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Friday, May 25, 2018

Information About The Chagga People Of Tanzania & A YouTube Video Of "Shy Kiss", A Song In The Chagga Language By Tanzanian/Australian Artist Sheela Langeberg

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post provides information about the Chagga people of Tanzania, East Africa.

This post also showcases a YouTube video of a Chagga song that is performed by Sheela Sheena Langeberg, a multi-talented Tanzanian/Australian artist. Information about Sheela Sheena Langeberg is also included in this post.

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The content of this post is presented for educational, cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post. Thanks also to Sheela Sheena Langeberg for her cultural accomplishments.

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE CHAGGA PEOPLE OF TANZANIA, EAST AFRICA
From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaga_people
"The Chaga (also called Wachaga, Chagga, Jagga, Dschagga, Waschagga, or Wachagga) are Bantu-speaking indigenous Africans and the third largest ethnic group in Tanzania.[1] They traditionally live on the southern and eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru[2] and near Moshi…. They were one of the first tribes in the area to convert to Christianity. This may have given them an economic advantage over other ethnic groups, as they had better access to education and health care as Christians.

The Chaga descended from various Bantu groups who migrated from elsewhere in Africa to the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, a migration that began around the start of the eleventh century.

[...]

Although the Chaga are principally located on Mount Kilimanjaro in northern Tanzania, numerous families have migrated elsewhere over the course of the twentieth century.

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Early religion
Before the arrival of Christianity, the Chaga practiced a diverse range of faith with a thoroughgoing syncretism.[3] The importance of ancestors is strongly maintained by them to this day. The name of the chief Chaga deity is Ruwa who resides on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is sacred to them. Parts of the high forest contain old shrines with masale plantings, the sacred Chaga plant.[4]
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Chaga suprime council during Colonial Era
Chaga chieftainship appears to have been very specific with no influence from early ancestors, according to western observations done in the nineteenth century. Interestingly, in the nearby north Pare Mountains area of Ugweno, the chieftainship system appears similar. However, in the south Pare Mountains, the old clan chieftainship of the Mashariki continued to be the ritual center of life among the early Asu and remained so, in fact, down through the nineteenth century. But among the ancestral Chaga of north Pare and among their descendants who settled around Mount Kilimanjaro, a new kind of chiefship, Mangi, probably originally meaning "the arranger, planner" came into being not much before 1000 AD.

Economics, politics and Mangi rule
The current Chaga population is estimated at about 2 million. The Chagas are arguably one of the most economically successful people in East Africa. Unlike many societies in Africa, the Chaga women take the forefront positions of the Chaga society; from economical issues, to education. Chaga women stimulate a large part of the economical progressions in northern Tanzania.[5][6] The Mangi were great chiefs that governed largely clan-based states and controlled Chaga affairs even during colonial times. Although Mangis are not as prevalent at the present, the term 'Mangi' still rules and stands as the most respectable identity to most young and adult Chaga men.

Cultural heritage
Traditional Chaga instruments include wooden flutes, bells, and drums. Dancing and singing are part of almost every celebration. Classical Chagan music is still heard in festivities; however, Chagan youth have also embraced Kiswahili songs produced by various Tanzanian bands and west and central African music and dance forms. Reggae, pop, and rap are popular with the youth. Many musicians of Chaga origin are known around Africa.[citation needed]

The first Chaga historian was Nathaniel Mtui, who was born in 1892 and wrote nine books about the history of the Chaga from 1913-1916.[4]

Folklore
Chaga legends center on Ruwa and his power and assistance. Ruwa is the Chaga name for their god, as well as the Chaga word for "sun." Ruwa is not looked upon as the creator of humankind, but rather as a liberator and provider of sustenance. He is known for his mercy and tolerance when sought by his people. Some Chaga myths concerning Ruwa resemble biblical stories of the Old Testament”…
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From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaga_languagesM
"Chaga, also Kichaga or Kichagga, is a Bantu dialect continuum spoken by the Chaga people of northern Tanzania, south of Mount Kilimanjaro."...

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INFORMATION ABOUT SHEELA SHEENA LANGEBERG
From http://www.celebrateafricanaustralians.org/ Celebration of African Australians Award Event 2012

"[...]

Sheela Langeberg

Sheela is an internationally renowned and multi-award winning artist. Sheela Langeberg is one of the most influential and written about Africans in Australia today, as well as one of its most prized artistic and cultural treasures.".

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From https://www.facebook.com/SheelaLangeberg/
[Sheela Sheena Langeberg is a] "Short Film Producer, Director, Playwright, Author, Songwriter"
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A 2016 article* about a women's drumming workshop conducted by Sheela Sheena Langeberg contained this information:
Sheela Sheena Langeberg is a Tanzanian-born Australian who has called Adelaide, Australia her home for the past 25 years.

*http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/tanzanianborn-australian-sheela-sheena-langeberg-to-host-a-womenonly-drumming-workshop-in-adelaide/news-story/b5ed46f2b4696b11cd639b3ed2355379

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SHOWCASE VIDEO: Blue Rain - Shy Kiss



Sheela Sheena Langeberg, Published on Nov 29, 2011

A Teasing Song in the Beautiful Chagga Language, in the disappearing "Uru Ascent") spoken in West Kilimanjaro Region-Tanzania

Song & Video by APAI and Sheela Sheena Langeberg

"Shy Kiss" from the album Blue Rain, 2011 [by Sheela Sheena Langeberg]

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SHY KISS
(Sheela Sheena Langeberg)

[English subtitles* that appear in this song's YouTube video]

I give you tenderness
I give you my smile
I give you my song
Which is part of me

I’ll platt my hair
dye my lips with henna
paint my eyes with coal
And put on my short skirt

I give you my tenderness
I give you my smile
I give you my dance
I give you....

