibe , Senegal, with his first full Jamaican pop and references. Also  Baba Commandant , a musician Bobo-Diolasso, the musical capital of Burkina Faso, the Mandingo merging rock music with a certain psychedelic flavor. And there ‘s more: Cape Verde, wonderful and evocative voices of Lura and Elida Almeida and the afrofunk and Afrobeat band of Parisian Les Freres Smith. But the big surprise came with us from Congo debut album Mbongwana Star , a group formed by former members of Staff Benda Bilili, a band composed of paraplegic street musicians who thrilled us in recent years with their two albums; but a few months ago they decided to dissolve and form this new band with a much more experimental and risky Congolese sound.

Finally, in this selection of African songs of 2015, we have not been able to resist to include a couple of songs of the 70s reissued last year: one of Chief Checker , a dark Nigerian reggae musician very little known, and the other, Verckys , one of the most important saxophonists of Congolese rumba, which he founded in the late 50’s OK Jazz with Franco, creating a unique sound that laid the foundation for everything that was done in the Congo during the following years. Finally a subject of the Orchestre Veve, which later formed Verckys, we close this collection of songs that we hope you enjoy the most!

Play List

  1. Cheikh Lô – Doyal Naniou
  2. Amadou Ballake – Fanta
  3. Lura – Sabi di More
  4. Kantala – Bimogo
  5. Mao Sidibe – Djigéen
  6. Baba Commandant – DJanfa
  7. Pat Thomas – Amaehu
  8. Tony Allen – Ire Omo
  9. Mbongwana Star – 1 million c’est quoi
  10. Les Freres Smith – Free To Go – 03 YYYYYY Trouble
  11. Chief Checker – Ire Africa
  12. Elida Almeida – Lebam Ku Bo


Young boy creates Youtube channel to tell stories of Brazilian black heroes

Machado de Assis, Zumbi, Mangangá Beetle. Each day of research on black heroes of the past is a new discovery for the student Peter Henry Cortes, 13. Resident of the East Zone of São Paulo, the boy, black, decided to create a channel on YouTube to share with others the history and struggles of these men – that, for him, does not have as much prominence as they should.

The idea of ​​the project “My Brazilian black heroes” came after Pedro Henrique see the play “The top of the mountain”, with Lázaro Ramos and Tais Araujo in October.

– He asked me to Children’s Day a ticket for the play. He was the youngest of the audience. It was very exciting. He came out transformed, and asked me the next day the biographies of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. I said I could, but I reminded him that here in Brazil, we also have many heroes. My son started to do research on the internet and then had the idea to make videos about these men – tells the young man’s mother, the tourismologist Egnalda Côrtes.

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The Pedro Henrique’s mother, Egnalda, help the boy in research on the characters Photo: Staff / Press Release Archive

The first video of the series, about Zumbi , was published on 23 November. The second, on  Machado de Assis , on December 12. The number of views is growing every day – on Tuesday,  the channel  was already close to reaching 2,500 entries and he dicided to purchase youtube likes. Before starting the project, Pedro Henrique even made ​​other videos, covering topics such as prejudice and homosexuality.

Research on the characters are made with her mother’s help, which is in charge of making a summary of the heroes. The script is all because of the boy, student of the 8th grade of elementary school, adapting the stories to a language geared for the younger crowd.

– I want other young black men, like me, are inspired by these heroes. It’s really cool to be inspired by someone like you. There is much talk about European heroes, pioneers, but almost nothing about black people – has the boy, adding other videos that come out there: – I will tell the story of Luiz Gama, very requested by the followers, Francisco José do Nascimento, Cruz and Souza, Mangangá beetle and Chico Rei, and talk about Brazilian black heroines.

For Egnalda who is passionate about history, the son of the initiative is the family proud.

– The idea is fantastic. I think all young people need references. We live in a society where they are usually European, white. The importance of the channel is to tell the history of overcoming these black heroes, inspire young people and show that they can be whatever they want. It is a great opportunity to change history, becoming the protagonists, not supporting – advocates tourismologist.

Prove an antidepressant against deadly brain disease in sub-Saharan Africa

Researchers of geniusx funciona from Uganda, funded by Canada, are testing in a popular antidepressant that could be used to fight against a brain fungal disease that is charged each year 600,000 lives in sub-Saharan Africa.

Sertraline, also known as Zoloft or Lustral, was introduced for the first time by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer in 1991. Since then it has become the second most-prescribed antidepressant in the United States.

 But a recent study in the laboratory of the University of Utah found that the drug also had a powerful effect fungicide, and several women who took it to relieve premenstrual symptoms claimed that it eliminated its fungal infections.

The researchers of the Institute of infectious diseases in Uganda at Makerere University hope to show that it can be used to contain the early deaths of meningeal Cryptococcosis, an infection of the tissue that covers the brain and charged 600,000 lives in sub-Saharan Africa each year.

“We hope to teach new tricks for an old drug,” said lead author David Meià, in a telephone interview with AFP from Uganda.

“Our hope is that if the drug works against Cryptococcosis meningena, we can reduce rates of mortality from 40% to 50%, which could lead to a big jump.”

More than 30% of patients die at 10 weeks of the onset of the disease, which has been linked to AIDS.

Currently, the disease is treated with two drugs, both developed in the 50 that are “very expensive and are not easily available in sub-Saharan Africa”, said Meià.

A third drug is used but is less effective, he added.

“So if we discover another drug that is more effective against the meningeal Cryptococcosis and is cheaper, we can substantially reduce the mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa”.

Since the patent for sertraline has already expired, it would be even possible to manufacture generic and sell it more cheaply.

The Canadian Government contributed to this research, with 100,000 Canadian dollars (99.364 us) as part of a program called Grand Challenges Canada.

It is one of more than 100 scholarships to 13 Nations in developing innovative of developed in Canada for “ideas creative and courageous to solve health problems”, according to a statement.

The funding will be spent on trying to develop remote diagnostics, surveillance, health protection as well as development and access to drugs and vaccines.

Other projects funded by these grants include a vaccine for smokers against the addictive effects of nicotine, a glucose meter as an accessory of a cell phone a test cheap to diagnose deadly diseases such as dengue and ebola.