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Legendary singers from Aswad and Steel Pulse join forces !!

March 13 2019 , Written by Caro Sika Published on #music, #carosika, #artist, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2019, #aswad, #steelpulse

Singers from Aswad and Steel Pulse, namely Brinsley Forde and David Hinds, join forces on the first single of the upcoming Brinsley Forde album "The Tuff Gong Sessions".

The song takes us back to the experience of enslaved deported Africans and their search for identity. The generation that has been told the story and experienced the aftermath of the transatlantic tragedy seems to echo back to this young generation what took place centuries ago!!

Yet the story is still being told and so relevant - we are looking at a grey bearded rastafari man painting sea waves with people voyaging through in the presence of a child who could be his grandson!! And today Black Africans are still dying at sea every day and slavery is still happening as we speak - the alienation from their continent is still real - the children of Africa are still searching for a better tomorrow!!

Executive Producer: Ras Denco. Produced by Ras Denco and Marc Baronner. Mixed by Marc Baronner @ Bass Galore Productions (Leiden, NL).  Recorded @ Tuff Gong (Kingston, JM) and Mixing Lab (Kingston, JM), Brinsley Forde Studio (Tenerife, ESP), Coyote's Hideout (Belgrade, RS). Engineer @ Tuff Gong: Roland Mc Dermot. Video by Romain 'Sherkhan' Chiffre.

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LA NUIT DES GRIOTS 2019 du 28 au 31 mars à Marseille!! Festival organisé par Live Culturefestiv

March 11 2019 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #festival, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2019

LA  NUIT DES GRIOTS 2019 du 28 au 31 mars à Marseille!! Festival organisé par Live Culturefestiv

Programme inédit  : Prenez le temps de partir à la rencontre de l'autre Festival La nuit des Griots 
Dans un cadre chaleureux, convivial, et musical, l'association Live Culture vous transmet sa bonne humeur et vous fait découvrir la culture Africaine pendant leur festival.
 
Des concerts de musique traditionnelle mais aussi d’afro-rock, des contes, des stages de Djembé et Balafon : tout pour voyager au-delà de la méditerranée ! 
 
Partir à la rencontre de différentes cultures est source d'enrichissement et de connaissance de soi. Le festival la nuit des griots ouvre une porte aux échanges, et vous amène à une plus grande conscience de votre propre culture.
 
Le festival La nuit des Griots, est une opportunité de découvrir la musique, la danse et les contes Africains. C'est la possibilité de créer des ponts lorsque d'autres érigent des murs.

Contact : Issiaka KOUYATE / Président de Live Culture : 07 50 48 41 54

Victor DA: Chargé de communication de Live Culture : 06 67 55 68 00

Mail : live.culture@outlook.fr          Site : www.live-culture-france.fr   

Cliquez pour toutes infos supplémentaires et pour réserver vos places!

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Naïveté et manque de courage!

February 27 2019 , Written by Black Panthers Mindset Published on #Marcel Feliho, #politique, #afroculture, #2019

Black Panthers Mindset se bat pour la souveraineté africaine depuis 1986!

Black Panthers Mindset se bat pour la souveraineté africaine depuis 1986!

Pourrons-nous nous parler franchement, pour une fois?

Qu'attendent les Sénégalais à l'issue de ce scrutin? Une défaite de Macky Dessert? Même pas en rêve. Ce dernier est le pion de la France. Cette France a la mainmise sur tout. Elle connaît ce pays de fond en comble, ses habitants, ses moeurs et valeurs.


Pourquoi l'opposition dans toute cette campagne électorale n'a-t-elle pas épinglé la France qui tire les ficelles? Elle le sait, elle s'est tue. Elle s'est rendue coupable, coupable de naïveté et de manque de courage. Excepté Ousmane Sonko.


