under the baobab tree

coffee breaks & exposures to africa, mostly

Archive for June, 2008

moving windmills

I have just seen a short film called Moving Windmills and wanted to share it with you. It is an extremely inspirational story of a young Malawian William Kamkwmamba, who was forced to drop out of school for lack of money. But he did not discourage: when he saw a picture of a windmill in a textbook he decided to build one to power his family’s home. The film is now distributed online both via The Pangea Day Event, which has a big selection of other interesting films available too, and via William Kamkwamba’s Malawi Windmill Blog.

Moving Windmills at the Pangea Day Event web site
William Kamkwamba’s Malawi Windmill Blog


looking for a book

For quite a long time now I have been trying to get hold of the following novel by Mamadou Samb:

De pulpe et d’orange: Autobiographie d’une prostituée dans une ville ouest-africaine
(Enda-Editions, 1990)

It appears to be too hard even for Amazon.fr to find it. I placed an order months ago and they keep coming back with a mail saying that they are still looking for it. If you happen to have a copy of this book or know where I could find it, please come forward and help the reader in distress!

rokia traore: tchamantche

On two different occasions I have seen the Malian singer Rokia Traore perform her fantastic music, a combination of traditional Bamana heritage and modern vocals. And what a great dancer she is! Her newest album Tchamantche is now released and once again she is giving a concert in Brussels, on Saturday 14th of June at Botanique (Orangerie 20.00) – don’t miss it!