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Athamas

In Greek mythology, Athamas was a Boeotian king. He was a son of Aeolus and Enarete, sired several children by his first wife, the goddess Nephele, his other wives Ino and Themisto. Nephele first bore to him twins, a son Phrixus and a daughter Helle, he subsequently married Ino, daughter of Cadmus, with whom he had two children: Learches and Melicertes. Phrixus and Helle were hated by Ino. Ino hatched a devious plot to get rid of the twins, roasting all the town's crop seeds so they would not grow; the local farmers, frightened of famine, asked a nearby oracle for assistance. Ino bribed the men sent to the oracle to lie and tell the others that the oracle required the sacrifice of Phrixus. Athamas reluctantly agreed. But, before Phrixus could be killed, he and Helle were spirited away by a flying golden ram sent by Nephele, their natural mother. Helle fell off the ram into the Hellespont and died, but Phrixus survived all the way to Colchis, where King Aeëtes took him in and treated him kindly, giving Phrixus his daughter Chalciope in marriage.

In gratitude, Phrixus gave the king the golden fleece of the ram, which Aeëtes hung in a tree in his kingdom. Ino raised Dionysus, her nephew, son of her sister Semele, causing Hera's intense jealousy. In vengeance, Hera struck Athamas with insanity. Athamas went mad and slew one of Learchus. Both were afterwards worshipped as Ino as Leucothea, Melicertes as Palaemon. Athamas, with the guilt of his son's murder upon him, was obliged to flee from Boeotia, he was ordered by the oracle to settle in a place where he should receive hospitality from wild beasts. This he found at Phthiotis in Thessaly. Athamas, regarding this as the fulfilment of the oracle, settled there and married a third wife, Themisto; the spot was afterwards called the Athamanian plain. When Athamas returned to his second wife, Themisto sought revenge by dressing her children in white clothing and Ino's in black. Ino switched their clothes without Themisto's knowledge, she killed her own children. According to some accounts, Athamas was succeeded on the throne by Presbon.

A part of Kingdom of Athamas, himself, moved west north and took roots in a part of Pindus mountains in Epirus, called Athamanean mountains. So this population today is called Athamaneans. Hesiod, Catalogue of Women from Homeric Hymns, Epic Cycle, Homerica translated by Evelyn-White, H G. Loeb Classical Library Volume 57. London: William Heinemann, 1914. Online version at theio.com Pseudo-Apollodorus, The Library with an English Translation by Sir James George Frazer, F. B. A. F. R. S. in 2 Volumes, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library. Greek text available from the same website. Publius Ovidius Naso, Metamorphoses translated by Brookes More. Boston, Cornhill Publishing Co. 1922. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library. Publius Ovidius Naso, Metamorphoses. Hugo Magnus. Gotha. Friedr. Andr. Perthes. 1892. Latin text available at the Perseus Digital Library. Images of Athamas and Ino in the Warburg Institute Iconographic Database

Michel Mauléart Monton

Michel Mauléart Monton, was a Haitian musician and composer. He became famous for composing the music for the méringue classic, choucoune Michel Mauléart Monton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to a Haitian father and an American mother, his father was Emilien Monton, had emigrated to Louisiana. For family reasons, Monton Mauléart Michel was raised in Haiti by his older sister, Odila Monton, who owned a shop on the Rue du Magasin de l'Etat in Port-au-Prince. Subsequently, he attended music classes with Toureau Lechaud, a well-respected Haitian musician and taught him the piano, his musical style was a compendium of multiple influences, a musical melting pot in which he drew the charm of the rich tropical nature of Haiti, surrealism and a mixture of African music of Haitian religion and European classical music. He combined these influences to compose many musical pieces. Michel Mauléart Monton is best known for putting the music méringue on the air with a poem by Haitian poet Oswald Durand called Choucoune, written ten years earlier in 1883.

This song was played in public for the first time in Port-au-Prince on May 14, 1893. On a slow pace and light méringue, nicknamed "Ti zwazo" or "Ti zwezo". Choucoune was an immediate success both in Haiti and abroad, was taken in the years 1950 to the United States under the name "Yellow bird." Monton composed a series of méringues. Choucoune La Polka des tailleurs L'Amour et l'argent P'tit Pierre Les P'tits Suye pye du jeudi Choucoune

Dola Kabarry

Kevin Omondi Migot better known for his stage name Dola Kabarry is a benga musician from Kenya. He leads the band Orchestra Super Haki Haki, his songs are in Dholuo language. His father Barrack Migot led the band Bondo Super Stars; when his father died in 1998, Kabarry took over the band, but left the band soon due to internal rivalry and formed Orchestra Super Haki Haki in 2000. During his early career, he had played with Okatch Biggy, Awino Lawi and Ouma Jerry among others; some of his popular songs by 2003 were "Iwacho Awacha", "Adundo Mum", "Sella" and "Pamela Atoti" Other hits include "Dabed gi Pesa", "Isando Chunya" and "Maoni ya Raia". In 2003, Kabarry was voted "singer of the year" by the Music Composers Association, he won the "Western benga" category at the 2006 Kisima Music Awards and was nominated in 2007. His collaboration song with hip hop group Deux Vultures, "Adhiambo C" was nominated for Kisima Award. Kabarry held a three-month in tour the USA in 2008 and released a new album, Wololo.

His song "Change the World" is dedicated to US presidential candidate Barack Obama. Kabarry was born in Uhembo village in Alego, Siaya District and thus comes from the same area as Obama's father, Barack Obama, Sr, he has two wives, three daughters and one son