Manu Dibango: Expressing His Creativeness Through The Saxophone

The music of Manu Dibango

Manu Dibango is perhaps one of the world’s best jazz saxophonists. A true international superstar with a career starting from the 50’s.

Manu Dibango is perhaps one of the world’s best jazz saxophonists. A true international superstar with a career starting from the 50’s. At 15, he was sent to Paris to prepare for a professional career. He is a tireless globetrotting musician. Last year, he played for hundreds of fans at Mano-Mundo Festival in Belgium, and this year he was in Belgium again to play at Gent. He speaks about his passion for music.

Joel: As an African musician you have made such an enormous contribution to African music internationally. How do you feel about this achievement?

Manu: I’m glad I’m still in motion. I don’t think of my past achievements. The most important thing is what I’m going to do tomorrow. I’m happy I did what I did. Thanks be to God.

Joel: In 1972, your hit “Soul Makossa” stormed the world. Since then you are still on the music scene. What keeps you moving all these years?

Manu: Passion “La Passion” What I would want African youths to have is passion. Because if you have passion, you can easily accept suffering and when there is no passion, you have to try to cultivate it. If you can do that then you can really bring out the best of yourself.

Joel: In 1985, you raised funds for famine-stricken Ethiopia through your “Tam-tams for Ethiopia project” with Mory Kante and others. What do you feel about the present situation in Ethiopia?

Manu: Well, talking about Ethiopia is like talking about the whole continent. A month ago we played against AIDS and famine. We also played in Dakar. It is not only the music which is playing an important role on this issue of problems affecting Africa but the activities of doctors, sportsmen and journalists are also helping in various ways.

Joel: According to an international music magazine I read recently, you and the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti are among the world’s best saxophonists. How do you feel about this?

Manu: It’s nice to hear that. You know that one don’t play music just for the hours to pass. But you play music because you are in love with music and luckily if it happens that people like what I’m proposing, then I’m happy. Although music is business, yet you don’t start thinking about money from the initial stages when you are in music. First, propose to the people what they want and if they like it, then the money comes later.

Joel: Last year, I watched you playing at the Mano-Mundo festival when the frenzy crowd called for more song. What was your experience at that moment?

Manu: Well you can see that I’m still in motion. It happens that you share the music with the audience. That is the best happiness an artist can have. I’m not alone on stage but with a group of musicians. So the more the music is successful, the more the audience feel happy about the music. It’s the responsibility of an artist to make his fans happy. That is a proposition. I’m always talking about a proposition.

Manu 4The writer, Joel Savage interviews Manu Dibango

Joel: This question comes from one of your fans who lives in the United States of America. He said I must ask you the reason you do always play in Africa and Europe but not in the USA.

Manu: If they want me there, I will be there. I go to every country that wants Manu. I have management and those who want me to play contact my management. I have played in Canada and some parts of South America. I live in America for two years in the 70’s. The most important thing is they love my music.

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30 Minutes With Andrew Tosh : Son Of The Great Peter Tosh


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Andrew Tosh on stage. Photo credit- Joel Savage
                                 There is magic in music, it heals, consoles, inspires, and even has the voice to speak to us if you listen carefully. On the road of agony, growing in dangerous and hard environments, reggae music was the only tool many Africans lived on to pass through the turmoils of life successfully.
                                   Music like ‘Stand Firm’ by Peter Tosh, ‘Born To Win’ by Jimmy Cliff, ‘Give Thanks and Praises’ by Bob Marley, ‘Black Heart Man’ by Bunny Wailer’ etc, are some of the songs we depended on to prevent us getting into trouble with the determination to succeed in life.
                                  There were many great musicians that started early in Jamaica. Desmond Decker, John Holt, Toots and the Maytals, Culture, Burning Spear, etc, but I can’t explain how Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Bunny Wailer did it as if they were the only musicians in Jamaica that time.

                                  Once you like the father, you will like the son, the reason I was very glad when I met both Andrew Tosh and Julian Marley in Antwerp.  It all started during the summer holiday festivals in Antwerp, Belgium. I have missed many festivals and interviews because the festivals take place while on holidays in Africa. This time, luck was on my side, among other artists to perform was Andrew Tosh.