Oui, Ousmane Sonko, et c'est pour cette raison que j'ai milité en sa faveur. Le vrai point positif à retenir est la participation massive de la jeunesse sénégalaise qui l'a soutenu. Ça promet pour la suite. Cette jeunesse-là a compris. Elle ne veut plus de la Françafrique. Elle doit maintenant s'armer de courage et dépasser la prise de conscience. Kémi Séba l'a montré le 23 février 2019 au Niger. Le combat va au-delà des petites frontières du Sénégal. Toute l'Afrique est concernée. Commençons par l'Afrique subsaharienne!

Revenons à cette élection présidentielle! Les résultats sont attendus pour vendredi minuit. Le président sortant quitte le pays demain jeudi, suivant ainsi le conseil de ses maîtres en France. Cela ne doit en aucun cas empêcher les Sénégalais d'agir si les résultats ne sont pas conformes à la volonté populaire. Si HOLD-UP il y a.

Que chacun prenne ses responsabilités!

 
 
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AMANI - the TRUE story of a knife crime survivor on a quest to empower 2 MILLION YOUNG PEOPLE!

February 20 2019 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #society, #cinema, #afroculture, #2019, #amani

‘AMANI’ is a short inspirational film, starring Joivan Wade, Leroy Logan MBE and Duayne Boachie, based on the true inner reflections of Amani Simpson, producer and co-writer, after he was stabbed 7 times. This powerful autobiographical piece takes the the audience on a rollercoaster journey of faith and self-discovery. 

AMANI    SIMPSON  has    already    been    featured    on    BBC    London    News,    ITV    News,    London    Live    &    in    the    Evening    Standard.   After    battling    PTSD, he  has    rebuilt    his    life    through    social    enterprise    and    personal    development    over    the    last    7    years.    He    is    on    a    mission    to    EMPOWER    2    MILLION    YOUNG    PEOPLE    to    make    positive    choices    and    aspire    higher    before    it’s    too    late.    He    plans    to    take    the    film    and    empowerment    workshops    into    schools,    prisons,    YOS    and    PRU’s    from    March    2019.    

AMANI was released online on Sunday 13th January 2019 and reached over 1 million views in less than a month. 
 
What the press is saying:
   

 

As    well    as    raising    awareness    of    the    project,    Amani    &    Aviard   Inspires    are    also    seeking    public    donations    towards    their    £35K  GofundMe Campaign:    see link below

Other info

 Starring:    Joivan    Wade    (The    First    Purge,    Shiro’s    Story),    Leroy    Logan    MBE    (Former    Superintendent    of    the    Police)    &    Duayne    Boachie    (Hollyoaks)    
 
Directed    by:    Richard    Kattah    of    Little    Drops    Productions    (Timelin3,    To    The    Power    Of    Ten) 

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MoneyMob Launch in Paris - September 2019

February 2 2019 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #event, #partners, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2019, #moneymob

Launch of Moneymob in Paris in September 2019

Launch of Moneymob in Paris in September 2019

We are delighted to partner with Moneymob for the 3rd consecutive year for our annual trip to Paris. This time is hugely exciting as Moneymob will launch its partnership with UBB (United Black Business) to start their crowd purchase movement in Paris and showcase Francophone businesses.

In order to do so, we invite you to join us from Friday 13th September to Monday 16th September 2019 at an unbeatable price of £290 (flight + accommodation on the basis of two sharing).

PACKAGE (FLIGHT+ACCOMMODATION)

2019 WEEKENDER TO PARIS 4 DAYS, 3 NIGHTS

from Friday 13th to Monday 16th September 2019

Departure : London Gatwick - Arrival : Paris Charles de Gaulle

 

  • You will be leaving Friday daytime from London Gatwick and returning Monday from Paris Charles de Gaulle (exact flight times will be confirmed early July). The journey lasts 45mns. Your tickets will be available electronically 1 week before departure.

FREE LUGGAGE:  You are allowed 1 piece of cabin luggage.

  • You will be staying in hotel rooms or self-contained apartment (2 people sharing) near Paris City Centre with an LCD television, a private bathroom and FREE WIFI. Linen and towels are provided. 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN PARIS:  You can purchase a travelcard Zone 1 to 3 from us for the duration of your stay as an extra fee.

