Agna Festival revives desert music scene
12 March 2021 | 8:51 am
The mythical Festival in the desert has returned to Mali... in a way. The Agna Festival near Bamako brings famous musicians together, as well as artists fleeing unrest in northern Mali.
6 May 2019
Emerging musicians Dickson Adire and James Nnamani are fast becoming singing sensations in Nigeria after being discovered on a local talent show.
7 May 2019
British music tech start-up MI.MU has launched a redesigned version of their MI.MU Gloves, changing the way musicians play and create electronic music.
29 Jun 2019
Yacouba Sawadogo started planting trees in northern Burkina Faso in 1980 to stop desertification. Now at 80 he has won the Right Livelihood award and looks back to see the fruits of his labor.
14 Sep 2019
To combat the effects of climate change and desertification in the Lake Chad Basin, Mohammad Baba Baituna has been planting trees by the thousands. The aim is to prevent the desert from swallowing up farmland.
26 Mar 2020
Singer Bianca Okorocha, also known as Clay, brings something unusual to the world of Nigerian music. In a nation dominated by Afrobeats, the 26-year-old who calls herself the "Nigerian Rock Goddess" is trying to change long-held perceptions that rock isn't something that belongs to her country's music scene.
24 Sep 2020
In Senegal, one man has created a lush oasis in the middle of the desert. Goran N'Diaye is a pioneer of permaculture. Following his own success, he's now training the next generation of young Senegalese farmers. In doing so, he hopes to change traditions and spread sustainable, ecologically friendly farming practices. Our colleagues from France 2 report, with FRANCE 24's Ellen Gainsford.
20 Oct 2020
Archaeologists have discovered a giant cat figure etched into a slope at the Unesco world heritage site in southern Peru. The geoglyph measures 37 metres from head to tail and forms part of the Nazca Line — the hundreds of geoglyphs, including a hummingbird, a monkey and a pelican, carved into a coastal plain about 400km south of Lima.
28 Oct 2020
Lagosians are now living in palpable fear as policemen, officials of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) have deserted Lagos roads and neighbourhoods for fear of attacks by miscreants.
8 Nov 2020
Dubbed the "Manhattan of the desert" for its centuries-old skyscrapers, Yemen's ancient city of Shibam escaped damage in the civil war -- but faces collapse from disrepair amid rains and floods.
1 Dec 2020
A mysterious metal monolith found in the remote desert of the western United States, sparking a national guessing game over how it got there, has apparently disappeared, officials say. The Bureau of Land Management in Utah Tweets, "We may not know if an extraterrestrial or earthling installed the 'monolith' structure, but we can confirm that it has been taken by an unknown party or parties."
12 Feb 2021
Images released by the US Coast Guard of the rescue of three Cuban nationals who were stranded for more than a month on Anguilla Cay, a desert island in the Bahamas. A Coast Guard surveillance plane spotted the castaways during a routine patrol, noticing some unusual flags and some different colors. When they returned to the area to investigate, the aircrew noticed a makeshift shelter and three people signaling them. The group, who reportedly survived on coconuts and rats, had been living on the island after their boat capsized.
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz has named his son and heir Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the kingdom's prime minister and his second son Prince Khalid as defense minister in a Cabinet reshuffle.
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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to use nuclear weapons in the event of a military confrontation. The warning came as North Koreans marked 'Victory Day,' the 69th anniversary of the armistice that ended hostilities in the Korean War.
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As protests continue in Iran following the murder of a young woman by the "morality" police, Iranian dissident artist Parastou Forouhar is full of anger but has some optimism.
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