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LES 7 PRINCIPES DE KWANZAA

December 20 2020 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #kwanzaa, #panafricanisme, #histoire, #afroculture, #2020

LES 7 PRINCIPES DE KWANZAA

Kwanzaa se célèbre du 26 décembre au 1er janvier et tire son essence de la notion de famille ainsi que de la culture et la sagesse. Elle a été créée en 1966 par Maulana Karenga, professeur d'Africana Studies, militant des droits civiques et du pan-africanisme. Elle invite tous les afrodescendants à établir leur propre système de valeurs, à partir de leurs propres références et vécus et a pour but de réaffirmer les liens indestructibles entre l'Afrique et toute sa diaspora à travers le monde. Kwanzaa est donc une fête culturelle et non-religieuse et peut être célébrée par tout afrodescendant, quelque soit ses convictions religieuses.


Kwanzaa est un mot de la langue Swahili qui signifie "premiers fruits". Elle se réfère aux fêtes agricoles qui suivent communément les récoltes et donnent lieu aux réunions de famille, aux souvenirs des ancêtres , à l'expression de notre culture traditionnelle de base. Les familles qui la célèbrent allument les bougies noires, vertes et rouges disposées sur un candelabre à sept branches, le Kinara. Le noir symbolise les personnes, le rouge, leur lutte et le vert, l’emblème de l’avenir et de l’espoir né de ce combat (couleurs du nationalisme panafricain).

Continuez à lire ci-dessous pour découvrir les 7 principes:

 

 

Les sept bougies de Kwanzaa représentent sept principes fondamentaux appelés en Swahili, Nguzo Saba, ancrés dans la tradition africaine et sur lesquels, tout au long de la semaine, méditent ceux qui célèbrent la fête :

1. L’unité (Umoja en swahili) – unir les familles, les communautés, la nation et le peuple noir au sens large du terme;

 

2. L’auto-détermination (Kujichagulia)– veiller à ce que nous définissions nous-mêmes notre identité et assumions la responsabilité de nos choix et comportements;

 

3. Le travail et la responsabilité solidaires (Ujima) – s’entraider et œuvrer pour renforcer notre communauté et être force de proposition pour résoudre nos problèmes collectivement;

 

4. L’économie solidaire (Ujamaa)– bâtir et soutenir des commerces appartenant à des Afrodescendants et contribuer au développement et à la richesse de notre économie;

 

5. Le but (Nia) – commémorer les cultures, les coutumes et l’histoire africaine afin de restaurer notre peuple à sa grandeur initiale;

 

6. La créativité (Kuumba)– faire preuve d’imagination pour améliorer et embellir notre communauté;

 

7. La confiance (Imani)– avoir confiance en notre Créateur, dans les familles, les dirigeants, les enseignants et les leaders de notre communauté, et leur apporter notre soutien ainsi que croire en la noblesse et la victoire de la lutte pour la cause panafricaine.

 

Et vous, quel principe vous challenge le plus? Quels sont ceux que vous intègrerez à vos résolutions de début d'année?

Sur ce, nous vous souhaitons de belles fêtes de Kwanzaa et une très bonne année.

 

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LOBBYNOIR : 5 APPS EN UNE!

December 17 2020 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #brand, #business, #ujamaa, #tech, #afroculture, #2020, #lobbynoir

Avez-vous déjà entendu parlé de LobbyNoir, l'entreprise solidaire conceptrice de l'app de géolocalisation des entrepreneurs afrodescendants où qu'ils soient dans le monde.

L'entrepreneur se référence, le consommateur le géolocalise pour consommer.

C'était déjà une innovation en 2017 et elle répertorie maintenant plus de 2000 entrepreneurs.

Mais le génie du CEO de LobbyNoir, Mfunguamoyo KiaKanua ne s’arrête pas là. Il a maintenant créé 5 apps en une.

En téléchargeant l'application LobbyNoir à partir de Google Play ou Apple Store, vous avez dès lors accès:

- au nouvel annuaire optimisé de référencement gratuit

- à la Marketplace LobbyNoir pour acheter les produits directement en ligne

- au site de billetterie LobbyNoir pour créer vos évènements

- à la Voix Noire, outil de sondage statistique

- au site officiel de LobbyNoir avec accès à tous ses services et offres marketing

Le 1er onglet sur la droite est l'annuaire LobbyNoir

Le 1er onglet sur la droite est l'annuaire LobbyNoir

Le deuxième onglet à gauche est la MarketPlace https://marketplacelobbynoir.com/

Le deuxième onglet à gauche est la MarketPlace https://marketplacelobbynoir.com/

L'onglet du milieu est la Billetterie.

L'onglet du milieu est la Billetterie.

Le 4ème onglet à droite est la Voix Noire.

Le 4ème onglet à droite est la Voix Noire.

