Freddie's Corner

FREDDIE'S CORNER

Where life is a wall

Endecasyllables from the slum

12-04-2024 by Freddie del Curatolo

I wish to make bricks my future
redemption of...

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In the veins of the clay giant

Along the roads of the Kenyan hinterland

03-04-2024 by Freddie del Curatolo

Every rural road leading inland from the Kenyan coast is an uneven carpet of clay that, as vehicles pass...

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Easter low, almost better in Kenya

When the important thing is not to finish...

31-03-2024 by Freddie del Curatolo

The layman says that in Kenya one Easter is as good as another, that as always the sun rises at...

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Kenya, an enchanted world of light

Enlightened feelings at the equator

26-03-2024 by Freddie del Curatolo

Kenya is also a world of light.
Among all the attractions, suggestions and...

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Behind the horizon, inside life

"I realised that the right world beyond the horizon is within you"

19-03-2024 by Freddie del Curatolo

When i was young, I used to go to the mouth of the river.
I had...

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IRONY

Interview with an Italian pensioner from Malindi on the 'Mattei Plan'

Considerations between 'tax setting' and blood...

15-03-2024 by Freddie del Curatolo

There is a lot of talk, not only in Italy but also in Kenya, especially among compatriots living there, about...

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This filthy freedom in Nairobi

Images from Kenya that tell stories

08-03-2024 by Freddie del Curatolo

I do not remember if I chose this life, or was forced into it.
I remember...

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Mbogo wa Kimera and African teachings

"...there is nothing real to teach, in this world, if you have to survive first"

01-03-2024 by Freddie del Curatolo

I taught my daughter that wealth is nothing without the love of...

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The memory of the trees of Takaungu

When only nature can hand down the necessary stories

27-02-2024 by Freddie del Curatolo

At first sight, the trees of Takaungu seem to project a 'fantasy' scenario to the...

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Matatu, lawless fantasists in Kenya

Excerpt from the book 'Nairobi, the visible city'.

22-02-2024 by Freddie del Curatolo

Nairobi's anarchy is a form of self-management in constant motion. The matatu are certainly the...

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VALENTINE'S DAY

The healthy naivety of Italian lovers in Kenya

The reasons for lovers on the shores of the Indian Ocean

14-02-2024 by Freddie del Curatolo

Among the tens of millions of human beings who today remember, believe in and...

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I sleep above the bridges because...

A shot, a Kenyan story

13-02-2024 by Freddie del Curatolo

I sleep above the bridges, because there is no more room...

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Mabati (A poem)

"...is the courage of the believer lighting a dim light and extinguishing a prayer"

08-02-2024 by Freddie del Curatolo

Mabati
is a poacher's story
that begins...

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I had passed by not to be 'past'

African encounters that remain in the memory

25-01-2024 by Freddie del Curatolo

I had passed by to look for you, but you were no longer in your usual place, in one of the few masonry...

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The 'mistake' of being a hero in Africa

The daily, hidden, extraordinary actions of those who still dream

03-01-2024 by Freddie del Curatolo

Hero is a word-word, the kind we all too often use to wipe our mouths and dust our...

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The reason for Dennis in Nairobi

The real world, is where and how he stages it

28-12-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

I did not choose the Christmas holidays because at Christmas 'we are all better' or because...

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Being Santa Claus in Nairobi

Spare wishes from the African street

24-12-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

I left home with the intention of giving a little Christmas present to those who could really get...

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Waiting for the 'good end' in Africa

20-12-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

It will be a good Christmas.
It is not so much to remember Jesus, who is worshipped here distractedly but...

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17-12-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

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The road to a new adventure

Africa to walk, look and listen to

24-11-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

I love the work that I have chosen and do, amidst a thousand difficulties and impediments, but...

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Kenya: life in backlight

When images speak

21-11-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

You have stopped at the roadside and are...

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FUNNY STORIES

When the beautiful Watamu... makes you lose your head

(Ironic) warnings about the top destination on the Kenyan coast!

20-11-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

Those who have never been to Watamu, the only African seaside destination that brings together...

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My Milan, here in Africa

Thoughts after finding Duomo in a Nairobian hotel

18-11-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

In Italy I was looking for a bit of Africa in the garden, in...

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Their lives, my life

The poetry of images (photo by Leni Frau)

03-11-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

Every morning I look out of the shack and watch their...

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'I think people then make war, against each other, to avoid making war against themselves'

24-10-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

I don't really know what war is, but I imagine it.
There is...

