dimanche 21 septembre 2014
CUBA LENDS A HAND TO DISPLACED PEOPLE OF SAHARA
Wherever there is oppression, CUBA lends a hand..
And some of the results can be beautiful MUSIC.. that carry that message
Africa Beats: Aziza Brahim voices Western Sahara blues
21 September 2014 Last updated at 00:01 BST
Aziza Brahim was born in the disputed territory of Western Sahara, most of which is currently under Moroccan control, and grew up in refugee camps in south-west Algeria.
Now she is using her beautiful and compelling voice to draw the world's attention to the ongoing plight of her people.
"I think music is the most powerful weapon," she tells Africa Beats. "If I can give publicity to my conflict, it's a duty and a satisfaction."
She comes from an artistic family - her grandmother is Al Khadra, a legendary Saharawi war poetess. Aziza Brahim left the camps to study music in Cuba and now pursues her musical career in Barcelona.
Her fourth album Soutak (your voice) was released earlier this year to high acclaim.
Realizamos desde aquí nuestro particular homenaje a los Hijos de las Nubes, que lucharon contra la invasión del enemigo, a través de las imágenes del documental "Goulili Dios Moi Ma Seour", producido por Inger Servolin para Iskra Films en 1991.
Quizás uno de los mejores documentales realizados sobre la Mujer Saharaui y el conflicto de su país.
Cubans in the island in general are aware of the struggles of the Saharawi people. Many of the university students have or have had classmates of Saharan Origin. At the Latin American School of Medicine, there are quite a few students from Saharawi studying to be doctors. Cuba has conducted Humanitarian Medical Missions to this particular region, as part of their global strategy of helping poor people with health and sanitation and vaccination and maternal child health.
The man conducting the Tea ceremony is studying Medicine at ELAM medical School in Havana, Cuba