Laurent-Désiré Kabila

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    changed his name to Mobutu Sese Seko and the country’s name to Zaire. Using his status, he nationalized the country economically. He prohibited religious instruction in schools, and imposed traditional African names. Mobutu forcibly secured his power for 32 years, which was supported by many fixed elections. Civil war and ethnic oppression, combined with an enormous influx of Rwandan and Burundian refugees provide the means to end the Mobutu regime by an insurrection led by Laurent Kabila. a. Then in 1997, the Kabila regime began and renamed the country to what it is currently recognized as, the DRC. His autocratic view and apparent lack of a reconstruction plan for the country led to another civil rebellion. Kabila’s former allies, Rwanda and Uganda, supported Congolese rebel forces in an effort to gain control of the country. In 1999, troops from Angola, Chad, Namibia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe intervened, and the Lusaka Accord was singed. In 2001, Kabila was assassinated, leaving his young son Joseph Kabila as the head of state. b. The aforementioned young president successfully negotiated the evacuation of Rwandan forces, which lead to the signing of the Pretoria Accord and, thus establishing national unity. In 2003, a transnational government was established, leading to a successful constitutional referendum. This was followed up by proper presidential elections. However, renewed conflict led to severe human rights abuse. Currently the DRC is still fighting…

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    The avant-garde cinema was born out of a ravaged post-World War I Europe in the 1920s. Various visual artists and writers took upon themselves to deride and challenge the conventional notions of plot, character, and setting, as they saw them as limiting and bourgeois. The aim of these artists was to point out how narrative films were artificial as well as contest the notion that there was only one way of filmmaking. “We should also add that internationally, experimental art was at that time…

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    The music that I have chosen is D major Violin Concerto No.1, Op.6, composed by Niccolò Paganini. To gain a more complete understanding of the composition, first we need to check the background information of the composer. Paganini was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. [iii] That explains why the composition mainly uses violin throughout the whole composition. It was also noted that was one of the most famous classical music composers on the romantic era. When I first…

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    Joe Crabb Concert Report

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    Concert Report: Junior Recital Joe Crabb, Trumpet Drew Bridges, Tenor After my experience in this concert, I discover that I will like to continue going to this concerts or recitals. Not only because the concert is free, but also because I enjoy seeing the talent that my schoolmates have. This concert was a sonata. Sonata means a piece for small number of instruments or a single one. In classical period the term usually was referred to compositions for one or two instruments only (Kerman et…

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    The San Antonio College Guitar Studio Recital took place October 20, 2014. I first arrived at the McAllister Auditorium (1300 San Pedro Ave. S.A. TX 78212) at 7 PM. It was my first time in the colleges Auditorium, but not my first time experiencing a musical performance. I have attended several times the theatre to listen to the orchestra from my hometown. It is a marvelous experience. At the entrance I could appreciate an organ, which has had an important history in classical music, especially…

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    I went to go see the University Dance Theater Spring Concert on April 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm. This concert had ten different dance performances, each representing a different style of dance. These dance performances were created by different choreographers, some being students of Old Dominion University that are in the dance program, special guest artist, and or professors. The guest artist for this year’s spring concert Ann Sofie Clemmensen. All the dancers that performed in the show are all Old…

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    Fryderyk Chopin composed around fifty-nine mazurkas with only forty-one being published during his lifetime; the remaining compositions remained in manuscript form until being published by his close friend, Julian Fontana, after Chopin’s death. Chopin’s mazurkas are based on the traditional Polish folk dance, the mazur, which are the second part of the three-fold dance routine of the original folk mazurka, also called the “round dance” when all three parts are performed together. The mazur’s…

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    Chopin Vs Liszt

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    The argument of who is the best “classical” pianist and composer has stricken the musical community like an atomic bomb for years. Everyone classical composer and or musician has had their influence on the future and growth of music, just who is the greatest? Whether it 's Liszt, Mozart, or Chopin who are all notoriously amazing players and composers, which one would be considered the best among those three pianists? Franz Liszt, the “youngest’ of these three was born in Hungary in 1811 and…

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    Many people tend to listen to music, but they do not know its simple meaning or the musical works entailed. Merriam Webster defines music as either an art or a science that has ordered tones and sounds that are arranged in a particular succession, combination and a temporal relationship so that the composition can have a unity that has a meaning. Music has emerged through various periods with each successive period having a unique style of music and influences. An example of a musical period is…

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    Maca Goddess

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    Transformations of the Morrigan: Dark Goddess to Great Queen Any precursory search will reveal that The Morrigan can be a paradoxical figure and the truth about her may not be easily uncovered. She is a goddess steeped in myth, history, and contradictions and one must unravel these questions and fit the remaining pieces together in a cultural context to gain a true understanding of her nature and position. At various times she has been seen as a beautiful maiden, a faery queen, a…

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