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Makonde Band Live at IKC: Saturday 28th April 2012

April 20, 2012

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Come and let in the spring, dancing to wonderful African rhythms with the nine-man band, Makonde which plays swinging music from East Africa. A great show that is worth seeing, listening to and dancing to, all night long. As usual, we have our bar with snacks and nibbles at reduced prices.

MAKONDE
Liliana Zavala: Percussion
Bobo  Mwanavita: Vocals
Göran Larsson: Guitar
Christina Frank: Vocals
Linus Lindblom: Sax
Mangnus Almqvist: Drums
Vumbi Dekula: Guitar
Sammy Kasule: Bass/Vocals

Saturday, 28th April at 21.00hrs
IKC: Internationellt Kulturcentrum-Vuxenskolan   Bergsunds Strand  43   T.bana Hornstull  Buss 4
Entren 130 kr Pensionärer-Studenter 100 Kr
Tp reserve a table, ring  info: 073 937 45 04      
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Raila Odinga’s Assassination Plot: Martin Ngatia Speaks

April 19, 2012

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Vumbi Dekula at Little Nairobi

April 18, 2012

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Akadevu-Music Present’s;Dekula Band”Ngoma ya Kilo”

Place:Lilla Wien”Little Nairobi”
Date:20-21 April 2012
Time:21.00-01.00
add:Swedenborgsg.20
Pendel:Södra Station

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Swedish Culture Minister Laughs as She Feeds “Cut Clit” to Victim

April 18, 2012

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Meet the Artist Behind the Racist “Clitoris Cake” Scandal

April 18, 2012

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How did this idea come about as an art installation?

Was the Minister of Culture aware of your art installation or was it a surprise?

How have people responded to you and the art installation?

Why did you choose female circumcision as the subject?

Do you expect to do something like this in the future, after the reactions?

How did social media impact the way the art installation was perceived?

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Joyce Nyamusi’s Sister Passes On in Kenya…

April 18, 2012

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Joyce Nyamusi Lindberg has lost her sister in Kenya after a long illness. An Open House has been set up daily at Joyce’s residence from 16.00hrs at Lillhagsvägen 6 (Älvjö Badet) at Hagsätra. A Prayer meeting will be held on Saturday, 21st April 2012 at Joyce’s residence from 16.00hrs where everybody is welcome. Friends, sympathizers and well-wishers are meeting at the residence daily to condole with the bereaved family.

Joyce’s sister was suffering from ovarian cancer and since September last year, she has been in serious pain. Those who cannot make it to the prayer meeting can send their contributions through Joyce’s account number, 7411115004 at Nordea. For further information, call Joyce at 0739907425.

KSB sends deep condolences to the entire family of Joyce following the tragic news of her sister’s departure. We hope that the family will have the courage to go through this very difficult and trying moment of great pain, shock and sorrow. May the soul of Joyce’s sister rest in eternal peace.

Okoth Osewe

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Swedish Minister of Culture in “Racist Cutting of Clitoris”

April 17, 2012

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The Minister must resign – African-Swedish Organization Says

Swedish minister of culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth’s participation in a “racist spectacle” in which she carved up a cake depicting a naked black woman has sparked outrage and prompted calls for the minister’s dismissal. “In our view, this simply adds to the mockery of racism in Sweden,” Kitimbwa Sabuni, spokesperson for the National Afro-Swedish Association (Afrosvenskarnas riksförbund) told The Local.

“This was a racist spectacle.”

Sabuni’s comments come following Adelsohn Liljeroth’s participation in an art installation that took place at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet in connection with World Art Day on April 15th.

As part of the installation, which was reportedly meant to highlight the issue of female circumcision, the culture minister began cutting a large cake shaped like a black woman, symbolically starting at the clitoris. Makode Aj Linde, the artist who created the installation and whose head is part of the cake cut by the minister, wrote about the “genital mutilation cake” on his Facebook page.

“Before cutting me up she whispered, ‘Your life will be better after this’ in my ear,” he wrote in a caption next to the partially eaten cake. But images of the event, which show a smiling and laughing Adelsohn Liljeroth slicing up the cake, have caused the National Afro-Swedish Association and its members to see red and issue calls for her resignation.

“According to the Moderna Museet, the ‘cake party’ was meant to problematize female circumcision but how that is accomplished through a cake representing a racist caricature of a black woman complete with ‘black face’ is unclear,” Sabuni said in a statement.

According to Sabuni, the mere fact that the minister particiapted in the event, which he argued was also marked by “cannibalistic” overtones, betrays her “incompetence and lack of judgement”. “Her participation, as she laughs, drinks, and eats cake, merely adds to the insult against people who suffer from racist taunts and against women affected by circumcision,” he said.

“We have no confidence in her any longer.”

Speaking with the TT news agency, Adelsohn Liljeroth was sympathetic to the association’s reaction, but nevertheless defended her actions. “I understand quite well that this is provocative and that it was a rather bizarre situation,” she said. “I was invited to speak at World Art Day about art’s freedom and the right to provoke. And then they wanted me to cut the cake.”

However, Adelsohn Liljeroth said the National Afro-Swedish Association’s anger should be directed at the artist, not at her, claiming the situation was “misinterpreted”. “He claims that it challenges a romanticized and exoticized view from the west about something that is really about violence and racism,” she said.

“Art needs to be provocative.”

But the minster’s defence of her actions rang hollow for Sabuni. “It’s extremely insulting for the minister to claim that we’ve somehow ‘misunderstood’ racism,” he said. According to Sabuni, the incident is “strange” but “not unexpected” in the Swedish context.

