Skip to main content

Fighting Poverty with Education in Guinée

This event happened last weekend but the cause is still worth mentioning:

Action Guinée with PromoGuinée
One People event at Columbia University
Roone Arledge Auditorium - June 16, 2012

NEW YORK CITY -
Music and the arts lit up this fund- and awareness-raising event at Columbia University last Friday night.

The arts punctuated speeches and speakers from organizers of Action Guinée and PromoGuinée, who included a representative of that nation's ambassador to the U.N. as well as event organizers. The talks emphasized ending the ethnic divisions that still plague politics in the West African country and focusing on education for the younger generation.

The stats are sobering. In a country rich in resources like gold, diamonds and bauxite - a key component of aluminum and Guinée is the world's largest source thereof - poverty is dragging down the new generation. Nearly 800.000 children are enrolled in school at the primary level, dropping to fewer than 130,000 at the secondary level and only 1.8% of that original 800K make it to the post-secondary level.



With government spending on education minimal, it results in overcrowded classrooms and a lack of teacher training, elements that are at the heart of efforts by Unicef as well as the two organizing NGOs to revitalize the country economically and in many other ways as well. Action Guinée gives scholarships to worthy students with an inspiring success rate. Launched only in 2007, its first three secondary level graduates are pursuing post-secondary studies.

Naturally, it being a West African gathering, music and fashion were the highlights of the evening, with performances by Bailo Bah on flute and Famoro on balofon. Gallice Jr. added hip hop and rap to the mix, and a fashion show by budding designer Mariame Condé of Femme Progressive. The evening ended with a performance by noted star Sekouba Bambino Diabaté - and some dancing in the aisles.

PromoGuinée has offices in the U.S. and Canada as well as in Guinée.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company Spring 2013 Toronto Performances

From a media release:

The new season brings
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
to new heights and new audiences

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
April 25-28, 2013 - Annual Toronto Season - World Premiere of Portales

TORONTO : Following on the heels of Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company's (EESDC) 30th anniversary year where its production Aguas/Waters was named one of the top five dance shows of 2012 by NOW Magazine, the early months of 2013 are full of excitement and possibility for Esmeralda and the company, which brings the finest flamenco and Spanish Classical Dance to Toronto stages.

March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
Company dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés perform Spanish Classical dance with the celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for A Night in Madrid featuring the Iberian flavoured music of composer Luigi Boccherini who made his home in Spain. His work is infused with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.

March 20-24 …

NU MUSES 2017 Luxurious Fine Art Nude Calendar Now Available

From a media release:

NU MUSES 2017 Luxurious Fine Art Nude Calendar Now Available
24 Fine Art Prints from Celebrated Photographer David Bellemere Available In Three Limited Edition NU MUSES 2017 Calendar Packages

“What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot recognize the fact that the foot is more noble than the shoe, and skin more beautiful than the garment” -Michelangelo

Buy the collections
Check them out at Art Basel, Miami - December 1-4, 2016

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – November 22nd, 2016 – NU MUSES, the luxurious 2017 fine art nude calendar, is now available to purchase in three unique limited edition collectors packages. Drawing inspiration from the Pirelli calendar of the 1970s, NU MUSES is set to celebrate the forgotten art of the classic nude and capture the elegance and romance of the female form.


The NU MUSES limited edition art piece is a sublime collectable calendar, featuring nude photographs of 12 of the world’s most stunning models, captured by famed photographer David…

Guitar Rock | Happy Freuds - Echo Of Sounds Independent: May 31, 2019

Guitar Rock
Happy Freuds - Echo Of Sounds
Independent: May 31, 2019
Stream/Buy on Bandcamp
Stream it on Spotify

With tight musicians and intriguing lyrics, Happy Freuds delivers high energy guitar rock with stylistic flair on Echo Of Sounds, their debut release. Produced with a minimum of overdubs or fixes, the album consists of a mix of original material, rearrangements of works from others and selected, less known, classic rock.

A kinetic rhythm section is the bones of the music, offering interesting patterns that augment sometimes unexpected harmonic changes. It's brainy rock, in other words, meant for music lovers who can appreciate the quality. Teo's vocals are raspy and expressive, growly when necessary - perfect for the musical mode. Teo also covers lead guitar, adapt at ear worm leads, with a tone that can be clean or dirty as required

Their sound ranges from straight up hard rock in tracks like The Mountain to the pop-flavoured acoustic Background Noise and folky To …