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Carnaval in Brazil 2016: Partying in Spite of it All

Posted February 8, 2016 by | 0 Comments

I usually write a carnival feature this time of year, when all the festivities are happening.  Tonight being Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, is the grand finale.
Carnival/Carnevale/Carnaval is currently in full swing in Italy, Trinidad, New Orleans, and other countries (it was cancelled after the first day in Haiti). Then there is Brazil. Brazil holds the biggest carnival of them all, which figures because Brazil is …

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Musical DNA Goes Everywhere Today

Posted January 25, 2016 by | 0 Comments

James Brown’s 1968 hit “Say it Out Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud” not only became a #1 R&B hit, the anthem for the Black Power movement, but also inspired new pride among countless Africans in newly-independent nations that had just become free of colonial power.  Hits like this were heard via the Voice of America radio, which broadcast from Gibraltar throughout Africa with …

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