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Dolapo is Fine!

27 Décembre 2021 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #ENG, #cinema

We came across this really insightful and well executed short over the weekend,  directed by Ethosheia Hylton and written by Joan Iyiola and Chibundu Onuzo in 2020. Dolapo is a Nigerian student at a British boarding school who hopes for a career in the finance sector. However, her assigned advisor, also Nigerian, advises her to change the nickname she goes by and her natural hair to assimilate and be taken seriously for a pending interview. Dolapo's identity is put in question for the very first time, it seems, and her journey considering change will lead her on the road to self-determination. This short challenges the narrative of assimilation to succeed or reach our goals, we highly recommend it. It is currently available on Netflix. Click below to watch a trailer.

What is Kwanzaa?

As previously mentioned, today is Day 2 of Kwanzaa. Unlike other celebrations over the holidays, Kwanzaa is a non-religious but a cultural celebration. It's a weeklong observerd from 26th December to 1st January of each year. Each day highlights a core principle which is symbolised by lighting a candle. It culminates in gift giving and a big feast. The 7 principles derive from the Swahili languague and honor African heritage. They are inspired by African harvest celebrations such as those of the Ashanti and those of the Zulu. Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Africana Studies at California State University, in 1966. He created this holiday in response to the Watt Riots in Los Angeles in 1965 as a way to bring African-Americans together as a community.

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Joyful Noise Productions are taking us into a festive and unforgettable 2022 celebrating African Music

13 Décembre 2021 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #music, #ENG, #artist, #events, #UK

5 shows in the first 3 months of 2022 - sounds promising, doesn't it?

Continue to read on to find out more about the artists and to book your tickets.

The Yoruba Women Choir will be at the Jazz Cafe on 7th January 2021

The Yoruba Women Choir will be at the Jazz Cafe on 7th January 2021

Described as Africa’s greatest vocal ensemble and renowned as one of Nigeria’s biggest musical exports, The Yoruba Women Choir always delivers a spectacular show bursting with passion and astounding power. Boasting eleven joyful singers who together create exquisite harmonies, the group is also backed by a six piece band playing traditional Yoruba rhythms and melodies that will keep you dancing all night long.

Yoruba Music was highly influential in the development of Afrobeat, Highlife and Afro-Cuban styles, making this an unmissable show for fans of Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor or Buena Vista Social Club. Click below to book your ticket and get a feel of who they are.

Afrocentrics will be a the Richmix on 25th January 2022, more info to come in the New Year.

Afrocentrics will be a the Richmix on 25th January 2022, more info to come in the New Year.

The Hi-Life orchestra will be at the Richmix on Tuesday 22nd February 2022, more info to come in the New Year.

The Hi-Life orchestra will be at the Richmix on Tuesday 22nd February 2022, more info to come in the New Year.

Osibisa will be at the RichMix on Tuesday 15th March 2022, more info to come in the New Year.

Osibisa will be at the RichMix on Tuesday 15th March 2022, more info to come in the New Year.

Horns Unlimited will be at the RichMix on Wednesday 23rd March 2022, more info to come in the New Year.

Horns Unlimited will be at the RichMix on Wednesday 23rd March 2022, more info to come in the New Year.

Stay connected for more.

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Afrolights - Shine your own light to banish the darkness

29 Novembre 2021 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #afroculturekidz, #ENG

The Afrolights

The Afrolights

Christine Natasha Smith (see pic below) is a mother, artist, teacher and what she likes to call 'creator of magic'. The Afrolights are her current project, a dynamic duo (her children) who are on a mission to bring positivity and light to a world where darkness and doubt seeps into corners waiting to infect our youth - but with the right teaching - which the Afrolights are armed with, plus their innate powers, children can find the positivity from within and shine their own lights to banish the darkness.  

Inspired by the queen - Whitney Houston - Christine Natasha Smith believes that the greatest love of all is to love yourself.  "It's hard to give love to others fully, wholeheartedly, if you don't have that for yourself first.  Some think that taking care of others is paramount and that can become an excuse for not taking care of ourselves. But if we want to make a difference to others, fill their cups, then we can't be pouring from an empty jug." says Christine.  
 
