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Where are the Zimbabwe Kombis Minibusses

In Zimbabwe, Kombis are privately owned minibusses with a lively history in the major urban areas of Harare and Bulawayo. Kombis are privately owned minibusses that operate as a shared ride service and are a popular means of transportation in Zimbabwe. They are known for their nonuse of scheduled arrival and departure times and can be found in urban and rural areas. Kombis follow fixed routes but can also be hailed along the way. They can be crowded, as they accommodate multiple passengers, and fares are generally paid to the conductor. The term kombi for minibusses in Zimbabwe is believed to have originated from the Volkswagen Type 2 minibus, commonly known as the VW Kombi. The VW Kombi was a popular minibus model globally, known for its versatility and practicality. It gained popularity in Zimbabwe and other African countries during the mid-20th century. As the VW Kombi became widely used for public transportation in Zimbabwe, the name Kombi became synonymous with minibusses in gene

Trumpeter Musician Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela was a world-renowned trumpeter musician and political leader who released over 40 albums. Masekela trumpeter musical style was influenced by Miles Davis. Masekela performed at the Monterey Pop Festival alongside The Who. U2 front-man Bono said playing with Masekela was one of the highlights of his career. Trumpeter African Musician Hugh Masekela 20 Years of Freedom Hugh Masekela was born 75 years ago in the town of Witbank, South Africa in 1939. Masekela began to hone his, now signature, Afro-Jazz sound in the late 1950s. In 1960, at the age of 21, he left South Africa to begin what would be 30 years in exile from the land of his birth. On arrival in New York he enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music. This coincided with a golden era of jazz music and the young Hugh Masekela immersed himself in the New York jazz scene where nightly he watched greats like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Mingus and Max Roach. Under the tutelage o

Algerian Chorba 'dess or Lentil Soup Recipe

Algerian Chorba 'dess or Lentil Soup Recipe Algerian Chorba 'dess or Soupe de lentilles or Lentil Soup The African Country of Algeria has the second largest French-speaking population in the world. Chorba 'dess  or Soupe de lentilles or Lentil Soup  Ingredients 1 pound lamb meat thinly sliced 1 large white onion, finely chopped 2 teaspoons good quality ground coriander 1 cup dried lentils 2 large potatoes diced 2 large carrots diced 8 cups of water Salt and pepper to taste Directions Add all ingredients to a large pot simmer until vegetables are tender for about an hour. Serve with rice.

Green Sea Turtle Nesting In Africa

Many African islands are known as Turtle Island due to green sea turtles nesting on their beaches. João Viera-Poilão Marine Park has the largest green sea turtle nesting site on the Atlantic coast of Africa. It is illegal to collect, harm or kill green sea turtles in Guinea-Bissau Africa. Guinea-Bissau is a small coastal West African country just to the South of Senegal where many indigenous African languages are spoken along with a unique dialect of Crioulo (Creole mixed with Portuguese and French). Guinea-Bissau was once part of the Mali Empire known as Gabu. The Portuguese set up slave trade operations in the ports of Bissau and Cacheu on the coast of Guinea, the interior was not explored until around 1915 with heavy resistance from the indigenous population . The islands off the coast of Guinea-Bissau Bijagos Archipelago (islands) are 88 islands and islets of which 23 are inhabited.   Guinea-Bissau is a small coastal West African country The Bijagos island

Angola Bie Province Antipersonnel Landmines

Landmines in Angola Africa, there are no safe steps, the Sarajevo of Africa, Angola Bie Province landmines Kuito, a city located in the Bie Province of Angola, has been heavily affected by landmines due to the country's long history of armed conflict, particularly the Angolan Civil War that lasted from 1975 to 2002. Landmines pose a significant threat to the local population and have severe consequences for people living in and around Kuito. Kuito is the distressed but slowly restoring capital of Bie Province. Bié is a province of Angola located on the Bié Plateau in the central part of Angola. Parts of Angola are contaminated with landmines as a result of four decades of almost continuous warfare, making it the most mine-affected country in sub-Saharan Africa and one of the most mined countries in the world. An anti-personnel weapon is one primarily used to inflict death or cause major bodily injury to people. Anti-personnel landmines are explosive devices designed to explode

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