Le 5ème onglet à droite est le site officiel de LobbyNoir.

Le 5ème onglet à droite est le site officiel de LobbyNoir.

Vous pouvez télécharger l'appli dès aujourd'hui à partir de votre Android. Voir les liens suivants.

Si vous avez déjà télécharger l'app, assurez-vous de la mettre à jour pour accéder à toutes ses fonctionnalités.

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TIME TO SHOP FOR KWANZAA AND CHRISTMAS!

December 17 2020 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #brand, #business, #kwanzaa, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2020, #lobbynoir

https://marketplacelobbynoir.com/ enables you to buyblack globally!

Are you looking for your Kwanzaa and Christmas gifts?

Do you want to support a Black Owned Business?

Do you like the flexibility of buying online in the comfort of your home and have it delivered to your family and friends or at your doorstep?

Look no further, shop at https://marketplacelobbynoir.com/

See some gift ideas below:

AFRO LISA "sweater hoddie" by KMT CREATION

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You can also check out all their promotions on https://marketplacelobbynoir.com/categorie-produit/promotions/
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TURKANA PEOPLE

December 17 2020 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #society, #ancestral people, #afroculture, #2020, #turkana

Photo Credit @ericlaforg

Photo Credit @ericlaforg

The Turkana are found in the Northern part of Kenya. Turkana tribe is part of the Nilotic tribes and constitutes the second largest pastoralist community after the Maasai

Like the Maasai, the Turkana have maintained a traditional lifestyle.

The community is clustered in over 20 clans. The two dominant are the Ngirisai referring to the Leopard and Ngimor referring to the Stones. In this system, successive generation of males alternate between being part of the Ngirisai or the Ngimor groups.

Wives of the Ngimor put on a Black wedding ring around their neck whilst the wives from the Ngirisai clan put on a silver ring around their neck. It is the official symbol of marriage. A middle finger ring is also worn. Women automatically belong to the age set of their fathers until they marry and then take their husbands grouping. The quantity of the Jewellery around a woman’s neck determine her social status.

The turkana males do not practise male circumcision.

A Turkana boy looks after young goats. At the age of 11, he starts looking after mature goats and as he grows, he is entrusted with cows, camels and sheep. Between 16 to 20 years old, he is allowed to attend the night dance with his friends and look out for a suitable girl to start a family.

The woman remains the pillar in Turkana family. She’s responsible for building the house, tendering to the animals and provide food for her husband.

The bride price is very high in Turkana society. When a man is ready to marry, his parents visit the bride’s parents with gifts such as sheep, sugar and tobacco. Once the marriage is consented, the number of animals to be brought is agreed upon. Bride price could amount from 10 to 30 cows if the man is wealthy. Goats could amount up to 100 heads or more. A bull is later slaughtered to seal the marriage.

Polygamy is acceptable in Turkana culture and a man can marry as many wives as long as he can afford to pay the bride’s price and sustain them. The more the livestock, the more cumbersome it is for one wife to tend them so the husband has to look for another or other wives to delegate duties. The first wife is consulted and has to approve.

The youngest wife will be looked after by the husband’s eldest son. She cannot leave the homestead because she may be exploited for her wealth. It is the duty of the eldest wife to instruct her firstborn son to marry the younges wife.

Divorce doesn’t exist in Turkana’s vocabulary as it is considered a curse. It is forbidden because no family will trust a divorcee with their daughter. Divorce is only allowed if the woman is proved to be adulterous or has bad manners that dispute the norms of the community.

Men flirting with other men’s wives will also suffer the full wrath of the Council of Elders. For instance, his animals can be confiscated or he can be fined by the Council of Elders. A bull will be slaughtered as a cleansing ritual. One may be asked to repay the dowry price.

Once a married woman becomes a widow, she shaves her hair and removes all of her jewellery. This signifies that she burries her husband’s tradition to be allowed to remarry.

Source : KTN News Kenya

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L'amour est une histoire de sorcellerie par Nathalie Tientcheu!

April 24 2020 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #auteur, #livre, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2020

Un roman captivant qui parle d'Amour vécu et relaté par un père, une mère, un mari, un amant, des enfants. C'est le parcours de l'Amour filiale et parental, celui qui existe entre un homme et une femme, l'Amour de nos morts car en Afrique un mort ne meurt pas, il vous accompagne…

 
L'amour est une histoire de sorcellerie par Nathalie Tientcheu!

"Lors de mon fameux voyage dans ces nombreux pays d'Afrique, lorsque j'entendais quelqu'un parler d'Amour, il ne disait jamais :" je suis Amoureux, je l'aime" mais "je ne sais pas pourquoi je suis comme ça ! Je ne sais pas ce qu'il ou elle m'a fait ?" Bien sûr sans jamais évoquer la sorcellerie mais pour qu'il y ait ce même écho dans tous ces pays visités, je trouvais que cela donnait à l'Amour quelque chose de mystique voire de métaphysique.

