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iamnot4sale - A CAMPAIGN TO END SLAVERY IN LYBIA!

14 Janvier 2019 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #society, #afroculture, #2019, #ENG, #gambia

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

13 Janvier 2019 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #kids, #business, #brand, #fashion, #ujamaa, #reflectcouture, #afroculture, #2019, #ENG, #uk

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!

11 Janvier 2019 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #music, #artist, #afroculture, #2019, #ENG

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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A KWANZAA TREAT AT AZAWALA - SATURDAY 15TH DECEMBER 2018

15 Décembre 2018 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #exhitibion, #event, #kwanzaa, #art, #music, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2018, #ENG, #uk

Saturday 15th December 2018  2pm - 10pm

By day you will marvel at the "OUT OF DARKNESS" art exhibition produced by our very own multi talented allrounder NEFATERI. In the evening meet and hear the highly acclaimed classical Singer and Composer JUWON OGUNGBE as he performs his CHRISTMAS meets KWANZAA recital.  All this and more in our newly rebufurbished creative space. 
Food and Drinks available

THIS IS A FREE EVENT BUT PLEASE REGISTER AS SEATS ARE LIMITED  FOR THE RECITAL
'Multi-Award winning Entrepreneur, Nefateri, showcasing her exhibition 'Out of Darkness

'Multi-Award winning Entrepreneur, Nefateri, showcasing her exhibition 'Out of Darkness

'Multi-Award winning Entrepreneur, Nefateri, showcasing her exhibition 'Out of Darkness'.  It shines a light on a period of her depression and exposes what can be done when you come out of that darkness and tap into your creative source.
cclaimed singer, musician and composer Juwon Ogungbe is to perform CHRISTMAS meets KWANZAA

cclaimed singer, musician and composer Juwon Ogungbe is to perform CHRISTMAS meets KWANZAA

7.30pm - 10pm
Acclaimed singer, musician and composer Juwon Ogungbe is to perform CHRISTMAS meets KWANZAA -  a mini song recital of seasonal songs from the African Diaspora, Europe and America at Gida Collective London.
Featuring songs from folkloric sources, by African, British and American composers, plus some self composed tunes, the mini recital is to be followed by a set of carols and seasonal songs for the audience to join in and sing along to.


Juwon Ogungbe said "I am looking forward to presenting this unique Christmas meets Kwanzaa experience in the welcoming and comfortable premises of Gida Collective London.The opportunity to hear my unique selection of seasonal songs in the exquisitely upgraded Gida Collective Shop is a cool Yule experience that shouldn't be missed. Audience members are to get a chance to sing much loved Christmas songs as well"


Juwon Ogungbe is a distinguished opera singer and composer, as well as a performer in a range of other genres. He has composed for the BBC, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Southbank Centre amongst many others. In 2018, his operatic works have been in various stages of development at Opera North, Grimeborn Opera Festival (at The Arcola Theatre) and at the Dhow Countries Music Academy, Zanzibar.
More information about Ogungbe's work can be found on links below:

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Kwanzaa is approaching, learn to Ujamaa!!

12 Décembre 2018 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #carosika, #kwanzaa, #business, #event, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2018, #ENG, #uk

For more info, check out https://blackhistorystudies.com/

For more info, check out https://blackhistorystudies.com/

As Kwanzaa approaches, there is no better time of the year to discover or re-discover the crafts of Black artisans for gift ideas. On Saturday 1st December, Black History Studies put on a Black Market which we had the pleasure to check out!!

In line with the Ujamaa principle of Kwanzaa (economic cooperation) which aims at building and growing our businesses together and using our collective economic force for the benefit of the entire community, we are delighted to present a number of them and would encourage you to check their products for your festive seasons shopping.

For more info, continue to read on:

To order your copy, click link belowTo order your copy, click link below

To order your copy, click link below

To order your jumper, click on site below

To order your jumper, click on site below

To order, visit their website

To order, visit their website

We also had the opportunity to interview Nate The Lyricist, a spoken word artist who just released a track called BUY BLXCK (click on link below to listen to the track) and Paul Muhammad, the founder of the Money Mob movement on the importance of collective economics for the Afro-Caribbean communities which would be featured in 2019 in a short documentary on the importance of collective economics for Afro-Caribbean communities.