“Shy Kiss”

I give you tenderness
I give you my smile
I give you my song
Which is part of me

I’ll platt my hair
dye my lips with henna
paint my eyes with coal
And put on my short skirt

I give you my tenderness
I give you my smile
I give you my dance
I give you....

“Shy Kiss”
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These lyrics are written as they are found in those subtitles, including ellipses.
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The photo in the video for the words “Shy Kiss” shows a liquor bottle. Google search of “shy kiss Liquor” yielded this result:
https://www.kissofire.com.au/
Kissofire is an Australian family owned and operated company established in idyllic Hunter Valley. All of KissOfire’s liqueurs are handmade, unique and delicious.”

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Awilo Longomba & P-Square - Enemy Solo (Lingala lyrics, video & comments)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post showcases the 2015 song "Enemy Solo", a collaboration between Congolese singer Awilo Longomba and the Nigerian duo PSquare.

The post includes the official YouTube video of "Enemy Solo" and the Lingala lyrics to that song. Please help translate these lyrics to English or French. Thanks!

Selected comments from the YouTube video's discussion thread are also included in this post.

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The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Awilo Longomba and P-Square for their musical legacy and for this collaboration. Thanks to Nigerian director Clarence Peters and all others who are responsible for this video. Also, thanks to all those who are quoted in this post.

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LYRICS- ENEMY SOLO
(as performed by Awilo Longomba and psquare)

P Square aye mabe
Awilo aye mabe oh
P Square aye mabe
Awilo Longomb'aye mabe
enemy solo(tindika)

aïe aïe aïee, kolobisa ngai te(enemy solo)
tokatani lititi eh tokomi binemi oh oh(enemy solo)
aïe aïe aïee dikoko tufi eh(enemy solo)
sukisa sukisa kombo na nga(enemy solo)

ba mamans eh an yeh, ba mamans eh an yeh, ba mamans an yeh,
ba mamans an yeh
ngai na kumisaki yo(iyo iyooo)
allez kabo kabo kabo kabo kabo kabo kabo, P Square grooos
allez kabo kabo kabo kabo kabo kabo kabo, Awilo grooos

allez clap your hands
Awilo: nga moko pure na ngai
pure na ng'azalaka te
yo soit disant pure na ngai
pure na ng'otongoko ngai
pure na ng'okoselaka makambu epa ya batu eh
yango nga na decidé: tosololaka lisusu te
mamaaan aan an pusa kuna enemy solo eh
aïe aïe aïee eeh eh eh eh
ngai naboi na ngai matongi ye yeee(mamaaan aan an)
tika vie na ngai tranquille(eeh eh eh eh)
enemy solo


Source: https://www.paroles-musique.com/eng/P-Square_feat_Awilo_Longomba-Enemy_Solo-lyrics,p040395415

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SHOWCASE VIDEO: Awilo Longomba, Psquare - Enemy Solo (Official Video)



Awilo Longomba, Published on May 27, 2015

The Most anticipated video "Enemy Solo" from Congolese legend Awilo Longomba and Africa's superstar duo Psquare is finally here!!!!

Enemy Solo in Lingala means "Enemy Bad Smell" which simply refers to enemies of progress, or as Nigerian will call it "Bad Belle" people

Produced by Vtek and Directed by renowned Visual genius Clarence Peters the video illustrates an underground dance battle with Awilo and Psquare as Judges.

Choreographed by Dance Queen "Kaffy", CEO dancers' Ezinne Asinugo and Congolese UK based Choreographer Sir Loui
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Statistics (as of May 24, 2018 10:37 AM EST)
5,628,828 total number of views

17K- total number of likes

889- total number of dislikes

923- total number of comments
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Click https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awilo_Longomba for information about Awilo Longomba.

Click https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-Square for information about P-Square.

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SELECTED COMMENTS FROM THIS VIDEO'S DISCUSSION THREAD
Numbers are assigned for referencing purposes only.

As is the case with other pancocojams posts, I'm particularly interested in documenting the use of such African American Vernacular English (AAVE) terms as "killed it", "dope", "the bomb", "cool", "fire", "hot", "on point", "mad", and other contemporary AAVE terms by commenters in YouTube contemporary music videos' discussion threads.

I'm also interested in documenting the use of Jamaican Patois terms such as "one love", "big up", "tune" ("chune"), "jah", and other Jamaican Patois terms in the same YouTube discussion threads. Note: some of the above mentioned Jamaican Patois terms may not be in this compilation.

2016
1. PKdamu
"This song has taken me waaaay back waaaay back to the days of "Carolina" By Awilo .....that song still drives me nuts. Thank God for youtube...off to watch Carolina. EXCELLENT AND NOSTALGIC"

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2. Olakunle Dele
"This is a top African-class delivery.... I have it on repeat....#Livinglegend #Awilo
I will rock this song the whole summer....Respect from Nigerian living in the scandinavia"

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3. Chisom Enyioko
"Perfect combination here...

African music is the bomb..."

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4. Blaise
"Awilo came back with a strong game 100% fire"

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5. Mukendi Kalambay
"Well done Brother Awilo, bonne strategie keep going up , cool le style"

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6. Nguema Mba
"Awilo a legend with the new school P Square. Music is unity and love"

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7. Felix Ajadalu
"I am a Nigerian.,I reside in Italy,.I never knew that awilo could do this any more. I so much love him,p.square as well. you guys are amazing. one love, one Africa."