“Sweden thinks of itself as a place where racism is not a problem,” he said. “That just provides cover for not discussing the issue which leads to incidents like this.” While a museum is certainly allowed to do what it wants as long as the laws are followed, Sabuni argued that a minister needs to be held to “higher standards”. “To participate in a racist manifestation masquerading as art is totally over the line and can only be interpreted as the culture minister supporting the Moderna Museet’s racist prank,” he said.

David Landes/TT

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Raila Odinga’s Official Campaign Website Launched

April 17, 2012

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From the Raila Odinga for President Secretariat

April 16, 2012

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THIS IS NOT A TRIBAL MOMENT, IT’S KENYA’S MOMENT

1. We note with profound concern the return of the politics of hostile ethnic polarisation – through Gema and Kamatusa.

2. We have watched in keen silence as the leaders of these organizations have rapidly and dangerously postured in public for a return to their conceptual and injurious roots of the early 1970s and 1990s.

3. From the start, Gema has always been a hegemony out-fit. It has been an exclusivist organization, keen on protecting narrow sectarian interests, disguised as community interests, while marginalizing everybody else.

4. In the 1970s, Gema attempted to enforce loyalty through a narrow, stringently imposed, ethnic agenda. It engaged incoercive and widespread oathing of its members. It planted terror and fear in everybody, both within and outside the so-called Gema communities. This history is well documented.

5. Kamatusa, for its part, came into existence in 1991 in opposition to the democratization of Kenya. In particular, it was stridently opposed to the removal of Section 2A from the Constitution and the opening up of Kenya to multiparty democracy. It demonized the search for good and accountable governance.

6. Kamatusa is notoriously remembered for the Kapkatet Declaration of 1991. This declaration was an edict to the non-Kamatusa communities to leave parts of Rift Valley Province or be forcefully evicted. This was followed by systematic ethnic cleansing in Rift Valley Province. Kamatusa committed heinous crimes against innocent Kenyans. There has been no restitution to date.

7. Over the years, Kenyans who rightfully own property in Rift Valley Province have been steadily traumatized. They have been disinherited of their property by the architects of Kamatusa. Some of these leaders have not hesitated to “inherit”, personally, land belonging to evictees. It is appalling that such unjust leaders nurse ambitions of higher national office, including Office of the President.

8. If leaders can rally tribes under dangerous organizations whose history is well known, how more dangerous could they get, should the country suffer the misfortune of having them as President? How many more people would they dispossess of their property and displace, now they brazenly flaunt potentially violent ethnicity with impunity?

9. Gema and Kamatusa were never about representing the poor. Instead, both have oppressed the poor people from the communities they purport to speak for. Both are regrouping themselves around precisely the wicked old objectives and ways.

• They are still protecting narrow sectarian interests. In the case of Kamatusa, the injustice of forced evictions and dispossession is once again on the cards. The big irony is that some of those targeted for the next wave of eviction are from the same communities that Kamatusa leaders fraternize with in daytime. They laugh together and hugeach other during the day and plot evictions in the night.

• Both Gema and Kamatusa are still attempting to enforce loyalty through a narrow ethnic agenda. They are beginning to look like cults that everybody in the tribe must kneel before. Those who refuse are demonized and terrorized.

10. It is instructive that both Gema and Kamatusa leaders have threatened to take away the right of the people of Kenya to go to free and fair democratic elections. One speaker after the other at the Gema meeting in Limuru last month stated that there would be no peaceful elections in Kenya if Uhuru Kenyatta’s name was not on the presidential ballot paper. This is overt incitement to violence and a threat to the rest of the country. We call upon the Minister for Internal Security to assure Kenyans that they can continue to feel comfortable, at peace, and safe in the belief that they can approach the forthcoming elections without being afraid.

11. Equally instructive is the threat by Kamatusa leaders to disrupt the election calendar (read the elections). They have promised to engage in dangerous ethnic based mobilization to ensure that there will be no elections. Alternatively, they intend to unleash violence during the elections. The Minister for Internal Security needs to reassure Kenyans against threats of this kind. We have the history of threats of this kind. It informs us that these are not idle threats. Are we safe?

12. We hail leaders from Central Kenya and the greater Mt. Kenya region, as well as those from the North and South Rift who have distanced themselves from the ruinous intentions of the two sinister organizations. This is Kenya’s time. It is not a tribal moment. We cherish the pursuit of the Kenyan dream of one people, one nation, one voice.

13. Finally, the time has come when we must say a firm NO to the shameless and cheap propaganda and hate speech that has been spewed against the Prime Minister. The politics of lies, hostility and threat to violence have no room in the democracy that we crave. Democracy must be dignified. We are keeping a keen eye on the captains of violent lies and propaganda. We know their history very well. We know the history of Kenya. From now on, we shall no longer quietly stand by as they spin lies and use them to prepare communities for tribal violence. We shall robustly expose them for what they are.

14. Kenyans have the chance to save this wonderful country that God has given us from slipping into the culture of hate and violence of the kind we saw in 2008. It is a culture that has sunk other countries. We have no need for it. We want our children to grown up in a peaceful society where people respect and love each other. We must begin by rejecting the captains of hate and injustice. We must reject cheap propaganda and dangerous ethnic mobilization. We must reject those with no respect for citizens’ rights to life and property; those who believe you have no right to live in some part of the country. This is not a tribal moment. This is Kenya’s moment. Let us not lose the moment to tribal chieftains.

Raila for President:

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ODM Wrangles: Martin Ngatia Speaks About Musalia Mudavadi

April 16, 2012

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