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Unusual smuggling from Kenya to the U.S.

The true (but fictionalized) story of a peculiar kidnapping...

09-10-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

Its precious cargo was hidden in a white and rather anonymous candy box from a Nairobi...

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Our life in the mud in Kenya

"...until it melts, gathers us up and protects us".

01-10-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

We know mud well.
We live in the mud every...

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'Karibu castoma,' Kenya also has its own knife grinder

So much for improvisation in the land of imagination, or vice versa....

17-09-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

In the beginning were the knife sharpener and the umbrella maker, who then if I remember correctly...

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Dancing in the sand storm in Tsavo

Words from the kenyan savannah

04-09-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

ANCING IN THE SAND STORM

Being in the...

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The lord of the cassava of Tezo

Memories of a Kenya 30 years ago

17-08-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

I remember the first time I set foot in Tezo, more than 30...

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Football in Kenya, hopes in the dust

The power of sport to exorcise difficult times

24-06-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

Here it is not just 'the latest sacred representation of our times', as Pier Paolo Pasolini wrote of football, nor...

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THOSE WHO...IN KENYA

The paradoxes of 'social answers' on Kenya

Everyone knows everything and knows it best...poor tourists!

15-06-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

Long gone are the days when, when one decided to travel to a foreign country, perhaps very...

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Malaika and the others, story of Kenyan songwriting

Semi-serious journey through the country's musical history

20-04-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

If in Italy we have had songwriters, sensitive and attentive chroniclers in verse of our times, or singers of...

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A kenyan Alice's broken dreams

Thoughts and words at the time of the African caravan

02-04-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

This is not the first such scene I have seen in Kenya.
The young woman in front of me, in the checkout line...

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LOVE

Love in Kenya is 'unlike any other'

Why so many Italians succumb to certain enticements

14-02-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

Kenya for Italians is not only the land of fantastic safaris, of relaxing holidays on white beaches, of a

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"Sea Jacuzzi's", the magical good living room of Malindi

In the age of individualism, chatter is soaking in

07-01-2023 by Freddie del Curatolo

Once upon a time in Italy we had piazzas, downtown bars, bowling clubs or...

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TALES

Letter from Malindi to the african Santa Claus

23-12-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

Dear African Santa Claus, an eleven year old boy named Kaingu, in the slum of Malindi, told me that you exist.
That there is not only your fellow of the Cold World, with ivory cheeks reddened from the cold and brandy, white long beard, sleigh turbo and horned reindeer.
 

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IRONY

What do tourists arriving in Kenya have in their suitcases?

Motives, expedients and paradoxes of "do-it-yourself" imports.

08-11-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

The suitcase on the bed is, yes, that of a long journey, as Julio Iglesias sang, but for those who make it, it...

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EDITORIALE

Help! The no-vist people arrive in Kenya

"Too much bureaucracy, Africa doesn't deserve me."

05-11-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

It must be that I too am beginning to grow old.
With all that Africa retains the Pascolian fanciullino and "lo spirto guerrier ch'entro mi rugge," and that...

Wanjohi, the street vendor of Nairobi

Corners and characters of the Kenyan metropolis

01-11-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo e Leni Frau

Wanjohi is not one of the many vendors on the sides of Nairobi's narrow...

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Faked advice for Italians who want to move to Malindi

Chapter One: How to open a company to start working

09-10-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

Are you fed up with taxes, stress, politics and malfeasance in Italy?
It's time to emigrate elsewhere!
At last, a serious...

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The inevitable slow elections in Kenya

Waiting for something that will not change anything

10-08-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

All waiting for the results, as if announcing one president over the other would change anything.
All...

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Tourists are coming to Kenya...or so it seems

Thoughts and words by Freddie (and music by Sbringo)

24-07-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

"Are they coming?"
"Do you see...

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The prawns of Mama Karembo

"As always we end up laughing at nothing..."

18-06-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

One of the things we like to do is to move toward Kilifi and, after forty minutes on the paved road, go onto the dirt...

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Kahindi's lunch in Ganda

When memories are much more than a face

24-05-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

A few days ago I met a young Kenyan boy who climbs perilous wooden structures more than twenty...

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A song for the rain in Malindi

Freddie's "Quando piove a Malindi" remastered

05-05-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

A few years ago I wrote a poem about the long-awaited time of the year when the rains finally arrive...