                                    I have heard many times, people saying that Jamaican musicians are  snobbish and have no interest in Africans, but that’s not true. I have enjoyed every minute of meeting famous Jamaican musicians. They are respectable, friendly and story-tellers.
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One of Andrew Tosh’s fans takes a photograph with him. Photo credit: Joel Savage
                         Andrew told me much about how he was influenced by his father. His father thought him how to play the piano while very young. Like every child, Andrew enjoyed his father, but quite sad over the pain and brutalities his father went through at the hands of the so-called law, while they ignored the crimes tearing the society apart.
                         “If you’re great, all eyes are on you. You’ll have both lovers and enemies. The goal of the enemies is to break you down physically and spiritually but Peter wasn’t an easy person to submit to that breakdown. He was one of the living great musicians in his time. The reason as a tribute I wrote ‘He Never Died.’
                          Yes! Andrew played ‘He Never Died’ for his father. For the rest of the conversation, I had with Andrew Tosh and other artists such as Luciano, you can read it in the book ‘The Passion Of Reggae and African music available at Amazon.

An Open Letter To Vanessa McCulloch In Antwerp

Diamond 2City of Antwerp

Following an article I wrote captioned ‘New Threat Of Terrorism Overshadows Antwerp,’ A woman who lives in Antwerp called Vanessa McCulloch, wasn’t happy about the article I wrote. According to her, the article is misleading. She said there is no publication indicating that the police warned people against terrorist threat in Meir.

I deleted one of her comments which I find it very provoking because I valued my blog, and wouldn’t like to permit any comments I don’t like on my blog. But after deleting the comment, this is what Vanessa posted again.

FROM VANESSA McCULLOCK

  1. I have not claimed to work for the city of Antwerp. You have misunderstood. Thank you.

2. You are not a proper journalists. Journalists are interested in the truth. I have contacted Antwerp police to ask them if they have issued a warning to stay away from Meir.

3. You encouraged people to stay away from Meir for no reason. You cause unnecessary alarm when what is needed is calm. It is people like you who damage the economy by encouraging people to stay away.

REPLY FROM JOEL SAVAGE TO VANESSA McCULLOCK

After reading your blog, I thought you work for the city of Antwerp. If you aren’t working for the City of Antwerp, then I ‘m sorry.

Vanessa, you said I’m not a proper journalist because journalists are interested in truth. That’s  a big lie. I believe I’m the most sincere journalist living in Belgium. If Belgian journalists pursue the truth, they would have published openly that Aids and Ebola are medical crimes against Africa. Because Belgium played a role in those medical crimes against Africa, there isn’t any sincere journalist in Belgium today to expose them.

This is an article written by me.

A Challenge To Top Scientists In Europe And America: “Prove Me Wrong If Aids, Ebola And Lassa Fever Are Not Medical Crimes Against Africa”- Scientist Johan Van Dongen

Link: https://goo.gl/Zlp3lF

“You encouraged people to stay away from Meir for no reason. You cause unnecessary alarm when what is needed is calm. It is people like you who damage the economy by encouraging people to stay away.”- Vanessa.

 Joel Savage’s answer: Vanessa encouraging people to stay away from Meir, is not a serious crime compared to what King Leopold II did to Africans. Despite all the crime he committed, there are streets named after him. After killing over ten million Africans, including women and children, he has also a statue in Brussels, while there is no statue of Adolf Hitler for killing six million Jews. 

If you want fame, please don’t come and seek that fame on my blog because hundreds of people read my articles. I know that many Belgians don’t have respect for Africans, but I strongly believe that as a foreigner in Antwerp, I have achieved what many Belgians couldn’t.

Wasting your time attacking me on an article that I wrote to me is outrageous. Please, use that time to tell Belgian journalists to write the truth about Aids and Ebola, then on my behalf, you can write to the Royal Family in Brussels to pull down the statue of King Leopold II, because the dead can’t be mocked.

Nigeria:The Corrupt Political System In Deals With Multinational Oil Companies

Delta 1Oil pilferage and environmental health hazards in the Delta State of Nigeria

By Micro-surgeon and scientist Johan Van Dongen

The Nigeria Report: ‘A Cesspool of Corruption and Crime in the Niger Delta,’ isn’t difficult to find. This report is already written by Horand Knaup in ‘Der Spiegel On Line,’ speaks for itself.

