this is what to expect for ADX2018
Carolyn Lilly is the founder of Feel the Rhythm Productions.
She is a tireless African dance lover who has been dancing for as long as she remembers, experiencing different types of African dances all over the world. In addition to her passion for dance, she also has a passion to promote African dancers with a soft spot for dances from Francophone countries in West and Central Africa. While living in Paris, she would organise stage performance in Oakland, US for artists such as George Momboye, a reknowned choregrapher from Ivory Coast.
Since moving to London, she has launched an international dance festival showcasing local talents as well as international dancers called ADX (African Dance Explosion).
ADX is a unique festival showcasing and teaching, through various workshops , a wide variety of African dances and techniques from popular dance masters, teachers and choreographers.
This year, ADX 2018 is called « Les femmes africaines ». Carolyn Lilly felt that women are more obscured in Africa yet there are so many strong African women dancers. Therefore, this year, she seized the opportunity to provide an artistic platform where dance could be approached from a woman’s perspective.
ADX will run from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September 2018.
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ADX 2018 - Program
Carolyn Lilly has invited Aïssata Kouyaté from Guinea who will teaching a traditional Guinean dance workshop.
Sellou Blagone from the Ivory Coast will be teaching a traditional Ivorian dance workshop.
Other dances, which evolved from African sounds and rhythm include Jazz, Afro House, Brazilian Afro Fusion and Umfundalai technique. Dollie Henry, a legend and icon in the UK, will be teaching a jazz dance workshop; Sheila Atta will be teaching Afro House and Adriano Oliviera, Brazilian Afro Fusion. Other teachers, such as Dr C. Kemal Nance Umfundalai of contemporary African Dance will be returning this year and Leonora Stapleton will be teaching the Germany Cunningham Technique of modern contemporary dance.
The festival will take place in Morley College commencing with a show and a taster on Friday 28th September 2018. The workshops, on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September will be held at the Stockwell Branch of Morley College. The show will boast an amazing showcase of various styles of African inspired dances and contemporary dance on stage, also providing a platform for young dancers to showcase themselves. A 2Omn musical tribute will be part from the show in memory of a congolese artist Lolita Badindamana, who was a popular Congolese artist, dancer, musician and Carolyn Lilly's friend, who passed away this year.
You can buy your full pass online today by clicking on the link below. Special discounts are available for students
Carolyn’s closing words :
« For me dance is life. Everything is dance to me. In all you do, keep dancing ».
Chantal Loial, founder and director of the dance company Dife Kako, has arrived in London today with 3 dancers who joined her this year from Strasbourg, Guadeloupe and Paris to attend Batuke Festival and Notting Hill Carnival 2018.
On Saturday 25th August, we had the pleasure to see her make a special appearance at the Music Soukous Festival with longtime friend AWILO LONGOMBA.
Chantal Loial performing with AWILO LONGOMBA at Music Soukous Festival, RichMix
For a full bio about Chantal Loial, check out the link below:
Chantal Loial will be teaching tomorrow, Sunday 26th August 2018, at 1.30pm at Rich Mix, running an Afro & Soukous Bootcamp. For more info and to book your pass, click link below:
What struck me about S.Rise, Reggae and Conscious artist from Guadeloupe, is his commitment to self-development and to inspire others. His vision is huge, so much so that he seems to always think he takes babysteps where others would consider they have arrived.
S.Rise owns up to his actions and their impact within the society he lives in. Unlike some, he chooses not to use You but rather personnifies what he sings using I « I don’t want to position myself telling people what to do with themselves but by reminding myself of staying in a positive mindframe, and say I « as an affirmation », it can then resonate within the listener too".
S.Rise would further say « The way I write at the moment is very mindful of the way I will say, formulate stuff and take ownership of the lyrics … This is me now, aware of who I am and where I am coming from, more focussed than before, self-disciplined, knowing the importance of having the mind, soul and body strong. If your thinking process is negative, it’s like eating bad food, you are harming yourself »
And his frame of mind is clearly expressed in his last song « I am winning », available to download for free on his website http://sriseofficial.com and out since the 1st August 2018.
Continue to read below for more info on S.Rise
The inspiration came while S.Rise was performing at a show in St Pancras with the live band called (ONE THE BAND) in Spring 2018. The band played the instrumental of the song « Hello » from an artist called Kes. « I really love this song. When the band played it, I wanted to write something on it. Then I downloaded the instrumental and the chorus came to me. I was at home. »
I am winning is a great song for Summer which willl uplift you on your way to work remaining hopeful while on the « plantation ». The song also encapsulates S.Rise’s general feeling « everything that happened so far this year, Gambia, #Iamnot4sale, Kalash, Etana in Guadeloupe, blessings and babysteps and progress ». He is full of appreciation.
