Africa

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

A tragic African war spawned something no one could have foreseen. Something positive and counter-intuitively uplifting. It all started when civil war raged through Sierra Leone. Freetown resident Ruben Koroma had to flee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCOm0V45Igc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXYbwXNn3Y4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evN6DIGPIJM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONokC_9g01s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EJYfLUPpGo One of Africa's most famous musicians and an international style icon, Congolese singer Papa Wemba, died suddenly during a performance early Sunday at age 66. He died after collapsing onstage in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory Coast; the show was being broadcast live on RTI...

World-music DJ Betto Arcos is back — this time, with music he's found all over the African continent. The host of Global Village on KPFK in Los Angeles recently joined NPR's Arun Rath to discuss new albums from four different corners of Africa, including soulful songs from a prison in Malawi, dance music from Congo and a collaboration between a Malian singer and a Cuban pianist. Hear their conversation at the audio link, and check out the music below. Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0MEjbHE5G4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gBG9E2-gi8 Malawi is a small, landlocked country in southeast Africa, one of the continent's least developed, the population mostly rural and agricultural. But over the past two years, some of its music has begun to reach the wider world, thanks in part to the efforts of Ian Brennan. Three years ago, the San Francisco-based producer set up a portable studio to record a group of gospel singers called the Malawi Mouse...

Update, 10 p.m. ET: Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital now say Thomas Eric Duncan wasn't honest with them either. When asked if he had been around anyone who had been ill, Duncan told them he had not. As we wrote Wednesday, Duncan's neighbors in the Liberian capital, Monrovia, believe he was infected while helping a pregnant woman with Ebola to a hospital. The hospital also said the nurse who interviewed Duncan on his Sept. 20 arrival at the hospital correctly entered into the...

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