In the News: slavery headlines

What a fascinating piece of research….

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Cubans trace roots to remote Sierra Leone village

By Sarah Rainsford BBC News, 21 April 2014

For decades the Ganga-Longoba of Perico have been singing the same chants, a tradition passed down the generations.

 

But until recently this Afro-Cuban community knew little of the origin of the songs, or of their own ancestors.

 

Now, thanks to the work of an Australian academic, Cuba’s Ganga believe their roots lie in a remote village in Sierra Leone from where it is thought their relatives were sold into slavery more than 170 years ago.

 

“When I first filmed the Ganga-Longoba, I believed their ceremonies were a mixture of many different ethnic groups,” says historian Emma Christopher, of Sydney University.

 

“I had no idea that a large number of Ganga songs would come from just one village. I think that’s extremely unusual,” she says.

 

The initial breakthrough…

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