Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

June 12 2015


African Studies Newsletter



Carivibe Beach and Food Festival

A taste of the Caribbean on Petrie Island!

Saturday June 20th
727 Trim Rd.

Featuring a range of musicians.

More details here.

Barbados Association Brunch

Barbados Association Brunch

Sunday, June 14, 2015
1pm – 4pm
Tom Brown Arena, 141, Bayview Rd., Ottawa

Barbados (Ottawa) Association Inc. Sunday Brunch. Featuring delectable food, great prizes and company.

TICKETS: $25/adult, $15/child 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased from Leslie (613-744-4170), Joyce (613-721-0820), Sandra (613-843-1448)

REMINDER: Book Launch for novel about Red Terror era in Ethiopia

REMINDER: Book Launch for novel about Red Terror era in Ethiopia

The Institute of African Studies
presents a

Book Launch of:

The Smoldering Tears

by  Daniel Belay Bahta

The Smoldering Tears is about the struggle of three people (Hiwett, Gidey and Syom), as their lives were tested against all forms of despotic rule that denied them and their families the rights to live, to love and to mourn.  Although fictional, the stories are inspired by actual events during the Mengistu Hailemariam era.  And in order to foster imagination of the circumstances under which the journey of the three took place, the book attempts to provide the reader with a picture of the socio-cultural and political turmoil of the time.  It narrates stories of heartbreak and the triumph of love; it also tells stories of defiance, as well as the ultimate human endurance and tenacity.

Daniel Belay Bahta lives in Ottawa, Canada. The Smoldering Tears is his first novel. Daniel was born in Ethiopia, and grew up in a war torn region until he fled the country in 1984.  And the stories in his book are a reflection of his memories as a teenager during the Red-Terror era, in the late 1970s and early 80s.


REMINDER: South African bands @ the Ottawa Jazz Festival

REMINDER: South African bands @ the Ottawa Jazz Festival

Ottawa Jazz Festival: African bands

As part of the exciting line-up for this year’s Ottawa Jazz Festival, there is South Africa NOW! This is a celebration of five groups from South Africa and their contribution to jazz:

* Freshly Ground, June 24, 10:30pm

Formed in 2002 by musicians from South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, Freshlyground won a contract with Sony BMG Africa with its second recording and the single “Doo Be Doo” became a huge hit across the continent in 2005. By 2009, the band was touring throughout Europe and North America, and in 2010 the band was selected to collaborate with Shakira on the official song for the FIFA World Cup. In 2013, the band released its fifth studio album, Take Me To The Dance.

* Kyle Shepherd Trio, June 26, 8pm

In 2014, South African pianist and composer Kyle Shepherd won the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award for Jazz, toured the U.S. and Japan, and released two CDs. He was only 27. In addition to his acclaimed musical chops, he is also a poet and a visual artist, two genres that he folds back into composing and playing jazz by combining painterly approaches to sonic textures with the verbal music of the language of African history and leaders who inspire him. His music, then, represents not just the melodies, but also the images and the voices of the land from which he comes.

* Louis Moholo-Moholo Quartet, June 27, 7pm

Though the South African drummer played the Johannesburg Jazz Festival for the first time more than 50 years ago in 1962, Louis Moholo-Moholo continues to challenge, charm, and entrance listeners. Moholo-Moholo first became famous for his work in the mixed-race group the Blue Notes, who were exiled from their home country during the Apartheid years. Moholo-Moholo has worked tirelessly both as a bandleader and collaborator with some of free music’s biggest names, including Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, Steve Lacy, George Lewis, and Wadada Leo Smith.


South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim was a member of Sophiatown group the Jazz Epistles, who recorded South Africa’s first jazz album by black artists in 1960. He left for Europe two years later, where Duke Ellington helped him launch a record of his own trio. Ibrahim followed Ellington to New York, where he became a member of Ellington’s band, occasionally substituting as its leader. During a brief return to South Africa in the 1970s, Ibrahim helped found Cape Town’s Cape Jazz sound, merging improvisational jazz with the local piano-based folk music known as Marabi. Following the end of Apartheid, Ibrahim returned to South Africa, where he has remained a revered figure. Continuing to perform and record, Ibrahim has alternated between solo work and bands of various sizes. At the age of 80, he plays much more rarely—and largely in Europe, with North American dates becoming increasingly rare.

