User:Lemurbaby

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Welcome! And thank you for dropping by my user page. I've been editing intermittently on Wikipedia since July 2007 (much more involved since 2010), mainly on articles about musical traditions of the world, as well as the culture and history of Madagascar. I help to translate some of the content from the French-language Wikipedia and also review Good Article nominations.

Madagascar culture and history articles remain my top priority this year. I was a resident of the country for a while, have family in Tana and have returned there five times in total since 1999. It's a great country with wonderful people that seem to always get overlooked, perhaps because it's an island, perhaps because it's culturally more Asian despite its proximity to Africa, or maybe because Madagascar's wildlife and scenery are so spectacular that they end up hogging the spotlight. Whatever the reason, it's been my project for the past few years to plug information gaps about the people of Madagascar - both on Wikipedia through a series of articles, and on Youtube at my channel on Malagasy cuisine. Go visit and try some of the recipes to discover the cuisine for yourself!

As a note to myself more than anything, here are the articles I am currently working on.

Improving coverage of Rwanda-related articles is something I'd like to do over 2014, now that my job in Kigali has wrapped up. In order of priority, I'm interested in improving the articles on the Rwandan Genocide, Vision 2020, the National parks of Rwanda, Kigali, Nyungwe National Park, Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, the History of Rwanda, Lake Kivu, Gitarama, the Kingdom of Rwanda, Imigongo, Mushanana, Huye, Education in Rwanda, the Culture of Rwanda, the Music of Rwanda, Rwanda-Urundi, Ndoli, and the Rwandan people.

World music articles are also high on my list of priorities. I'd like to help improve Music of Mali, Music of Mauritania, Music of Senegal, Music of Egypt, Music of Morocco and Music of South Africa in the next year or so. A longer term goal is to get articles for major world artists up to the FA level, including Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, Edith Piaf, Koffi Olomide, Wadih El Safi, Lucky Dube, Fela Kuti, Brenda Fassie, Miriam Makeba, Habib Koité, Amal Hijazi, Oliver Mtukudzi, Cheb Khaled, Faudel, Fairouz, Youssou N'Dour, Salif Keita, Oum Kalthoum, Toots and the Maytals, Nancy Ajram, Rain, George Wassouf, Junoon, A. R. Rahman, Amr Diab, Madtraxx, Akon and Jose Chameleone. An even bigger task will be to improve articles on genres like Raï, Ndombolo, Gnawa, Reggae, Al Jeel, Zouk, Dancehall, Soukous, Kidandali, Highlife, Mbalax and Palm wine music.

I'd also like to help develop the articles on the region where I'm from - the Pacific Northwest - and particularly those relating to the Native American peoples of the area. Coverage on those nations is woefully lacking on WP. On my radar are Duwamish tribe, History of the west coast of North America, Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Makah people, Squamish people, Totem pole and Formline art. In addition, there are quite a few "pet" articles I'd like to get to FA: Akbar, Shinto, Les Guignols de l'info, Trail of Tears, Alexander the Great, Avicenna, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Antoni Gaudí, for a start.

Finally, I'm a supporter of the effort to improve the quality of Wikipedia's most popular pages. This means more visitors to the site will find that more of the articles they look for are of high quality. In the past three or four years, I've seen innumerable articles on mushrooms, American TV show episodes, English-language songs/albums/artists, pre-Norman English kings, and random hurricanes all grace the main page. In the meantime, articles on basics like "food" are ranked as little better than stubs. I mean, even the article on the United Nations is only at a C right now. So I'm going to try to do my part by getting at least five of the below up to GA in 2014:
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