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Mad Monks Band Concert
Hamburg
By Ralf Falbe
22 Dec 2015

Concert Photography - Ska Band "Mad Monks" performs live in Hamburg, Germany.

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Prizren's Dervish Fakirs: The Newroz ...
Prizren, Kosovo
By Michele Pero
08 Jul 2015

Ancient Shiite rituals were brought into the Balkans in the 15th century during the Ottoman invasion and dominion and have been kept intact up till our day, representing a parallel and very deep-rooted Islam amongst the people. In the town of Prizren in Kosovo there is the tariqa Rufai. To celebrate the Newroz, or Nevruz, the beginning of the new year which coincides with the arrival of spring, all the dervishes in the area meet up here to celebrate a propitiatory ritual. The ritual lasts five hours and is extremely exacting. The followers must go through a great test of physical and mental exertion. The dervishes pray, dance and sing and try to attain a state of trance. At the culmination of the ritual the feats of Fakirism take place. Whilst some of the dervishes play and sing, the shaikh takes long skewers and begins to pierce the mouths of the dervishes who willingly undergo this test, beginning with the children. The older dervishes, the braver and more expert, are pierced with a real sword. A blade is placed on their throat and the shaikh climbs on top of it. The ritual ends when the dervishes remove the skewers. Just a few drops of blood appear on their cheeks.

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Armenians in Baku Games 17
Baku, Azerbaijan
By lordcob
11 Jun 2015

Azerbaijani team dancing in the Olympic Village in Baku. It has been speculated that the Azerbaijani government spent up to $10bn in preparation to host the European Games. Of more concern for Armenia is Azerbaijan’s dramatic increase in their military budget up to almost $5bn, more than Armenia’s entire domestic budget. Baku has consistently promised to use military force to regain captured territory if peace talks fail.

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Central Asian Gypsy Circumcision Party
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
09 Mar 2015

Photos and Text by Timur Karpov/Transterra Media

The Mugat are an ancient nomadic people living in Central Asia. Also known as the "Central Asian Gypsies", their lifestyle is similar to European Roma: they live in camps, migrate across countries, and begand recycle garbage for money. Many people in Uzbekistsan, a country with a significant Mugat population, believe the Mugat have magic powers and know secret curses.

Usually the Mugat never let cameramen inside their community and are warey of outsiders. This Mugat ceremony, called "Khatna-tuy", took place in a small city of Parkent, Uzbekistan. Mugat people from camps around Parkent gathered together to celebrate the circumcision of one of the boys from the community. As an Islamic people, circumcision is one of the most important events in the life of a Mugat man. On the day of his ceremony, he receives money and gifts from community, while guests enjoy cheap vodka, bowls of meat, and dancing.

These photos provide an inside look at the rituals of one of the most secretive peoples in one of the world's most secretive states. 

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A Girl Dancing
kathmandu, nepal
By Ulrik Pedersen
05 Dec 2013

intellectucal disabled performing a dance in front of hundreds of spectators in central Kathmandu, Nepal. Exercise is very important and all of them love to dance.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
28 Oct 2013

For the locals singing is very important. It is loud but also very rhythmic. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
27 Oct 2013

A young fan is assisting by holding the megaphone. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Qatar Fans 10
Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
26 Oct 2013

Asian fans are cheering in a different way than locals and Africans. Al Gharafa against Lekhwiya in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 1-2.

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Qatar Fans 17
Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
26 Oct 2013

Even a bagpipe has been imported to improve the atmosphere. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
26 Oct 2013

Fans watching the game closely, following each move of the players. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
25 Oct 2013

A fan coordinator trying to control the crowd. Some fan coordinators move around from club to club assisting the fans and club to create the best atmosphere. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Qatar Fans 12
Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
25 Oct 2013

The fans wholeheartedly shout and clap after a goal. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Qatar Fans 21
Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Oct 2013

Fans are following the action on the field closely. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3. .

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Qatar Fans 20
Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Oct 2013

With the hard work of fan coordinators more and more peple are participating in directing and coordinating the fans. Umm Salal against Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Oct 2013

Local fans entering the stadium before Al Wakrah against Al Sadd in Qatar Stars League.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
24 Oct 2013

Nigerian fan of Al Wakrah cheearing during Al Wakrah against Al Sadd in Qatar Stars League.

