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North African "Rai" music was born a century ago in Algeria, out of a progressive social movement. Today, this folk music is gaining a global audience, largely due to the famous Moroccan performer Douzi.
The Basarwa people are considered to be one of our only living links to ancient Africa. However, with the onset of modern life, the culture, traditions and heritage of the Basarwa are at risk of being permanently lost.
In 2008, a worker discovered a piece of mast in Namibia's Sperrgebiet, or "forbidden territory," where miners have been digging for diamonds since 1908. That mast turned out to be part of one of the most important archaeological sites ever found.
In Dar es Salaam, one of the hubs of East Africa's music scene, you'll find a blend of Tanzania's rich musical heritage that reflects more than 120 ethnic groups, as well as its experimentations with modern genres.