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James Sellman

Rubén Blades is one of the creators of the Latin musical style known as Salsa, which blends various traditions of Afro-Caribbean—particularly Afro-Cuban—dance music. He first gained recognition while singing with Willie Colón and the Fania All-Stars (1976–1981). In 1978 Blades and Colón recorded the breakthrough album Siembra; after two decades, it remains the best-selling salsa album. Since that time, his recordings have enjoyed great success and have broadened the popularity of salsa, bringing Afro-Caribbean dance rhythms not only to Spanish-speaking listeners but also to a large English-speaking and international audience.

During the late 1960s and 1970s, Fania Records and other recording companies of New York City popularized the term salsa as a catchier alternative to the labels Afro Cuban or Afro Caribbean Dance Music Salsa draws from the musical traditions of those who settled the Caribbean basin making particular use of the styles and instruments ...

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Curt Johnson

professional soccer player, later became the charismatic leader of the Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA; Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) forces in eastern Angola during the Angolan Revolution. He subsequently broke with the leadership of the MPLA and led a faction opposed to MPLA President Dr. Agostinho Neto. In the Angolan Civil War, his faction was allied with Holden Roberto’s Frente Nacional de Libertação de Angola (FNLA; Front for the National Liberation of Angola) and Jonas Savimbi’s União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola (UNITA; National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) against Neto’s MPLA.

Daniel Júlio Chipenda, an Ovimbundu, was the son of Jesse Chipenda, a prominent Protestant clergyman and activist who died in a Portuguese prison camp in 1969 The younger Chipenda associated with Angolan dissidents in Luanda He later was a popular student athlete at Coimbra University in Portugal 1958 ...

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Christine Deslaurier

Burundian journalist and politician, was born on 5 May 1966 in Kamenge, a working-class borough of the north of Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. Son of André Sinduhije (Tutsi, soldier) and Léocratie Bungungura (Tutsi), he grew up in a modest family in the capital while keeping family ties in the Karuzi region. His studies took place mostly in Bujumbura. Between 1971 and 1979, he received primary education in Ngagara, and secondary education from 1980 to 1984 at the Collège du Saint-Esprit, before spending two years at the Collège Notre-Dame in Gitega, between 1984 and 1986. Sinduhije then returned to the Lycée du Saint-Esprit in Bujumbura for the last year of his humanities studies in 1986–1987. In 1987 he enrolled in the journalism school of the Université du Burundi, from which he graduated in the early 1990s.

At the time of the coup d’état of 21 October 1993 ...