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Announcing Vivo Voices: a new vocal group for South Dublin

Announcing Vivo Voices: a new vocal group for South Dublin

Music Generation South Dublin has announced ‘Vivo Voices’, a new vocal group open to young people from across the county ages 12 to 18.

Developed for both male and female singers, Vivo Voices will provide a means for young vocalists to explore contemporary repertoire in a fun, relaxed environment.

The ensemble will be launched with a series of open auditions, in order to categorise voices, on Tuesday 22 January 2019 in Rua Red, Tallaght.

Vivo Voices: further information

  • Open auditions: 5pm – 6.30pm, Tuesday 22 January (Rua Red, Tallaght)
  • Singers are welcome to prepare a song for the audition, but this is not a requirement.
  • Cost of participation: €25 (February – May 2019)


Ukulele for Beginners

Following the success of its first edition earlier this month, Music Generation South Dublin will also present a repeat four-week Ukulele for Beginners course, commencing Monday 7 January, 5.30pm – 6.15pm.

The course, led by experienced musician Colleen Heavey, is suitable for ages 8 to 12 and will continue weekly on January 14, 21 and 28.

Ukuleles will be supplied, but participants are welcome to bring their own too!

Booking is available now via Eventbrite

Places on the course are limited. In the interests of fairness, those who participated in the December session will not be permitted to attend the January session. Further details about free ukulele programmes during 2019 will be available from Clondalkin, Ballyroan and Tallaght Libraries.

For further information about either programme and to express your interest in auditioning for Vivo Voices, contact:

Aideen McLaughlin, Music Development Officer, Music Generation South Dublin 

e: amclaughlin[at]sdublincoco
t: +353 86 145 5146

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These motivational backgrounds will keep you going in 2019

These motivational backgrounds will keep you going in 2019

December 20 2018 | By: ROBYN DETORO


Join the fight against extreme poverty


We made things happen this year — seriously, check out everything we achievedthanks to YOU — and now we’re more motivated than ever to keep up the fight in 2019. To keep ourselves at the top of our game, we created a set of phone backgrounds to remind us that we’re in it to win it.

Check them out below and download your favorite one!





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You need to read these six thought-provoking short stories

You need to read these six thought-provoking short stories

September 7 2018 | By: SADOF ALEXANDER


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“To have a legacy, you must stand for something.”

Keynote speaker and respected author Taban Lo Liyong offers this piece of wisdom at the The Writivism Festival, Uganda’s leading literary event, which brings African writers to Kampala every year! The weekend-long festival includes presentations from guest speakers, readings, lectures, film screenings, and more. The event wraps up with an award show that honors rising authors.

Each year, the festival centers around a specific theme. This year’s theme was on legacy and authors were encouraged to “think about how the past is remembered, negotiated and adapted to inform the present and future.”

Six authors had their works selected for award– each of whom stand up for something in their work and are paving the way to creating their own legacies.

Here are the six stories shortlisted for awards at the Writivism Festival:

“Belonging” by Chisanga Mukuka

It may not seem like a small green-and-gold booklet could hold so much power, but Zambian writer Chisanga Mukuka knows otherwise. Her nonfiction piece explores her own experiences with passports, visas, immigration, public harassment, and her difficult journeys home.

“Women Who Bleed Colours” by Ope Adedeji

Ope Adedeji’s life has been shaped by the presence of women. This story shows the powerful influences of Adedeji’s mother, grandmother, and a woman only she could see. Through her story, Adedeji also expresses how gender inequality has affected her.

“The Child and its Many Faces” by Karis Onyemenam

Nigerian author Karis Onyemenam has seen a child many times throughout her life. She’s seen the child through multiple surgeries to fix her femur, learning German, learning to ski, and other moments in her life. Identity crises and harsh interactions with others have, as the name implies, given this child many different faces.

“Hopes and Dreams” by Mbogo Ireri

Anastacia’s father dies suddenly one morning. As his family deals with this loss, a tale of corruption and the struggle against it unfolds. This fictional story, set in Mbogo Ireri’s home of Kenya, takes a personal look at abusive political forces and the toll it takes on takes on its citizens.