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8. nicolz lami
"The BOSS himself, Awilo!!!"

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9. Millicent Ojwaka
"Wow! Awilo killed it! Congo music anytime!"

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10. Daniel Maobe
"Never got what he sings but this guy Awilo Longomba made my childhood could dance the hell out of his songs.. going strong as usual.. mad tune!"

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11. Diana Deng
"this song gonna blow up soon. wait for it"

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12. Omolara Alao-Aboko
"The song is so good! Awilo is definitely a great talent and didn't miss a beat.
The VIDEO gives all the life to this song. Clarence Peters does such a great job. You can tell the pros from the non-pros from the quality of the work and attention to details. Such a great work! <3 it."

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13. Amosun Adeola
"Great stuff. To be honest, this video surpassed my expectations. Never knew Awilo still has it in him. The viz is dope."

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14. Champagne Mami
"Who knew a collaboration between Nigerian and Congolese music would sound so good?!
We need more of this..amazing track!"

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15. Emmah Juma
"big up p square for this collaboration with congolese legendary awillo longomba"

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REPLY
16. Yannick Zerony
"Congolese legendary??? Sorry but your music of choice is awful, for you to claim Awilo to be a legend. He is a great Artist yea but not legend!"

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REPLY
17. Azlite74
"+Yannick Zerony Psst! what you selling? Awilo is our own Baba, we don hear all them others, na'im be our choice. We no dey wish you bad."

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18. Nathanael Adiakpan
"+Yannick Zerony Awilo is an absolute legend. I'm Nigerian, not Congolese; but you don't need to be from Congo to know that Awilo is a legend.


All you need is a pair of functional ears."

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19. kaija rogiers
"so 9c"

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20. Loide Nghidengwa
"I like the the dance competition theme, reminds me of high school dance competition school that were always so exciting to watch."

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21. Iliwa Iriamai
"Awilo man, where have you been? Missed hearing ya tunes. You need to come down to Australia man."

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22. Peter Penaco
"Good music, but was trying to get a handle on the story line "Progress against Enemies of progress ". Video and dance moves were all mixed up wasn't clear what is what. Just as clear as in Michael Jackson's "Beat It" video Anyway good music loaded with talent needs to be cleaned up a bit

Peter Okeke
Houston, TX "

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23. Desire Oduma
"shout to p sqare representing nigerians"

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24. Philippe Alexandre OGANDAGA
"enemi solo cool"

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25. Tehetena Teketay
"AWILO LONGOMBA!!
Your biggest fan from Ethiopia!! Welcome back, you have been missed!!!
Psquare!!! always on point! ya'll make Africans Proud! Loving this song!"

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26. jey sung
"Look at this energy! Who want to say that Awilo is nolonger young?? Then match the logomba men if you can! whether you like or not we go dewish dem gooood ooooh!"

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27. Nuruddeen Muhammad
"love this music.....God bless Africa, one love."

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28. Anne Elijah
"Its not bad all. Nyce job."

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29. Anita Tamba
"Awilo still doing his thing. i Remember i was just a baby when i heard his music"

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30. Roots Bondowe
"Added value:
For DRCongolese: the songs scale up RDC music/image to P-Square funs
For Nigerians: It brings more P-SQUARE in DRC and probably was critical moment for Paul and Peter to learn and understand RDC rythm. Most probable the next P-SQUARRE corus will include some DRC rythrm( je m'appele chop money....]"

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31. switbabby
"wow..really missed awilo.i remember as a kid during family functions we used to dance to his music even f we ddnt understand a word.His talented.His a legend..so happy"

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32. Aaron Garica
"Cool song"

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33. caroline fasuyi
"Keep in mind that our music is (Nigerian, Congolese, Ghanaian, Jamaican...etc.) is oh so good because we are family!"

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REPLY
34. Baba Sillah, 2017
"Caroline fasuyi Liberian Music as well."

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35. Lorriane ebrunie
"Finally, Central Africa meets West Africa thanks to:
Congo (DRC) & Nigeria <3"

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36. DKhisa
"Hopefully the Moroccans dont make a bastardized parody out of this .."

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REPLY
37. Vanessa
"😂😂😂😂"

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REPLY
38. Vito Don Pedro
"+jerzeykid2006able lol for real? they do that?"

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REPLY
39. DKhisa
"+Vito Don Pedro
they parodied Psquare shekeni and some other african song and some No Name Arabic song no one knows or cares about"

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REPLY
40. Vito Don Pedro
"+jerzeykid2006able will def check it out sha.. for the fun of it"

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REPLY
41. okuomose okuns
"+jerzeykid2006able hahahaha..i wouldn't put it pass them.."
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Notice that the commenter changed his or her screen name

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42. Asedri Amin
"Very nice, this teamwork cultural collaboration is not only transforming African culture but also breaking regional cultural barriers."

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43. Nicole Otutu
"This song for all the haters. Good job Africans. Hailing from USA."

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44. Tonny Okello
"Awilo Longomba is an African musical legend. He has been entertaining us for more than two decades now. Good to see him work with the likes of P- Square to introduce him to the younger people."

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45. Sandra Yossa
"When you're waiting for your country to step up their music game as well...😀😅😅"

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REPLY
46. Elizabeth Olowo
"+Sandra Yossa lol what country are u from?"

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REPLY
47. Sandra Yossa
"+Elizabeth Olowo Cameroon"

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REPLY
48. Elizabeth Olowo
"ohhh nice"

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REPLY
49. Sandra Yossa
"+Elizabeth Olowo
And you?"

