Afro House

Music 2013/09/18 Petra Redefine Mag

African house music has hit the international scene. From Cape Town to London, people are dancing to the electronic sound of the continent. The genre has grown, specially in South Africa, and distinguished itself from other styles. Artists are not afraid to bring in different influences and their own culture into the mix. “Khona” by… Continue Reading »

The Maasai trademark

Fashion & Beauty 2013/09/17 Petra This is Africa PHOTO: Roger Smith

The look of the traditional warrior’s tribe is being reclaimed by it’s rightful owners. Even though the Maasai brand is estimated to be worth $10 million or more, companies do not need to ask for permission to use it. At least, not yet. The tribe’s elders are now fighting for the rights to their cultural… Continue Reading »

TEDxMaré: happiness in the city

Events, Stories 2013/09/13 Petra Rio on Watch

“Favelicidade”, nearly combining favela and city into happiness, was the wordplay coloring TEDxMaré. The message of the conference is clear: the poor communities should be integrated into the city. A variety of speakers, from former president to favelas residents, took the stage. There, the 16-year-old Mayara Donaria got the loudest applause of the day. The… Continue Reading »

Solar-powered hospital gives boost to Haiti’s energy infrastructure

Art & Design 2013/06/26 admin GoodNewsNetwork

A new hospital in Haiti, called University Hospital, is thanks to 1,800 solar panels the largest solar-powered hospital in the world. Especially in Haiti, alternative forms of energy are needed: the country has been affected by a lot of deforestation. Using solar panels can save 210 metric tons of carbon emissions a year. Besides: power outages are common in… Continue Reading »

SEWA receives award for helping Indian women

Stories 2013/06/19 admin IPS

Indian NGO SEWA recently received the UN FAO award. SEWA won this award for lifting poor Indian women out of extreme poverty and hunger. Jassiben is one of the women helped by SEWA. The next paragraph expresses her personal story. Jassiben lives in a poor region in India, where refrigerators are not available. In order to keep the drinking water cool, people store it in earthen pots. There… Continue Reading »

Ouaga Fashion Week shows off Africa’s plurality

Events, Fashion & Beauty 2013/06/17 admin FashionGHANA

From 26 to 29 June, Burkina Faso  organizes its first edition of the Ouaga Fashion Week. This fashion event will take place in the countries capital, Ouagadougou. The Ouaga Fashion Week offers not only parades, but also a mega concert, fashion workshops and conferences-debates. Seventeen young African designers (for example Pathé’O, Nkhensani Nkosi  and Ituen Basi) will represent… Continue Reading »

Africa welcomes mobile music

Music 2013/06/11 admin Tech Central

In the past year, a lot of online mobile music platforms have been launched in Africa. The biggest one is iRoking, a free Nigerian music service. The catalogue of iRoking consists of 35.000 Nigerian songs. The company also manages the YouTube pages of more than 70 artists. CEO Michael Ugwu wants to reach a million YouTube views… Continue Reading »

Artistry Egypt trains women to overcome poverty

Stories 2013/06/05 admin Green Prophet

Nonprofit organization Artistry Egypt offers Cairo a new chance by giving textiles trainings to young women. Since the new Egyptian regime, women face a lot of difficulties. Sexual harassment, illiteracy and unemployment rates rise sharply. The Artistry Egypt training helps the participants to overcome poverty. The women who join the program, live in low-income Cairo neighborhoods like… Continue Reading »

From grandma with love: grandma’s recipe

Stories 2013/05/21 veramolenaar gabriele galimberti

Whose grandmother does not have a recipe that’s so striking for only her? The photographer Gabriele Galimberti pictured them. With a great composition, he manages to get his models pictured comfortably in the safety of their own homes and kitchens. Except for this project on grandmothers and their recipes the photographer also did an eye opening… Continue Reading »

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