See S.Rise performance with Etana in Guadeloupe and at Kalash's concert in London on 9th June 2018
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S.Rise performance at Kalash's concert in London on 9th June 2018
His manager Red would also mention a significant performance at Hootananny where S.Rise performed his first 45mns set with his live band. It was the 1st time he would headline a concert.
I am winning also states his convinction and his plans. It takes us right into S.Rise’s world with family and friends featuring in the video clip in cartoon forms. « The whole cartoon itself are friends and family. I like how everybody has been showcased…. I liked the way he put my mum and dad from the beginning. I greet them and then am in Guadeloupe with the sun shining. »
The wole concept of the cartoon was hugely important to S.Rise « When you are looking at music videos nowadays, children can’t look at them. For most of them, they are very sexualised. » S.Rise wanted to change that and connect with youth who can easily play it. And the children do love the characters and seeing S.Rise as a super hero.. S. Rise particularly likes his parents portrayed as a King and a Queen just like the lyric « I am the son of a King and a Goddess ». It is so important to him that young people respects their parents who are life-givers and he also wants to promote a counter culture which does not degrade women, nor hype drugs and the use of alcohol ; which he swaps for « having a bottle of water in his hand »
See still shots below and continue to read for more info on S.Rise
When it comes to S.Rise plans « I am plannning to go to Gambia in 2 years and live there, the plan is to have a business running over this side (UK) and keep being creative in Gambia. I want to set up smthg not as the boss, where I end up working even more than the employee but be the owner of the business, » echoed in the I am winning song :
« I don’t want to be the boss but the owner » ; nor will he follow the leader. « I am not a follower an I dont want people to be followers….. We are the leader. I am going to stand my ground, have my own thoughts and do my own things »
If you haven’t listened to the song yet, here is the link below and website to download.
S.Rise last words for you readers :
« Thank you for all the feedback I have got so far, thank you to Afro Culture with the interview, this is exclusive : stay connected, I am working on an album, debut album, out in 2019"
To see S.Rise perform in the next coming weeks, join him at Trafalgar Square on Saturday 18th August for the African Holocaust Day Commemoration and at Monday Notting Hill Carnaval Parade with Batuke on Monday 27th August 2018.
The Founder of Slavery Remembrance - Shezal Laing
Shezal Laing is a trailblazer. She’s just the type of person that would make things happen if she has set her mind on it.
She would say of herself that she wants to be happy with the world as it is but with the current knowledge she has, it has been impossible for her…Nevertheless, she sets out to do something about it …. Not just for her but as a mother of 2 sons of Caribbean and African origins, she wants to set « a path as clear and easy as possible for them and fight as many battles as possible while alive so they don't have to ».
In 2016, what Shezal qualified as being in a horrible place near a breakdown, was actually in hindsight, her springboard into championning the Slavery Remembrance Day in London. While spending time in Jamaica to recuperate from a very stressful work situation, it was while discussing with her children’s grandmother about the lack of visibility and initiatives around the International Slavery Remembrance Day promoted by the UNESCO that the spark came on and she simply decided to do something about it. She observed that the Jewish Holocaust Day was widely accepted while the International Slavery Remembrance Day was receiving very little or no recognition whatsoever.
« I will do something. I will hold a memorial to recognise this day » she decided from then on
And so after incorporating Slavery Remembrance as a company, immediately upon her return from Jamaica, she birthed the African Holocaust Day the very same year and made history by holding the first ever memorial in Trafalgar Square London. She still remembers, baby on her back, welcoming contractors by herself in the morning as they started putting out the barriers. She litterately started on her own.
Slavery Remembrance Day, now African Holocaust Day
The first memorial was a resounding success centered around « educating, celebrating and inspiring » all from African, Caribbean descents and beyond to learn from the past and be empowered to have a common vision for change and success !! The Sankofa Badge, which is also the logo of Slavery Remembrance, embodies our past and heritage as the African diasporas, and represents the foundation to lay down and the stepping stone it provides on our way to achieving in the world we live in as a cultural entity, an economic force and a united people.
And fostering unity, celebrating black history and black culture is at the heart of the initiative which is self-sustained. Slavery Remembrance is more than just a memorial and much more happens throughout the year, also through its sister’s company « My Tribe » which aims at connecting diasporas and supporting black businesses, entrepreneurs and organisations. Shezal also observes that the memorial triggers many different responses within the afro-caribbean communities from anger, guilt, denial. « the memorial has really changed my understanding of where our biggest battle is….. It has opened my eyes to so many mindsets and the need for a collective understanding of what happened. Some are still traumatised by it. Honoring and remembering our ancestors is like a counselling session. People are coming to terms with it, it is a gradual process ».