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REPLY
50. AKAN TRIBESMAN
"+Sandra Yossa Her name sounds Yoruba"

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REPLY
51. Elizabeth Olowo
"+Sandra Yossa Am from Nigeria (yoruba)"

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52. Elizabeth Olowo
"+AKAN TRIBESMAN ur right."

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53. Maka Velli
"+Sandra Yossa X-Maleya is doing great music too."

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54. Sandra Yossa
"+Maka Velli that's true, I completely forgot😊 their music is👌👍"

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55. Maka Velli
"+Sandra Yossa I don't understand everything they say but the melodies and the instrumentation r good."

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56. Sandra Yossa
"+Maka Velli that's alright cus when you like the music the lyrics don't matter😊
where are you from?"

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57. Maka Velli
"+Sandra Yossa Congolese. R u Anglophone or Francophone?"

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58. Sandra Yossa
"+Maka Velli francophone"

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REPLY
59. Maka Velli
"+Sandra Yossa Your English writing is good. I know the country is officially bilingual but still..."

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60. Sandra Yossa
"That's cus I don't live in Cameroon"

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61. Tracy Love
"Nice music from psquare keep it up my man this is a great work lovely people nice dancers sweet music one love"

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62. Mimi Tshimanga
"the more Africa unite the better for the Africa love it"

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63. Musah Hassan
"Finally 😍😍😍😍😍 collabo on point ... Awilo"

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64. Noah Giah
"African music is the best I am from west Africa Liberia and I live in the USA but trust me in my car I got all the best Africa music god bless Africa one love"

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65. Benjamin
"Awilo is like 50+ years old and he can still kill it with style and talent ."

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66. N-zey Célé
"Nigerians sound engineers brings something which missed in Congolese end African musics, THE LOUDNESS, LOUDNESS..., don't speak about the best video clip quality.
Good job....Finish Paris, Bruxelles ....for mastering our songs, now is Nigeria (FUBU for us by us)"

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67. nacora1trini
"Been listening to Awilo for years... Glad to see he didn't miss a beat... True living legend, this Trini girl is happy ❤️"

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68. Diese Vieira
"ENEMY SOLOOOOO
OH YEAH A GREAT COLLABO
I'M A BIG FAN FROM PORTUGAL U GUYS ARE AMAIZING

EZINNE KILLIN' IT"

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69. Maracouja World Prod.
"Awilo Longomba and Psquare, african mega stars good work bro's you are the best. Africa Music in the Top. Jah bless"

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2017
70. sweet one loves
"I am a black American female and when I hear this song something inside jump up in me. and I dancing in a way I cant explain. Mother Africa wakes up in me and I'm whining up my waist, shaking my hips moving my feet . OMG I CANT SIT STILL. THANK YOU FOR THIS SONG, it wakes up my ancestors in and from AFRICA. : )"

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71. iamaku09
"Awilo is the original Grandpa bae"

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72. carla mendes
"OMG nice 1 😚 😚"

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73. TheRegalEagle2014
"#EpicDanceOff
This is my Soukous song for Summer 2016. Awilo the Soukous maestro still going strong. Kudos my brothers, P Square! Love the video and song."

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74. Lucky Johnson
"Nice song... the colabo was hot."

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75. Charlette Hernandez
"No matter where you are in the world if you are BLACK African music should make you feel good. it makes me want to dance, and I feel peace when I hear it. Sincerely your Long lost African Relative."

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76. Naija Boy
"Im Nigerian but whenever I hear awilo I wish I spoke French"

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REPLY
77. Remy Lofombo
"Naija Boy his speaking Lingala"

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78. Felix Khale
"I like it..still banging in 2017."

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79. Krista Opara
"If u the wish me good e i go the wish u good e if u the wish me bad i go wish u good"

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80. Williams Blessing
"how come I hvnt come across dis song till now gush its lit!!"

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81. Hudson Joel
"Awilo,the OG. Love this jam!"
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"OG" here is an African American Vernacular English (Hip Hop) term that means "Original Gangsta". In the context of this comment, "OG" refers to Awilo Longomba's longevity as a performer of hit songs.

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82. Marsden Kanu
"wow I haven't seen awilo years he looks so different still well
he has come a long way from being a drummer in a band to solo singer in soukous genre to become a legendary African artist
wow keep up the good work"

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2018
83. purplestax4
"Fantastic collab two greats!!! The dancing talent is amazing!!"

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84. M Mberson
"If i dey wish me bad i wish u good ooo."
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This is a Nigerian Pidgin English form of one of the lines from this song. The "ooo" at the end emphasizes what was said.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Positive References To Black Natural Hairstyles That Were Worn By Attendees At Prince Harry & Meghan Markles' Wedding (With Two Videos Of Meghan Markles As A Child)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This pancocojams post compiles examples of positive references to natural hairstyles (dreadlocks, cornrows, twists, twist outs, braids, or 'fros) that were worn by attendees at the wedding of the Duke & Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry & Meghan Markle) on May 19, 2018.

In particular, this compilation documents how different terms were used to refer to the same hairstyles- for instance, in various articles or comments Meghan Markles' mother Doria Ragland's hairstyle was referred to as "dreadlocks", "twists", or "twist outs"- which aren't the same hairstyles.

Also, tennis champion Serena Williams' hairstyle was referred to as "braids" or "cornrows" which again are two different hairstyles - although some people might (correctly?) say that she wore both hairstyles. However, Serena's hairstyle was also referred to as "braided cornrows and thigh-length Senegalese twists" and twists aren't the same as braids.

The Addendum to this post also showcases two videos of Meghan Markle as a child.

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The content of this post is presented for historical and socio-cultural purposes.

