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A New Zimbabwe

We picked up Renée, our seasoned 4×4 Toyota Prado in Lusaka, spent a day gathering supplies, and were on the road to Livingstone when we realized that we lacked enough Zambian Kwacha for the toll gates. At each town we passed, long lines stretched outside the banks and ATMs. It was two days before Christmas…

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Mark Walker/Creative Nonfiction

  My Life in the Land of the Eternal Spring: The Coffee Plantation   By Mark D. Walker Contributor hough I had lived and worked in Guatemala for seven years, it was a brief encounter with my young daughter,...

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Summer Sun Fun Zehn

  Ten Top Tunes for Summer Listening   For music-loving polyglots, this is a summer listening list for you. Everyone else -- steer clear of falling stars.    by Fred Roberts Ragazine Music Editor Category: Best song in the highly competitive category of Hasidic surf...

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Summer Take Four

        by Fred Roberts Music Editor y favorite acquisitions of the last months are quite divergent in respect to one another. There’s music from the country of Sudan (Abu Obaida Hassan). The US duo Bebe &...

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Sándor Kányádi/1929-2018

Hungarian-Romanian poet and iconic spokesman of Transylvania, Sándor Kányádi, dead at 89   by Paul Sohar Contributing Writer Sándor Kányádi (1929-2018) was born in a small Hungarian village in Transylvania, Romania, the son of a small farmer – more commonly called a...

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Contemporary Barcelona

Where 10 becomes 11! Category: Dark horse hits Song Title: Patrice And Her Weirdness Artist: Vancouver Undercover Year: 2017 Link: https://vancouver-undercover.bandcamp.com/track/patrice-and-her-weirdness Category: Albums produced by ex-Faust members Song Title: No...

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Camino al Desván, Barcelona 1983-1986

The past years have seen a number of compilations focusing on “secret” Barcelona, the underground culture of the Catalonian capital during the seventies and eighties, a time rich with innovation and revolutionary musical ideas. It is a scene similar to the primal ooze out of which the Neue Deutsche Welle was born. Many of the Barcelona bands remain to this day as tips for insiders.

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ÁRPÁD  FARKAS/Poetry

Poems by ÁRPÁD  FARKAS Translated from the Hungarian by Paul Sohar   Let There be No Silence (Csak csend ne legyen) Let wispy little voices spring from blocks of dumbstruck dawns, let them flood the borders of glistening fields, let them ring out on the plates of...

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Fred Roberts/World Music

Few people outside of the Dutch, Flemish and Afrikaans speaking world will have heard of Stef Bos. He entered the music scene in Holland in 1990 with a song Papa that struck a nerve. It’s a Dutch counterpart to Harry Chapin’s evergreen Cat’s In the Cradle…

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On Location/France

    Elizabeth Prouvost: Before the light – Mixed up confusion   Elizabeth Prouvost, Claude Louis Combet, "Born from the Limon", Fata Morgana, Fontfroide the High, 2018. (Elizabeth Prouvost, Claude Louis Combet, "Né du limon", Fata Morgana, Fontfroide le Haut, 2018)...

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Fred’s February Playlist

Frank Nagel photo Mary Ocher, with Felix Kubin, one of Fred's February picks....   TAKE TEN     Category: Forgotten Brazilian Guitarists Song Title: Amor de Argentina Artist: Américo Jacomino Year: 1928 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4weR4B4heQ...

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Fred Roberts / Dispatches

he EurNoVision project which began in 2015 released a new edition late December 2016, curated by Paul Mangan. The compilation registers a strong political statement at a time when the veneer on Europe is showing serious cracks. Waves of refugees. Brexit. Terrorist attacks. While Europe veers towards disintegration, the cycle of songs shows a cohesive spiritual unity with many stand-out entries.

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