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Congolese Rumba wins UNESCO world heritage status

By Aditi Maheshwari Congolese Rumba originated in the Congo basin during the 1940s is one of the most loved African music and dance genres. It has now earned its place on UNESCO’s intangible heritage list. Around 60 applications were submitted by countries, awaiting a decision made on Tuesday, December 14. Rumba is derived from the Kikongo word for navel, “Nkumba.” Congolese Rumba joins other traditional treasures such as Jamaican reggae music and Singaporean hawker food on UNESCO’s “intangible cultural heritage of humanity.” Rumba has become more closely associated with Latin dance despite its African origins. Indeed, Cuban Rumba was granted UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status in 2016. The style of Rumba that emerged in Cuba in the 19th Century had its roots in the drumming of enslaved people from central Africa, which was then combined with melodies from Cuba’s Spanish colonizers. However, the rhythm maintained its exclusivity to the extent…

VP Taylor calls for elimination of SGBV at Generation Equality Conference in Malawi

Liberia’s Vice President, Chief Dr Jewel Howard-Taylor, has addressed the 2022 Generation Equality Conference organized by the Government of Malawi in coordination with The Joyce Banda Foundation (WED) and some international NGOs.

The 3-day conference held in Lilongwe, Malawi, according to a dispatch from the Office Of the Vice President, discussed issues of gender equality with the holding of plenary sessions with Young Women and Men.

AWIEF launches a USAID funded program: Enhanced Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Investment and Export Readiness Through a Digital Platform

Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) (, in partnership with USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub (USAID TradeHub), has launched a new program that will increase the investor, export readiness and competitiveness of 100 SMEs in Southern Africa.