All content remains with their owners.

Congratulations and best wishes to the Duke & Duchess of Sussex and thanks to all those who are mentioned in this post. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube.
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Visit http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/article-excerpt-about-andre-walkers.html "Article Excerpt About Andre Walker's Hair Typing System And Selected Black Natural Hair Care & Hair Styling Terms" for definitions of the natural hair terms that are used in this post.

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EXAMPLES OF POSITIVE REFERENCES TO NATURAL HAIRSTYLES (DREADLOCKS, CORNROWS, TWISTS, TWIST OUTS, BRAIDS, OR 'FROS) THAT WERE WORN BY ATTENDEES AT PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLES' WEDDING

Pancocojams Editor's Note: These excerpts are given in no particular and are numbered for referencing purposes only. I'm interested in documenting the terms used as references for these hairstyles as well as some of the comments made about these hairstyles.

These selected comments purposely don't include any racists and/or otherwise negative examples. Among those racists comments were those that equated one or more of the attendees with monkeys or gorillas; those that indicated that cornrows should be named "cotton rows"; and those that indicated hairstyles styles being dirty, smelly, and/or ghetto.

References to these hair styles are given in italics to highlight these sentences.

Excerpt #1:
From https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/20/arts/television/meghan-markle-royal-wedding-blackness.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/20/arts/television/meghan-markle-royal-wedding-blackness.html Meghan Markle and the Bicultural Blackness of the Royal Wedding
...Despite [Meghan Markle's mother] Ms. [Doria] Ragland’s being the sole member of Ms. Markle’s family at the wedding, we still know so little about her. In contrast to the media obsession with Ms. Markle’s father and his children from his first marriage, Ms. Ragland is a bit of a mystery who rarely gives interviews. As a result of her silence, we are left to deduce meaning from her physical image. As she sat across from the British monarchy in her pale green Oscar de la Renta dress and coat, it was the symbolism of her long dreadlocks, quietly tucked underneath her hat, that spoke volumes as it reminded us that black women’s natural hair is regal too.

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But, for me, it was the awesome power of the Kingdom Choir — the Christian gospel group from southeast London — and its leader, the renowned gospel singer Karen Gibson, that captivated me. They did not simply give us a rollicking rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” but rather showcased the sheer breadth of a trans-Atlantic black identity. Against the muted tones of their beige and mauve clothing, the various hues of their brown complexions, the complexity of their hairstyles (ranging from twists to cornrows to straightened hair) and their expert use of the African-American songbook stood out even more.

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Excerpt #2:
From https://www.essence.com/hair/royal-wedding-meghan-markle-mom-doria-ragland-locs-nose-ring Meghan Markle's Mother Stunned With Her Nose Ring And Locs In A Twist Out At The Royal Wedding
Siraad Dirshe, May, 19, 2018
One of the many reasons we were excited to watch Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding was to see how Doria Ragland (Meghan's mom) stunned. As the mother of the bride, there was no doubt she'd show up looking absolutely gorgeous.

And that she did!

[…]

Fresh glowing skin, a slight smokey eye, and a nude lip comprised the look de jour. As for hair, Mama Ragland's shoulder length locs, she wore a twist out and pulled them away from her face. But the beauty accessory we couldn't get enough of was her nose ring."...

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Excerpt #3:
From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5745941/Doria-Ragland-debuts-new-hair-heels-ahead-Royal-wedding.html Doria's new look: Mother of the bride debuts new hair and heels as she joins Meghan at Cliveden House Hotel just hours before the Royal wedding
By Unity Blott For Mailonline, PUBLISHED: 13:48 EDT, 18 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:08 EDT, 18 May 2018
“It was her first official appearance as the mother of the bride.

And Doria Ragland debuted a dramatic new look tonight as she arrived at Cliveden House Hotel with her daughter Meghan Markle tonight.

The yoga instructor and social worker, who wore her hair tied back as she jetted out of Los Angeles earlier this week, appeared to have styled her hair into soft twists, tied back with a silk scarf.

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New look: The yoga instructor and social worker, who wore her cornrows tied back as she jetted out of Los Angeles on Friday, wore her hair down in soft twists, tied back with a scarf.

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From https://www.essence.com/hair/serena-williams-royal-wedding-braids-cornrows-senegalese-twists Serena Williams Slayed In Cornrows And Senegalese Twists For The Royal Wedding
MICHELLE DARRISAW May, 19, 2018
"Serena Williams was the epitome of #HairGoals at the royal wedding.

The new mom arrived at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s ceremony at Windsor Castle on Saturday, along with her husband Alexis Ohanian, looking like American royalty in a blush pink, draped Versace dress that hugged her curves. But it was her fresh braided ‘do we couldn’t stop staring at.

Just before the wedding, Williams took to Instagram to show off her braided cornrows and thigh-length Senegalese twists, which were pulled up into a high ponytail and topped with a matching, sculptural fascinator. Needless to say, it was a standout cultural moment that was met with praise from both Williams and fans alike on social media.

“Look at my braids, I’m wearing braids! Yasss!” Williams said on her Instagram story, as she documented her wedding-day prep with Ohanian and her daughter.


Y'ALL SERENA IS WEARING BRAIDS!!!!!!! I REPEAT, SERENA WILLIAMS IS WEARING BRAIDS!!!!!!!! #RoyalWedding

5:38 AM - May 19, 2018

Halfwaybougie
@halfwaybougie
Loving all the locs, twists and braids at the #royalwedding come thru @serenawilliams 🙌🏾🏆

7:59 AM - May 19, 2018

Markle’s mom Doria Ragland also rocked her locs at the star-studded affair, and 36-year-old Williams gushed about her friendship with Markle as she was getting ready on Instagram.