Nate the Lyricist on the left performing and Caro Sika interviewing Paul Muhammad on the rightNate the Lyricist on the left performing and Caro Sika interviewing Paul Muhammad on the right

Nate the Lyricist on the left performing and Caro Sika interviewing Paul Muhammad on the right

We would also like to bring to your attention the online directory of our partner Lobby Noir which lists Afro-Caribbean businesses and entrepreneurs for free and help your business grow outside organised and cultural markets. Peace and love to all!!!!

Caro Sika sporting out Gitas Portal Headwraps at Black Market Extravaganza - Photo Credit: GraphikVision

Caro Sika sporting out Gitas Portal Headwraps at Black Market Extravaganza - Photo Credit: GraphikVision

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Boubacar Kafando and Zaama Nooma at Hootananny, Brixton

27 Novembre 2018 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #interview, #music, #carosika, #artist, #afroculture, #2018, #ENG, #burkinafaso, #uk

Boubacar Kafando interviewed by Caro Sika

Boubacar Kafando and members of the Zaama Nooma Band
Boubacar Kafando and members of the Zaama Nooma BandBoubacar Kafando and members of the Zaama Nooma Band

Boubacar Kafando and members of the Zaama Nooma Band

The actual band came together in 2010.  The meaning of the band's name is "united we are stronger" in the Mossi Language, which is the dominant language of Burkina Faso, which counts approximately 70 languages and makes it a multicultural country, as many African nations. Boubacar Kafando and the band's love for people and unity really translate in their love for music; and the expression of their music is to call people to leave in harmony and love each other. They equally address the need for social justice and inequalities or injustice they see around them. It naturally makes perfect sense that the latest album of Boubacar Kafando, released in 2016, is called "faut pas se diviser", we must not be divided.

For more info about Zaama Nooma, Afrobeat band, check the link below:

Caro Sika and the Zaama Nooma Band, Hootananny

Caro Sika and the Zaama Nooma Band, Hootananny

Their musical project is, however, far beyond the music industry alone. Zaama Nooma is also the name of the charitable organisation Boubacar Kafando founded in 2007 with the aim to pass on the musical heritage of Burkina Faso and sub-Saharan Africa to the youth. It accomplishes its goal through different actions such as musical workshops (Djembe, Kora), concerts, educational activities such as the repair and manufacture of instruments and research and preservation of endangered instruments. A cultural centre "le centre culturel Zounoogo" also opened its doors in 2009 in the town of Saponé, Burkina Faso.

For more info, https://www.boubacarkafando.com/association-zaama-nooma

It is evident that Boubacar's passion and commitment for music is integral, touring throughout the world and raising funds for the work of his charity and he is actively working at promoting the band so that they can comfortably make a living from the art and their craft. That is one of the reason Boubacar Kafando loves performing in London which he considers to be a multicultural city, very open to African Culture and music.

For my part, I have loved seeing Boubacar Kafando and the Zaama Nooma band perform. I loved the energy, the fusion of rock and the traditional rhythmic of the Kora and other traditional instruments.

For Boubacar Kafando's and the Zaama Nooma's Band next concerts, find all the dates on https://www.boubacarkafando.com/

Photo Credit: Giuliano Eboulia

Photo Credit: Giuliano Eboulia

It is evident that Boubacar's passion and commitment for music is integral, touring throughout the world and raising funds for the work of his charity and he is actively working at promoting the band so that they can comfortably make a living from the art and their craft. That is one of the reason Boubacar Kafando loves performing in London which he considers to be a multicultural city, very open to African Culture and music.

For my part, I have loved seeing Boubacar Kafando and the Zaama Nooma band perform. I loved the energy, the fusion of rock and the traditional rhythmic of the Kora and other traditional instruments.

