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The Mandingo of Sub-Saharan Africa

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Jan 04, 2016 @ 11:31 AM

Referred to as Mandingo, Mandinka or Malinke, the Mandingo represent one of the largest ethnic groups in sub-Saharan Africa. Based primarily in West Africa, the population of Mandingo peoples is about 11 million.

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Exploring the Global Migrations of African Peoples

By Penny Baldwin-French on Mon, Nov 09, 2015 @ 01:47 PM

Our blog series exploring the peoples and cultures of Africa has been such a success with our readers, we thought you might be interested in a series of publications available from the Harriet Tubman Institute - about the Global Migrations of African Peoples.

We have found these publications to be immensely interesting as we learn about where African people migrated to (willingly or unwillingly) and, more positively, about the tremendous influences in music, arts and customs they brought to bear.

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The Yoruba of Sub-Saharan Africa

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Wed, Nov 04, 2015 @ 12:19 PM

The Yoruba are excellent craftsmen and are held to be among the most skilled and productive of all of Africa.

They produce remarkable leatherwork, glass, weaving, wood carving and black smithing. As the Yoruba tend to gather to live in densely opulated urban areas, this allows for a centralization of wealth and for a market economy that supports patronage of the arts produced by this prolific group of craftspeople.

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The Tigray of Ethiopia & Eritrea

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Fri, Oct 23, 2015 @ 12:43 PM

Keepers of the Ark of the Convenant?

The Ark of the Convenant was venerated in the First Temple of Jerusalem during the reign of Solomon (circa 970-930). Then, it vanished!

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Celebrate the Sounds of Africa: Mother of Soul

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Fri, Sep 04, 2015 @ 12:41 PM

Join Dominic Mancuso & Chendy Leon to explore the rich musical influences of Africa. The soulful sounds of these extraordinary musical explorers - unplugged - is delightfully entertaining.

Zawadee - Bring Africa Home is pleased to present Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award Winner Dominic Mancuso and his good friend and collaborator Chendy Leon - an extraordinary percussionist who has worked with a long list of internationally acclaimed artists, including Jesse Cook, The Parachute Club and Sultans of String.

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A Taste of Africa: Easy Peasy - Chicken Marrakesh in the Slow Cooker!

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 @ 12:04 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Although the temperature is an astounding 87 degrees Fahrenheit today, we looked at the calendar and realized that September - and back to school time - is just around the corner.  In our house, we get much busier between work and school and everything else, so the slow cooker is our good friend!

Chicken Marrakesh hails from (obviously) Morocco.  It is a hearty, filling dish and super easy when prepared in the slow cooker. There are a number of online recipes for the slow cooker but don't hesitate to experiment.  For example, AllRecipes and food.com both have a terrific recipe which calls for garbanzo beans.  We use red kidney beans, or, frankly, whatever we have in the cupboard.  Quite by accident, we ended up using black beans, and the results were quite delicious!

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A Taste of Africa: Sambal - A Fresh Tasting Side Dish

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 01:31 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Sambal is the perfect summer side to accompany almost any dish. Fresh and flavourful, this lovely combination is easy to prepare. Grated carrots and apples pair up with garlic, ginger and rice wine vinegar to produce a tasty slaw.

There are many varieties of Sambal, showing up from Sri Lanka to South Africa, incorporating different ingredients - cucumber, tomato, onion and even pineapple!  Most Sambals have a common trait - they are crisp and fresh versions of a slaw salad.

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A Taste of Africa: Chicken in Spicy Red Sauce

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Sun, Aug 02, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Spicy Ethiopian Red Sauce has long been a favourite in our family.  You can prepare the spice blend ahead and use it on all sorts of things.  We use it to flavour salmon, chicken breasts or thighs, steaks or even on shrimp.

We guarantee you'll love this dish.  Some recipes we've seen suggest a dollop of yogurt on top just before serving.  It is delicious!

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A Taste of Africa: Peri Peri African Chicken - A Perfect Summer Dish

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Tue, Jul 28, 2015 @ 11:30 AM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Spelled "peri peri" in Africa, Piri piri sauce (used as a seasoning or marinade) is Portuguese in origin.  Peri Peri African Chicken is popular in Angola, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa.  We say you can't go wrong with this combination of ingredients!  Yum Yum, indeed.

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A Taste of Africa: No We're Not Ftat. We just like to eat 'em!

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 @ 04:14 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

Actually, this summer our bike riding has pretty much eliminated the winter love handles!  That said, we simply love "ftat", which is a simple flat bread.  Easy to make, can be stored for up to a week and pairs well with lots of different meals.

Ftat is a tasty addition to pretty much any summer meal and is often served with salad. Usually this "cooked on the stove top" flatbread is just roughly torn up and either covered with soups, stews or salad, or is used as a "dipper" for a variety of foods. Many cultures have similar recipes.

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A Taste of Africa: We're Coocoo for Kuku Paka

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Jul 06, 2015 @ 02:10 PM

Getting to know Africa includes experiencing the vastly different - and yummy - expressions of each culture through food.

We're (as the headline suggests) absolutely coocoo for Kuku Paka.  What's that you say?  Simple - Coconut Chicken Curry.

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The Himba of Namibia

By Mustafa Salemwalla on Mon, Jun 08, 2015 @ 01:05 PM

In the harsh desert environment of the Kunene region in Namibia, live the Himba People. 

Despite the modern world creeping ever closer, the Himba have resisted change and preserved their own identity and rich culture. 

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