The Mestizas Music Festival y + has awarded this year, in its seventeenth edition, its award, which distinguishes the trajectory of a person or an institution for their work in favor of multiculturalism, to the Canarian journalist José Naranjo [Telde. Gran Canaria. 1971], who currently resides in Dakar [Senegal], where he works as an expert journalist on African affairs. The Festival stands out in Naranjo Noble his “symbolic value for his long and tenacious work as a communicator to give voice, from the scene of the events, to the most disadvantaged of the African continent, victims of pandemics and wars that throw them into the human tragedy of forced emigration”. The winner received, last Friday, with great enthusiasm, this distinction, from Dakar, at the end of a debate on the current state of culture in Africa in the Covid era, which was organized by the aforementioned Festival.
Naranjo Noble constitutes the tenth distinction of this Festival that instituted this award in 2011 when it was awarded to the Senegalese Hispanist, expert in Canarian literature, Amadou Ndoye, professor at the University of Dakar. Subsequently, the award recognized the work of journalists [Juan Manuel Pardellas, Lola Huete y Juan Carlos Acosta], musicians [Rogelio Botanz, Rubén Dáz y Hermanos Thioune], the writer Antonio Lozano and Casa África.
Naranjo Noble is a journalist freelance, Since 2011 he resides in Senegal and is a correspondent for the newspaper El País in West Africa. In addition, it collaborates with other media such as Cadena SER, Radio Nacional de España, RadioTelevisión Canaria, the newspaper LA PROVINCIA and Mundo Negro magazine, of which he is a columnist. From 2011 to 2020 he has been monitoring the war in Mali on the ground; the Ebola epidemics in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the Boko Haram conflict in Chad, Niger and Nigeria; terrorism in the Sahel, the routes of African immigration in countries like Senegal, Mali, Niger and Mauritania; the political transition in the Gambia and the covid-19 epidemic in Africa, among other topics.
For his work he has received the I Saliou Traoré Award for Journalism in Spanish on Africa in 2019, the 2016 Canary Islands Communication Award, the 2014 Nicolás Salmerón Human Rights Award, the 2007 Human Rights Award of the General Council of Spanish Lawyers and the Award Antonio Mompeón Motos de Periodismo 2006 awarded by El Heraldo de Aragón, as well as the Medal of Civil Merit awarded by the Spanish Government in 2019 for his work to disseminate the African continent.
Graduated in Journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1994, between that year and 2010 he worked for the newspapers La Provincia, Canarias7, La Gaceta de Las Palmas and El País and specialized in the phenomenon of African immigration to Spain. Has written the books Cayucos [Editorial Debate, 2006], with which he was a finalist for the Debate Award, Kolda’s Invisibles [Editorial Península, 2009] Y The river that defies the desert (Editorial Azulia, 2019).