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週五, 23 九月 2011 12:07

Africa can learn from Asia

Interview with Niyomwungeri Maxime Jim from Rwanda

This tall, strong and positive young man with such a broad smile on his face is Niyomwungeri Maxime Jim. We met each other at a party at which were assembled lots of guests from the "Say Taiwan Homestay project".

He came to Taiwan from Rwanda, an inland country with the highest density population in Central Africa. As his name is not that easy to pronounce for Taiwanese people, his host family gave him a Mandarin nickname, "Lu An" (路安). His host family lives in Dong Shih, Taichung city, in a quiet and pleasant suburban neighbourhood. "They treat me so well! They make me feel like a prince!", he says. His host father, Peter Chen is a devout christian who is in charge of a daycare center for the elderly."I thought the host family would just be a place to sleep and that I would have to take care of myself. But they treat me like their own son, which I never expected. They give me so much that I do not want to leave Taiwan." He says happily.

Besides his host family, another impressive experience for "Lu An" was in the Taiwanese night market. "The night market is fun, I eat everything, and today I ate so much I almost died... So I learned today, that you need to just have a little taste then move on to the next stall…." He also emphasized the liveliness of the city,"Wow! You drive very fast and everyone seems to follow the rules. Every one stops at traffic lights."

We began to discuss more about the differences between Taiwan and Rwanda : "I think you are united and your people share the same vision for the country. The police treat people in a friendly way and you really feel they are working for tthe public. They want to see their country grow better, it is very nice."

I was interested that he said he found it hard to hear from local Taiwanese people."Taiwanese people work hard, I want to learn from you for my country's future development." "...You really show your respect to each other. People truly care about and respect others from the bottom of their hearts. They don’t judge you. I don’t feel like I’m foreigner here. He adds: "I don't understand what happened in your past, but I think that what brings you together is bigger than what separates you." I was suprised that we are united more than divided in his eyes.

He think there are a lot of things to learn from Asia. He feels like all Asians come from the same place, hence there is an ability to cooperate and to work in unity. Finally, we asked him what Taiwan can learn from Africa, to which he responded: "Come to Africa and you will find out! We’ve been through so much pain, but we are still joyful, that’s what you can learn."


Interview filmed by Hallie Haller and Cerise Phiv, edited by Zijie Yang and Cerise Phiv

發佈於 Focus: SayTaiwan
週五, 23 九月 2011 09:59

Djembe drumming across boundaries

An interview with Karamoko Camara

“They are very surprised, when people hear Taiwan, they only hear the name, and they cannot think how I came to be here.” Karamoko, or Moko as he is familiarly known, told us how people in his own country, Guinea, responded when they heard Moko was going to Taiwan.

“But you know, music has no boundaries. Music can make two countries friends. Music can pull so many people together.” He said in a firm but passionate tone.

Karamoko Camara is a master of African drumming and dance from Guinea, in West Africa. When people hear African drums, it often brings to mind the image of a crowd of people playing drums with their bare hands in a circle. “Djembe” is the most well-known kind of West African hand drum, which is played outdoors. He lived for almost eleven years in Japan, teaching and playing African music. This made him a cultural ambassador for West Africa.

“African music is powerful; you cannot play slowly, when you are happy, you play your happiness with the sound of your drums. Some people think it is too loud but it is the tradition. Our ways are our life. When you play in a happy way you can see the audience is happy also. In the local village, we play to celebrate a birth or as part of a ceremony, such as rainmaking.” He added.

He could not be happier that his host family plays Djembe as well, since he cannot live one week without touching drums. His host father, Sun Dafu (Daouda) is not only an enthusiast of African drums but also established the “African Culture and Art Association” in Taiwan. He teaches and organizes different workshops of African music and dance around Taiwan.

Moko noticed the differences in how people in Japan and Taiwan accept African music. He thinks Taiwanese are more receptive to it. In the countryside, even if the event was held in a little restaurant, people would make the effort to come and see him perform. People in Taiwan are more open than in Japan. “If you are lucky, you can find audiences who like African music, sometimes you discover that it is not to everybody’s taste.”


Watch Moko's performance at the Homestay closing banquet

發佈於 Focus: SayTaiwan
週五, 23 九月 2011 09:59

Djembe drumming across boundaries

An interview with Karamoko Camara

“They are very surprised, when people hear Taiwan, they only hear the name, and they cannot think how I came to be here.” Karamoko, or Moko as he is familiarly known, told us how people in his own country, Guinea, responded when they heard Moko was going to Taiwan.

“But you know, music has no boundaries. Music can make two countries friends. Music can pull so many people together.” He said in a firm but passionate tone.

Karamoko Camara is a master of African drumming and dance from Guinea, in West Africa. When people hear African drums, it often brings to mind the image of a crowd of people playing drums with their bare hands in a circle. “Djembe” is the most well-known kind of West African hand drum, which is played outdoors. He lived for almost eleven years in Japan, teaching and playing African music. This made him a cultural ambassador for West Africa.

“African music is powerful; you cannot play slowly, when you are happy, you play your happiness with the sound of your drums. Some people think it is too loud but it is the tradition. Our ways are our life. When you play in a happy way you can see the audience is happy also. In the local village, we play to celebrate a birth or as part of a ceremony, such as rainmaking.” He added.

He could not be happier that his host family plays Djembe as well, since he cannot live one week without touching drums. His host father, Sun Dafu (Daouda) is not only an enthusiast of African drums but also established the “African Culture and Art Association” in Taiwan. He teaches and organizes different workshops of African music and dance around Taiwan.

Moko noticed the differences in how people in Japan and Taiwan accept African music. He thinks Taiwanese are more receptive to it. In the countryside, even if the event was held in a little restaurant, people would make the effort to come and see him perform. People in Taiwan are more open than in Japan. “If you are lucky, you can find audiences who like African music, sometimes you discover that it is not to everybody’s taste.”


Watch Moko's performance at the Homestay closing banquet

發佈於 Focus: SayTaiwan

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