Peut-on expliquer un coup de foudre ? Car pour l'homme Africain et l'homme Antillais, l'Amour n'est pas rationnel ! Dans la vie de tous les jours, nous avons le contrôle, ce qui n'est pas le cas en Amour. On peut faire beaucoup de choses par Amour ! D'ailleurs très peu sont les gens qui disent je t'aime, il y a cette pudeur que l'on retrouve partout en Afrique. On chante l'amour mais nous n'en parlons pas ! Et pour finir, je ne connais pas une seule famille africaine qui n'a pas une belle-soeur, un beau-frère, une belle-mère qu'il ne suspecte pas de sorcellerie !

C'est pourquoi j'ai donné comme titre à mon roman "L'Amour est une histoire de Sorcellerie." Mon roman parle de l'Amour. L'Amour Filiale et parental, entre un homme et une femme, l'Amour de nos morts car en Afrique un mort ne meurt pas, il vous accompagne… Il retrace la vie d'une famille Camerounaise mais surtout d'un père polygame, animiste avec des enfants nés en France."

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3MA :: Ballaké Sissoko, Driss El Maloumi, Rajery “Anarouz” (Hope)

March 7 2020 , Written by Benjamim Minimum Published on #music, #afroculture, #artiste, #2020

https://thejazzcafelondon.com/event/3ma-ballake-sissoko-driss-el-maloumi-rajery/

https://thejazzcafelondon.com/event/3ma-ballake-sissoko-driss-el-maloumi-rajery/


3MA is the meeting of three string-instrument virtuosi, emblematic of their countries in Africa, but also of generous artists who share a musical passion, a reciprocal dialogue and a beautiful friendship.

In 2006 when the Malian kora magician Ballaké Sissoko, the Moroccan maestro of the oud Driss El Maloumi and the Malagasy prince of valiha Rajery met, they could have stopped like so many others after a bunch of concerts and one final recording. But the miraculous tremor that rose from their instruments when they began playing together still resonates today. Driven by the pleasure of an exceptional musical relationship but also a human one, they have met regularly since, and always joyfully, their reunions always enriching their solo careers.

Centuries of musical tradition run through Ballaké Sissoko’s fingers. In his griot family, tricks and secrets for playing the kora have been inherited over generations. At first, Ballaké learned to play the instrument in secret, as his father did not want him to become a musician, but later he was able to study openly with traditional griots. In 1997, together with his cousin Toumani Diabaté, he recorded New Ancient Strings, which refers to the very first kora instrumental album, Ancient Strings that their fathers had recorded 30 years before. As a member of the Instrumental Ensemble of Mali, Ballaké started playing all over Africa, then in Europe. He later formed his own troupe in France before gradually gaining international recognition. His limitless creativity has led him to fruitful collaborations with the Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi, the Iranian-born percussionist Keyvan Chemirani and the Cretan lyra player Ross Daly. Of all his experiments, one of the most fertile has been his collaboration with the cellist Vincent Segal, which has achieved great recognition and introduced the kora to a new audience. In 2015, Ballaké Sissoko took part in the soundtrack of the César award-winning movie Timbuktu from director Abderrahmane Sissako.

The Moroccan musician of Berber origin, Driss El Maloumi, received a Western and Arabic classical music education. Thanks to his broad cultural background, his boundless mastery and vast curiosity, he was able to collaborate with various artists as diverse as jazz trumpet player Paolo Fresu and Indian slide guitarist Debashish Battacharya. For the past 20 years, he has been one of the pillars of the Hespèrion XXI ensemble of the renowned viola da gamba player, Jordi Savall, who since 2014 has also incorporated 3MA in two of his creations. Whilst being director of the Agadir Conservatory of Music, Driss El Maloumi also pursues a successful solo career.

In 2017 Malagasy valiha player, Rajery, counts 37 years of playing valiha, 35 years of live performance and a 25 year-long international career. A path that did not began without difficulties. Facing amputation of his right hand as a young child, Rajery overcame his disability, achieved instrumental fluency, then virtuosity, with his tubular harp. The RFI's World Music Award in 2002 settled his status of leading artist. His European tours are frequent while his home activities remain full and committed. Rajery founded a musical festival in Madagascar and gets involved in education, musicotherapy and reforestation.

