- "The Tio never developed a monumental architecture, not because they were not able to, but because they were not interested." –Jan Vansina
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Tag Archives: dinis marques
I was in Leiria, a small medieval city about 100 miles north of Lisbon, when I first heard about Xibinhana’s cantina. I was interviewing Dinis Marques who, 45 years before, at the age of 15, left for Mozambique to work … Continue reading
Remember those stories about Coca–Cola? How it was banned in Portugal until the 1970s, but freely available in Mozambique? Well, it turns out that Coke wasn’t contraband smuggled into Mozambique from neighboring South Africa, as I suggested. According to an … Continue reading
I can´t be at the meeting of the African Studies Association this week, but if I were in San Francisco, this is what I´d be doing:
The movies were a big deal in Lourenço Marques in the 60s and 70s. By independence in 1975, there were more than a dozen cinemas in town or in the suburbs. The Gil Vicente, the Scala, the 222 and its … Continue reading
(Story began here and there are great photos here.) One evening, in 1969, Dinis was at Café Suiça with his friends, and the group somehow started chatting with the two men who were sitting at an adjacent table. In the … Continue reading
Dinis Marques, the subject of the previous post, just sent me incredible photos of him in Chamanculo in 1965. Images of that place during that time are not easy to come by. More after the jump. If you’re curious what Dinis … Continue reading