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IRONY

Cianni Pino and the rainy season

A less-than-middle class italian adventures in Kenya

04-05-2022 by Cianni Pino

I had never been to Chenia during the rainy season.
Also because there are no longer half seasons, but I...

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If you were to take a trip to Kenya

There is an enchanted window to open wide...

29-04-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

If you were to take a trip to Kenya, you might find yourself in the presence of Kilimanjaro, the...

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At the Ziwa's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

"when you're last in the standings, you can't sink any further"

26-04-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

At the Santiago Bernabeu in Ziwa, the game is played every day.
All it takes...

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IRONY

A good business for an italian in Malindi: restaurant owner

Tips to earn a little and to eat a lot in Kenya

29-03-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

Italians have not been heroes or navigators for many years now, but the passion for cooking and...

TALES

A ceiling instead of the sky

Grandpa Kazungu goes to Italy (Chapter Three)

21-03-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

The first thing he'd noticed upon arriving at the baggage claim room were the thousands of lights placed...

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TALES

A mzee staring at a very big bird

Grandpa Kazungu goes to Italy (Chapter Two)

17-03-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

The mixed enthusiasm, mixed expectations, mixed curiosity, mixed anxiety of the...

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RACCONTI

Grandpa Kazungu goes in Italy (Chapter one)

From the novel "Tales of Mzee Kazungu"

14-03-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

Everything had been organized abruptly, like a leopard attack in a savannah lodge. For once, the...

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Hurrah, italians are back in Kenya!

These are the kind of compatriots now in Malindi

16-02-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

They're back in Kenya.
Oh my God, back to Kenya.
Let's say...

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WORDS

08-02-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

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Who cares if she's not different from the others?

A look at retirees who fall in love in Kenya

02-02-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

"She is different from all the others". 
One of the most common expressions you hear in...

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IMAGES

Classic Hotel N.2 (little poem)

In Africa every corner tells a story

22-01-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

I got a room at the Classic Hotel
I'm no...

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IRONY

Season in Kenya now count on italian retirees

They're coming to Malindi and Watamu despite rules

19-01-2022 by Freddie del Curatolo

Paraphrasing the famous hens of the animated feature film, regarding the new arrivals of compatriots on the...

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VIDEO

Semi-serious kiswahili lessons: last episode

Italians, "Mbuzi kubwa" with new languages to learn

23-11-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

We have reached the twelfth and final episode of the first series of our "semi-serious...

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TALKING PICTURES

Joyland Butchery, Nairobi

18-11-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

"What are we doing nice today, my friend?"

VIDEO

16-11-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

We have reached the eleventh and penultimate installment of our entertaining and non-academic...

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VIDEO

Do you know how to ask "What's your name" in kiswahili?

Semiserious kiswahili lessons, chapter 10

09-11-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

We have now reached the tenth and third last episode of our ten-minute "strips" that...

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VIDEO

What if i say to you: habari za subuhi?

Semiserious kiswahili lessons, chapter 9

02-11-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

Living for the day is one of the philosophies of Africa below the equator and, in...

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TALKING PICTURES

Future can be only with love

Inspirations on Leni Frau's pictures

01-11-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

OUR FEATURE

Kiswahili Semiserious lessons: chapter 8

Food and above...the "chakula" world

26-10-2021 by redazione

We have reached the eighth week of our light-hearted and non-academic journey through...

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VIDEO

Semi-serious kiswahili lessons: chapter 7

Talking about numbers and their meaning

19-10-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

We have reached the seventh of the twelve episodes of our "semi-serious lessons" of...

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VIDEO PRODUCTION

Semi-serious kiswahili lessons: chapter 6

"Mimi sawa sawa": pronouns and doubles

12-10-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

Every Tuesday, our "semi-serious lessons in Kiswahili" continue, a non-academic and less...

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04-10-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

VIDEO PRODUCTION

Semi-serious kiswahili lessons: chapter 4

Today curiosities about pronunciation (video in italian)

28-09-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

We have arrived at the fourth appointment with our "semi-serious lessons...

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VIDEO PRODUCTION

Semi-serious kiswahili lessons: chapter 3

Today we talk about greetings (video in italian)

21-09-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

We are now at the third episode of our weekly appointment with the language spoken in...

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VIDEO PRODUCTION

Semi serious kiswahili lessons: chapter 2

After history, we get in (video in italian)

14-09-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

Here we are at the second episode of our video production "Semi-serious lessons of Kiswahili", dedicated...