Since their debut record in 2008, the 3MA musicians have been through many individual experiences broadening their knowledge. They meet regularly to give 3MA concerts throughout the world and over the years, new ideas have sprung up, and then have been refined, giving birth to new compositions or reworking existing ideas. A decade after the beginning of their adventure, it was time to take stock and get back into the recording studio. This new album bears witness to their wonderful connection and mature experience. Percussionist Khalid Kouhen joins in on two tracks to add delicate pulses with his Pakistani percussions and Indian tablas and on two other tracks we can even hear Rajery, Driss and Ballaké singing. But for the rest of the record, the string instruments reign and weave their magic alone. Each piece is the result of a unique chemistry in which individual parts are hard to define. The sounds of kora, oud and valiha do not try to stand out over each other, but instead develop a common language.

While we never lose sight of the rich traditions which Ballaké Sissoko, Driss El Maloumi and Rajery embody, we hear above all a shared message from 3MA, a message that rallies against the violence of our world, with their soft and invigorating harmonies, vital energy and universal poetry.


Benjamim Minimum


Management & Booking : Corinne Serres 01 40 10 25 55 corinne@madminutemusic.com

 

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PRESS RELEASE BY THE ADPAC IN RELATION TO SANKOFA DAY IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE

February 19 2020 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #society, #blackhistory, #afroculture, #2020

PRESS RELEASE BY THE ADPAC IN RELATION TO SANKOFA DAY IN TRAFALGAR SQUARE

We're holding a press conference outside the Mayor's Office

City Hall 
The Queen's Walk
London 
SE1 2AA

at 10am on Monday 24th February 2020

to read a letter officially drafted by ADPAC (African Diaspora Political Action Committee) to demand the resources for Sankofa Day in Trafalgar Square in order to observe our ancestors.

We are representing 2 Million African Diasporan Londoners and our right to our equal share of London resources as tax payers and as so demand the allotted resources to observe the African holocaust and celebrate our ancestors.

We are inviting African Caribbean press outlets going across TV, online, print and radio.

This is an issue for the entire London African Caribbean community to get behind. We will represent our case based on the African Caribbean economic and civil contribution that we make towards London and on that basis demand our proportional share of resources.

#SankofaDay #ADPAC #DemandParity

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FLAVIA COELHO DNA TOUR

February 18 2020 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #music, #artist, #afroculture, #2020, #flaviacoelho

DNA Tour : JAZZ CAFE / LONDON Feb 20

WHO'S FLAVIA COELHO ?

Coelho has an effortless, relaxed style that almost disguises her skill at easing between the slinky melodies and bursts of rapid-fire hip-hop – The Guardian

Flavia has traveled all over the world. From the morros of Rio de Janeiro to the paved streets of Paris. The nomad is at home where she feels welcomed, and her music is made of this alchemy. It is immaterial, a cosmic vibration that moves in the air: from hot flashes of heat to icy breezes, it resonates at all latitudes. Flavia knows that too. Her singing has rang from raids to bus shelters, from café-concerts to the world's biggest festivals.

 

FLAVIA COELHO DNA TOUR
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Les Jarawas ne sont plus qu'au nombre de 400 !!

February 16 2020 , Written by Marthe Tamnga Published on #ancestral people, #pétition, #société, #afroculture, #2020, #jarawa

Les Jarawas ne sont plus qu'au nombre de 400 !!
Les Jarawas sont un peuple qui a quitté l'Afrique pour l'Asie en 70000, ils sont le dernier peuple de cette planète ayant une origine aussi lointaine et qui malgré tout a gardé leur mode de vie originel.
 
Aujourd'hui, ils sont traités comme des bêtes, c'est clairement un zoo humain dans lesquels les touristes prennent un vicieux plaisir à les humilier. Les images sont horribles. Les enfants sont forcés à aller dans une école pour être formatés...
 
Je sais qu'il y a des massacres à travers le monde, chaque seconde le sang coule et coule et coule. Et pourquoi tant d'atrocités ?
 
Aujourd'hui je te demande, je te supplie de signer la pétition dont l'objectif est d'atteindre un million de signatures.
 
Avec tout mon amour.
 
Source: Marthe Tamnga
 
 
 
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NEW ALBUM RELEASE NEMO BY KADIALY KOUYATE

February 12 2020 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #music, #artist, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2020, #kora

NEW ALBUM RELEASE NEMO BY KADIALY KOUYATE

ALBUM RELEASE 17th April 2020

The name of the new album of Kadialy Kouyate "NEMO" means blessings. It's message is that it is the human values that bring prosperity to any country or place.

"This album is a combination of songs that define, in my opinion, the blessings︎ and sustenance back home" says Kadialy Kouyate.

Kadialy Kouyate is a musician, a singer songwriter inspired by the West African Griot repertoire. Born into the great line of Kouyate Griot in Southern Senegal, Kadialy︎’s mesmerising Kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles.

Jim Palmer is an English songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Buckinghamshire UK.

Credit: all songs written & performed by Kadialy Kouyate and produced by Jim Palmer

For more info please visit the website or email your   enquiries to kouyatekadialy@yahoo.fr

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