In her view, a variety of things have led her to the Afrolights, such as her own self care journey; her  work as an educator both in a mainstream school, privately and in non-profit organisations ; a passionate yearning to impart positivity to children, and teach them lifelong lessons that will help them to be resilient in the future and finally her journey as a mother and wanting the same opportunities for all children to lead happy, healthy and harmonious lives.  Music, singing has been a part of Christine's life since childhood and she views it as an enjoyable way of expressing herself.  The song of the Afrolights was another extension of that as well as a fun and vibrant way of interacting with the children, teaching them her message, helping them to learn these affirmations, especially in our current times. Positivity is a must!
 
"Confidence and self esteem are cornerstones for all children.  Pillars of positivity.  For children's growth, they need to have confidence in themselves to be able to look inside themselves and love what they see - all aspects of themselves too.   With confidence and self esteem, the world becomes their oyster, they can succeed in whatever area they wish to pursue, they can not only dream big dreams but achieve them too." explains Christine.  
 
And obviously, for an author teaching positivity, it is not surprising that  the sky is her limit. She literally, in her own words, would like to take this book to the moon! Her current aspiration are creating/producing:
- An abc of positivity book
- A series of tales based on the main protagonists spreading their message of positivity, encouraging children that think positively is a SUPER POWER! 
- A clothing and apparels range. 
- The song, a tv show, the moon! 😇🥳
 
"To affirm something is to declare it openly and then uphold the words stated.  They are made firm.  The more you say things- the more you believe them.  Whenever we want something to happen, we have to state it and then work toward it.   Things don't happen in secret.  It's all about intention." concludes Christine Natasha Smith  
 
Look out for the abc book and associated merchandise coming soon.
For more info, follow The Afrolights on Instagram
Christine Natasha Smith

Christine Natasha Smith

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The Melanin Lunchbox Project

25 Novembre 2021 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #ENG, #society, #UK

The Melanin Lunchbox Project

The Melanin Lunchbox Project

Lindon Rankin, Founder of Melanin Health & Wellness, recognised during the first lockdown that there seemed to be a lack of support for the local BME community.

Melanin Health & Wellness, a Southwark based community group supporting local ethnic diverse individuals and groups, started out of this, delivering shopping and medical prescriptions for the elderly, and then went on to provide culturally appropriate cooked meals for children receiving free school meals within the local BME communities, during the school holidays. This was the start of the Melanin Lunch Box project.

Melanin Lunchbox Volunteer sorting out boxes that will be handed out to families receiving free school meals

Melanin Lunchbox Volunteer sorting out boxes that will be handed out to families receiving free school meals

Lindon (see pic below) has also been running (free) Health and Wellbeing sessions, fitness classes and most recently organised community events in collaboration with other community groups, and mental health and wellness programmes, providing opportunities to local people in order to help them to engage and improve both themselves, their lives and their community at large.

Lindons aspiration is to empower people, to come together, celebrate diversity, and for all of us to participate in building a more robust community.

I always seek the opportunity to work with others and I have learnt by pulling together, we achieve  together”, says Lindon.

He is pleased to highlight the support received from Berkeley Foundation in partnership with some of their present projects.

Lindon, founder of Melanin Health and Wellness Project

Lindon, founder of Melanin Health and Wellness Project

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Akyaaba Addai-Sebo - the architect of Black History Month in the UK

24 Octobre 2021 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #blackhistory, #akyaabaaddaisebo, #ENG, #blacklegacy, #UK

Photo Credit: CNN

Photo Credit: CNN

As we celebrate Black History Month in the UK, have you ever wondered who was the mastermind of it. Well,  his architect is Ghanaian born Akyaaba Addai-Sebo. After visiting the US in the 1970s and being inspired by the Black History Month US held in February, Akyaaba Addai-Sebo initiated Black History Month in the UK in 1987, which is celebrated in October. Its initial aim was to support Black children sense of self esteem and social construct. October was chosen because it was shortly after the UK summer vacation and was the traditional harvest period and time when African leaders gathered to settle differences and appraise the state of the community.

Akyaaba Addai-Sebo also worked to promote diversity in a variety of roles for organizations including the Greater London Council, African Refugees Housing Action Group, Notting Hill Carnival, and Organization of African Unity. In 2014, he was executive producer of "One Humanity," a documentary on the 1988 and 1990 Wembley concerts for Nelson Mandela.

For further reading: Akyaaba Addai-Sebo - Black History Month 2021

 

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A cosy chat with Noel McKoy about the origins of Black British Music

12 Septembre 2021 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #noelmckoy, #carosika, #blackbritishmusic, #music, #ENG, #UK

Flashback to a special interview with Soul singer, songwriter and musician Noel McKoy where he shares with Caro Sika his earliest memories of Black British Music talking about Lovers Rock, Reggae, Soul artists and more.