* Zaki Ibrahim, July 1, 5pm

Canadian-born South African singer-songwriter Zaki Ibrahim is a globally distinguished conceptual genius. Even before the completion of her most recent release, Every Opposite, which featured in the Top 10 R&B Albums of 2013 on Huffington Post, she was already fleshing out its accompanying short film and theatre production – rearranging the details scene by scene. She cites influences such as Prince, Lionel Richie, Sade, Stevie Wonder, Miriam Makeba, Zap Mama, Radiohead, Madlib and J. Dilla, but it is her ability to meld these fragments of inspiration into a cohesive sound.

More information.

Job: Human Rights Watch, Advocacy Director, Africa Division (Nairobi)

Job: Human Rights Watch, Advocacy Director, Africa Division (Nairobi)

Africa Division
(Nairobi Office)
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

The Africa Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking an experienced and highly qualified Africa Advocacy Director. S/he is responsible for developing and implementing an effective advocacy strategy for HRW’s work in Sub-Saharan Africa. The position serves as a spokesperson and advocate for HRW on human rights issues pertaining to the region and establishes and maintains effective advocacy relationships with key interlocutors and representatives of governments, regional bodies including the African Union, African civil society organizations and other international organizations. This position reports to the Executive Director of the Africa Division.

More information.

Job: Human Rights Watch, Researcher on Women and Land

Job: Human Rights Watch, Researcher on Women and Land

Women’s Rights Division
(Africa or Asia base preferred)
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

The Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the position of Researcher on Women and Land. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing a research and advocacy agenda focusing on the impacts of large-scale international land acquisitions on women’s human rights in Africa and Asia. This position reports to the Deputy Director of the Women’s Rights Division. The position will ideally be based in Africa or Asia.

More information.

Job: Researcher with focus on Migration, Mobility and Transnational Relations (Uppsala)

Job: Researcher with focus on Migration, Mobility and Transnational Relations (Uppsala)

The Nordic Africa Institute invites applications for the position as

Researcher with focus on Migration, Mobility and Transnational Relations
Closing date for applications: 25 June  2015

The institute’s research has been organized around four distinct clusters in order to deepen intellectual interaction and collaboration between researchers.  The advertised position will be part of the cluster on Migration, Mobility and Transnational Relations.

Human migration and mobility is a major phenomenon across Africa, which has climbed to the top of both national and regional policy agendas. Due to its complexity and magnitude, being an issue that exists in widely different geographical and demographic contexts, in many forms and across socio-economic and skill boundaries, this policy discourse is in urgent need of more scientifically based knowledge on driving forces, patterns and effects of different types of migration and mobility.

More information.

L’Emploi: Un-e Expert-e en Développement des PME (Mali)

L’Emploi: Un-e Expert-e en Développement des PME (Mali)

Projet : Organisation de plans de concours de plans d’affaires et la gestion d’un fonds à coûts partagés – Mali

Durée : Deux (2) années avec possibilité de renouvellement – le projet ayant une durée de 5 ans au total

Pays : Mali

Date limite pour postuler : 15 juin 2015

Le Consortium CECI-EUMC est actuellement à la recherche d’ un-e Expert-e en développement des PME pour une proposition d’organisation de plans de concours de plans d’affaires et la gestion d’un fonds à coûts partagés dans le cadre de la composante 2 «création d’emplois par le secteur privé au Mali» du Projet de Développement des Compétences et Emploi des Jeunes (PROCEJ), au profit du Ministère de l’Emploi, de la Formation Professionnelle, de la Jeunesse et de la Construction Citoyenne (MEFPJCC) au Mali.

Pour plus d’informations.

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