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And honestly, we’re happy we just found a new protective style for summer. Slay, queen Serena!"
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"Fascinator" = a term for a hair accessories/ hair sculpture that is worn in women’s hair for formal events such as the Kentucky Derby or traditional English weddings

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From https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/meme-perfectly-illustrates-amazing-serena-williams-wore-cornrows-royal-wedding-013749491.html Diversity Of Looks
Serena Williams worn cornrows to the royal wedding

This meme perfectly illustrates why it was so amazing that Serena Williams wore cornrows to the royal wedding
by Maggie Parker Mon, May 21 9:37 PM EDT
"In case you somehow avoided the royal wedding, we should tell you that one of the aspects people cannot stop talking about is how diverse the beauty looks were compared to past royal events.

Of course, with Meghan Markle’s biracial background, some racial diversity was guaranteed. What caught everyone by sweet surprise, however, was that the diversity went far beyond the Duchess of Sussex. From the black gospel choir to the bishop who quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his sermon, black heritage was proudly referenced. And while Meghan’s hair was in a popular low messy bun for her big day, some of her guests wore more creative ’dos. Serena Williams rocked long cornrows with a perfect pink fascinator, and Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, wore her hair in shoulder-length dreadlocks. Some of the gospel singers of the Kingdom Choir, which performed at the ceremony, wore their hair in fancy cornrowed updos, and others wore theirs in loose natural ’fros.

All of these women looked absolutely stunning and sophisticated...


Some see this as a major moment for black hair. A meme was created featuring Williams at the wedding with the caption, “If an employer/school ever makes a comment about your twits [sic], braids, or cornrows please reply with, ‘if it’s good enough for a royal wedding, it’s good enough for you.’” The meme has been shared on Instagram and has over 8,000 likes. It also features photos of Ragland, other African-American wedding guests like Oprah Winfrey, and a video of the choir showcasing members’ hairstyles, including conductor Karen Gibson’s gorgeous gray, braided updo.


Mae 🌻💛
@mmdotk
19 May
My daughter excitedly said to my mother, on seeing Doria Ragland: she has hair like yours 😭😭💗❤️🖤 #RoyalWeddding pic.twitter.com/iSPXj65JeK


TJartist
@TheTJartist
Our beautiful black hair(all styles, lengths and textures) was on display as elegant and acceptable for the occasion at a Royal Wedding.

Yooooo I was BEYOND that Serena wore rows!! With the long pony!! Yaaassss #blackgirlmagic,” one user commented on the post. “I noticed all of the black women’s hair! Twist, Braids, Locks, Nature Hair*, Relaxed Hair!! Let’s not forget the nose ring we have been always told by society that if our hair wasn’t a certain way it was socially unacceptable by the European standards! But this historical moment says otherwise! ” said another follower. “Our beautiful black hair (all styles, lengths and textures) was on display as elegant and acceptable for the occasion at a Royal Wedding,” someone tweeted. “My daughter excitedly said to my mother, on seeing Doria Ragland: she has hair like yours #RoyalWeddding.”

Shonda Rhimes shared a similar sentiment. “My 4 year old upon seeing Meghan Markle’s mother: ‘Mommy, the Queen is so beautiful!’ Me: ‘Yes. Yes, she is.’ She never once noticed any other Queen in the room. My work here is done.”

Gray’s point was proven last year when the Perception Institute found that white women demonstrate the strongest bias — both explicit and implicit — against textured hair, rating it as less beautiful, less sexy or attractive, and less professional than smooth hair.

But it’s not just natural black hair that is unaccepted; cornrows, braids and dreadlocks are far too often characterized as low-class and dirty. Remember the white mother who called her biracial daughter’s cornrows ugly and insinuated that the look was “too black?” Then there was the Banana Republic employee who faced discrimination over her braided hairstyle and was told by her manager that her look was inappropriate for working on the store floor. Two years ago, 9-year-old soccer player Aubrey Zvovushe-Ramos was unexpectedly pulled from the lineup by the referee because of the beads in her braids. And no one will ever forget when E! host Giuliana Rancic said on air that Zendaya’s dreadlocks made her smell “like patchouli oil. Or weed.”

So, as the meme points out, it’s important for the world to see that black hairstyles can be formal, sophisticated, and chic. “The meme does bring up a valid point: my locs/fro/curls are good enough for royalty but not good enough to clock in at my cubicle or be the CEO?” Gray argued. “But I also hope this brings awareness that whiteness (or proximity to it) is not the tool to measure beauty.” In other words, she said, it should not be up to white people to decide which black hairstyles are “acceptable.”
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“nature hair” probably a typo for “natural hair” meaning usual Black African hair texture [type 4] worn in its natural state without any heat or chemical treatments

"relaxed hair" = hair that is straightened by chemicals or by heat

Here's the link for the Instagram link mentioned in that article is https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi9xeuBga3_/?utm_source=ig_embed
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Here are some selected comments from that article's discussion thread (with numbers assigned for referencing purposes only)
1. 124Wiseone, May 22, 2018
"I think African Americans have often yielded to the comfort of whites. Perfect example is how some feel about the African American hair versatility. as reflected in the comments. A lot of the braids are amazing art. They are geometrically balanced. They are really a work of art. When Bo Derek wore them whites especially were in awe. But, for some reason Black hairstyles seem to be a threat to some whites. If you can't appreciate the versatility in Black hair, that's fine, but don't insult people. There is a certain comfort and freedom when African Americans do not conform to the comfort of whites."