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VIDEO PRODUCTION

Funny kiswahili lessons on our youtube channel

A "semi-serious" trip around the language of East Africa (in italian)

07-09-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

"A semi-serious trip around the most widely spoken mother tongue in Africa and the one...

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Running away is not escaping

Because running away is easier than staying and finding out that you're the only one who hasn't left

20-07-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

I've always wanted to run, to run away.
Not so...

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Kenya: the necessity of the journey

In the shoes of a semi-nomadic people

20-06-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

We have always been on the move, nomadic souls.
Maybe...

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Half Africa, half Europe: 40 years without Rino Gaetano

He was the first to make me dream about this Continent

02-06-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of a character I am very fond of and about whom I have...

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IRONY

Tourist coming to Kenya to cure themselves with herbs

Miraa, special cigarettes and spices, the holiday is dope!

28-05-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

If it is true that the grass is always greener on the other side, then the Kenyans are very close to us.
In 1762, the...

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What is chronopathy and how to cure

If you wasted time, life can recycle it

24-05-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

One of the many reasons why I left Italy, leaving behind a career as a journalist and a less promising...

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Hassan the fisherman and Lamu port

"We have always lived like this here, and we are happy"

22-05-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

It's a hard job, but i know how to do it.
My grandfather taught...

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RACCONTI

20-05-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

I kept you at home, my son, because there was a bad air outside.
Listen...

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EDITORIAL

Census of italians in Kenya: who face extintion

After wildlife, time to count our fellow animals

10-05-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

As you have also read on our portal, Kenya has recently launched the first modern census...

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That travelin' Est Africa to eat and feed

To understand this world you have to taste it

30-04-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

In East Africa, travellers will never starve.
Maybe...

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Kitsao, Dylan and who has nothing

Grandfather Kazungu knows that every man will never walk alone.

20-04-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

Grandfather Kazungu knows that every man will never walk alone....

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Happiness in Ganze is feeling free

Waiting for the rains and maize to grow

12-04-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

If you ask someone who was born and raised in Ganze, in the hinterland of Kilifi, and...

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When it rains in Malindi

A poem by Freddie del Curatolo

05-04-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

When it rains in Malindi, nature is playful
it is an Easter for the senses
every plant is resurrected
and discovers itself fertile

When it rains in Malindi...

TALES

Who moved my ugali?

A kenian adaptation of a story against fear

03-04-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

In 1998, the writer and sociologist Spencer Johnson published a booklet that quickly became a best seller among...

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Without spritz that's no more Kenya

Fundamental side effects on Suez blockage

30-03-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

Thousands of foodstuffs are at risk of spoiling, and late deliveries could halt production that...

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PRESS STATEMENT

19-03-2021 by redazione

A NOVEL

The cow herder of Endebess

A fictional account drawn from news reports

11-03-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

I don't give a damn about politics, the Kenyan government, Kenyatta and...

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WORDS OF AFRICA

For those who remembers Kenya

A dream come true that cures body and soul

08-02-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo

Do you remember how many times you have dreamt of Kenya?
Its...

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The evil planning of Jane

"I am in the presence of a very intelligent, and undoubtedly very beautiful, creature".

28-12-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo

I am not an unprepared person, and above all I did not come from Italy to be...

AFRICA

Bouba Diop, the giant we'll never forget

During Maradona mourning, a small great african hero also left

30-11-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo

Non dovevi attendere un palleggio, un dribbling, un calcio di punizione per capire che Bouba Diop non ...

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FROM MY VOLUNTARY EXILE

A classy musical thunderstorm called Stefano Barotti

Is Italy ready to ignore this new album by the apuan songwriter?

10-10-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo

The singer-songwriters, who for years settled mainly between Italy and France, with...

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Welcome to Malindi, where "Corona non c'è"

Match between positives and tourist is still 0-0

21-08-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo

"Non c'è Corona, there's no Corona."
They tell you this in Italian...

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IRONY

19-08-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo

MONOLOGUE

An elephant between the italians of Malindi

One year ago, Freddie's successful monologue

09-08-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo

ast year, exactly on August 9th, Malindi and Watamu were so alive and full ...

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Bye bye lobster, once queen of the kenyan sea

It was a symbol of a tropical holiday here

19-07-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo

Years ago in Malindi with a thousand italian lira you could buy an...

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WORDS

For who would like to go bak in Kenya soon

Everyone has got his reason, but all want to be back

17-07-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo

I'would like to go back to Kenya because I miss it.
I would like to go back to Kenya because...