  • If you would like to hire a car during your stay, we recommend « Rent a car ». Please contact us for more details or visit https://www.enterprise.fr/en/home.htmML

 

FEE AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

Moneymob card holders

Full payment of £290 or 2 instalments

Deposit to reserve your booking

£100 by 31.03.2019 or pay in full

2nd instalment 

£225 by 30/06/2019 (admin fee included)

 

For more info or to make a booking, email us at info@afroculture.co.uk

MONEYMOB WEEKENDER PROGRAMME

FRIDAY 13/09 ARRIVAL IN PARIS + DINNER
SATURDAY 14/09 MONEYMOBBING A RANGE OF BUSINESSES
SUNDAY 15/09 FREE TIME OR GUIDED TOUR OF BLACK PARIS
MONDAY16/09 DEPARTURE 

We will produce an itinerary in August with "à la carte activities" of restaurants and places to see in Paris during your stay. We will also organise with a Parisian Tour Guide an historical tour of Black Paris, which can be booked for an extra fee, as well as meals in a number of Afro-Caribbean restaurants.

Moneymob in Paris 2018Moneymob in Paris 2018Moneymob in Paris 2018

Moneymob in Paris 2018

Moneymob in Marseille 2017

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Black History Activity Books - A huge success!!

January 28 2019 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #book, #author, #blackhistory, #kids, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2019

The Black History Activity Books have been designed to inspire and educate young people on some of the greatest figures in history.  The books use a series of puzzles and activities to stimulate the minds of the reader whilst aiding them to learn in a fun and exciting way.

"We believe that it is our responsibility to inspire and educate our children about their history.  There are many positive black role-models that are truly inspirational. No longer will they be kept away from us and hidden in the shadows and there contributions to be ignored! We highlight these role-models, giving young people a greater sense of self thus building confidence. We believe that educating young people about our achievements, contributions to society and this civilisation is of paramount importance".

Their Launch in 2018 was a major success!! Click on youtube link below for their latest video:

The preparation for their second Black History Month event in 2019 is already well under way and 900 tickets have already been booked in less than a week!! Make sure to register online as soon as possible!!

Read on to book your ticket today!!

Black History Activity Books - A huge success!!
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Que Vola? Cuban-French Jazz band debut album out soon!

January 17 2019 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #music, #artist, #afroculture, #2019, #quevola

Que Vola

Que Vola

Signed to No Format (home to Oumou Sangaré, Mélissa Laveaux) and supported at 6Music by Gilles Peterson, Que Vola? formed when French jazz trombonist Fidel Fourneyron followed his namesake to Havana to immerse himself in the percussive music of Afro-Cuban cults. The experience sparked him to reimagine the existing music, with a French brass section reinterpreting vocal leads, alongside Cuban percussionists.

This new Afrobeat-influenced track, 'Nganga', is informed by the customs of the Palo religion, taking its name from the cauldron where a dead priest's spirit is believed to remain.  

Listen to track below

UK live debut at Hackney EartH on April 10

Speaking about the track, Fidel says; "I added a bass line to the Palo rhythm. I wanted to be respectful of the choral voice that would usually respond to the soloist, but here it's my trombone that takes the lead vocal, and the rest of the horn section responds, before being answered by the tenor sax."

Que Vola? - that name comes from the Cuban slang for 'What's Up?' - will make their UK live debut at Hackney EartH on April 10 at a show alongside Oumou Sangaré to celebrate No Format's 15th birthday.

Click below for more info to book your ticket now!

Calle Luz - Que Vola

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iamnot4sale - A CAMPAIGN TO END SLAVERY IN LYBIA!

