Niamey Niger Music
Niger is holding presidential and parliamentary elections that could pose a growing threat from the terrorist group Boko Haram in the north of the country. Nigeria - Boko Haram militants have killed more than 28 people in a deadly attack on a mosque in Niger's capital N'Djamena, local authorities say. The attackers on motorcycles raced through the mosque on Saturday night, killing dozens of people, the local mayor said Sunday. Repeated violent attacks by the extremist group, which began in Nigeria and spread to the Lake Chad basin, have led to numerous displacements of the population.
Even in the capital there was little violence, "said N'Djamena's mayor Abdoulaye Gueckedou, a member of the opposition National Democratic Party (PDN).
Carter was invited to Niger to record with Almeida's band Tal National, but the lack of decent recording camps in Niger meant it made more sense for the group to fly over him than to travel together to studios in Nigeria and Ghana. Outside Niger there is no sound system of music distribution and we had to put our CD in the hands of the people. I went to Niamey to study abroad and I am confident that all students studying in Mali and Niger are safe.
The country is teeming with music and rhythm, but it is depleted of resources, lacking education, health care, education and access to health services.
Niger has the world's fastest-growing population, but it remains predominantly rural, despite growing migration from Africa and the Middle East, as well as other parts of Africa.
For many centuries, the southeastern third of what is now Niger has been one of the most important trade routes between Africa and the Middle East. The first European explorers came to the area at the end of the 19th century to explore the estuary of the Niger in search of gold, silver and other precious metals.
In the pre-colonial era, Niger was annexed to the European Union, the French Empire and later the United States of America. The capital, with a population of about 500, is located on the Niger River, which has a multi-ethnic population. Niger's capital is similarly polyglot; the 13-member Tal National pool reflects the country's diverse ethnic, religious, cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity. Although Niger has received nomadic Tuareg nomads from the north, it has also had a diverse culture since the beginning of the 20th century and different cultures throughout its history.
With a population of less than 1.5 million people, Niger is currently one of the poorest nations in the world, according to the United Nations.
Although there has been a commercial music production in the country since the mid-1990s, Niger's music is not known for its quality. While records brought recordings to Niger, cassettes were the means by which music was shared, which meant that it was often mixed with other music.
For the young people of Niger, the inability to escape their country is a handicap, and it is becoming increasingly obvious that the same traditions that the performers present on the world stage are rapidly being lost to the younger generation, whether in the form of their music or their social and cultural identity. Although the band has grown to be much more popular in Niger, they no longer have the opportunity to perform in other countries.
Boston University's International Programs department says it is closely monitoring conditions in Niger to ensure that the country, which recently experienced a coup, will be safe for students this fall. Several Western embassies have issued travel warnings that restrict non-essential travel to Niger, and visits to the capital, especially in the north of the country, are banned for fear of kidnappings by the threat of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The army is also helping to fight Boko Haram's insurgency in neighboring Nigeria, while watching the chaos in Libya, another neighboring country, with suspicion. In Niger, attacks by competing groups have increased in the last year, and hundreds of people have been killed.
National holidays include Christmas, New Year, Independence Day and National Day for Nigerians, as well as Eid al-Fitr, the national holiday.
We try to teach something for orphaned children in SOS Village, and SOS teaching is important because art education is not developing in Niger. We are also going to Diffa, Niger to support UNHCR operations and strengthen our partners' communication with the community to begin exploratory work. I will travel to Niger to gain a better understanding of the local culture, culture and culture of Niger and the needs of children and families.
IOM promotes the development of music and music education in conflict areas - affected regions of Africa and the Middle East. I had the opportunity to meet and perform at a festival organised by the IOM, the International Union for the Promotion of Music in Africa (IUMA) and other organisations in Mali and Niger.