Click below to watch the interview.

Noel McKoy is a British-based soul music singer. His music is a collection of soul, R&B, gospel, funk and Northern soul. Born in South London, he fronted the James Taylor Quartet in the early 1990s and has worked and duetted with several artists such as Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Cliff Richard, Lenny Henry, Jessie J, Mica Paris, Beverley Knight and his favourite - Stevie Wonder, as well as being known as the Dutch Pot owner, a nightclub located in London. He is currently part of the British Collective and also continues to tour and collaborate on a number of musical projects, one of the most recent being an international production with EEDB in collaboration with artists from Brazil and the US called "What are we gonna do? "

 Click below to watch the video clip

Click below for more info on Noel McKoy

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The origins of the Kora

30 Juillet 2021 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #blackhistory, #blacklegacy, #music, #diabelcissokho, #carosika, #ENG

Tiramagan Traoré was a general of the great Soundjata Keïta, founder of the Mandinka empire, also referred to as the Mali Empire at the end of the twelfth century through to the sixteenth century.

The story goes that Tiramagan Traoré went to the heights of Kabul (present-day Guinea-Bissau which was formerly a territory of Gambia) with his griot Djelimadou Woulen Diabate and two hunters. During this expedition, Tiramagan spotted a Jinn, in front of a cave, which is a spirit in a form of a woman, living in the mountains. When she saw the expedition, the Jinn became frightened and took refuge in the cave.

Back home, Tiramagan told Waligelenjan, a descendant of Kamisoko, about his adventure. All decided to leave the next morning with a fishing net in order to catch this famous Jinn. When they arrived on the scene, the spirit woman was sitting in front of the cave. Immediately, the hunters launched the net on her to capture her. She, once more, took refuge in the cave and came out with a Kora. Tiramagan married this very beautiful woman and gave the Kora to his griot since he was a nobleman and wasn't permitted to play it. Djelimadou Woulen then exclaimed: "Nobleman, that's an instrument of ours, which belongs to the Mandika people".

It is from this story that the Kora, a stringed instrument of twenty-two strings with crystal sounds, draws its feminine gender. The first person to play it was this griot. When he died, in his honour, a string was removed. Since this time, the Kora has twenty-one leather strings. From the time of the first griot Djélimadou Woulen Diabaté, the Kora has been transmitted from Father to Son and has known more than 70 generations of griots.

The origins of the Kora

Here is below an interview that took place at the Jazz Cafe couple of years back with a griot from the Cissokho family "Diabel Cissokho" by Caro Sika. Enjoy :)

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Où faire votre shopping pour célébrer #blackoutday2021?

7 Juillet 2021 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #blackoutday2021, #business, #FR

Aujourd'hui, c'est #blackouday2021, une journée mondiale pour la valorisation du savoir-faire africain sur le continent et dans la diaspora. Tout au long des dernières semaines, nous vous avons fait découvrir des afropreneur(e)s. Voici maintenant nos recommandations shopping.

Vous aimeriez acheter des produits de beauté naturelle aux huiles essentielles concoctés avec le savoir-faire artisanal de nos aïeux; nous vous proposons OKHAMARE. Nous avons essayé leur savons et sommes très satisfaits. La fourchette de prix est aussi très raisonnable et vous bénéficierez de 10% de réduction supplémentaire aujourd'hui pour #blackoutday2021.

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Où faire votre shopping pour célébrer #blackoutday2021?

Vous aimeriez un sac fait main avec des designs uniques, nous vous proposons la boutique ANSHAWAL que nous avons découvert par le biais de la Marketplace LobbyNoir. Victorine est une afropreneure très sympathique et réactive et nous avons eu un petit cadeau supplémentaire lors de notre première commande passée. Les prix sont également très raisonnables pour des articles customisés et vous pouvez obtenir 10% de réduction supplémentaire pour #blackoutday2021.

Cliquez ici pour accéder au site ANSHAWAL et bénéficier de 10% de remise pour #blackoutday2021 avec le code promo ASW10

Vous cherchez tout et rien, nous vous recommandons la MarketPlace LobbyNoir qui est notre Amazon pour consommer auprès d'entrepreneurs afrodescendants. Nous y achetons nos articles de sport, notre mousse de mer dans la rubrique alimentation, nos accessoires beauté, bijoux etc.. en bref, nous y achetons un peu de tout :). Vous pouvez également obtenir 10% de réduction sur l'ensemble de la Marketplace pour #blackoutday2021.

