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French soldier’s room unchanged 96 years after his death in first world war

The name of dragoons officer Hubert Rochereau is commemorated on a war memorial in Bélâbre, his native village in central France, along with those of other young men who lost their lives in the first world war.

But Rochereau also has a much more poignant and exceptional memorial: his room in a large family house in the village has been preserved with his belongings for almost 100 years since his death in Belgium.

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Soul Power is a documentary on the Zaire 74 Music Festival in Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), which accompanied the Rumble in the Jungle Heavyweight Boxing Championship between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. This is a line up made in heaven!

  • James Brown
  • BB King
  • Tabu Ley Rochereau
  • Miriam Makeba
  • Celia Cruz & the Fania All Stars
  • Bill Withers
  • The Spinners
  • Manu Dibango
  • TPOK Jazz

One of my favorite moments captured in this documentary is at 58:46, a beautiful moment of exchange between African and African American dancers. Music and dance are vital to our existence. Our music and dances thrive on reciprocation throughout the continent and the Diaspora.

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The rhumba was king in Kinshasa at the time and Tabu Ley brought this sound to incredible refinement. In 1970, when the sale of his records went past a million, his musical efforts culminated in the appointment of the honorary title of Knight of Senegal. Soon after, the Republic of Chad honored him with the title Officer of the National Order. Tabu Ley’s musical prowess transcended all political boundaries. Around this time Siegneur Rochereau began the band Afrisa International, with whom he continues to record and tour with today.

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When President Mobutu was dethroned in the late 90s, Tabu ley returned to Kinshasa and took up a position as a cabinet minister in the government of new President Laurent Kabila. Following Kabila’s death, Tabu Ley continued in the same capacity under new President Joseph Kabila.

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Catacombes de Paris
Cimetière

Les catacombes de Paris, terme utilisé pour nommer l’ossuaire municipal, sont d’anciennes carrières souterraines situées dans le 14e arrondissement de Paris, reliées entre elles par des galeries d’inspection. Elles sont transformées en ossuaire à la fin du xviiie siècle avec le transfert des dépouilles de six millions de Parisiens, évacués des divers cimetières parisiens pour des raisons de salubrité publique. Elles prennent alors le nom de catacombes, par analogie avec les nécropoles souterraines de la Rome antique, bien qu’elles n’aient quasiment jamais servi de sépulture initiale.

D’environ 1,7 km de long, situées à vingt mètres sous la surface, elles sont officiellement visitées par environ 300 000 visiteurs par an à partir de la place Denfert-Rochereau et constituent un musée de la ville de Paris, dépendant du musée Carnavalet. Cette partie ouverte au public ne représente qu’une infime fraction (environ un huit-centième) des vastes carrières souterraines de Paris, qui s’étendent sous plusieurs arrondissements de la capitale. Il existe aussi d’autres ossuaires souterrains à Paris, inaccessibles au public, et qui demeurent particulièrement méconnus.

Ce site est desservi par la station de métro Denfert-Rochereau. (RER) Ce site est également desservi par la station de RER : Denfert-Rochereau.

The 23 Best Picture Books Of 2014

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A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna

A dissatisfied lion ventures to Paris on a quest to find fulfillment. After exploring the city (and viewing many famous sights along the way) he finds where he belongs: as a statue at Place Denfert-Rochereau.

What kind of reader is it for? Someone who knows how it feels to be a stranger in a new city; anyone who would enjoy paging through a large, beautifully illustrated book.

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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson

A portrait of Josephine Baker told in verse by Patricia Hruby Powell (and splendidly illustrated by Christian Robinson).

What kind of reader is it for? Anyone interested in learning about the performer and civil rights advocate who was both a spectacle and an inspiration.

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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

Did you ever wonder where imaginary friends come from? This book is the origin story of one such friend: Beekle.

What kind of reader is it for? Anyone who has ever had a friend that only they could see.

Find it here.

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The 23 Best Picture Books Of 2014 

You’ll love them just as much as the kids will. Ranked in no particular order.

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A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna

A dissatisfied lion ventures to Paris on a quest to find fulfillment. After exploring the city (and viewing many famous sights along the way) he finds where he belongs: as a statue at Place Denfert-Rochereau.

What kind of reader is it for? Someone who knows how it feels to be a stranger in a new city; anyone who would enjoy paging through a large, beautifully illustrated book.

Find it here.

Tate Publishing

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson

A portrait of Josephine Baker told in verse by Patricia Hruby Powell (and splendidly illustrated by Christian Robinson).

What kind of reader is it for? Anyone interested in learning about the performer and civil rights advocate who was both a spectacle and an inspiration.

Find it here.

talesforallages.com

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

Did you ever wonder where imaginary friends come from? This book is the origin story of one such friend: Beekle.

What kind of reader is it for? Anyone who has ever had a friend that only they could see.

Find it here.

hachettebookgroup.com

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A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna


A dissatisfied lion ventures to Paris on a quest to find fulfillment. After exploring the city (and viewing many famous sights along the way) he finds where he belongs: as a statue at Place Denfert-Rochereau.


What kind of reader is it for? Someone who knows how it feels to be a stranger in a new city; anyone who would enjoy paging through a large, beautifully illustrated book.


Find it here.


Tate Publishing


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson


A portrait of Josephine Baker told in verse by Patricia Hruby Powell (and splendidly illustrated by Christian Robinson).


What kind of reader is it for? Anyone interested in learning about the performer and civil rights advocate who was both a spectacle and an inspiration.


Find it here.


talesforallages.com


The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat


Did you ever wonder where imaginary friends come from? This book is the origin story of one such friend: Beekle.


What kind of reader is it for? Anyone who has ever had a friend that only they could see.


Find it here.


hachettebookgroup.com



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