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Old May 26 2013, 07:08 AM   #1
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Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

Who was not and idiot maniacal dictator or a crazy or evil person?

Maybe Lutan spoke lwith an african accent but that was a terrible episode.

Should there be one who is normal or even awesome?
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Old May 26 2013, 07:23 AM   #2
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

There was in "Man Trap" where the salt creature morphed into the black crewman that spoke Swahili to Uhura. Does that count? I'm assuming that Swahili is spoken with an African accent.
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Old May 26 2013, 03:04 PM   #3
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

I guess Dr. M'Benga could be said to have the teeniest trace of an accent.

Alexander Siddig is from Sudan, Bashir's mum could be anything from Egyptian to any number of middle-eastern or sub-continent countries.
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Old May 26 2013, 03:50 PM   #4
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

I think it was TNG's season 5 opener, Picard was reporting to an Admiral of the Week who was a black female speaking in a non-American accent.
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Old May 26 2013, 04:05 PM   #5
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

The Old Mixer wrote: View Post
I think it was TNG's season 5 opener, Picard was reporting to an Admiral of the Week who was a black female speaking in a non-American accent.
Just getting ready to post that.

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Old May 26 2013, 08:24 PM   #6
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

Nice catch. Anybody else would like to see Djimon Honsou in something Trek related?
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Old May 26 2013, 08:29 PM   #7
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

Africa is a continent. Which country? Which language? Dialect?

It's a big question you're asking there, bub.
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Old May 26 2013, 08:34 PM   #8
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

Just because a black person speaks with an accent doesn't mean they have an African accent. As Carcazoid said, it's a big continent. As Dale said, this includes Sudanese and Egyptians.
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Old May 26 2013, 08:46 PM   #9
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

Dale Sams wrote: View Post
I guess Dr. M'Benga could be said to have the teeniest trace of an accent.

Alexander Siddig is from Sudan, Bashir's mum could be anything from Egyptian to any number of middle-eastern or sub-continent countries.
Alexander Siddig's mother is Malcolm McDowell's sister, so I'd say she's English.
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Old May 26 2013, 09:56 PM   #10
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

OK, I had to actually pop in the episode to be sure, but in the DS9 pilot, in the early scene of Ben and Jake fishing on a holodeck*, the actors are affecting some kind of accent while talking together alone...I can't say for sure what type of accent it's supposed to be, but that angle was dropped in the series.

*No, it's not a holosuite...they're on the ship that's taking them to DS9.
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Old May 26 2013, 10:29 PM   #11
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

FormerLurker wrote: View Post
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Alexander Siddig is from Sudan, Bashir's mum could be anything from Egyptian to any number of middle-eastern or sub-continent countries.
Alexander Siddig's mother is Malcolm McDowell's sister, so I'd say she's English.
The actress who played Bashir's mother is Egyptian by birth.
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Old May 26 2013, 10:31 PM   #12
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

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Africa is a continent.
Yes it is.
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Old May 27 2013, 07:21 AM   #13
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

South Africans are from Africa as well. I had a Drill Sergeant that was originally from S.A. A white man named Osbourne and when he would get super pissed at us he would yell at us in his native tongue.
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Old May 27 2013, 03:00 PM   #14
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

Captain Rob wrote: View Post
I'm assuming that Swahili is spoken with an African accent.
Not automatically, I speak Portugese with a pretty thick Brazilian accent, so it would be possible to speak Swahili without the Africa infections/accent.

It would be hard to say if Uhura herself responded with or without a African accent.

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Just because a black person speaks with an accent doesn't mean they have an African accent. As Carcazoid said, it's a big continent. As Dale said, this includes Sudanese and Egyptians.
Wouldn't people who were natives of Egypt and the Sudan have African accents?

Africa has about a hundred major indigenous languages, and in total over three thousand.






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Old May 29 2013, 07:17 PM   #15
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

M'Sharak wrote: View Post
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Alexander Siddig is from Sudan, Bashir's mum could be anything from Egyptian to any number of middle-eastern or sub-continent countries.
Alexander Siddig's mother is Malcolm McDowell's sister, so I'd say she's English.
The actress who played Bashir's mother is Egyptian by birth.
True. I missed the distinction between actor and role. Probably because Dale conflated the two in his original post.
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