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FREE African Cultural and Artistic Market on Saturday 12 October from 12 to 4pm, Wood Green

30 Septembre 2019 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #event, #ujamaa, #2019, #blackhistory, #ENG, #uk

FREE African Cultural and Artistic Market on Saturday 12 October from 12 to 4pm, Wood Green

This is a FREE FAMILY FRIENDLY COMMUNITY EVENT to celebrate Black History Month that will take place on Saturday 12th October 2019 in Wood Green Library from 12 to 4pm.

The event will be opened by Haringey’s Mayor Cllr Sheila Peacock at 12noon. There will be an African Cultural and Artistic Market with vendors selling a range of items from original fashion pieces, accessories, jewellery, arts and crafts, books and natural products. There will also be drumming and drama workshops by All Eyes on Egypt and BAP face painting by NaaLa Lartey, an ACLT blood donor registration drive, charities and local community organisations holding stalls such as Haringey IAPT, Obaseki Solicitors, Manhood Academy whilst Reggae Britannia will be providing food.

Guest Speakers will be Patrick Vernon OBE and Danny Thompson who will both present on Black History Month.

This event is open to all. Let's come together to learn and celebrate Black History  as well as networking with and discovering artists, artisans, charities and  grassroot community organisations all working for the good of our communities.

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25 Juin 2019 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #fashion week, #event, #ENG, #uk


This year, we will be back at Africa Fashion Week 2019 as a media partner for their 9th edition which will be taking place on the 9th & 10th of August.

This year's event is destined to mark a milestone in the history of Africa Fashion Week through the inclusion of several facets designed to enhance the event.

This exciting new structure will include:

They have created a Bluxe business 'forum', offering guidance and advice to aspiring designers, as they curate talks and panels from leading manufacturers, retailers and government officials and in all areas of fashion.
There will be a selection of 5 different shows taking place on both days with a focus on sustainability, eco fashion fashion and diversity, showcasing designers from Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Benin Republic, Rwanda, Belgium, Seychelles, Botswana and many more.
AFWL 2019 will include the Bluxe luxury market space, designed to showcase some of the leading and established brands within African fashion.
This year will also see the inclusion of a food village, showcasing more than 4 African catering companies and brands with food from all over North, South, East and West Africa.
Visitors will be transported into Africa with our African souk; the space promises to showcase new and aspiring African fashion designers and accessory companies housed in an authentic display of some Africa's most innovative designs.
AFWL 2019 will be hosting the first Bluxe celebrity fashion show in association with the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund UK. They will have several celebrity attendance including Richard Blackwood, Moelogo, Shingai Noisettes, Atumpan and also Aaron Hall from the United States.
AFWL 2019 will also be hosting an exclusive after-party and live performances, with special guests and star studded line-up.
After each catwalk show, AFWL 2019 will be awarding a member of the audience a cash award for an Afro-centric look to the show.
For more info and to book your tickets, click on website below:


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Akala, Stormzy, Trevor Nelson and more lead the honouree line up for this year’s Black Magic Awards!

25 Avril 2019 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #awards, #event, #blackmagicawards, #ENG, #uk


Returning to London’s The Criterion Theatre on Monday 10th June (2019), The Black Magic Awards will look to celebrate and honour the brilliant accomplishments of inspirational black men from across TV, Film, Music, Comedy, Fashion and the Community.  

Founded in 2017 by Comedian, Actor and Film Producer Kojo Anim and Editor and Entrepreneur Annika Allen, the Black Magic Awards is dedicated to recognising the epitome of black excellence. Honourees already announced include; US and UK Film and TV Actor Aml Ameen ( Acting Honour), award-winning Actor and Director Noel Clarke ( Film Honour) accomplished Rapper, Author and Political Activist Akala ( Influence Honour) Brit and Mobo-winner Stormzy ( Inspiration Honour), BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ and Presenter, Trevor Nelson MBE ( Radio Honour), Comedian and Actor Richard Blackwood ( Comedy Honour), Anti-knife Crime Activist Amani Simpson ( Community Champion) and more will be awarded on the night. 

This year's ceremony will be hosted by Kojo Anim, and will include musical performances, guest features, as well as a special commemoration to rapper Cadet (Letter to Krept, Advice) and TV and Film Director Victor Adebodun (The Intent, Venus vs Mars). Following the success of the past two years with the women’s Black Magic Awards, which saw the likes of Emeli Sande, Angellica Bell, Munroe Bergdorf, Angela Griffin, Vanessa Kingori MBE, Gina Yashere, Angie Le Mar and Yolanda Brown turn up  to collect their honours, this year marks the inaugural men’s edition which is set to become an annual awards ceremony. 

