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Lavadeiras de Almenara

River Washing Music with the “Lavadeiras de Almera”

The “Lavadeiras de Almera” is a group of women who have spent their lives making a living from washing their community’s laundry at the margins of the mythical Jequitinhonha River, in Brazil. Their names are:  Adélia Barbosa da Silva, Ana Isabel da Conceição, Emília Maria de Jesus, Juracy Lima da Silva, Mirian Fernandes Pessoa, Santa […]

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Menias de Sinha by Pedro David

Singing Sadness Away: The “Meninas de Sinha”

The “Meninas de Sinha” is a singing group formed by working class afro-descendent women. They are  from the Aglomerado Vera Cruz, a favela in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, in the state of Minas Gerais. Their age group ranges from 50 to 93.  The “Meninas de Sinha” was founded by Valdete da Silva Cordeiro […]

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Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba: from Domestic Servant to Mama Africa

—– If alive today, Miriam Makeba would be turning 81, in case you missed the tribute paid to her through this week’s Google Doodle. The  South African singer is considered the voice of World Music. During the 60s she had her South African passport cancelled and was prevented from returning home following her overseas travels. […]

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