“The Photograph” by Mali Kambandu

Memory, an avid art lover, explores galleries in her spare time, which is of no interest to her husband Gibson. When Memory discovers a new photograph in the gallery, her relationship with her husband and with art suddenly changes. Zambian author Mali Kambandu dives deeply into this couple’s relationship to see it as it truly is.

“A River Ends in an Ocean” by Obinna Jones

Nigerian author Obinna Jones shifts between two different perspectives and times in his short story. The story’s narrative shifts between Ágbọnmágbè, who is being released from prison, and his son Jide, who’s dealing with his father’s arrest months before. Jones takes a critical eye to wealth and how it affects family bonds.

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The young African innovators to watch in 2019

By Yomi KazeemJanuary 3, 2019

In covering the continent, Quartz Africa pays keen attention to innovators on and from the continent who are breaking barriers. That thinking has informed an annual compilation of Quartz Africa Innovators lists in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Here’s a teaser of just a few of the most exciting young talent we’re keeping an eye on in 2019, they are all breaking ground in their respective fields and they’re are all under 30.

Sarah Diouf (Senegal)

In 2016, Sarah Diouf’s mission in starting Tongoro, a Dakar-based ready-to-wear fashion brand, was to fill a gap by offering an affordable African label in a market dominated by foreign brands. With a range of African print-based blouses, skirts and a popular Mburu handbag, Diouf, 29, is well on her way. After breaking even in the first year largely thanks to a strong customer base in the United Statesincluding Beyonceand the United Kingdom, Tongoro is looking to increase its footprint in major African cities. Tongoro also prides itself on being a wholly made in Africa fashion label, sourcing its materials across the continent and contracting local tailors.

Betelhem Dessie (Ethiopia)

In a tech space where excelling teenagers and women are both a rarity in Ethiopia, Betelhem stands out. Working with iCog, a robotics and artificial intelligence laboratory based in Addis Ababa, the 19 year-old Ethiopian is leading the charge to make artificial intelligence innovation and coding more mainstream among young Ethiopians. Betelhem leads several projects including Anyone Can Code, focused on teaching pupils aged between six and 13 the basics of artificial intelligence as well as Solve IT, a project that pushes teenagers to develop tech-based solutions to problems in their community. As she told Quartz Africa last year, “You have to be smarter than the machines that you’re using.”

Betelhem Dessie speaking at Afrobytes Paris

Kelvin Doe (Sierra Leone)

Kelvin Doe’s early age curiosity for tinkering with electronics and electrical parts from scrapyards in his native Sierra Leone saw him go from being a self-taught engineer to becoming the youngest personto participate in the Visiting Practitioner’s Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and giving TEDx speeches. The 22-year old prodigy has grown in leaps and bounds since and has founded K-Doe Tech, a startup working on solar energy inventions. Doe also continues to support young people in Sierra Leone, providing educational resources and tools as well as hosting workshops.

Kelvin Doe speaking at TedxTeen in 2012

Silas Adekunle (Nigeria/US)

Silas Adekunle’s profile has risen rapidly over the past year thanks to a robot uprising of his own making. With a first-class degree in Robotics from the University of West England, the Lagos-born engineer founded Reach Robotics and is a pioneer in gaming robots. The robots have proven big enough to snag an exclusive sales deal with Apple stores and have seen Reach Robotics secure $10 million in funding. It’s a far cry from when Adekunle, 27, was causing power outages while tinkering with batteries while growing up in Nigeria.

Elvis Chidera (Nigeria)

A lack of required resources is not always a hindrance, as Elvis Chidera, 19, proves. The self-taught software engineer learned on how to code on a feature phone with very limited functions while growing up in eastern Nigeria. These days however, Chidera is working with dot Learn, a MIT-backed startup focused  on easing access to online education by providing data-lite resources. Education is clearly a passion for the teenager who has also built PrepApp, an exam preparation app for students which has been installed over 35,000 times.

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