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So you think you can foufou?

African foufou is not something you learn once and get. I've had three different teachers, Kenyan, Congolese, and Ghanaian, and I can "do" it, but I still look like one those unbelievably bad dancers on So You Think You Can Dance?
Learning to cook, and eat, an African staple
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 30, 2011

Ghana baby Ghana

Florida Road is a crowded strip of bars and clubs in Durban, a city on the eastern coast of South Africa.
A Letter from South Africa
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 02, 2010

Stark reality

Steven Stark is known to Phoenix readers for his "Presidential Tote Board" odds-making feature, but it turns out that he and his son, Harrison, are also soccer aficionados, having become fans of London side Fulham FC during stays in the British capit
Your indispensable World Cup update
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 11, 2010

Messi situations

Can’t you just imagine the high-level meetings taking place daily in the British Petroleum war room these days, full of top execs and engineers, neither of whom speak the others’ language, or have even close to the same concerns?
A giant tampon for BP; plus, the World Cup, and a big bash in Pawtuxet
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  June 04, 2010

Balls of fire

For one month every four years, the United States — try as it might — can’t impose its vacuous culture on the rest of the planet. The World Cup arrives and the Americans are, at best, an afterthought.
Porn stars, witch doctors, elephant farts, and the worst soccer team on the planet take center stage at this summer’s World Cup


Nobody likes labels — except maybe critics. And we all want to live by Duke Ellington's measure of quality: beyond category. Beyond names and borders, that is, in a post-racial society. And yet, the word "fusion" — at least in music — has a pejorative c
Natraj and friends expand their neighborhoods
By JON GARELICK  |  January 15, 2010


Group hug

Things aren’t always what they’re called — we know that flying fish don’t fly and starfish aren’t even fish.
The crooked folk of Cuddle Magic
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  December 18, 2009

Rhythm queens

It’s a chilly Monday afternoon, and at the head of the lawn in front of the Christian Science Center, Zili Misik are starting soundcheck, bear-hugging their instruments to keep them warm.
The educational ecstasy of Zili Misik
By MATT PARISH  |  October 23, 2009

The roar of the crowd

I wasn’t there, but the opening-night dissatisfaction with the Met’s new Tosca was widely reported.
‘Opening Night at Symphony,’ Russell Sherman, the Discovery Ensemble, Boston Musica Viva, and the Bostonians
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  October 02, 2009

Wheels in Motion

David Branigan, who recently returned to town after more than a year in Koforidua, in Eastern Ghana, says what he missed most about Boston is the "efficiency." That might come as a shocker for those of us here who have ever waited for the Number 66 bus
Ghana Fly Now
By IAN SANDS  |  September 04, 2009

Universal tales

For the 11th consecutive year, the Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) are bringing stories and tellers from near and far for the eight-day FUNDA Fest (January 18-25).
Diane Macklin makes a difference at FUNDA
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 13, 2009


Empowerment on Two Wheels

If you grew up, as I did, a privileged snot in a leafy suburb, chances are you took bikes for granted.
JP cyclists reach out to Africa
By IAN SANDS  |  November 05, 2008

CMJ in one day

The Gray Lady of indie music fests ain’t what she used to be
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 29, 2008

Under African Skies

“Awesome Tapes from Africa” — the name says it all.
Awesome Tapes from Africa
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 27, 2008

Stock stupidity

In my wildest dreams, I never thought my stock-market ignorance would be something to brag about.  
Self-declared financial ignoramus revels in the fact that investing ‘geniuses’ probably know less than she does
By KARA BASKIN  |  October 01, 2008

Blood money

Katrina Browne’s Traces of the Trade is a legendary local documentary, a film on which all hands in Boston indie production seem to have toiled at some point.
Adventures in the slave trade
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 24, 2008


Traces of the Trade advances the discussion

Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North charts the early history of the DeWolfs, a prominent Bristol family whose first three generations were prosperously involved in the slave trade.
Race + Reconciliation
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2008


The band are tight and fluid, and their command of far-flung languages and musical genres is sure-footed without being reverential.
Lagos by Bus | Cyberset
By BANNING EYRE  |  January 23, 2008

Awesome tapes from Africa

The music runs the gamut from Ghanaian gospel to Nigerian highlife, dulcet Malian folk to polished Kenyan hip-hop.

Sometimes the name says it all

By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  January 07, 2008

Bokoor Beats: Vintage Afro-Beat, Afro-Rock & Electric Highlife from Ghana

Pop music in 1970s Ghana was a collision of lilting highlife.
Bokoor Beats: Vintage Afro-Beat, Afro-Rock & Electric Highlife from Ghana | Otrabanda
By BANNING EYRE  |  June 05, 2007

Matt Wilson's Arts and Crafts

Drummer Wilson could borrow a title from his old boss Russ Gershon’s Either/Orchestra: neo-modernism.
The Scenic Route | Palmetto
By JON GARELICK  |  January 29, 2007

Crossword: 'You're not hired'

Application abominations
By MATT JONES  |  September 27, 2006

The Wizard of Pennsylvania Avenue

No one knows what the hell former Washington Wizard Lonny Baxter was doing last week when he allegedly fired his pistol out the window of his big-ass white SUV less than two blocks from the White House.
Sports Blotter: shooting at the White House edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  August 23, 2006

Blood, sweat, and jeers

Back 1966, when the World Cup was held in England, the Italian team was knocked out in the first round.
The US squad shows its scrappy side in the World Cup
By CHIP YOUNG  |  June 21, 2006

Six story lines to follow

Now that the World Cup is upon us, here are six things you should know. "Don't Mention the World Cup"
Open wide for some soccer
By MITCH KRPATA  |  June 12, 2006

Local heroes

In this, the ninth annual edition of the Providence Phoenix’s “Best” issue, we highlight four people and organizations who are doing exceptionally good work.
Bill Shuey, Valerie Tutson, Greg Gerritt, and Scott Wolf


Living history

A one-person, multi-character show can be a lesson in psychology as well as dynamic theater when it’s done well.
Nehassaiu deGannes’s Door of No Return  
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 09, 2006