Tizi Ouzou, my hometown

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In this interview about the life of our confrere Blessed Charles Deckers (M.Afr.), his former student, Salah Selloum shares about the witness of life of our confrere in Tizi Ouzou, Algeria as contained in his book: “Tizi Ouzou, ma ville natale.”

Interviews Gilles Barette & Rita Toutant (in French)

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This week in the magazine “Église en Sortie”, we are having a conversation with Father Gilles Barette on the history and work of the fathers and brothers of the Society of Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers). (…) In the third part of the program, Francis Denis receives Sister Rita Toutant from the missionary Sisters of Notre-Dame d’Afrique to talk about the history and mission of this community at the time of the celebration of their 150th anniversary.

Interview Gilles Barette : from 0:00 to 11:50
Interview Rita Toutant : from 19:54 to 28:32




Africa – a song to sensitize…

Text of Luciano Somma
Music of Fabio Volpe
Ed. AGOSMUSIC- Vignola (Modena)

Sguardo di ragazzo dalla pelle scura
Solo la miseria vedi intorno a te
Sogni la tua barca che ti porti via
Verso il tuo destino che chissà com’è.
A dark-skinned boy’s look
All you see around you is misery
You dream of your boat taking you away
Towards your destiny, which nobody knows what it will be.
Troppa fame
C’è nella tua Africa
Terra che profuma di mistero
Brucia senza scampo
Già da secoli
Questo continente troppo nero
There is too much hunger
In your Africa,
Earth that smells of mystery,
It’s been burning without escape
For centuries
This continent too black.
Eppure canti
E la tua musica va
Oltre il cielo oltre il mare
Ma chi t’ascolterà
Tu lo sai che però
La tua vita da vivere

Irta e piena di ostacoli
Clandestina sarà.
And yet you sing
And your music goes
Beyond the sky, beyond the sea,
But who will listen to you ?
And yet you know that 
Your life that you have to live,
fraught and full of obstacles,
Will be clandestine.
Brucia come brucia
La tua Africa
È una beffa il sole da lassù
Padri missionari
Per te pregano
Mentre troppi sono I tuoi tabù.
Burns as it burns
Your Africa !
The sun from up there is a mockery !
Missionary Fathers
Pray for you
Even though too many are your taboos.
E ti chiedi spesso che sarà domani
Vedi un cielo scuro, scuro più di te,
e negli occhi cresce la malinconia
mentre solo Dio ti può dir perché.
And you often ask yourself what will be tomorrow made of.
You see a dark sky, darker than you,
and melancholy grows in the eyes
while only God can tell you why.
Troppo fame … There is too much hunger …

Farid Khodja sings of LOVE and PEACE in the Basilica of Our Lady of Africa

The Algerian public had an appointment, on the evening of Thursday, with a directory of Andalusian heritage, revisited and adapted into a very lyrical version, proposed by Farid Khodja and his ensemble of musicians. Organized at Notre-Dame d’Afrique basilica, this recital has presented many music lovers, adaptations and a notable instrumental fusion, in addition to having taken a very lyrical turn carried by the voice of Farid Khodja and the acoustics of the place. Accompanied by a traditional instrumental cell …

Read more (in French) here : https://www.algeriepatriotique.com/2017/11/18/khodja-notre-dame-dafrique/

Here : http://www.aps.dz/culture/65749-farid-khodja-chante-l-amour-et-la-paix-a-la-basilique-notre-dame-d-afrique

Or here : http://elwatan.com/culture/farid-khodja-instaurer-un-climat-de-tolerance-a-travers-la-musique-arabo-andalouse-15-11-2017-356748_113.php

A few photos to be discovered : http://djelfalger.blogspot.it/2017/11/farid-khodja-en-concert-notre-dame.html

A video for those in a hurry …

… or a longer one for the passionate people :

Thank you to José Maria Cantal Rivas !