The Sankofa, which is also the logo of Slavery Remembrance, embodies our past and heritage as the African diasporas, and represents the foundation to lay down and the stepping stone it provides on our way to achieving in the world we live in as a cultural entity, an economic force and a united people.
The next African Holocaust memorial will be held on Saturday 18th August 2018 in Trafalgar Square.
As a small grass root organisation community leader and director, Shezal Laing encourages all of us to step up and share the load. Every job description is needed from admin, bid writing, web content, PR, marketing and more. You can support and contribute in many ways from volunteering on the day and throughout a year, as well as financially by buying a badge or more.
Shezal’s last word « come and enjoy the day, share the event, share the news. »
See Teaser and link of the event below to share extensively!
FRUITSOFLOVE selection of handmade lipsticks at the top; at the bottom Deyon King wearing her own makeup
I've had the pleasure to meet Deyon King, an amazing and talented creative wearing so many different hats. From taking on the role of a cosmetic chemist, creating her own line of handmade natural makeup "Fruitsoflove" to styling and designing clothes using Ankara fabric, as well as accessories such as earring, bows and handbags, the list is endless. [She can also sing]......
Deyon would say of herself: "I've always been quite a creative type of person. People would come to me with broken bits of watches and earringS that are falling apart and ask what I could you do with it. I've always had a creative nack, gifted by God I would call it".
See pics below and Etsy site link to purchase fruitsoflove items:
A selection of bows on the left, top and earrings in the middle with green lipstick worn by myself, circle ankara skirt on the right
But that's not all. Deyon has a beautiful way of passing on knowledge. For instance, she is amazing at styling hair. I needed a hairstyle and within seconds by looking at my face, traits and outfit, she could picture exactly what would suit and the lipstick I would sport out. However, the ones appointed to do my haire were her daughters.
Deyon herself would say that her earliest memories of doing hair was between the ages of 8 to 12 where she would take on the task of doing her cousins' hairs, hairstyles, her mum's friends children and even my mum's friends themselves. She learnt herself from her mum and aunties who would be standing in the family living room with a girlfriend seating on a chair in the middle and they'll get busy styling their friend's hair. "In Caribbean culture, it is quite traditional and natural for the eldest to take care of the youngest hair and a way of making some money by doing hair braiding. I would have a doll that I would practise my braiding skills and cornrows on and be corrected by my auntie. I learnt by watching"
It is therefore not in the least surprising that her daughters, Syrenity and Sakura, have taken it on too.
"Now my kids have got this love for doing hair. They do the same thing with their dollies, try to braid the hair and single plats. They are amazing at single plating and I teach them different techniques as time allows".
You can see them below and the result of course of hair and make up.
We trust that Deyon King, her daughters and her brand will keep on unlocking their creativity. Long life to fruitsoflovve!!!
4th Culture Ltd will be holding its Summer workshop on Saturday 11th August 2018 from 2.30 to 5.30pm, where you will be able to make your own simple outfit.
You will have a choice from making:
- a pullover top
- Harem pants
- a circle skirt
You will also receive practical teaching on :
- cutting to size; hand stitching (different methods); machine stitching (how to use a sewing machine and produce high quality clothing); knowledge on how fabrics are made and the best fabric for different items of clothing.
All fabric and equipment will be supplied and are inclusive of the ticket cost of only £30 for a 3 hour session.
We strongly recommend you try out their workshop.
To book your place now, click on the link below:
To find out more about the brand, continue reading:
About the brand 4th Culture Ltd
The clothing brand capitalises on the creativity of two beautiful ladies: Funke Alabi and Deyon King, who are on a mission to revamp the concept of luxurywear. Both stylists, tailors and designers, they are determined to build a business relying on a model which is not based on the pursuit of profit at all cost. Using textile of prime quality, paying an honest wage to those woking for them, training, raising and recruiting grassroot people to broaden their expertise and develop the brand are all key elements of their business concept. They have therefore opted out of mass producing to ensure the highest quality and finish.
Their passion is to respect and bring out the individuality of the wearer: their culture, their heritage and their style without her being objectified. In essence, 4th Culture Ltd is a counter-culture to High Street Fashion retail, objectifying women with offering less and less to wear.
Here is what the founders had to say: "We wanted clothes to relax in and feel original and sophisticated. We also felt that every culture has got something to say about society that is worth listening to. We looked at the heritage we wanted to draw upon: African, Asian, Arab and restyled the garments. Through a conversation with another woman, we also came to realise that these heritages also represent the majority of the people on planet Earth, hence our slogan "we are the ethnic majority".
