February 19, 2014 |
Angélique Kidjo is a human explosion, in voice and in spirit. Talking to her is like surfing a creamy breaker that lifts you high and takes you far, but sets you down in a warm place. It's a Kidjo wave. On Jan. 17, Ifé , her collaboration with composer Philip Glass, debuted in Luxembourg. On Tuesday, she plays the Prince Music Theater, behind her new album Eve , which turns out to be - "But I never knew it at the time!" - a concept album "DEDICATED to the WOMEN of AFRICA/ to their RESILIENCE & their BEAUTY.
March 22, 2013 |
SIX YEARS AGO, Mouphtaou Yarou remembers, there were many, many difficult phone calls home to Benin. He came here from that small West African country for high school, and for basketball, and for all of the attendant opportunities, but he wondered sometimes what he had gotten himself into. He wondered whether it was worth all of the anxiety. "I was very homesick," he said, a couple of days before the Villanova Wildcats begin another NCAA Tournament journey. Yarou, 22, is their senior big man, the oncourt leader of a team that swung wildly between disaster and elation - sometimes in the same week.
November 21, 2011 |
COTONOU, Benin - Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday wrapped up a pilgrimage to Africa, where he laid out his spiritual vision for the continent and told tens of thousands during an open-air Mass that "true royalty does not consist in a show of power," comments that Africans interpreted as a jab at the continent's corrupt rulers. The pope, 84, who recently began using a moving platform to get across the long aisle at St. Peter's Basilica, weathered the intense heat inside Benin's unventilated chapels and parishes to deliver the layered message on how Africa could emerge from war and poverty.
November 20, 2011 |
OUIDAH, Benin - In a basilica built in the heartland of Africa's Voodoo religion, Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday announced a treatise outlining the role of the Roman Catholic Church on the continent, explaining how the faith can help address Africa's chronic wars and interact with indigenous practices. The immediate backdrop for the release of the 87-page guide for the faithful in Africa was the soaring basilica in this coastal town, a symbol of the church's roots on the continent.
August 12, 2011 |
ABOARD THE HSV 2 SWIFT - Pirate attacks off West Africa's coast have increased to levels that rival those in Somalia, insurers say, prompting maritime agencies to try to set aside their conflicts and cooperate to fight the threat. The International Maritime Bureau says Nigeria and Benin reported 18 pirate attacks in the first half of 2011. Though that is fewer than figures attributed to Somali pirates, analysts say the number of attacks off Nigerian waters is underreported because some ships carry illegal oil cargo and others fear their insurance rates will rise.
October 28, 2009 |
If coming to America two years ago was a real eye-opener for Mouphtaou Yarou, then advancing from a U.S. high school to Villanova is a bit mind-boggling. "Compared to my country, everything is going fast," Yarou said yesterday as the Wildcats met the media at the Pavilion. "It's like people don't sleep. " The 6-foot-10 citizen of Benin in West Africa said his remark had nothing to do with students being up all night studying or partying. "What I was saying, I mean everybody is trying to get better," he said.
September 4, 2009 |
From the curb, the home of Molefi Kete Asante and his wife Ana Yenenga looks like many well-manicured stone split levels in Elkins Park. Inside, however, it springs to life with striking signs of African heritage around every corner. And no wonder. Molefi Asante, 67, professor and former chairman of the Department of African American Studies at Temple University, has earned international recognition as one of the most distinguished scholars in his field, with no fewer than 70 books to his credit.
February 20, 2009 |
An annual celebration that brings African artists, storytellers, musicians, and dancers to the galleries of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is planned Saturday. This year's 20th annual event will incorporate popular performers of past years and introduce some new talent. In addition to dance, members of the Habiba Studio ensemble will offer instruction "for those brave enough to get up there and wiggle their hips," said Pam Kosty, spokeswoman for the museum.
January 9, 2005 |
One of the season's more unusual art exhibits is The Beauty Show at Moravian College in Bethlehem. Although it consists of ads promoting two dissimilar approaches to hair-grooming, these paintings are surprisingly complementary. Featured are 41 Breck Girl shampoo images of idealized American girlhood and womanhood dating to 1937, on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. They are paired with 17 African barbershop signs, from the 1990s. The latter are on loan from a Bethlehem collector and "outsider artist," Mr. Imagination (Gregory Warmack)
October 9, 2002 |
Djimon Hounsou is so right now. He's the mesmerizing hunk in loose-fit jeans, preening to John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" in a Gap commercial. He's a key actor in the 19th-century military epic The Four Feathers, currently in theaters. And if you happened to be in the Four Seasons recently, he was the tall, regal-looking guy who turned heads as he strolled through the hotel dining room. Carelessly elegant in warm-up clothes and high-tech headphones that blocked out the whispers of onlookers, the 38-year-old from Benin in West Africa seemed made for the catwalk - where he would be perfectly comfortable, given his past as a runway model for French designer Thierry Mugler.