Cliquez ci-dessous pour accéder au site de MARKETPLACE LOBBYNOIR et bénéficier de 10% de remise pour #blackoutday2021.

Où faire votre shopping pour célébrer #blackoutday2021?

JOINDRE L'UTILE A L'AGRÉABLE

Qui n'a pas besoin de créer un site de nos jours ou de 'sachants' pour optimiser les outils marketing des réseaux sociaux. On vous recommande DEME AGENCY et leurs solutions digitales. Ils proposent aussi du coaching et de la formation pour vous accompagner dans votre démarche entrepreneuriale. Et ils vous offrent également 10% de remise aujourd'hui pour #blackoutday2021.

Cliquez ici pour accéder au site de DEME AGENCY et bénéficier de 10% de remise avec le code PROMO DA10 pour #blackoutday2021

https://demeagency.com/shop/

Où faire votre shopping pour célébrer #blackoutday2021?

SOUTENIR UN ARTISTE

Nous vous recommandons l'artiste londonien MIC ASSASSIN qui vient de sortir son single 'INVEST' et qui nous exhorte à croire en nous et à investir dans la capital humain pour que nous réussissions ensemble. En plus, vous ne sortirez pas ruinés de l'expérience, le téléchargement coûte moins d'une livre sterling.

Téléchargez le single de Mic Assassin pour #blackoutday2021

RENCONTRER L'ÂME SOEUR

et ça, ça reste notre coup de coeur pour #blackoutday2021: UMOJA AFRO DATING, une agence à mi-chemin entre le site de rencontre, le speed-dating et l'agence matrimoniale. Vous êtes célibataire et vous voudriez rencontrer l'âme soeur, touchez-en un mot à Muriel, la fondatrice et son équipe. En plus, ce samedi, vous aurez la possibilité de participer à un 'Meet and Sip' dans une ambiance cosy, à ne pas manquer!

Cliquez ici pour réserver votre place pour l'évènement du dimanche 11 juillet

Vous participez à #blackoutday2021, nous adorerions en savoir un peu plus sur votre expérience pour un prochain article. Vous pouvez nous envoyer vos photos et témoignages de la journée à info@afroculture.co.uk.

En vous souhaitant à tous une excellente journée de célébration.

Où faire votre shopping pour célébrer #blackoutday2021?
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Découvrez DEME AGENCY et son fondateur Mohamadou

4 Juillet 2021 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #demeagency, #business, #blackoutday2021, #FR

Mohamadou est un Franco Sénégalais né à Kanel au Sénégal, diplômé d’ingénieur en Génie des Systèmes industriels et maîtrise des risques. Mohamadou commence sa carrière comme ingénieur Qualité dans un Groupe international dans le secteur automobile.

 

Passionné par les domaines de l’éducation, la formation, l’insertion professionnelle et l’accompagnement, il décide de se lancer dans l’entreprenariat. Il donne naissance à DEME Agency, avec l’ambition de mettre à profit ses expériences professionnelles et son réseau.

Mohamadou est un entrepreneur & homme d’affaires, un homme de Réseaux, Expert en mise en relation gagnante et un activateur/accélérateur de relations interpersonnelles, profondément passionné par l’économie solidaire et l'Humain.

«Je suis arrivé en France à l'âge de 11 ans. J'avais même écrit une lettre pour étayer mes motivations. Mon père m'avait dit à l'époque 'tu as intérêt à travailler dur à l'école, sinon tu retournes au Sénégal, cela m'a bien forgé. Au début, beaucoup de gens pensaient que DEME Agency, la société que j’ai créé, n'était qu'une simple agence de communication alors qu'en réalité, nous étions autant centré sur la communication que sur un accompagnement global pour les jeunes porteurs de projets »

Cliquez ci-dessous pour découvrir le parcours de vie de Mohamadou Deme.

DEME Agency est une entreprise collaborative et solidaire, spécialisée en formation professionnelle, recrutement, conseils, évènementiels et développement de capital Humain.

DEME Agency forme, conseille et accompagne les entrepreneurs, porteurs de projets. L’entreprise les aide à gagner en visibilité et à créer et/ou développer leurs affaires en leur mettant à disposition un écosystème global d’experts à l’international.