“We are at a time where so many people continue to push negative stories about young black boys and men, but not many are sharing the stories about the magic that has come and continues to come from them; says Kojo Anim, co-founder of The Black Magic Network This is what we’re doing, reminding everyone of how boys from underprivileged communities grew into men who refused to lose with the cards they were dealt. It’s time to celebrate their magic.” 

Annika Allen, co-founder of The Black Magic Network also adds: “This is our third year of the Black Magic Awards and to introduce the men’s honourees feels really special. Come June, we look to recognise some phenomenal men who have broken the mould within their careers and are a shining example within their respective industries. We are excited and humbled to host an evening with so much black excellence under one roof!” 

 The Black Magic Awards show is organised by The Black Magic Network and provides honours to black men and women from across numerous industries that have paved the way and celebrates their illustrious talents yearly. 

Tickets are now available to purchase (see link below)



Acting Honour Aml Ameen (TV & Film Actor)  

Radio HonourTrevor Nelson MBE (Radio 2 and BBC 1Xtra DJ)

Television Honour - Ortis Deley (Presenter)

Film Honour Noel Clarke (Actor, Writer, Producer & Director)

Music HonourLethal Bizzle (Rapper and Grime MC)

Inspiration Honour - Stormzy (Musician & Rapper)

Comedy HonourRichard Blackwood (Comedian & Actor)

Brand Honour Trapstar  (Lee and Mikey Trapstar)

Influence Honour - Akala (Hip Hop Artist, Writer and Social Commentator)

Legend Honour Megaman (Founder of So Solid Crew, Rapper & Producer)  

Impact HonourColin Batsa (Co-founder of EGA Music Group & Music A&R)

Community Champions

  • Action Jackson (Motivational Speaker),
  • Michael Pusey MBE a.k.a CK Flash (DJ, Youth Worker & Founder of Peckham BMX Club),
  • Brixton Soup Kitchen (Brixton based service for homeless people)
  • Amani Simpson (Anti-knife Crime Activist & Youth Leader)  
Some of the honouree line up for this annual Men's Black Magic Awards!Some of the honouree line up for this annual Men's Black Magic Awards!
Some of the honouree line up for this annual Men's Black Magic Awards!Some of the honouree line up for this annual Men's Black Magic Awards!

Some of the honouree line up for this annual Men's Black Magic Awards!

Join the conversation and follow for more news and updates on: Facebook @theblackmagicnetwork Twitter @theblackmagicnw Instagram @theblackmagicnetwork #BlackMagicAwards2019 


The Black Magic Network is a black lifestyle and entertainment network that provides a platform to showcase positive stories about diverse groups like no one else can. Entertaining, authoritative and insightful, we produce and feature exciting and arresting TV, film and written content that highlights life experiences, passions and culture. We empower and inspire. We listen and advise. We engage and promote debate.  

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24 Avril 2019 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #event, #2019, #FR



L'Afro Diaspora Networking est l'événement "empowerment" annuel  axé sur le développement personnel et professionnel de la diaspora afropéenne.

La 1ère édition se déroulera à Paris le 1er juin 2019.


L'ADN est organisé par un regroupement de plusieurs réseaux et associations issus de la de la diversité francophone. 

Cette journée est rythmée par des conférences, ateliers, projections vidéo et espace networking dans un lieu

prévu à cet effet de 09h00 à 17h00Les conférences sont animées par plus de 18 consultants, experts, et coachs sur les thèmes du développement personnel, de l'évolution professionnelle, de l'entrepreneuriat, de l'investissement et la gestion des finances personnellesL'ADN est l'occasion de se connecter réellement, enrichir ses connaissances, découvrir des formateurs, des services utiles et opportunités suites aux interactions du networking. Une pause déjeuner conviviale de 12h00 à 13h15 autour d'un buffet est prévue.


Le but de l'événement est d'abord d'installer un cadre où sont réunis des leaders inspirants et de favoriser les échanges entre des personnes souhaitant apprendre, partager, mutualiser leurs ressources et participer au progrès social de la diaspora.




Ce concept solidaire s'articule sur une journée riche en partage entre la diaspora afropéenne et ses sympathisants. 

C'est le 1er événement où s'associent plusieurs groupes de la diaspora le même jour, dans un même lieu, une fois par an, afin de proposer un événement qualitatif visant l'excellence.