For Boubacar Kafando's and the Zaama Nooma's Band next concerts, find all the dates on https://www.boubacarkafando.com/

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Gida Live & San Mei Gallery present 'An Evening with Eshe Escoffery'

27 Novembre 2018 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #event, #music, #artist, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2018, #esheescoffery, #ENG, #uk

Gida Live & San Mei Gallery present 'An Evening with Eshe Escoffery'

Gida Live & San Mei Gallery present 'An Evening with Eshe Escoffery'

On 8th December 2018, Gida Live & San Mei Gallery team up to present 'An Evening with Eshe Escoffery' with your host Eon Irvin of Crackers Radio.
 
You'll find out more about Eshe Escoffery musical journey from life with the talented family group The Escofferys to the release of the debut solo Nu Kosmic Soul EP "Live Life Be Here". A pianist will accompany the live performance.
 
Once you've got to know about Eshe, Eon Irving will get you Toe Tappin' and Hip Shakin' to those tunes that make you wanna move.
There's a complimentary drink on arrival and NuDawn will be selling with their amazing Rotis
To book, click link below
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FDesouche vs Lobby Noir, hmmm propos racistes et injurieux!!!

26 Novembre 2018 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #société, #afroculture, #2018, #lobbynoir, #FR

FDesouche vs Lobby Noir, hmmm propos racistes et injurieux!!!

J’étais alertée en fin de semaine dernière par un de mes collègues de Lobby Noir, agence de référencement d’entrepreneurs noirs donc afro-descendants à Paris par les propos méprisants tenus par un groupe se nommant Fdesouche. L’équipe de Lobby Noir avait été intriguée par un buzz que leur site avait suscité en début de semaine et dont elle avait cherché la cause. A leur grande surprise, ce buzz venait d’un site « de média d’information » se nommant Fdesouche les accusant de communautarisme !! Le nombre accru de visites suite à leur article en ligne était alarmant car il indiquait qu’une quantité importante d’internautes était affiliée à leur idéologie….

 

Je dois prendre un petit temps de pause parce que d’une certaine manière, dès le départ, c’est carrément risible… d’accuser de communautarisme une organisation à vue économique et politique quand on s’appelle Fdesouche (c’est-à-dire «Français de souche »), et qu'on fait déjà de la discrimination car qui sont les français de souche si ce n’est les français aux origines européennes, c’est-à-dire les français blancs.

Je pourrai vraiment m’en tenir là car il n’y a aucun doute que le contenu de l'article est haineux et émanant d’un site raciste, cependant pour le profit de tous, j’aimerai développer un peu ce sujet car « Chinatown » or « BombayTown » dirigées exclusivement par des entrepreneurs chinois ou indiens ne sont vraisemblablement plus un problème pour la majorité des nations mais « AfrikTown » pose encore des problèmes, surtout dans l’espace francophone et tarde à rentrer dans les mœurs, son intention étant souvent mal comprise ou faisant peur.

Il y a nombreuses pistes à explorer à ce sujet, ce que je ne tenterai de faire maintenant.  L’appellation «  lobbynoir » fait référence à un lobby afro-descendants car la présomption est bien que dès qu’une personne est noire, il est certain qu’au moins le siècle passé une personne de sa lignée venait d’Afrique (l’histoire nous le prouve bien et l’Education Nationale ferait bien de mettre à jour les programmes scolaires en incluant les civilisations africaines avant la traite négrière, les causes et les conséquences de la traite négrière, notamment économiques et psychologiques et la mutation de l’esclavage en colonialisme et néo-colonialisme de nos jours). Et lorsque la France a une représentation d’environ 10 millions d’afro-descendants (en lisant entre les lignes), il est certain qu’on ne peut satisfaire les besoins de consommation de cette communauté qu’à partir de quelques quartiers tels Château Rouge à Paris, d’où la nécessité de groupes et d’agences tels que LobbyNoir.

 

LobbyNoir est une agence de référencement et un concept très ingénieux qui répond à une attente marketing d’environ un cinquième de la population française au moins, et en premier lieu celle qui est noire. On comprend bien que lorsqu’on a le cheveu crépu on aura besoin d’un coiffeur afro qui sera 8 fois sur 10 noir, lorsqu’on voudra acheter un ensemble en pagne, le tailleur ou couturier sera très certainement afro-descendant, lorsqu’on voudra se marier et qu’on recherchera un DJ qui peut jouer des sons afro-caribéens, il ou elle sera également la plupart du temps noir. Et c’est une bonne chose également pour les français d’origine européenne, indienne ou asiatique qui veulent acheter ce type de produits ou avoir accès à ces services car ils pourront facilement les localiser.