DEME Agency s’adresse également aux entreprises et propose une large gamme de services touchant au marketing, à la communication et à la conduite de projets.

La plateforme numérique deme-agency.com est un nouveau concept de networking qui vous permet de booster votre réseau relationnel et de bénéficier de réductions, offres, avantages privilèges de partenaires multi enseignes.

Une cliente m’a récemment avoué : « grâce à vous et aux personnes que vous m’avez présentées, j’ai gagné 10 ans ! ». Notre objectif est de permettre la rencontre entre personnes issues de cercles professionnels différents de façon à ce que nos clients puissent exploiter pleinement leur potentiel grâce à ces nouveaux contacts.

« Nous devons favoriser les échanges et créer un réseau de talents et de compétences, avec une vision gagnant-gagnant pour leitmotiv ».

Cliquez ci-dessous pour consulter la plateforme numérique de DEME AGENCY.

Vous pouvez également consulter la liste des prochains évènements sur la liste suivante.

À l'occasion de #blackoutday2021, DEME AGENCY vous offre 10% de réduction le 07.07.2021 en utilisant le code promo DA10 sur l'ensemble de son catalogue de services tels la création de site internet, design graphique et Marketing digital.

Cliquez ci-dessous pour utiliser votre code promo DA10 le 07.07.2021.

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Découvrez DEME AGENCY et son fondateur Mohamadou
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Meet musician and entrepreneur MIC ASSASSIN

4 Juillet 2021 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #micassassin, #music, #ENG, #UK, #blackoutday2021

"Music is my first love, the first thing I actually fell in love with" - Mic Assassin. 

Following a 6-month Caribbean holiday which turned into an 8-year hiatus from music, Mic Assassin returns once again with more hunger, focus, and renewed vision. 

 Musician, Entrepreneur, Director, and Lover of life are the words, which most astutely describe this street-savvy South Londoner. Being disheartened and disillusioned with the politics of the music industry, his time away from music was productively spent setting up entrepreneurial ventures including a visual production company ‘FWD360’ under which Mic directed & edited over 100 projects for global brands, charities, and many grassroots organisations and independent artists. 

 But what is a man to do when his childhood dream and passion for creating music just won’t go away?  

 “I thought about it all the time, envisioning myself performing to massive concert venues. I wrote down everything even the thoughts I'm scared to say out loud. I’d hum melodies into voice recorders then start piecing the tracks together. Inspiration can come at any time of the day, I just have to stop everything and be on it when it does”

 From the tender age of 9 rapping in school assemblies to a 16-year-old appearing in magazines like The Face and The Fader, to an 18-year-old setting up his own record label selling CD’s hand to hand, Mic knows the true meaning of dream chasing. 

 Inspired by the hustle and grind of US / UK Indie labels such as Roc-a-fella, No Limit, So Solid and 57th Dynasty, Mic and his team learned and perfected the art of hand to hand selling moving units of CDs around their Lewisham college campus and outside popular music venues. 

 In love with the art of freestyling and eruptive crowd energy, Mic entered many "open mic" and Mc Battle competitions winning many of them and eventually being crowned Jump Off’s 2005 UK Street Battle Champion. This journey of gladiatorial words took Mic around the UK and USA where he would cross paths in combat with the likes of Professor Green, Lowkey and Iron Solomon. 

 The buzz around Mic Assassin grew and lead on to great coverage with live performances and Interviews on Kiss 100 FM (Shortee Blitz & Big Ted), BBC Radio (Ace & Vis, Twin B, Ras Kwame) and Dan Greenpeace (Xfm / Capital radio). His witty off the head freestyles lead Mic to feature on MTV’s Barrio 19 and host a part-time Hip Hop show “Mic Check With Mic Assassin” on BBC’s Asian Network. 

Returning back with renewed focus and love for music-making, combining the visual and business skills learned within the 8-year gap period he is funnelling this new artillery into his new music. 

With a more mature sound and reflective disposition Mic is open to all possibilities that may come his way. 

 “The most important thing this time around is having fun, travelling, connecting with people and making the best music I can. I’m legacy-building right now, building a foundation that can outlive me. I have many creative visuals, films, business ideas it’s all one, it’s all me and they intertwine with each other, but music is my first love and I’ve missed it. I am a better person when I'm making music,  I feel like me again”.

Click below to download and listen to the new single release:

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