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2. TERRY, May 22, 2018
"Everything in black culture is a threat to white people. They are insulted that we even exist."

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3. 124Wiseone, May 22, 2018
"@TERRY you can tell by the thumbs down replies."

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4. Neverchange, May 22, 2018
"Black women wore their natural hair at the Royal Wedding of Prince Hary and Meghan Markle and they knocked those styles right out of the ball park. Black women ROCK!! I am ecstatic!"

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5. Tara, May 22, 2018
"awww the jealousy here is hilarious...white women try to put their hair in braids and cornrows all day every day and claim credit for the trend, those are your wives, daughters and mothers.... lol bless your little hearts, hate what can't understand or have....so typical, especially the yahooligans...its ok, your daughter will be wearing the soon enough lol and the dreads you guys try to copy...but then you guys always steal from other cultures and then try to claim at as your own...again, typical

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6. Betty, May 22, 2018
"I was oblivious to the whole hair thing. I'm white and have naturally curly hair - after the torture of the feathering stage in the late 70's I gave up and embraced HUGE 80's hair, 90's spiral and working woman shorter waves. It's too exhausting to fight what parents mix up and spit out, your features are your features and they are beautiful. I'm glad black women are finally able to enjoy their hair!"

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7. TERRY, May 22, 2018
"As a black woman I would like to advise the writer of this article that Serena wore braids not cornrows. There is a difference."

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8. Willie, May 23, 2018
"This article is about corn rolls but it forgot to mention the big weave braid she was sporting."

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YOUTUBE VIDEOS THAT SHOW THE HAIRSTYLES MENTIONED IN THE COMMENTS ABOVE AS WELL AS SOME ADDITIONAL VIDEOS OF PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THOSE COMMENTS
Example #1: Emotional moment Prince Charles grabbed Meghan's mom Doria's hand, she belonged to the family



Hot news 24h Today, Published on May 21, 2018

Emotional moment Prince Charles grabbed Meghan's mom Doria's hand, she belonged to the family
Two people’s hands reaching for the other, and a warm smile. And from the way that Doria Ragland’s face lit up, she suddenly felt safe, no longer lonely in St George’s Chapel....

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Example #2: Meghan's mom is staying at Kensington Palace with her & Harry for wedding preparations



Royal Insider, Published on May 10, 2018

Meghan Markle’s mother has arrived! Doria Ragland flew to London to help her daughter prepare for her upcoming wedding to Prince Harry, Us Weekly confirms.
The yoga instructor, 61, is staying at Kensington Palace with Harry, 33, and Markle, 36. A source tells Us that Ragland will meet the entire royal family — including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and Duchess Kate — in the next few days, along with her ex-husband, Thomas Markle, who is scheduled to land in the U.K. later on Thursday, May 10.

The source adds that Ragland and Thomas will attend a private rehearsal at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle next week. The former actress’ best friend Jessica Mulroney will arrive in London on Monday, May 14.

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Example #3: Stand by Me' performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir - The Royal Wedding - BBC



BBC, Published on May 19, 2018

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Example #4: Choir members react to royal wedding performance



CBS News, Published on May 20, 2018

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Example #5: Royal Wedding 2018: Serena Williams stuns in floral Valentino gown in her second look of the night



NEWS LIVE, Published on May 19, 2018

Royal Wedding 2018: Serena Williams stuns in floral Valentino gown in her second look of the night.
As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped out in their elegant outfit changes to celebrate their we .....

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Example #6: Royal wedding cellist: Teenaged musician Sheku Kanneh-Mason wows guests



CBC News, Published on May 20, 2018

The royal wedding cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 19, played three songs for guests as Harry and Meghan signed the register.
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Although most of the comments in this post referred to Black women who attended the royal wedding, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the cellist who performed at the wedding should also be included in this post as he "sported" a 'fro.

Also, click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/bishop-michael-currys-wedding-sermon.html for a pancocojams post about Bishop Michael Curry who delivered a sermon at the royal wedding. Bishop Curry also had a 'fro.

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ADDENDUM- TWO VIDEOS OF THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX (FORMERLY MEGHAN MARKLE) AS A CHILD
1. See Meghan Markle When She Was an 11-Year-Old With Pigtails



Inside Edition, Published on Nov 27, 2017

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2. See Meghan Markle on ‘90s Nickelodeon Show After Protesting Sexist Commercial



Inside Edition, Published on Nov 30, 2017
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These videos certainly seem to indicate that Meghan has her hair "relaxed". meaning she has her hair straightened.

In the late 1960s and 1970s and beyond that time some Black people postulated that whether people of Black descent wore their hair straightened or un-straightened (i.e. in a "natural" hairstyle) was an indicator of how "conscious" they were. "Conscious" her meant and means the same thing as the contemporary African American Vernacular English term "woke"- "to be aware of (alert to) and to work toward issues concerning social justice and racial justice, particularly as they concern Black and Brown people.

Acceptance of Black natural hairstyles is important for many psychological and socio-cultural reasons and it is good to see Black people and other populations recognizing that natural hairstyles can be beautiful. However, hopefully, we have grown past that time when wearing straightened or natural hairstyles are indicators of a person's "consciousness" or state of being "woke".

I believe that, inadvertently, the Duchess of Sussex, formerly Meghan Markle, will help reinforce this point.


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Five YouTube Hair Styling Videos For Females With Type 3 Or Type 4 Hair (The Most Common African American Hair Types)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part pancocojams series on an African American hair typing system and video examples of those hair types.

This post showcases several tutorial or hair styling several videos for females with type 3 and type 4 hair.

