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Mandinga Warriors Cape Verde

Mandinga Warriors Cape Verde

Mandingas go out to the streets in Cape Verde, dressed in costumes and painted in black with ashes and oil.
Photos and text by Photos and text by Ramón Ruiz Sampaio

 

 

The Mandinga warriors are known for their vibrant and colorful performances during traditional festivals and celebrations, particularly during Carnival. They wear elaborate costumes adorned with feathers, beads, and masks, symbolizing different aspects of Mandinga culture and history.
The origins of the Mandinga tradition in Cape Verde can be traced back to the Mandinka people, who are part of the larger Mandé ethnic group from West Africa. Mandinga culture and traditions were brought to Cape Verde through the transatlantic slave trade, as the islands served as a strategic hub for the trade routes between Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
In Cape Verde, the Mandinga tradition has evolved over time, blending with local customs and influences to create a unique cultural expression. The Mandinga warriors play a central role in preserving and transmitting this tradition to future generations, passing down their knowledge and skills through oral history, music, and dance.
During Carnival and other festive occasions, the Mandinga warriors perform elaborate dances and rituals that tell stories of bravery, resilience, and cultural pride. Their performances are characterized by energetic drumming, rhythmic movements, and colorful displays, captivating audiences and fostering a sense of community and belonging.
Overall, the Mandinga warriors in Cape Verde are cherished for their role in preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of the islands, embodying the spirit of resilience and creativity that defines Cape Verdean identity.

Photos and text by Ramón Ruiz Sampaio

Protesters set fire to Mexican palace after claims of Guerrero student deaths

Protest in México City. People demands from the government to explain what happened to the 43 students that went missing on September 26, 2014  from Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural teachers college of Ayotzinapa in Iguala Guerrero. On November 7th the government found ashes in a dumpster near Iguala. They presume could belong to the missing students. Some protesters set on fire the doors of the National Palace of México City, during the protest.  México City, México. Nov. 8, 2014. (photo by Ramón Ruiz Sampaio/UnFrame/SIPA USA)

Protest in México City. People demand from the government to explain what happened to the 43 students that went missing on September 26, 2014 from Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural teachers college of Ayotzinapa in Iguala Guerrero. On November 7th the government found ashes in a dumpster near Iguala. They presume could belong to the missing students. Some protesters set on fire the doors of the National Palace of México City, during the protest.
México City, México. Nov. 8, 2014.
Photo by Ramón Ruiz Sampaio / UnFrame

Shiite Muslims commemorate Ashura

Bangladeshi Shiite Muslims commemorate Ashura with self-flagellation with chains and knives. Shiites mark Ashura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed. Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nov. 3, 2014

Bangladeshi Shiite Muslims commemorate Ashura with self-flagellation with chains and knives. Shiites mark Ashura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed.
Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nov. 3, 2014
Photo by Suvra Kanti Das / UnFrame

Bangladeshi Shiite Muslims attend mourning procession on the day before Ashura at Hoseni dalan. Shiites mark Ashura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed. Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nov. 3, 2014

Bangladeshi Shiite Muslims attend mourning procession on the day before Ashura at Hoseni dalan. Shiites mark Ashura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed.
Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nov. 3, 2014
Photo by Suvra Kanti Das / UnFrame

Bangladeshi Shiite Muslims attend mourning procession on the day before Ashura at Hoseni dalan. Shiites mark Ashura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed.  Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nov. 3, 2014  Photo by Suvra Kanti Das / UnFrame

Bangladeshi Shiite Muslims attend mourning procession on the day before Ashura at Hoseni dalan. Shiites mark Ashura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram, to commemorate the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was killed.
Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nov. 3, 2014
Photo by Suvra Kanti Das / UnFrame

Longest Ukrainian Summer – Feature and Unreleased pictures

Body of one of the passengers found in a field of sunflowers on the crash site of flight MH17 Malaysian Airways Boeing 777, Hrabove, Eastern Ukraine.

The corpse of one of the passengers found in a field of sunflowers on the crash site of flight MH17 Malaysian Airways Boeing 777.
Hrabove, Eastern Ukraine. Jul. 18, 2014
Photo by Mstyslav Chernov / Ukraine

Pro-Russian rebels hide from enemy bullets holding their positions at the Airport of Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine. Oct. 10, 2014  Photo by Mstyslav Chernov / UnFrame

Pro-Russian rebels hide from enemy bullets holding their outpost at the Airport of Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine. Oct. 10, 2014
Photo by Mstyslav Chernov / UnFrame

Mother and her child hiding in an old Soviet Union bomb shelter during shelling. Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine

Mother and her child hiding in an old Soviet Union bomb shelter during shelling. Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine
Photo by Mstyslav Chernov / UnFrame

A counter white flight. Queens, New York

Parents pick up their sons up from school. Middle class families are breaking in the intensely diversified social pattern of Jackson Heights in a sort of “counter white flight”. Queens, New York City.

Silent Gentrification in the heart of Queens. Middle class families are breaking in the intensely diversified social pattern of Jackson Heights in a sort of “counter white flight”. Parents pick up their sons up from school. Queens, New York City.
Photo by Riccardo Budini / UnFrame

 

Señora Acero (Iron Lady), series aired by Telemundo TV. Spanish is the only language used in the majority of the borough’s signboards. For the newcomers, nothing remains but to adapt, until a likely consistent gentrification process will reverse linguistic habits. Corona, Queens, New York.

Señora Acero (Iron Lady), series aired by Telemundo TV. Spanish is the only language used in the majority of the borough’s signboards. For the newcomers, nothing remains but to adapt, until a likely consistent gentrification process will reverse linguistic habits. Corona, Queens, New York.
Photo by Riccardo Budini / UnFrame

Children play on the eroded bank of the Padma river

Every year in Bangladesh, millions of people are affected by river erosion that destroys home, farmland, communication infrastructure. In last couple of days river erosion by the Padma River have caused extensive damages to human habitation, agricultural lands, roads etc.  In Dohar, lots of people lost their lands and homes for Padma river bank erosion. Dohar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Aftermath of Padma river erosion in Bangladesh. Every year in Bangladesh, millions of people are affected by river erosion that destroys home, farmland, communication infrastructure. In last couple of days river erosion by the Padma River have caused extensive damages to human habitation, agricultural lands, roads etc. In Dohar, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Sept. 09, 2014
Photo by Suvra Kanti Das / UnFrame

Woman climbing to homebound train

Homebound Bangladeshi train

Bangladeshi people heading to their respective villages for the upcoming Muslim religious festival Eid-al-Adha. In order to catch a train, they overcrowd stations and train cars beyond imagination, climbing on roofs or hanging on any protrusion at their reach. Dhaka, Bangladesh, Oct. 03, 2014
Photo By Suvra Kanti Das / UnFrame

Bangladeshi Muslims offer prayers marking the festival of Eid al-Adha at the Baitul Mukarram National mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Oct. 6, 2014  Photo by Suvra Kanti Das / UnFrame

Bangladeshi Muslims offer prayers marking the festival of Eid al-Adha at the Baitul Mukarram National mosque in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Oct. 6, 2014
Photo by Suvra Kanti Das / UnFrame

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Tribute in Light on 9/11

A crowd of some 100 people gathered at the Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo to spectate and phptograph the Tribute in Light memorial on the 13th anniversary of 9/11. Sept. 11, 2014. New York, USA. Photo by Riccardo Budini / UnFrame

A crowd of some 100 people gathered at the Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo to spectate and phptograph the Tribute in Light memorial on the 13th anniversary of 9/11. Sept. 11, 2014. New York, USA.
Photo by Riccardo Budini / UnFrame