Monday, April 30, 2012

Z is for Zebra

This introduces Janjak, a paper mache Zebra created in Haiti, bought at Anthropologie and created from pages of a French book with his black stripes painted over the pages.  Janjak is a Haitian Creole name, and since he is so dashing, I had to give him a name. If you click on the photo, you can see the words.  All you French speakers out there, any idea of what is written in French?  I see the word amour here and there.

Since the A-Z Challenge had a Zebra on their web site, Janjak seemed the perfect way to say adieu and merci to everyone on the challenge, the editors and all the bloggers out there in cyberspace from so many places.  This has been a challenge and a wonderful trip for me.

To end on a positive inspiring note, I am adding a link to a segment  I saw a few weeks ago on 60 Minutes, here in the United States, which perhaps many of you saw.  It is about an orchestra that was created in the Kinshasa, Congo, the capitol of a poor and war-torn country.  The people who have come together to make beautiful music in Kinshasa, feel priveleged to be able to be part of something greater than their day-to-day experiences.  As one woman says, she feels that while she is singing classical music, she is in a different place. Hard to describe what one man did years ago in the Congo, beginning with just a few instruments and progressing to a complete orchestra, singers and chorus.

Arman Diangienda is the gentleman who is behind this amazing story.  His biography is on Google.

"60 Minutes" preview: "Joy in the Congo" - CBS News Video
Apr 6, 2012 – CBS News video: "60 Minutes" preview: "Joy in the Congo" - "60 ... only all-black orchestra in the world in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the ...


  1. Pleasure to visit your blog and to become one of your followers!

    I'm participating in the A-Z Challenge also!

    Its really been a challenge, a lot of fun, and most beneficial meeting so many bloggers!

    The Zebra is a fascinating creature! I've always - of course been amazed by its stripes!

    I'm big on nature anyway, so what ever thrives in nature catches my attention!

    Thanks for the 60 Minutes preview! I'm sure the people in Kinshasa, Congo enjoyed the experience. I'm very happy for them!

    I do hope you will visit my blog and enjoy the music that I make through my poetry! Hope you will become one of my followers!

  2. Good to read another Zebra blog today! This piece of artwork is stunning. And I'm so glad you had us click on the picture to see it more intricately. Enjoyed your blog very much and congratulations on completing the A-Z challenge!

  3. your zebra is so very beautiful--and thank you so much for the link--congrats to us :)

  4. Congratulations on completing the challenge! Love your zebra - and thank you for the link! Great story!

  5. Congrats on zipping the A-Z challenge to a close.

  6. What a beautiful zebra! Congrats on a great challenge, I'm so glad to have found your blog. :)

  7. An awesome zebra for an awesome blog. I feel I know you. Your posts are always interesting and creative. Congrats on the big finish! I'll be back.

  8. That's a beautiful piece of work, some are truly gifted with their hands and eyes. See you again.

  9. Congrats on completing the challenge! Thanks so much for visiting my blog during the month.

  10. You kicked the zebra post to an extra notch. Very fun a-to-z month. I look forward to regular posts.

  11. What a neat...sculpture? What does one call that? I love that there are words visible. Congrats on making it through!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  12. Congrats on finishing the a - z. I'm still working through the list. Enjoyed your blog and am following you now.

    1. I am working through the list too. Had house guests so did not get to return to the blog as soon as I would have liked. I do want to keep the connections. My goal is to improve my blog and get better at the technical part also.