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Let's Experience the World! Feel the Pulse of Africa! Lectures on United Nations and Africa and Participating in a Senegalese Drumming Concert.


Senegal's drum "sabar" concert

Senegal's drum "sabar" concert

It's been said that globalization is accelerating recently, but perhaps many "can't experience it personally" or "feel indifferent to it." In this month's One Point, we will introduce an event held by the Tokyo Prefectural Chapter of the United Nations Association of Japan entitled "United Nations Public Awareness Lecture and Concert: The World is Our Stage! ~The First Step Towards the Future. Learning about the United Nations and Africa~" to give people an opportunity gain awareness of the world.

The event is composed of two parts. The first is a lecture meeting given by two people who have extensive careers participating in global activities. The first lecture will be given by Mr. Kiyotaka Akasaka, who has worked with various international organizations and strengthened the public relations of the United Nations over the course of 5 years as the UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. He motivates the young generation in hopes to make them believe in their possibilities and face the challenges of the world.
The second lecture, "All About Africa," will be given by Mr. Tsutomu Iimura from the Africa Division of the Japan International Coorperation Agency (JICA). Mr. Iimura has experience working in Senegal and the Democratic Republic of the Congo for many years. He is an expert of Africa, and also communicates the true face of Africa through talk events, referring music and movies related to Africa. He may even redefine our impression of Africa in his talk this time!

The second part of the event features a percussion group from Senegal called Sophie Ker Gi. The group members include Wagane Ndiaye Rose, the son of world renowned African percussionist Doudou Ndiaye Rose, his brothers and friends. Together with his father Doudou, who is recognized as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO for boosting the arts of traditional music in West Africa to the world, they toured around countries all over the world and made appearances with top musicians such as The Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder. They will perform a piece that evokes the spirit of Africa combining song and dance, using a traditional West African percussion instrument called sabar.

Doudou Ndiaye Rose, Senegal's legend appraised as the "God of drums"

Doudou Ndiaye Rose, Senegal's legend appraised as the "God of drums"

Wagane Ndiaye Rose

Wagane Ndiaye Rose

To high school students and college students who are thinking about working internationally, or to adults who want to work overseas someday, to those who wish to support the young generation, and to those who are simply interested in world music and Africa, there is something for all of you to enjoy. Please feel free join us at the event!

United Nations Public Awareness Lecture and Concert
The World is Our Stage! ~The First Step Towards the Future. Learning about the United Nations and Africa~

February 23rd, 2013 (Sat) 1:30pm ~ 4:30pm
Tokyo Women's Plaza (Tokyo-to Shibuya-ku Jingumae 5-53-67)
Free Entrance
◇For more details, please visit the following link⇒
Tokyo Prefectural Chapter of the United Nations Association http://www.tokyo-icc.jp/kokuren/symposium.html
(in Japanese)