After my discussion with author Fabestine Providence, the head of Fabestine Providence Nigeria Limited, I’m compelled to finding out the connection between Dutch Shell Company and the corrupt Nigerian regime.

The words of Providence on how corrupt a country can be, become a reality, after reading the article by Horand Knaup. Yes, the African continent houses many corrupt regimes, as writer Joel Savage and I found out about corrupt African leaders, enabling us to write many articles on this issue affecting the development of Africa.

Fabestine Providence said: “The activities of the corrupt authorities are deep then you can write about.” His words are still fresh in my mind. Frankly speaking, the corrupt nature of many African leaders is destroying Africa, including those that have collaborated with the Shell company.

It is a fact that most Nigerian authorities are paid by every multinational company involved with Nigeria. They can’t act otherwise. Fabestine Providence wants someone who can write a script for a movie about Nigeria’s underworld, for the common suffering Nigerians to understand how the underworld operates and get finances from lots of sources in the country.

This information may be kept by the Nigerian government as confidential, but it is already in the virtual clouds because the leaked US diplomatic cables revealed just what multinational oil companies are up against in the Niger Delta. Security forces are ineffective, involved in dubious oil deals and the government demands millions in bribes.

Even university students have earned pocket money by working as kidnappers because the kidnap industry employs students during university vacations.

Bombs are used against civilians and millions paid to corrupt officials. The US diplomatic cables from the Nigerian cities of Abuja and Lagos, paint an unusual bleak picture of the situation in the oil-rich Niger Delta.

Hardly any of the international oil companies active in the delta publishes production figures, kidnappings and hostage-taking, yet these are a daily occurrence issue, while the civilian population is suffering, even though they have got nothing to do with the government’s corrupt schemes.

The central government in Abuja has neglected the delta for decades. It has failed to build schools, hospitals, and roads and has simply ignored the serious environmental problems. All that mattered was that the oil kept flowing, and continued to produce kickbacks for the political elite.

“The Federal Government has not funded one road in the key Niger Delta States in the last ten years,” reads one of the cable massages in February 2009, from the US Consulate in Lagos, citing a high-ranking politician which could be Babatunbe Fashola. In the face of such neglect, organized crime has become rampant in the delta.

There are kidnappers who are in bed with the authorities and special military units that sometimes fight rebels in the delta and frequently have a stake in the oil business. The rebels, although staged attacks on the multinational oil companies, they also sell oil and enjoy police protection. The political elite thrives on the chaotic situation.

Students don’t only involved in kidnap but attack oil platforms, but also guard hostages. The same rebel oil traders managed to get Fabestine Providence out of the country. Even inside the Black Axe Movement is corruption. The students earn $1,071 for a three-month period vacation.

However, with the Joint Task Force, an army unit pressing them, the job is no longer glamorous but dangerous. Companies that drill oil in Nigeria need to have strong nerves. It is hard to obtain reliable information and rumours circulate wildly. Do the rebels who are targeting the multinationals’ production efforts, really have anti-aircraft missiles to shoot down companies’ helicopters, as one message describes? Is the Russian energy giant ‘Gazprom’ planning to get into the natural gas business in the country? Another important question is which investors might be participating in a gas pipeline across the Sahara to Algeria?

The 4,000-kilometer pipeline to the Mediterranean coast would likely cost at least €10 billion. According to one cable, the multinationals ‘Total and Gazprom’ are interested in the project. The head of Exxon Mobil in Nigeria, however, dismissed the pipeline project as “fantasy,” that would never become a reality because the pipeline is too expensive and politically too risky. Above all, it would not benefit Nigeria and of course, it will not be surprised that the Dutch Shell Group is involved in corruption.

There are bitter complaints coming from Western oil companies. At a meeting with the US – Africa envoy, Johnnie Carson, oil executives criticized the “amateur technocrats” who are in charge of the oil and gas business on the Nigerian side. The managers said that Nigerian politicians believe that deep-sea drilling would earn them no money. Partners from banks and the business world did not understand the business, they said. The government in Abuja had collected $2.5 billion dollars in revenue over the previous two years but had not made any investments in return.

At another meeting, an Exxon Mobil manager reported that companies had to calculate for a loss of around 40% for oil transport via overland pipelines in the country; a result of oil theft. ‘It was more efficient to import refined oil from Europe than to process it in Nigeria itself’, he said. The police charged with protecting the pipelines seemed primarily concerned with coordinating the pilfering and letting potential thieves know where they could steal the oil.