Click http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2018/05/article-excerpt-about-andre-walkers.html for Part I of this pancocojams series. Part I also includes some definitions for Black natural hair care and hair styling terms. By "Black natural hair" I mean type 3 and type 4 hair that is in its natural state (without the addition of heat or chemicals).for Part I of this pancocojams series. Part I provides text only information about the Andre Walker hair typing system with a focus on its descriptions of the most common African American hair types: type 3 and type 4 (with type 3c and type 4c additions).

This post also includes some definitions for Black natural hair care and hair styling terms. By "Black natural hair" I mean type 3 and type 4 hair that is in its natural state (without the addition of heat or chemicals).

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The content of this post is presented for cultural and educational purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to all those who are featured in and who published these YouTube videos.

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SHOWCASE VIDEOS
Example #1: Night to Morning Natural Hair Routine



Mini Marley, Published on Jul 2, 2015
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Some people use twists to develop dreadlocs. If so, they wouldn't "take out" their twists.

A commenter wrote that she's noticed the pineapple nightly hair care custom (putting her hair up and covering the back and sides of the hair with a scarf has also been used as a daytime hair style for some females.
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I think that this video blogger (vlogger) has type 4b or 4c hair (or a combination of both 4b and 4c hair).

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Example #2: Yemi Alade inspired detailed hair tutorial. #3/5 Fulani



Hair By Habiba, Published on Sep 15, 2016
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Yemi Alade is a famous Nigerian Afrobeats singer. Click that name for pancocojams post on that singer.

Here are some selected comments from this video's discussion thread:
KeeNa Makiba, 2017
"How would someone with 4C or 4B hair achieve be this look with not having long hair like ur daughter?"

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. Hair By Habiba, 2017
"Just use some kinky textured extensions or even Marley hair ! Hope this helps 😀"

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KeeNa Makiba, 2017
"Hair By Habiba
Ok thank u very much ..I have very short hair and I love this video very much very helpful ..I'm going to try this style for a concert...I'm just starting out natural hair style..so this style will be my first!"
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These comments document the way that some Black people are reclaiming the word "kinky" which once was (and often still is) considered a very negative descriptor of [a lot of] Black people's hair type (texture). "Kinky" means "full of tight curls". Type 4 hair is the most tightly coiled (curled) hair texture.

In my opinion, "tightly curled" is probably a more socially acceptable way for people-especially non-Black people - to refer to this hair type.

Note that people (like me) can have more than one type of hair in different parts of their head. For instance, some strands of my hair in the front and the sides are relatively straight and the rest of my hair is tightly curled. So maybe my hair types are 3b & 4a or 4a & 4b. By the way, I didn't really know what my real (natural) hair texture* looked or felt like until I began wearing my hair naturally (in an Afro) when I was 17 years old.

*Back in the day (in the 1950s t0 1970s) Black people used to refer "good hair" and "bad hair". "Good hair was hair textures that most White people had/have (now refer to as "type 2" and "type 3" hair textures). "Bad" hair was hair like most Black people had/have (now called "type 4" hair textures.) We (Black people) used to refer to people's "grade" of hair rather than type or texture of hair.

I think the hair type of the girl in this video has 3a or 3b or 3c hair.

Also, "Marley Hair" that is mentioned in one of these comments is a specific brand of fake hair that is sold for extensions (weaves).

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Example #3: 10 Quick and Easy Hairstyles on Natural Hair - 3B/3C



Jasmine D, Published on Oct 18, 2015

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Example #3: 6 Cute Ways to Style Your natural TWA 3c 4a 4b & 4c friendly



DISCLAIMER: The small white buds in my hair is the build up of both products used( gel and leave in conditioner). When 2 products don't have the same base they don't mix well.

DETAILS
Hi Guys, So today i decided to show you 6 styles I do with my TWA. For everyone who has a Teenie Weenie Afro knows its difficult to style it, because its so short and you don't know what to do with it. Been there Done that. I got sick of the regular curly fro after a week so I started to play around and experiment with my hair and came up with these 6 styles. They're different and easy to achieve. I hope this video helps.

1.) The Wash N Go Revival is reviving my 4 day old wash n go. I do his by applying water to reactivate the product already in my hair.
2.) The Side Part is pretty self Explanatory, lol.
3.)The Afro is my curls and kinks being picked out.
4.)The half up is like wearing back fro but instead I sleek the sides down and pin the top half up.
5.) The back Fro is my edges sleeked back but the back of hair is in an Afro.
6.) The Sleek Slick Back is brushing ALL of hair down and to the back.

xoxo
Markia Daily

Products Used:
Spray bottle ( filled with water)
Cantu Shea Leave In Conditioner
Detangler comb
Soft Bristle Brush
Hard Bristle Brush
Olive Oil ECO Styler Gel

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Example #4: 7 NATURAL HAIRSTYLES (For Short to Medium Length Natural Hair) (4B/C Hair)


Healthy Afro Hair, Published on Mar 23, 2018

Natural hairstyles created on my natural hair. So this is the first hairstyles video I’ve done on my channel since going natural.

By the way, prior to styling my hair I used a small amount of the following products for some of the styles;

1. Water
2. Aunt Jackies Knot On My Watch Instant Detangling Therapy
3. Eco Style Black Castor & Flaxseed Oil Gel.

These are not shown in the video, as the main focus was on the hairstyles and NOT products. So feel free to use ones of your choice.

Let me know which one(s) you like best!

Hope you enjoy the video 😊

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Example #5: Perfect Twistout EVERYTIME on Type 4 Natural Hair // Lasts 7 Days+



Halfrican Beaute, Published on May 2, 2018


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