 

Mais ce qui pour moi est le plus notable sur l’application est la section  « la voix noire ». C’est la crème de la crème en outil statistique, on ne fait pas mieux pour dresser un profil des consommateurs et leurs avis sur divers sujets concernant les noirs et la diaspora africaine partout dans le monde. Cet outil statistique permet de collecter des opinions au travers de sondage représentatif des attentes de la communauté noire et par communauté on entend des citoyens qui ont un héritage culturel et historique commun, des spécificités communes telles la couleur de peau, la religion, la langue, le type de cheveu, l’alimentation etc…. et de par ce fait des revendications similaires. Il est important que cette large représentation de la population mondiale puisse se constituer en lobby et faire valoir ses droits et sa volonté citoyenne. Enfin, rien de plus normale dans une démocratie !!

 

En somme, une agence à remercier et à utiliser sans modération, disponible sur www.lobbynoir.com ainsi qu’une application mobile téléchargeable gratuitement [lobbynoir] « !! Vive LobbyNoir !!!

Ils seront d’ailleurs de passage à Londres le 8 décembre 2018 lors de la foire de Voice, presse établie en Grande Bretagne qui œuvre à la valorisation de sa population noire, en vue de collaboration dans l’espace afro-caribéen anglophone.

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Phenomenal Richard Bona at the Jazz Cafe London, Tour 2018

23 Novembre 2018 , Rédigé par Caro Sika Publié dans #carosika, #interview, #artist, #music, #afroculture, #2018, #richardbona, #ENG, #cameroun

Photo Credit: Giuliano Eboulia

Photo Credit: Giuliano Eboulia

What a fabulous experience seeing and listening to Richard Bona and his Live Band’s performance in the intimacy of the iconic London Jazz Cafe this week and no we didn’t want it stop although he tried hard (for almost 30mns passed his set time) to put us to sleep in the most creative way ever….

Photo Credit: Giuliano Eboulia

Photo Credit: Giuliano Eboulia

Richard Bona is just an incredible and charismatic being, a substantial artist and a huge musical reference in « mankind » register. Not only is his voice smooth, surreal and unique, his music ecclectic and sophisticated, he just connects with any « nation and tribe » on earth !!! We all shared in this remarkable moment of musical genius as Richard connected with the audience representing different countries and started speaking and singing in Italian, « Hungarian », Hindi or Marathi perhaps as he referred to his fans in Mumbai, to name just a few, and even Japanese !!! Yes, while holding a professorship of Jazz music at New York University, Richard Bona spent 4 years learning Japanese (for free !!! as he boasted on stage). We all laughed at his facial expressions as he recalled the astonishement of Japanese tourists on NY tube as he directed them in their native language….. A black man speaking ……………. !!! Anyhow you got it !!!

Photo Credit: Giuliano Eboulia

Photo Credit: Giuliano Eboulia

And the songs he performed that night are just a display of his artistic prowess !! such as Kalabancoro released in 2003 with great groove and tunes, keys and brilliant shifts in sound perspective ; New Bell released in 1999 which alternates between African polyrhythms and bits of jazzy swing, it also encapsulates the depth of the artist as he tells the story, in his native Cameroonian language Douala, of a man falsely imprisoned for 15 years in the Cameroonian prison called New Bell. It has to be said, Richard Bona’s grandfather was a ‘griot’ (West African StoryTeller to keep it simple).

Richard also performed the song « Please don’t stop » birthed from his collaboration with John Legend released in 2005 on his fourth solo album Tiki, which was nominated for Best Contemporary World Music Album at the 49th Grammy Awards, as well as the song Muntula Moto from his latest album Heritage that he released in 2016 under Quincy Jones’ Qwest Label. The title of the song actually means « the benediction of a long life » which talks of the wisdom of old age.

It was a delightful moment !! The cultural and artistic contribution of a great Son of Africa to music and mankind. Sticking to his roots and yet transcending them to a universal musical expression !! Our legacy !!