One dispatch from Washington reads: “Nigeria’s four state-owned refineries have an installed capacity of 445,000 barrels per day. They have a history of fire, sabotage, poor management, lack of turn-around maintenance and corruption. These elements have limited refinery output to 40 percent of capacity or less.”

In January 2009, one oil executive complained that the already bad situation had gotten worse. Widespread attacks by pirates had led to tanker shipping companies only accepting contracts under certain conditions. Nigerian government officials apparently responded by telling her: “Hire more security.”

What about the Israeli Involvement? Another oil company protested that high-ranking Nigerians demanded millions in bribes for rights to load tankers. In addition, a top Nigerian prosecutor told a visitor that; “He would sign a document only if the visitor paid $2 million immediately and another $18 million the next day.”

The Nigerian government finds deals involved with multinational companies unique in the oil industry. A report dated March 2009 states that: “Shell and Total recently revealed that they were forced to loan their Nigerian partners billions of dollars, below-market rates to support ongoing joint venture operations.”

Delta 2An oil spill in the Delta State of Nigeria and the threat of  environmental health hazards

US diplomats also referred to a complaint from one of the oil multinational companies, about the Nigerian Navy, which the complaint said, was totally incapable of protecting oil companies in the delta. When rebels attacked an oil platform in the Gulf of Guinea with a total of six-speed boats, Shell employees sounded the alarm at 2:30 a.m. It was only at 7:30 p.m after the attackers had long disappeared that naval boats arrived and their primary aim was to obtain supplies of fuel and food from the platform.

Here and there, however, improvements have been reported. Israeli security experts in the Nigerian state of Bayelsa were now going to keep the kidnapper gangs at bay. One dispatch reads: In fact, US diplomats write, the Israelis are remarkably active in the Niger Delta. The Israeli military provides equipment and training to the Nigerian special unit that fights rebels in the delta. Back in October 2007, the unit lacked functioning helicopters and armored troop carriers and only had two gunboats.

Now it has more than a hundred vehicles, around two dozen boats and two helicopters at its disposal. There is apparently one small problem, some members of the unit are deeply involved in dubious oil deals. Thanks to Horand Knaup, for all this information, even though it is now known publicly.

I feel more pain and helpless over the situation of Fabestine Providence, as an asylum seeker in the Netherlands, but the Dutch government wouldn’t like to keep him in the country, despite knowing the roots of his problem, since they are part of the corruption and environmental hazard in the Delta of Nigeria.

 

Africa: Destroyed By The Gods

Ako 3My motivations for writing this book came from the pain I feel when I see the havoc foreign religions have wrought on Africa, especially in the last three decades. Traditionally, Africans are a deeply spiritual people. It is sad and painful to see how our deep spirituality was used to turn us into unthinking zombies.

It appears like the African elite, by which we mean the political as well as the spiritual elite, are in cahoots to keep the people in perpetual ignorance. Some ideals the European Missionaries preached, like “Love thy neighbour,” are not ideals they were prepared to abide by. They served to transform our conquerors into saviours to worship. Sadly, these are the same ideals our pastors today use to render us into unthinking masses of simpletons, so that they and the political elite can continue to loot our national resources.

By successfully turning themselves into ‘men-of-god,’ the priests transformed themselves into venerable agents of the creator, so it’d be sacrilegious to question or attack them. An important question we need to ask ourselves as Africans is what single benefit we have achieved with all the prayers, holy retreats and the burning of candles we have engaged in over the years. We also need to ask the pastors and the archbishops why they are not prepared to wait for their own paradise in afterlife.

Although we did not set out to write a comprehensive critique of the Christian religion, we show enough evidence to demonstrate that it was a religion deliberately founded on fraud. There are abundant historical records to show that the central figure of Christianity, Jeshua or Jesus, was a Roman invention; he never exist as a historical person. There is abundant evidence to show that the book the Christians called the Holy Bible were collections of ancient fables gathered by wandering habirus (Hebrews), and that they are not accurate historical narratives. Many of them were consciously forged stories.

