The SING-SING festival

In Papua New Guinea, there is a particular festival that takes place annually towards the end of the every year that primarily involves the gathering of a few tribes or villages. They are attended by tribes from all over the country and these people arrive to show their distinct culture, dance and music. The aim of…

FUL MEDAMES- EGYPTIAN FAVA BEANS

Ful medames is an ancient Egyptian dish with origins that date back to the time of the pharaohs. This simple dish is a slow-simmered combination of fava beans seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and spices. This is the daily breakfast meal for millions of Egyptians. It takes time to prepare this dish because most…

Western Nigeria- Bata Dance

The Bata Dance is prominent in the western region of Nigeria, home of the Yoruba Tribe. Associated with Sango – God of Thunder – the Bata Dancers dance to the beat of the Bata drum. Traditional Bata Dancers worshiped Sango, and in some cases would perform some magical display. Today there are professional Bata dancers who…

ORDER – KENYAN NYAMA

Beef stew is a favourite dish in Kenyan households because it makes a great combination with ugali, a Kenyan staple starch. It is also easy to prepare. Beef stew is a dish that will first tease the nose with its aroma and as you introduce it to the mouth, the flavours burst out leaving you…

EASTERN NIGERIA-ATILOGWU

Atilogwu is a traditionally spirited youth dance from the Igbo ethnic group of Nigeria that focuses on vigorous body movement and often includes acrobatics. In the Igbo language, the word itself “Atilogwu” translates into “has magic—as in sorcery/ witchcraft—been put into it?”The name stems from rumors that bewitchment or magic potions had to be involved…

Muamba de Galinha – Recipe from Angola

This dish, like the popular Caldeirada de Peixe (fish stew) reveals the strong influence of Portuguese cuisine on this former colony, and is considered one of Angola’s national food treasures. Also known as chicken muamba, this is a spicy, somewhat oily stew made with with palm oil or palm butter, garlic, chilis and okra. Variations…

BUNNY CHOW

Bunny chow, which is often referred to as a bunny, is a South African fast food dish consisting of a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry. It originated in the Durban Indian community. A small version of the bunny chow that uses only a quarter loaf of bread is sometimes called a kota. Here is a…

Setapa Dance of Botswana

Dressed only in animal skins, the dance troupes of Botswana are usually an equal mix of men and women. Dancers wear shells round their ankles and some male dancers also carry whistles. The only accompaniment is the beat of drums. Traditional troupes ensure that dance styles are kept alive, and the San dance style ‘tsutsube’…

Charmoula

Charmoula is a marinade used in Moroccan cooking to flavor fish or seafood, but it can be used on other meats or vegetables. Charmoula is often made of a mixture of herbs, oil, lemon juice, pickled lemons, garlic, cumin, and salt. It may also include onion, fresh coriander, ground chili peppers, black pepper, or saffron. Here’s…