Thank you Richard Bona and to you all, make sure to check out when this amazing artist comes to your hometown.

See tour dates and locations below, more to come in 2019 !!

Richard Bona and his Live Band at the Jazz Cafe London Tour 2018 - Photo Credit: Giulano Eboulia
Richard Bona and his Live Band at the Jazz Cafe London Tour 2018 - Photo Credit: Giulano Eboulia
Richard Bona and his Live Band at the Jazz Cafe London Tour 2018 - Photo Credit: Giulano Eboulia

Richard Bona and his Live Band at the Jazz Cafe London Tour 2018 - Photo Credit: Giulano Eboulia

Richard Bona Tour 2018

Richard Bona Tour 2018

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HEIR BORN LEGACY - Liberated Spirits Expressing through Music!!

23 Novembre 2018 , Rédigé par Caro Sika Publié dans #music, #event, #artist, #afroculture, #2018, #ENG, #uk

HEIR BORN LEGACY - Liberated Spirits Expressing through Music!!
What is Heir Born Legacy?
 
Heir Born Legacy is a collection of independent musicians and a music manager that have taken their careers into their own hands. The title 'Heir Born Legacy' derives from their emphatic belief that successful, fulfilling careers in music is their legacy and their destinies so THEY are responsible for making it happen. 
 
The concept came about from the harsh realisation that having and making great music is NOT enough. The social media age, in which we now live, dictate that artists must have a big fan and followers base to succeed and in order to do so ARTISTS MUST have the "Make It Happen" Factor. This new innovative concept would proactively support their vision. It would also contribute to develop both the artists' fan base and notoriety required to make a healthy living from music and tour worldwide.
 
The founding members are:
 
K9 - Rapper/Producer who has been actively involved in music creation for over 10 years, producing for various artists while slipping in his own projects, now getting ready to release his highly anticipated second entitled 'Blak n Forth'. K9 is described by industry experts as authentic, head-nod, lyrically informative, conscious, thought-provoking, musically captivating hip hop with a prominent Reggae influence.
 
S.Rise is a singer and songwriter from Guadeloupe. His stage name is a reflection of his conscious lyricism and lifestyle. S.Rise writes from his life experiences and blessings. He wrote one of his most popular song "Most High" on the dreamland riddim alongside legendary artists including Capleton, Sizzla and Frankie Paul. In December 2017,  S.RISE Brought some firing performance at the biggest reggae festival in Gambia ,"GAMBI FEST" where he shared the stage with artists like "I wayne " and "Gage ".
In  2018, S.RISE opened up for Kalash sold out show in London followed by an amazing show in Guadeloupe  where he shared the stage with Etana. Consequently, on 8th December 2018, he will be returning to Guadeloupe to support some of the greatest bashment artists such as MOVADO/KALASH/ASA BANTON at LIV'my MUSIC event. 
 

Union Blak - Union Blak are an international Hip Hop group residing in the UK. Sir Williams, the producer, is from Birmingham, England. Kimba the emcee is from Trenton, NJ & Kentucky in the USA. They met in 2008 via myspace & quickly developed a strong chemistry. Classic hip hop was the result. To date they have two albums Street English & Union Blak Friday. Both were well received & supported by Chuck D, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Premier, Pos Da Nous of De La Soul, & Lauren Laverne of BBC Radio 6.

 

RED is an ambitious young woman who has a global vision, passion for the arts and uncompromising work ethic. In 2015, she launched her company, RED ENTERTAINMENT. Starting her own operation was a great way to break into music management and helped her in gaining some real experience. She took over the management of S.RISE in 2016 AND K9 in 2018. RED's management expertise brought S.RISE and K9 international opportunities, greater independence and performances at One Love Festival – the #1 UK festival in celebration of all things reggae and dub and Gambi Fest - The biggest reggae festival in The Gambia.
 
So if you would like to find out more, make sure to attend their 1st event @Mau Mau in London on Saturday 1st December 2018. Tickets are £5 on the door. Stay connected  and follow them on their social media pages @heirbornlegacy for more events.
 
 
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