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VIDEO

Freddie's "golden prisons", irony and tourist promotion

The video serie created during Kenya lockdown goes on

15-07-2020 by Leni Frau

here are several ways to react to these unfortunate times.
It's ...

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TALES

Mzee Kazungu and the Corona

Giryama philosophy between numbers and dreams

27-06-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo

In the valley of Galana the sunset often has the colours of ripe papaya but not ...

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POETRY

When you come back to Kenya

A world of life ready to embrace you

20-04-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo

When you go back to Kenya, it'll be a good day.
When...

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EDITORIAL

That italian Malindi was really a Fellini movie

Many defined "Fellinian" the atmosphere of last century's days

28-02-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo

Because for years it was really La Dolce Vita and many former Italian residents who lived in Malindi in the ...

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Africa and patience, that in Italy is no more a virtue

Words of a voluntary exiliate in Kenya

15-11-2019 by Freddie del Curatolo

For Italians, patience is no longer a virtue but an anal lubricant.
They get ...

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IRONY

I can tell what i don't know about Kenya

02-06-2019 by Freddie del Curatolo

Africa is called "Affrica" with two F's.
Kenya is called "Kenya" with the I.
Sometimes...

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IRONY

All Kenya threats: snakes

Journey among tourists fears: episode two

05-11-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo

The scaremongering election bogeyman, confined to terrorism on the Somali border, with new treatments for malaria and its vaccine on the doorstep, how can people be frightened a little to avoid coming to Kenya?

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IRONY

Not only politics, all Kenya dangers

First of all: insects

29-10-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo

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IRONY

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IRONY

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IRONY

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IRONY

Wilma the hippo and the alive souls

"The man who speaks to hippos" (Episode Two)

12-08-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo

A white, big man.
The beard is thick and unkempt.
Even more ignorant hair.
The aragonized skin from the sun, the slow and lonely gallop of lobster.

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IRONY

05-08-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo

Every morning, with punctuality that is all but African, on the banks of the Sabaki River, just where the sea comes to drink from fresh water, a hippopotamus emerges from clayey water.
It is always the same specimen, although the locals assure that they have at least three twins.
She is an adult female and, as such, usually angry and frustrated.

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It would not be Malindi

For who loves this land, heart and soul

05-08-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo

It would not be Malindi if there was no sun
Who also appears when he doesn't want to
Smiling behind low and dark clouds
Which raises rains dreaming a new heat

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FREDDIE'S CORNER

Malindi and Watamu, different sister, but so unite

Imagining the two Kenya towns like women

15-07-2017 by Freddie del Curatolo

Watamu the beautiful.
Malindi the magic.
Watamu the young and sparkling.
Ancient Malindi but still interesting.
I like to imagine the two resorts of Kenya as two mixed, exotic but evolved bloodthirsty women, but rich in resources that you think of a better future, radiant for them.

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FREDDIE'S CORNER

Freddie's Corner

Watching Malindi from Malindi...with irony and sarcasm

28-07-2016 by Freddie del Curatolo

Jambo!
Let me introduce myself: I am the creator and director of the portal where you came.
For those who do not know me, this could be enough.
I love Africa, Kenya and Malindi, and i owe so much to them.
But I also like to observe the oddities, the paradoxes, the unusual and grotesque sides failed "colonization" Italian in these places.
On this subject I have written four books and dozens of articles, more or less serious, appeared in magazines, newspapers and websites.
And even something you'll find here ...
Enjoy the reading!

TALES

Peppino and the bank

"To the banks of the world, and to who ignore that happiness is somewere else"

28-11-2015 by Freddie del Curatolo

It's almost a week that Peppino Onassis is living in the populous district of Majengo.
It went well that the owner dell'Upeponi Café has taken a liking to and in exchange for three Italian shirts and a pair of shoes with leather soles, granted him a plate of beans and polenta fist for ten days.
In the evening, if you are still hungry, unable to scrounge a few potatoes from mama crouched among the tin shacks of the muddy alleys of the slum. On top of the lane less muddy, in front of a concrete hut not yet finished with a tin roof collapsing, there Dahabu, a plump and pleasant woman half Arab and half Chilosa.
Maybe the woman started to give him credit sniffing the deal by selling its unbeatable samosas and crispy bajia at double the usual price.
"Me to pay when you have them, Peppino. Sooner or later the rain Mzungu money in his pocket somewhere. "
"Meanwhile, I'll give you that. It 'a painting of the Madonna with child "
"But I'm Muslim, Peppino"