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Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Oct 2013

Both groups of fans are located on the long side of the station leaving both ends empty. Muaither against El Jaish in Qatar Stars League.The game ended 2-4.

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Qatar Fans 22
Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Oct 2013

Fans are singing and playing music with passion during the game. Muaither against El Jaish. The game ended 2-4.

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Qatar Fans 19
Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
23 Oct 2013

Fan is trying to encourage other local fans to clap and make as much noise as possible. Umm Salal agianst Al Rayyan in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 3-3.

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Qatar Fans 23
Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
22 Oct 2013

The fans are celebrating after their team, El Jaish, has secured the victory. Muaither against El Jaish in Qatar Stars League.The game ended 2-4.

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Qatar Fans 18
Doha, Qatar
By Ulrik Pedersen
22 Oct 2013

Asian fans cheering after Al Gharafa scores a goal. Al Gharafa against Lekhwiya in Qatar Stars League. The game ended 1-2.

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Anti-Morsi protesters in Tahrir Square
Cairo, Egypt
By Yasmin Al Tellawy
14 Jul 2013

Demonstrations continue in Tahrir Square with Morsi ousted from Presidency.

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Celebration of Sayeda Zeinab (8 of 9)
Cairo, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
04 Jun 2013

An onlooker watches men twirl to the beat of the music. The Sufi style of dancing involves twisting and turning in every direction, becoming a contorted blur.

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Celebration of Sayeda Zeinab (3 of 9)
Cairo, Egypt
By Leyland Cecco
04 Jun 2013

Inside the Sayed Zeinab mosque, thousands make the final leg of the trek to tomb of the Prophet Mohamed’s granddaughter.

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Scenes From North Korea
Pyongyang, North Korea
By U.S. Editor
31 Mar 2013

Dancing children, newlyweds and the North Korean military.

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Immigrants in Greece celebrate Nowruz...
Athens, Greece
By giorgos33
23 Mar 2013

Immigrants in Greece celebrate the Nowruz, the Persian New Year, in the Panionios Stadium of Athens

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Immigrants in Greece celebrate Nowruz...
Athens, Greece
By giorgos33
23 Mar 2013

Immigrants in Greece celebrate the Nowruz, the Persian New Year, in the Panionios Stadium of Athens

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Newroz in Kurdistan (26 of 33)
Batman, Turkey
By Monique Jaques
19 Mar 2013

Men play traditional instruments at a festival for Newroz, an ancient holiday celebrating the astronomical Northward equinox and the beginning of spring as well as the start of the new calander year in the Persian system. Newroz is celebrated by millions of Kurds and Iranians in the Middle East by, wearing colorful clothing and jumping over fires to welcome the spring holiday. Originally a Zoroastrian festival, Newroz is now embraced by the Kurds to celebrate cultural unity and political goals. The celebrations are occasionally marked by violence as the celebration only recently became legal in Turkey.

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Colombia’s Internally Displaced Perso...
Bogota, Colombia
By Natalia Margarita
17 Mar 2013

With over 4 million of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Colombia is among the top three countries of the world with the highest rates of internal displacement. Afro-descendants have been one of the communities most affected by Colombia’s inner armed conflict. Seeking for security, shelter and a way to make a living, over 7.000 afro-Colombians have arrived in Bogota’s neighborhood El Oasis. Through music and dancing they have found a way to deal with their problems and heal the wounds from violence.

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Colombia’s Internally Displaced Perso...
Bogota, Colombia
By Natalia Margarita
17 Mar 2013

With over 4 million of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Colombia is among the top three countries of the world with the highest rates of internal displacement. Afro-descendants have been one of the communities most affected by Colombia’s inner armed conflict. Seeking for security, shelter and a way to make a living, over 7.000 afro-Colombians have arrived in Bogota’s neighborhood El Oasis. Through music and dancing they have found a way to deal with their problems and heal the wounds from violence.

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CORD Party Rallies Before Kenya's Gen...
Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi, Kenya
By U.S. Editor
02 Mar 2013

Cord supporters at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi during the last day of campaigns ahead of the March 4th General Elections.

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I Want to Scream with My Body - PHOTO
By Joan Planas
23 Jan 2013

Elaine,18, arrived alone to Guangzhou to study psychology and since then she has been struggling to gain her independence. She doesn’t have a good relationship with her parents, and she is paying for her studies by herself...by go-go dancing.

