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Achei interessante este clipe do rapper moçambicano BC, que mistura de mensagens. Tipo orgulho da lama e orgulho do bling. A lama serve para sinalizar ‘o gueto’ africano, enquanto é droga, violência associada e outros cenários no hiphop norte americano.

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[Perdoem a minha tradução péssima do original em inglês]

Tem sido uma irritação minha há tempos: a preguiça das mídias internacionais em relação à torre de babel (pós)colonial. Artigos em inglês sobre “África” sofrem do olhar “África é um país”, mas eu iria ainda mais longe, é o olhar “África é um país anglófono“.

A cena de TICs e tecnologia também é culpado com isso! (Irónico até porque, pensa-se que a linguagem do código derrubava barreiras.) Estamos sempre a ouvir de projectos maravilhosos de Nairobi, Capetown, Kampala, Accra, mas ouve-se muito pouco de projectos menorzinhos na RDC, Cameroon ou Moçambique. (O que acontece nestes países é inevitavelmente menor devido a diferenças históricas e estruturais.) Fiquei entusiasmada com a iniciativa de mapear os hubs (núcleos) de tecnologia em África – mas falta fazer muito mais para destacar e alimentar inovação nestas escalas pequenas.

O post recente da CNN sobre “Top 10 African Tech Leaders” parece ter provocado uma reacção pelo menos. Pode ser que aqueles que queiram “top 10” não tenham tempo para ouvir sobre coisas a surgir em lugares inesperados, mas o post de Jean Patrick Ehouman a catalogar líderes da tecnologia francófona é mais que necessário.

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This has been a pet peeve of mine for a while: the laziness of the international media in relation to the (post-) colonial tower of babel. Articles in English about “Africa” suffer from the “Africa is a Country” lens, but I would go further and say it’s “Africa is a Country That Speaks English” lens.

The tech scene itself is guilty of this! (Ironic because the language of code, one would think, would break down barriers.) We hear about great projects in Nairobi, Capetown, Kampala, Accra, but we hear very little noise about some great smaller projects in DRC, Cameroon and Mozambique. (What happens in these countries is inevitably smaller due to structural and historical differences.) I was heartened by the recent initiative to map African tech hubs – but much more is to be done to highlight and nurture smaller-scale innovation.

CNN’s recent post on “Top 10 African Tech Leaders” seems to have at least provoked a reaction. Perhaps those who want a “top 10” are too busy to hear about what is bubbling up in unexpected places, but Jean Patrick Ehouman’s post cataloguing francophone tech leaders is more than necessary.

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Well well well. An idea I casually seeded in my brief time in Maputo has taken on a fantastic life of its own. This wall, which is the outer wall of the @ Verdade newspaper, has been turned into the “Wall of the People”. (The original inspiration came from Candy Chang’s “Before I Die…” project in New Orleans.)

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I brought a Philip K Dick anthology with me. I have never used hallucinatory drugs, I never felt I needed them. Just good fiction. Instinctively I knew I would need this.

Hitting the six week mark in Maputo, I picked up the volume and began to read “The Man in the High Castle“, a speculative novel about what the world would have been like if the axis had won what Americans call World War Two. In his world, everything is familiar but dislocated, turned inside out or subverted.

Not long after I had plunged headlong into his Pacific world, my mind started sliding off into a tangent. I recalled a number of conversations I have had here, mostly up north, at bars and in the back of pick-up trucks. In a sense, these conversations were the ultimate “speculative” moments.

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Inspired by @Moiani and @johannesmyburgh

I remember seeing an interview with Angolan musician Paulo Flores some time ago in which he described with his solemn poetry life in urban Angola – lots of people with their feet in the mud but tuning in to satellite TV.

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Lembro de ler uma entrevista com Paulo Flores há tempos em que ele retratou com a sua poesia solene a situação de Angola urbana – multidões com os pés na lama mas a sintonizar com TV internacional.

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Escrevo sem saber – mesmo – quando vou poder publicar. Durante dois dos últimos três dias a província tem ficado sem rede de telecomunicações (linha fixa, móvel, e internet). Hoje foi um “blekout” total (para usar a palavra Brasileira). As únicas novas do mundo de fora vem através de televisão satélite.

 

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I writing without knowing – really – when I’ll be able to publish. For two of the last three days this part of the province has been without any form of telecommunications (fixed line, mobile and internet). Today was a total “blackout”. The only word from the outside world came from satellite television.

 

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