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Urban boy Deon Maas flees the suburbs looking for experience, and Africa is the place he reckons he'll locate it. Over a interval of 15 years he embarks on numerous trips, as soon as together with his complete relations in tow, to find what it capacity to be African.He finally ends up ducking pirates in Madagascar, spending an evening with oil thieves in Nigeria and narrowly escaping loss of life at a roadblock within the Congo. Interwoven along with his trip tales is his look for neighborhood track and the musical legends of the international locations he visits. His tales are spiced with attention-grabbing characters, unusual sightings and... his cocky perspective! whatever however the common vacationer, Deon units out to satisfy the locals and adventure the underbelly of each new urban. which means he usually ventures to locations the place he is not intended to be and he leads to a decent spot greater than once.Impudent and blatantly sincere, even ordering a inn breakfast can turn into an experience whilst Deon Maas is concerned. His self-deprecating humour and off-beat take...

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How do you expect me to follow a movie’s dialogue with cheap earphones made in China, while everyone around me is wide awake and chattering away, just because you wouldn’t ply them with enough alcohol? You should also seriously consider giving all children under the age of ten a Valium before allowing them on the plane. Onboard frustration is the real danger, not nail clippers and cigarette lighters. When I’m president one day, I’m going to lock you all up. Deon Maas[1] Murtalla Mohammed Airport Lagos, Nigeria [1] Deon Maas is Witboy, but Witboy isn’t Deon Maas.

He chose my most expensive Diesel jersey. Needless to say we never became pen pals. The sun had just set over Kigali’s soccer stadium. Most of the men in the crowd had taken off their shirts. Lucky’s set went on till well after two o’clock and the audience were dripping with sweat. You could smell the crowd. In front of me 65 000 people sang: “Hey, you, Hutu man; hey, you, Tutsi man, you’ve got to come together as one” on the beat of Lucky’s big hit “Hey, you, Rasta man; hey, you, European …” Lucky Dube The concrete stadium looked like a trampoline as thousands of people jumped up and down hands in the air – one inyenzi mass that put their feelers up.

Or was it their fate to serve as grim reminders of what happened for the rest of time? On each tour I was given a very simplistic explanation of what happened and why. It was explained to me very slowly, as if I was a school child. The moment I started probing deeper, they explained that things aren’t always what they seem. That you had to live there to understand how things worked. A little like a white South African at a dinner party in an overseas country in the 1980s. But enough of death and philosophy.

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