To visit their website, discover their garments and access their online shopping platforms, click links below:
Trevor Noah, South African Comedian and Political commentator, faced the wrath of French nationals and government following his remark that "Africa won the world cup". Serge Araud, French Ambassador to the U.S., argued that all of the French National players, except for two, were all from French descent (that is ... they were born in France, schooled in France, etc...) and were not Africans... He claimed that France was a diverse country considering all its citizens regardless of their origins alike.
Well, let's hear how French institutions regard some of their Afro-descendants nationals from the horse's mouth itself?
The Carnaval of Dunkerque in the North of France in March 2018, supported by the Mayor of the town, dismissed the request of many black organisations who felt that the representation of "the ball of the blacks" using black faces was offensive to Afro descendants, and didn't want this parade and tradition to be upheld by French institutions.
How does the French Federation of Football deal with offensive behaviours from French footballers on the question of race? That was Antoine Griezmann, by the way, who did apologize realizing that it was inappropriate..
Is French Police treating Black youth alike or was this an isolated incident?
La Kaz Kreol est un nouveau restaurant rapide tropical situé au 10 cours Julien dans le 6ème arrondissement de Marseille sur deux niveaux.
Au rez de chaussée se tient l'espace de restauration. On y trouve des mets tropicaux tels que:
- les Bokit "sandwich guadeloupéen
- des fricassés de chatrou "poulpe avec de la banane plantain
et bien évidemment le planteur.
Le restaurant est ouvert du lundi au samedi le midi et le soir et un lieu unique à Marseille.
Au premier étage se trouve un espace artistique nommé S.A.C.E (Spirituel-Africain-Caraïbéen-Expression). Celui-ci est dédié à l'art Africain et Caraïbéen, tel que son nom l'indique et est aussi un espace d'expo vente pour des artistes locaux tels que Rhalis Cangou et Ozas 99 Prod.
Le S.A.C.E nous invite à concevoir l'art différemment au quotidien et le à partager avec un large public large.
Pour plus d'infos sur Kaz Kreol, cliquez sur le lien FB ci-dessous:
Mega parade du CarnavalDépart de Paris et Marseille pour le Carnaval de Londres et Batuke Festival 2018
C'est donc, bel et bien, reparti pour cette année, Chantal Loial, l'ambassadrice des danses créoles, chevallier de la légion d'honneur pour sa contribution à la promotion des danses créôles, retrouvera les organisateurs et participants du Festival Batuke au Rich Mix le dimanche 26 et lundi 26 août à Londres pour nombres d'ateliers.
Voir le reportage de France Télévisions ci-dessous sur le festival Batuke 2017:
Continuez à lire ci-dessous pour plus d'infos:
Au programme : un weekend de stages de danse avec des artistes internationaux, show, soirée (dimanche) et Carnaval (lundi ) !
Ce voyage culturel et convivial autour des danses afro-lusophones et créoles suit une première collaboration avec la structure Vivement Londres à Marseille qui avait réunie plus d'une vingtaine de personnes de Marseille et Paris pour le festival Batuke 2017.
Voir photos ci-dessous
Continuez à lire pour plus d'infos et pour réserver vos places pour le carnaval
Vous aimeriez nous rejoindre.
Formule tout compris (arrivée samedi 25/08 et départ mardi 28/08) : aller-retour ; logement chambre 2 personnes à partager pour 3 nuits
Le Carnaval : BATUKE! 2018 se tiendra au Rich Mix, autour d'une journée intense d'ateliers, shows et soiree (dimanche) et une journée de défilé carnaval (lundi).
Vous pouvez aussi participer à la parade du Carnaval de Notting Hill Gate et du festival Batuke en option FULL PASS.
Comme d'habitude, on aura un temps de personnalisation de nos T-shirts et de maquillage avant de rejoindre le char, sound system et la parade.
Réservez vite à : email@example.com et rejoignez l'event FB pour Paris ou contactez-nous à firstname.lastname@example.org pour plus d'infos et les tarifs en vigueur.
Pour plus d'infos sur BatukeFestival, voir le lien ci-dessous.
Leah Sharibu, une adolescente nigérianne de 15 ans, était parmi les 119 étudiantes capturées par Boko Haram du collège "Science Technical College" à Dachpim dans l'état de Yobe au Nigéria en février 2018.
Toutes les filles ont été éventuellement relachées, à l'exception de 5 mortes en détention et Leah Sharibu, retenue par le groupe extremiste Boko Haram par refus d'obtempérer et de renoncer à sa foi chrétienne.
La Grande Bretagne a promis son soutien au gouvernement nigérian pour que Leah soit libérée.
Voir vidéo en anglais ci-dessous pour plus d'infos!!