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Monthly Archives: April 2014

African Blues

African Blues

Farka Touré performed during the opening ceremony at the Football World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Now he is giving a concert in Basel. By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter Singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, born in 1981 in Niafunké, Mali, to the Grammy-winning Malian musician Ali Farka Touré, studied percussion and guitar in Bamako. He attributes his major musical influences to John Lee Hooker, B .B. King and Salif Keita. After his father and other community leaders gave him their blessing to produce an album, 2007 saw his international breakthrough with his self-titled debut release. Touré’s

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Comments Off   |  27/04/2014 Events, Uncategorized

The little differences: 3. One for all, or everybody for themselves

The little differences: 3. One for all, or everybody for themselves

The biggest number of small cultural differences between expats and locals, it seems, emerge when you’re enjoying a drink or two. By Martin Pütter At times, people really do miss what is right in front of them. Not convinced? Then I suggest you go to Mr. Pickwick pub in Steinenvorstadt, close to the heart of Basel’s city centre. During the warm months when this pub puts chairs and tables outside, you can sometimes see people sitting down and waiting to be served (it also happens indoors). What they miss right in front of them: little signs announcing “self-service at the

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Comments Off   |  14/04/2014 Columns, Uncategorized

The Markthalle: then and now

The Markthalle: then and now

Once one of the largest cupolas in the world, the Markthalle building has undergone considerable changes. By Shirley L. Kearney, German by Martin Pütter For decades it was underappreciated and awaiting resurrection, but in the end patience paid off. The Markthalle, Viaduktstrasse 10, between the Central Train Station and the Zoo, is rediscovered and returns to its purpose of being a market. Since October 2013, authentic and simple foods can be enjoyed under the roomy cupola in an atmosphere of calmness and adventure. A broad palette of ethnic cuisine carefully prepared with fresh produce fits comfortably into the historic construction.

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Comments Off   |  06/04/2014 Society, Uncategorized