Sarah Yakan (fondatrice de Femme d'influence) et Rokhaya Diallo (journaliste LCI et BET/Ecrivaine) seront les invitées qui interagiront avec le public sur les thèmes au programme.

Les associations et réseaux réunis s'appuient sur des valeurs communes fortes : Humanité -Solidarité-Loyauté-Respect-Bienveillance.

Partenaires organisateurs: UBB, BlackNetwork, Carib Expat, AJGF, La Diaspora africaine ambitieuse et ses amis, Caribbean ProNetwork, Conscience Panafricaine en action, Le cerle des ambitieux caribéen, Kwetumi, FESSEF, Afro-caribbeans Action.

Infos et billetterie: https://afrodiasporanetworking.com

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MoneyMob Launch in Paris - September 2019

2 Février 2019 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #event, #partners, #2019, #moneymob, #ENG

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).



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



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



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.

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Moneymob in Paris 2018

Moneymob in Marseille 2017

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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, #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:

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

27 Novembre 2018 , Rédigé par www.afrocultureblog.com Publié dans #event, #music, #artist, #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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HEIR BORN LEGACY - Liberated Spirits Expressing through Music!!

23 Novembre 2018 , Rédigé par Caro Sika Publié dans #music, #event, #artist, #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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The best sound of authentic British Soul on stage at Boisdale !

21 Novembre 2018 , Rédigé par Caro Sika Publié dans #carosika, #artist, #music, #event, #ujamaa, #afroculture, #2018, #thebritishcollective, #ENG, #uk

Photo Credit: Snazmusic

Photo Credit: Snazmusic

Yesterday was the launch of the British Collective’s five-day performance at the lively and chic music venue Boisdale in Canary Wharf, London with a live band : keys, bassist, guitarist, drums and vocalists.

Thanks to these four amazingly talented performers, from the get-go, we travelled back to some of the most iconic British soul anthems such as « Family » by Noel Mckoy, « Unbreakable » by Don-E, « There’s nothing like this » by Omar and « Mama used to say » by Junior, to the authentic sound of British Soul music spanning over 30 years, a real treat.

These four artists who are true legends of British Soul Music have sold millions of records worldwide and won many notable industry awards. Individually, they are hugely successful artists but together as the British Collective, you have a dutch pot of different vibes. It’s an incredible fusion of Caribbean and English influenced RnB.

The British Collective released the 1st volume of their album: The Renaissance Begins in 2016, a mix of RB & Soul and their set last night included many of its songs, such as « Romantic » and a « Piece of Heaven » which are pop orientated and the 1st and 2nd singles released . Shooting the 1st single big video in Crystal Palace actually led on to this artistic collaboration, where the 4 musicians would commit to compose and do the vocals of two songs each to produce an album. Hence, the next songs performed on stage, such as « Take your time », was written by Noel McKoy. It is a Lovers Rock reminiscing the music scene they all experienced in the 80s and 90s including reggae sounds. Remember that the core members of the group all have Jamaican parentage and their West Indian musical heritage influences the sound of their RnB. Their style could be summed up as « the heartbeat of Reggae expressed in soul ». Other album’s tracks such as « That’s why ! » written by Don E and his brother for Omar has got a latin swing to it.

Video of 1st single Romantic of the British Collective Album

As the concert drew to a close, the icing on the cake was the Live performance of their soon to be released New Single « So ready », a Slow Jam that will melt the hearts of most ladies out there.

In other words, make sure you attend one of the Live Performance of the British Collective at Boisdale this week. They will be performing every night until Friday 23rd November !!! Not to be missed !!

For more info on the British Collective and to book your tickets, click the link below:

Noel McKoy on the left, Junior and Noel, Omar on the right, photo credit: SnazmusicNoel McKoy on the left, Junior and Noel, Omar on the right, photo credit: SnazmusicNoel McKoy on the left, Junior and Noel, Omar on the right, photo credit: Snazmusic

Noel McKoy on the left, Junior and Noel, Omar on the right, photo credit: Snazmusic

Caro Sika with the British Collective, photo credit: Snazmusic

Caro Sika with the British Collective, photo credit: Snazmusic

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ADX 2018 Les Femmes Africaines from September, 28th 2018

2 Septembre 2018 , Rédigé par Caro Sika Publié dans #dance, #carosika, #event, #afroculture, #2018, #FR, #uk

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 Les Femmes Africaines

ADX 2018 Les Femmes Africaines

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 ».

Caro Sika with Carolyn Lilly, the founder of Feel the Rhythm Production and ADX

Caro Sika with Carolyn Lilly, the founder of Feel the Rhythm Production and ADX

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