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01-12-2014 by Freddie del Curatolo

31-03-2013 by Freddie del Curatolo

24-11-2012 by Freddie del Curatolo

MONOLOGUE

Those italians in Malindi

"...because real freedom is to live in harmony with everyone"

04-10-2012 by Freddie del Curatolo

Those who arrived in Malindi twenty years ago on holiday and are not yet go home
Those who are in Kenya for three days but have already learned all
Those who know how to deal with black people
Those who in Malindi you have to trust only the Italians
Those who "beware Italians who are all criminals means" and from where are you, sorry?
Those who "do not even me I steal a shilling"
Those that explain your Africa without let it get out
Those who came to Kenya to seek inside and found nothing
Those that Kenya wanted to find themselves and have found another in their place
Those who in Malindi were so off that we were not inside
What they call "geek" who instead it is integrated
Those that once this was all savanna
Those that had a lion in the garden
Those who have been bitten by a black mamba and are still alive (apparently)...

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STORIES

Me, the white giriama and Kenya witchcrafts

The initiation of a "mganga", the Mijikenda witch doctor

12-02-2012 by Freddie del Curatolo

Clouds come and go, like emotions. At the equator they are so low, so close that you feel they are...

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08-02-2012 by Freddie del Curatolo

TALES

The fisherman of Migingo

A tale on the long time dispute in the island between Kenya and Uganda

28-01-2012 by Freddie del Curatolo

I do not know if they are Ugandan or Kenyan.
They found me, I had not yet two months, the Tanzanian fishermen on a bagnarola off Kisumu.
He says that his mother was one that probably was shuttling between Kisumu, which is in Kenya and Jinja, Uganda's main port.
"Definitely not Tanzanian - they thought and said that I was the baby - because here the malaya are Ugandan or Kenyan".
After all the motherfuckers do not have citizenship, I imagine that I did not even have a mother.
Actually, the more I'm sorry for her, I might be the only boy to call her by her real name, and not to humiliate her in exchange for money.
So I grew up with them, the fishermen of Lake Victoria.

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11-03-2011 by Freddie del Curatolo

MZEE KAZUNGU

Mzee Kazungu and the women world day

"Hurray for march 8th! Hurray for all the women"

08-03-2010 by Freddie del Curatolo

Seeing a white man in Kakoneni, at eight in the morning, is not a rare but always gives a sense of the unexpected, again; Imagine the surprise of the things that materialize in an unexpected moment. This happens especially to the children who cheerfully arrange themselves on the edge of the track as for the passage of cyclists on the Tourmalet and are at one with the orange powder, the shade of the acacias and the smile of the sun.
Grandfather Kazungu instead knows that a Mzungu at that hour, on a dirt road, fifty kilometers in Malindi on the way to the Tsavo National Park, where there is near a Safari van, may belong to two categories :

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PENSIERI

Why you fell in love with Malindi

Reasons of a choice that never fade

27-02-2010 by Freddie del Curatolo

"Why Malindi?" 
I was wondering years ago while I was packing yet another suitcase...

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14-02-2010 by Freddie del Curatolo

14-01-2010 by Freddie del Curatolo

Sexual tourism is an invention of the left

Because i'm in love and i'm not ashamed

15-10-2009 by Freddie del Curatolo

A new season has begun for Italian tourism in Kenya, and there are already those who point the finger at Malindi...

STORIES

Heil football and Genoa in Kenya!

Toughts of an happy "double sick"

08-10-2009 by Freddie del Curatolo

It's no coincidence that my biggest 'diseases' are Africa and Genoa.
In fact, we...

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25-02-2009 by Freddie del Curatolo

19-11-2008 by Freddie del Curatolo

FREDDIE'S CORNER

Kenya and Italia, attracting life opposites

Why at least i decide to live in Malindi

23-08-2008 by Freddie del Curatolo

It is said that opposites attract.
This was immediately clear to me the first time I saw...

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POETRY

Mal d'Afrique, by Freddie del Curatolo

15-07-2008 by Freddie del Curatolo

Imagine a space where sky does not dominate you, it runs through you;
where you don't breathe air, you taste it...

STORIES

The african dancer and the white man

A short novel inspired by a real story

19-02-2008 by Freddie del Curatolo

How well this white man dances...in short, it is clear that it is the first time that he is in the ...

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