The records are in the public domain to show that the books that made up the Bible were selected at the First Council of Nicaea, convened by one of the most murderous of Popes, Constantine, in AD 325. Also in the public records is how the King James Version of the Bible was put together at the urgings of one of the worst killers to grace the English throne, King James. My sadness at the havoc the Christian religion wrought compelled me to start writing about it.

I hope that my struggle will propel other honest Africans to begin to challenge the false preaching of the Christians and, hopefully, regain some of our African patrimony before they are totally destroyed by the lies the Christians peddle. We Africans need only to sit and do some thinking. If, as almost every scientist today knows, we are the first people on earth, how do we end up worshipping a Semite god? Another question we ought to ask ourselves is why is it that we are the only people that do not worship a god in our own image and in our own language? Apart from Africans, every society creates its own god in its own image.

This is not a complete evaluation of the Christian religion, but we provide enough materials for the honest investigator to search for and find the truth. We provide enough proof and suggestions to make the honest Africa do his own study, and discover that, contrary to what his pastor says, the Bible is not a correct historical document. On these pages, I set forth my views on the Christian religion. I urge that they be read in the same honest spirit they were written.

The Author

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Femi Akomolafe is a Nigerian writer, author and a television producer.  A passionate Pan-Africanist, he writes as a columnist for the Accra-based Daily Dispatch newspaper. The globetrotter Femi lives in both Europe and Africa.

His extensive work reflects on Africa-related issues in his books and for various newspapers and magazines. He was the producer of the FOCUS ON AFRICANS TV Interview programme for the MultiTV Station.

He is also the CEO of Alaye Dot Biz Limited Dot Biz, a Kasoa-based Multimedia organisation that specializes in Audio and Video Production. Despite his busy activities, Femi always has time for his family.

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Aids And Ebola Are Medical Terrorism Against Africa by Europe And America

Aids and Ebola were bio-weapons engineered by America

The resting place of poor victims of Ebola in Africa.

By Joel Savage and Johan Van Dongen

Without any support from the European and American media, since the beginning of this year, I have been working very hard with Joel Savage, a writer, who also advocate truth, to let the whole world, including Africa, know that Aids and Ebola were man-made diseases or created in laboratory and used on poor innocent defenseless Africans by Europe, Russia, and America.

In fact, just like the fight against terrorism continues unabated, we (Dongen and Savage) will also continue to establish the truth that Aids and Ebola, were indeed medical crimes against Africa, for military defending purposes, to de-populate and cause mass human destruction and panic in the continent of Africa.

We are asking European and American leaders to show concern to Africans, the same way they showed concern over terrorism in France or in any part of this world. It’s pure hypocrisy for Europe and America to haunt perpetrators of terrorism when they are free after committing the same medical terrorism in Africa.

Again it’s pure hypocrisy for Europe and America, to hunt down the perpetrators of Nazi crime when those that committed the medical crimes are enjoying their lives with impunity. Do we have to ask, is it because that medical terrorism against Africa was committed many years ago, while terrorism is freshly taking place in  Europe and America? If the answer is yes, then there is no law and if there is, then the law is an ass or raped.  

WHO IS JOHAN VAN DONGEN?

Dongen is a Dutch Micro-Surgeon/Scientist and a former lecturer in one of the universities in Holland. At the age of 48, he lost his job because of revealing the truth about Aids and Ebola as man-made viruses, which were created in the laboratory, as a means to depopulate Africa.  Decades of his research, he immediately published a book about those medical crimes in the native language, in Holland.

Since Europe, America, Russia, World Health Organization and Center for Diseases Control want to cover up those medical crimes, Holland didn’t take Professor Dongen’s publication likely. What was his ‘crime?’ He was considered a whistle-blower. After losing his post as a lecturer, Micro-Surgeon Dongen stood tall, brave and firm, to fight the authorities in his native Holland, since his research had been confirmed by other brave scientists that Aids and Ebola were indeed medical crimes against Africa.

After many lawsuits against his professional life, the Dutch authorities crippled him financially, as one of the measures to stop him from bringing out the truth. “Joel Savage, I lost everything, but not my brain and my wife,” says Professor Johan Van Dongen.

At his ripe age, Dongen still continues to fight for the truth, penniless, by using the social media. Whatever wrong happening to us today, including terrorism, were caused by man. The wages of sin is death and whatever a man sows, the same he shall reap. We are against terrorism and other crimes, but many have failed to realize that whatever is happening to us today, were the results of the evil deeds planted by Europe and America.

