A short but exciting month, here are just a few Africa- and Diaspora-related events in Canada, Kenya, the UK and the US. What's happening where you are this month?
African American History Month
Across the US
This year's official theme is 'Black Women in American Culture and History' and the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have put together several collections and exhibitions for the occasion.
Black History Month Canada
Across the US
Festivities and events honouring the legacy of black Canadians, past and present. This year, Black History Month will recognize the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812 and the contributions of black soldiers in the fight for Canada.
Black History Month 2012
United States International University, Nairobi, Kenya
This year celebrates the daughters of Africa: "Spearheading the Pan African Dream for Peace". The celebration will feature several panel discussions, photo exhibitions as well as jazz nights.
WEEKEND OF FRIDAY 3rd FEBRUARY
J-Dilla Changed My Life
Manchester, Brighton & London, UK
The now annual UK tribute parties for American music producer and hip hop legend, James Dewitt Yancey, take place this weekend. They start off in Manchester (Friday 3rd at Ruby Lounge) and then move to Brighton (Saturday 4th at Stickey Mikes) and London (Sunday 5th at Scala, King's Cross). J-Dilla's mother, Maureen 'Ma Dukes' Yancey will be gracing all three events, along with a fantastic line-up of DJs paying homage.
SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY
10:00pm – 3:30am
Manchester's best monthly bashment, Hotmilk, is back this Saturday with "dancehall, soul and dirty south sound-system sounds to wake the town."
FRIDAY 10th FEBRUARY
The Valentine's Ball – Tropics of London
11:00 pm – 5:00am
Spreading tropical and global sounds, Sun Bailante presents The Valentine’s Ball, Tropics of London. DJ’s Shakit and Jerome will mix the hottest: Dancehall, Soca, Zouk/Kizomba, Hip Hop, R&B, Funky House, Reggae and more. Also featuring DJ Marito, "simply one of the best DJ's in Zouk Love, Kizomba, and Love music in London!" More information on the Sun Bailante website or Facebook.
TUESDAY 14th FEBRUARY
Diabel Cissokho live at Momo!
Kemia Bar at Momo Restaurant
8:00pm – 11:30pm
Ditch the Valentine's madness and hang out in the cosy Kemia Bar at Moroccan establishment, Momo. Griot kora player and singer, Diabel Cissokho will be playing his magical music. More details on the Momo website or on Facebook.
SATURDAY 18th FEBRUARY
COMMUNITY hosts Black Coffee
Secret venue TBA
9:30pm – 4:00 am
With my love of house music, I am especially excited about this one – the first ever Manchester appearance of amazing South African producer and DJ, Black Coffee. Irfan Rainy, Levi Live, Toots Deejay and Farai will also be spinning. Dancing shoes essential! Get your discounted early bird tickets now. More info here.
Check out today's TGIF! post for some Black Coffee goodness.
SUNDAY 19th FEBRUARY
Ubuntu International Project Fashion Showcase and Catwalk Show
Ubuntu International Project is an organisation developing, promoting and exporting a new South African design-led aesthetic that fuses the techniques and traditions of South Africa with South African contemporary fashion in order to create a unique South African high-end Heritage Brand. The show is in collaboration with London Fashion Week for emerging fashion designers which takes place in the format of the Vauxhall Fashion Scout.
If you know of any March events that you'd like to share, please contact me by the 23rd of February. Enjoy!
Portrait of American writer, Zora Neale Hurston, from the US Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection Ubuntu Project photos of designs by Laduma (left) and Stiaan Louw (right) taken by Simon Deiner at London Fashion Week 2011 via the Ubuntu Project Facebook page