Barbara Wanjala is a Kenyan writer based in Nairobi. Her story “A Woman’s Smile” about LGBTI rights activism in Senegal appears in Safe House: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction, an anthology of illuminating African narratives for readers both inside and outside the continent (Dundurn, 2016). Her article “The Salt Miners of Lac Rose” about the impact of climate change on migrant workers in Senegal was shortlisted for the 2015 Haller Prize for Development Journalism. She was awarded an Investigative Journalism Fellowship with Africa Uncensored in 2016 and the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism in 2017.
Benga arrived in Colombia after Osman Torregrosa, a businessman of picó dances in Barranquilla who, looking for music, had gone to Aruba and Bonaire, then Martinique, Suriname, New York and Paris to look for music that would cause a sensation, for a sound that was modern and traditional at the same time. In Colombia, Benga is known as ‘música rastrillo’.