Prof. 3Professor Johan Van Dongen’s research over Aids and Ebola medical crimes in Africa was first published in Dutch, before translated.

The media knows this very well, but they will not publish it to ‘tarnish’ their image or someone to lose his job, instead they keep on killing and making things difficult for those standing up for the truth. Since Aids, Ebola, and other medical crimes occurred, many scientists have lost their lives in strange circumstances. The latest is  Dr. Jeff Bradstreet: After claiming that vaccines caused autism, the doctor was found dead.

The media claimed in an apparent suicide in North Carolina, Bradstreet died of what seems to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Found in Rocky Broad River in Chimney Rock on June 19, by a fisherman. In a world of white-collar liars and criminals, that’s what we often hear and the European and American media have also inherited the same disease: The Lying Syndrome.

We are never pleased over terrorism taking place around the world because violence doesn’t pay. In fact, like every human being, we feel the pain for victims of terrorism, even though no one cares about Africans, yet we shall use the social media to discourage this act of violence some extreme groups are using to get their voice heard. But while we are showing concern over the lives of innocent victims killed by terrorists, the world should also show concern over the plight of Africans to bring those responsible for facing the law or justice.

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The State Of The European Union And The Impact Of Television On The Society

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Joel Savage interviews Sergi Vicente, the Director of Barcelona Televisio.

Apartheid bowed to democracy in South Africa, the Berlin wall came tumbling down and the Soviet Union collapsed. Globally things were financially, economically and politically falling apart, when the European Union was formally established on November I, 1993, to share free market and single monetary policy for over more than 300 million citizens.

Many Europeans, including Belgians, argue that things were better and life more comfortable, before the European Union was formed. For example, the past and present turmoil in other European countries, including Greece, reveal the European Union is unstable and steering into stormy waters.

My recent visit to Barcelona, I called on Mr. Sergi Vicente, the director of Barcelona Televisio, to give me his views and opinion on the present state of the European Union and the impact of the television on the society. Below are the excerpts of the interview.

Joel: There are thousands of Europeans, especially Western Europe, who aren’t satisfied over the formation of the European Union, because the pattern of lives changed, as prices of commodities escalated, affecting, the economy and the standard living of Europeans, leaving many unemployed. Let’s take Greece for example. What do you think?

Vicente: I don’t see the unification of the European Union as a failure. There are advantages and disadvantages in everything but in regard to the Union, the best has been achieved. Transparency, Communication, integration and the growth of successful free market, are some of the achievements. Besides, the EU has thrived to develop liberty, justice,  education, prosperity, peace, security, the protection of the environment and health, thus; helping to disseminate basic human values at the global level.

Joel: Lack of employment, is a situation many Europeans are facing today. What’s the employment situation in Spain?

Vicente: As you just said, it’s a crisis many Europeans are facing, yet the problem has led to the creation of new jobs in other fields to reduce the unemployment rate. Unemployment may be long or short term, but things will improve.

Joel: Journalism is rapidly losing its credibility, that’s the way many feel, because a lot of the media hide the truth and facts from the public. What’s your opinion?

Vicente: As a journalist heading an institution, we try our best to give the right information to the general public. This is the reason readers and viewers have favourite newspapers or television stations. Being transparent is one of the tools to build a good reputation. So I don’t see the reason the media should mislead people.

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Mr. Sergi Vicente, Director of Barcelona Televisio.

Joel: Barcelona used to be a city for drug addicts and peddlers. Is there any change?

Vicente: You’ve already seen that there is a dramatic change in the city, since the country is one of the most visited tourists attraction in the world. The mayor, police and other officials had worked hard and still relentlessly working hard to make the city  healthy and  safe for tourists.

Joel: Television is a great source of entertainment and education, yet many believe it’s responsible for crime and immorality which have plagued and crippled our society.

Vicente: I can’t say television is responsible for crime, even though I agree that it has both advantages and disadvantages.Children are protected and cared by adults, thus, it’s the responsibility of parents to control what children watch on the television. Controling children is part of the training and caring for children. Bad friends can also influence children. As a matter of fact, television educates more than influencing children negatively.

Joel: Mr. Vicente, thanks for the interview.

Vicente: You are welcome.