Elaine is a cheerful, sweet and smiling girl who is a bit shy - however, her ease with herself when she is dancing could take anyone’s breath away. Dancing is in her blood, whether she is practicing at university or on the stage of the C+Club, dancing sexy for the crowd. She considers that her bad family relationship is an issue prevalent in the new Chinese generations that have communication problems because they don’t express their thoughts clearly. In China, according to her, the young tend to feel alone and in most cases, they don´t have siblings, because the government allows one-child families.

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Hasidic Jewish Man Dancing on a Van's...
tel aviv, israel
By Lihee Avidan
05 Nov 2012

Simcha Hochman, A follower of Rabi Nachman, dancing on a roof of a van in the middle of the street.

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Hasidic Jewish Man Dancing on a Van's...
tel aviv, israel
By Lihee Avidan
05 Nov 2012

Simcha Hochman, A follower of Rabi Nachman, dancing on a roof of a van in the cemetery where his Rabi is barried, Mount Herzel.

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LX Festa do Viño Albariño - End of fi...
Cambados,Pontevedra,Spain
By Quico Álvarez
05 Aug 2012

After six days of fiesta and exalting of the local wine, people dances and enjoy of the sunset.

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Break Dancing
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
By Dominic.J.Lucarelli
24 Jun 2012

Some youth break dancing at the Bukit Bintang subway stop in downtown Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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"We Resist" _ TRAILER
Buenos Aires, Argentina
By @LatAmSight
21 Apr 2012

ARGENTINA
2011
52min
Directors: Philippe Bernard § Nicolas Mu
Trailer Editor DF: Mariano Melega
Creative Producer: Rebecca Martin

Brief synopsis

Hip-hop: whatever the language, whatever the country, these two words conjure up negative images. Many people see hip-hop only as a musical genre and consider it indelibly linked to violence, drugs and delinquency. Yet the overriding aim of hip-hop as a culture is to unite, educate and spread peace. It does this through four distinct forms of expression: words (rap), music, dance and graffiti. Our documentary examines the rise of hip-hop in a country whose recurrent economic and social crises have left it, too, on the margins. The result is a unique look behind the clichés of Argentina, known abroad largely for football, tango and Evita. We see Buenos Aires, and hip-hop, with new eyes.
Argentina’s turbulent contemporary history, including periods of openness and others of isolation from the outside world, have forced hip-hop musicians and artists to merge influences from abroad with elements of their own national culture. Hip-hop still occupies a niche in Argentina, but it is extremely dynamic and has forged its own identity, rather than simply copying its American or French cousins.
Graffiti artists from France, Brazil or the United States who were unable to give free rein to their artistic expression because of police repression at home, found incredible freedom and acres of white walls in Argentina. They taught their techniques to Argentine graffiti artists who imbued them with their own particular hallmarks: Jaz is one of the precursors of the “grafiteado” style, a mix between graffiti and the home-grown “fileteado” whose flourishes and curlicues are an Argentine tradition, still adorning city buses and signs today. The rapper Mustafa Yoda drew his influence from “payadores” or gaucho minstrels famous for their improvisation, for his freestyle battles. Argentina’s convulsed political, social and economic history continues to inspire the combative lyrics of groups such as Bas Crew or Actitud María Marta. El Guapo appears as the symbol of this successful quest for identity : he unites the past and the future, tango, folk, rock and hip-hop. With his inimitable style, this great collector of tango records plunges us into the Argentina of Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzola.
This documentary peels back the skin of Argentina. The creativity, dedication and determination of these hip-hop artists are a reflection of a country which continues to advance, despite its political, social and economic difficulties.

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Dancing in Libya
Libya
By ahmed.butalak
17 Mar 2012

A group of Libyan citizens dancing.

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All Together in Tahrir SQ
Cairo, Egypt
By randoshka2000
29 Jan 2012

Cairo, January 27, 2012
Protesters in Tahrir SQ celebrating the January 25 revolution.

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Mugat Circumcision Ceremony 01
Parkent, Uzbekistan
By TTM Contributor 100
12 Sep 2011

While dancing, Mugat wedding attendees put money in each other's headdresses. The money is meant to symbolize wealth. The tradition is an adaptation of a local Uzbek custom of throwing money at the dancers as a gift and allowing the children to collect the money. However, the Mugat are cautious of thieves and prefer to put the money directly into another person's headdress.