songlines magazine, May 2017

An open ear – jayme stone

Rose Skelton speaks to Jayme Stone about reinterpreting folk songs collected in the US and Caribbean. MORE


songlines magazine, march 2017

my instrument – jayme stone and his banjo

When a rare Gibson proved out of reach, the Canadian banjo player found another way to create his dream instrument. He tells Rose Skelton how. MORE


the africa report, June 2016

Day in the life...of a midwife

Midwife Hadjaratou Traore holds the truth dear, and advises her patients to do so too, even if it means living alone. MORE


the africa report, march 2016

day in the life...of a bird guide

Entranced by the beauty and mysteries of birds, Moussa Ka is determined to become one of Senegal's first ornithologists. MORE


the africa report, december 2015

Day in the life...of a griot

38-year-old Ibrahima Soumano follows hi ancestral tradition of being a griot. It is as integral to him as being Malian. MORE


THE AFRICA REPORT, NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2015

Sukuk for senegal

WHEN SENEGAL ISSUED a 100bn CFA franc ($168m) sovereign Islamic bond in June 2014, it beat economic giants Nigeria and South Africa to market and began a race tocreate a hub for Islamic finance in Africa. Following Senegal’s Islamic bond, or sukuk, Nigeria, Niger and Côte d’Ivoire have also expressed interest in developing a sharia-compliant sector of the market in a bid to attract investment from the Gulf states. MORE


ogojiii magazine, september 2015

zoe's ghana kitchen

A Londoner is giving African cuisine a new spin.

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THE AFRICA REPORT, OCTOBER 2015

SEnegal gets growing

When Jean-Marie Goudiaby stood in a Waitrose supermarket in Britain in 2009 and saw his test-run organic sweet onions for sale for £1 ($1.50) each, it confirmed that his dream of becoming an exporter of highquality niche vegetables from his native Senegal could become reality. MORE


THE AFRICA REPORT, AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2015

FAITH AND THE FIGHT BACK

Every evening, hundreds of people crowd into the courtyard of Cherif Ousmane Madani Haïdara’s mosque to wait for an audience with the celebrated Sufi leader. Islamic chants reverberate in the hot night air. Haïdara’s work represents a different way forward for a country that has seen economic troubles and political turmoil since the rebel takeover of the north in 2012. MORE


the africa report, July 2015

day in the life...of a wrestling umpire

A traditional wrestling referee in Palmarin, Senegal, Sidi Diokh lost two friends in an illegal crossing to Spain. But he still dreams of finding a better way of life. MORE


OGOJIII MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015

The Car Washes of Timbuktu

DEEP IN THE BACK STREETS OF MALI’S ANCIENT mud city, Mohammed Aguissa sits with his back against a wooden lean-to, waiting for a storm to pass. The air is thick with orange dust, which clogs the eyes and throat. The sand blows in from the Saharan dunes, which lie heaped on the outskirts of town. Mohammed can’t work today – he runs an open-air carwash – so he sits, drinking tea with his friends who come to pass the afternoon with him. There’s not much else to do but wait for the storm to pass and for the customers to come back. Mohammed is used to waiting things out.

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OGOJIII MAGAZINE, JUNE 2015

Wrestling Economy

The road through Palmerin-Diakhanor is red dirt, rutted from the wheels of the old buses which rattle along it taking villagers elsewhere, or bringing them back again. It winds south, following the peninsula which juts out from Senegal's Atlantic shore, heading down towards Differ, a small fishing village which marks the end of the road. MORE


songlines magazine, february 2015

The Americana Dream

The newness of the music and the just-born nature of the configuration gave the international debut performance by Sara Watkins, Aoife O'Donovan and Sarah Jarosz ("just call us a band") at Glasgow's Celtic Connections in January a sense of urgency and excitement that was obvious the moment the three women appeared on stage. MORE


THE AFRICA REPORT, JUNE 2015

karim's comeback

just one day before Karim Wade was sentenced to six years injailfor corruption in March ,the son of Senegal’s former president Abdoulaye Wade was nominated by his father’s party, the Parti Démocratique Sénégalaise (PDS), as candidate for the next presidential elections.Karim, a once deeply unpopular figure, whose nomination to ministries including international cooperation, energy and transport sparked the worst rioting Senegal has seen in decades, has returned to the political spotlight." 

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the dance gazette (the royal academy of dance magazine), autumn 2014

appalachian summer

It was one winter in the 1970s when Randy Wilson’s friend Joe said they should go up to the Carcassonne square dance in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. It had been snowing heavily, Randy says. ‘I said, “Joe, it’s snowing, I don’t think there’ll be anyone up there.” And he said, “oh no, when it’s snowing there’ll be more people there.”’ MORE


the africa report, May 2014

Africa in the making

The architect of the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo and the African American Museum in the United States, David Adjaye, talks about his vision for the African cities of the future. MORE