IHT.com:Africa gets its MTV - but will the continent's musicians benefit?Good question. For global awareness sake, and inter-connection of the youth of the world - of which I am a staunch advocate - I suppose this is a wonderful development. Having said that, it is also a worrisome one, as it means almost certainly an increased Americanization o the youth scene in Africa, which I take issue with. Because of the numerous socio=political problems of the continent, th youth has often not had the chance to enjoy, appreciate and partake in those traditions, customs and practices that consitute the various cultures in Africa. The arrival of MTV - though benevolent I am sure - might deny this youth, the pleasure and pride of feeling and internalizing their own cultures, and might indeed have an aculturaion effect, which in my opinion is the worst thing that can happen to a people, let alone the youth of a people. A youth unaware - and estranged from - culture and heritage, breeds a people estranged from its History and its pride. A people without History and without pride, is a people without a soul, and wihout hope. My hope is that elemens of globalization - such as MTV Base Africa - will not result in a hopeless, helpless and acultured youth, and will instead help young Africans appreciate their heritage, as much as that of other countries... I wonder.
The New York Times
Friday, February 25, 2005
For viewers in 48 nations in sub-Saharan Africa, the opening belatedly offers what young music fans in other nations have long watched on MTV's 43 other music channels.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
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