WBEZ | Mauritania http://www.wbez.org/tags/mauritania Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en In Mauritania, a group advocates for ex-slaves http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-27/mauritania-group-advocates-ex-slaves-93541 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-27/AP060626049765.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The word ‘slavery’ conjures up images of 18th century slave ships and people locked in chains. But slavery is still alive and well in some parts of the world.</p><p>In the Maghreb nation of Mauritania, slaves comprise roughly 20% of the population.</p><p>Will Everett reports from the capital Nouakchott.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>This story originally aired on the </em><a href="http://www.worldvisionreport.org/" target="_blank">World Vision Report</a>. <em>We got it from the <a href="http://www.prx.org" target="_blank">Public Radio Exchange</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 16:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-27/mauritania-group-advocates-ex-slaves-93541 Worldview 10.27.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-102711 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-october/2011-10-27/ganges-river-start.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On today's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"><em>Global Activism</em></a> segment, we meet <a href="http://www.starryganga.com/" target="_blank">Michele Baldwin</a>, a 45-year old mother of three who is diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer. She's paddling 700 miles along the Ganges River to raise money for <a href="http://giahc.org/" target="_blank">Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer</a>. Michele stopped by our studios before her journey, along with a doctor from GIAHC. Also, the fair trade movement is experiencing growing pains. With larger businesses joining in on the action, it’s becoming harder to establish a consensus on the movement's goals. Nancy Jones from <a href="http://www.chicagofairtrade.org/" target="_blank">Chicago Fair Trade</a> and Megy Karydes of <a href="http://www.world-shoppe.com/" target="_blank">World Shoppe</a> discuss what's at stake. And slavery is still alive and well in some parts of the world, including Mauritania. We hear about an effort to help ex-slaves in the African nation.</p></p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 14:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-102711 Global Notes: Comp captures rawness of rarely heard Mauritanian guitar virtuosos http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-27/global-notes-comp-captures-rawness-rarely-heard-mauritanian-guitar-virtu <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-27/wallahilezein300.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mauritania, a large but sparsely populated country in northwestern Africa, has a rich musical tradition but virtually no formal music industry. That means no commercial radio stations. No record labels. No music clubs. Only one studio exists in the entire country.</p><p>Instead of pursuing recording careers, most musicians do what they’ve done for centuries: perform for people in public gatherings.</p><p>A new compilation of Mauritanian guitar music released by Latitude Records, an imprint of Chicago indie label <a href="http://www.locustmusic.com/" target="_blank">Locust Music</a>, captures some of these raw live performances, rarely heard outside the Maghreb. It’s called <em>Wallahi le Zein!! Wezin, Jankwar and Guitar Boogie from the Islamic Republic of Mauritania</em>. Jerome and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/radio-m" target="_self"><em>Radio M</em></a> host Tony Sarabia talk to the album's curator, Matthew Lavoie, a former host of the Voice of America program <em><a href="http://www.voanews.com/english/programs/radio/65209317.html" target="_blank">Music Time in Africa</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Track List</strong></p><p>1. Baba ould Hembara – "El Shams w'al Qamar"</p><p>2. Kebrou – "Banjey 'Boogie'"</p><p>3. Jeich ould Chighaly – "Wezin"</p><p>4. Kweli ould Seyyid &amp; Kleyhid ould Meylid – "Gav"</p><p>5. Baba ould Hembara – "il Leyla"</p><p>6. Kweli ould Seyyid &amp; Klayhid ould Meylid – "Wezin"</p></p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 16:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-27/global-notes-comp-captures-rawness-rarely-heard-mauritanian-guitar-virtu Mauritanian in Chicago says 50 years of independence no cause for celebration http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/mauritanian-chicago-says-50-years-independence-no-cause-celebration <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Abdul Kamara 001_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The West African nation Mauritania celebrated its independence from France 50 years ago on Sunday. Slavery remains widespread in the poor desert nation of 3 million, despite several attempts to ban it.</p><p>Seventy-two-year-old Abdul Kamara is a French-speaking Fulani from Southern Mauritania. He was among the tens of thousands of black Mauritians who fled the country in the 1980s to escape violence. He now lives in Chicago and says the Arab-led governments that took over after independence tore his life apart.</p><p>On a recent Sunday afternoon, Worldview producer Becky Vlamis visited him at his studio apartment at Friedman Place, an assisted living community for the blind on the North Side.</p></p> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 18:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/africa/mauritanian-chicago-says-50-years-independence-no-cause-celebration Global Notes: Malouma, Mauritania’s biggest musical export http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/global-notes-malouma-mauritania%E2%80%99s-biggest-musical-export <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/maloumatr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m">Radio M</a> host Tony Sarabia joins Jerome for another edition of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-notes">Global Notes</a>, Worldview&rsquo;s weekly look at what&rsquo;s happening in the world of music. This week, they discuss Mauritania&rsquo;s biggest musical export, the griot singer <a href="http://www.malouma.com/about/content.html">Malouma</a>. She&rsquo;s used her stunning voice to champion women&rsquo;s rights and religious tolerance.</p></p> Wed, 01 Dec 2010 16:09:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/global-notes-malouma-mauritania%E2%80%99s-biggest-musical-export