January 14 2019 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #society, #afroculture, #2019

To join the movement and more info www.iamnot4sale.org

#iamnot4sale is a platform for raising awareness of the plight of African migrants being sold as slaves in Libya, which was launched in January 2018. Fundraising events are staged and Tshirts are on sale to raise money for those who have been directly affected. Artists are encouraged to join the movement and sing against slavery with initiatives like the #iamnot4sale Song Challenge.

#iamnot4sale also proactively works to prevent migrants from using the illegal route to Libya known as the “backway”, by supporting initiatives on the ground. The first initiatives are in Gambia, where they have partnered with organisations preventing young people from undertaking this journey to Hell and supporting returnees’ reintegration into their communities.

To support the campaign and buy your #iamnot4sale Tshirt, click website link below:

Read on for more info and pics!!

#iamnot4sale movement in the Gambia
#iamnot4sale movement in the Gambia

#iamnot4sale movement in the Gambia

Leading artists behind #iamnot4sale
Leading artists behind #iamnot4sale
Leading artists behind #iamnot4sale

Leading artists behind #iamnot4sale

#iamnot4sale at Heirborn Legacy!!

#iamnot4sale at Heirborn Legacy!!

Gambian artists supporting #iamnot4sale

Gambian artists supporting #iamnot4sale

#iamnot4sale fundraising events in London and Paris#iamnot4sale fundraising events in London and Paris

#iamnot4sale fundraising events in London and Paris

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REFLECT COUTURE CHILDREN'S COLLECTION 2018-2019

January 13 2019 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #kids, #business, #brand, #fashion, #ujamaa, #reflectcouture, #afroculture, #2019

REFLECT COUTURE CHILDREN'S COLLECTION 2018-2019
REFLECT Couture Children's Collection 2018/2019 was founded in November of 2018. 

This family-run business was set-up to provide a broader range of culturally specific children's apparel and initiate the foundation to build upon the original designs and concepts to embed a children's brand synonymous with quality and cultural character. 


 
REFLECT COUTURE CHILDREN'S COLLECTION 2018-2019

Our family consists of (3) children (18, 14), with the youngest 4 years old and the face and ambassador of the brand.

The collection currently consists of Premium Long-Sleeve T-Shirts (Black & White), ranging from ages 6months to 7 years (larger sizes on request), Children sized Cups / Mugs; and the boys and girls Back-to-School Bags /Rucksacks. All available with the original Zummi and Mosiah designs.

For more info contact us at:
(E) reflectcouture@gmail.com

Follow us on:

(INSTA) @reflectcouture
(TWITTER) @reflectcouture
(FACEBOOK) @reflectcouture

Alternatively, visit us at: www.reflectcouture.com and send us any queries 24/7 on the chat portal. We'll endeavour to answer any questions and assist with navigating around the site. 

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2Fly's debut single Sensei is a real vibe!

January 11 2019 , Written by www.afrocultureblog.com Published on #music, #artist, #afroculture, #2019

Now out on Apple Music and Spotify

Saskatoon Producer Eman just produced a debut single for his group members in 2Fly.

 

"Sensei" has already received airplay in Saskatchewan, Canada and positive reviews from anybody that's heard it. With their own new school Afrobeat vibe, the single creates a new path for Afrobeat musicians to follow. With a mix of Afroswing, Afrobeat and Dancehall elements for the new generation.

 

Musical expert Noel McKoy says " I really like the way they are implementing oriental musical expressions in their production relating to the title of the song "Sensei". Wolé coming in on the second verse is very smooth".

 

All of the musicians in the song bring a different vibe to the song and the group itself. Wolé on the second verse is a very talented Afrobeat singer while Zweii and Uadamen come through with sweet Hip Hop Dancehall vibes on the first verse and chorus respectively. Drino on the final verse brings the new UK Afroswing vibe to the song. The mix of genres gives birth to a new type of sound which they've made their own. It should do really well in the charts!!

 

People are already asking when the next song is out. It seems more hits are definitely on the way from 2Fly productions. 

 

For more information, promo requests or to arrange an interview, contact:

 

2Flyproductions (2flyprod@gmail.com)

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