Africa- and Diaspora-related events this March

Africa- and Diaspora-related events spanning Kenya, the UK and Switzerland. What's happening where you are this month?

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THURSDAY 1st

Kultura Film Club – Nights of Ethnographic Films
City: London, UK
Venue: Passing Clouds
Time: 7:00pm 

This week's installment of the Film Club features two short films about rhythm, negotiating identities, dance and belonging, including Temporary Sanity by Dan Brunn. The film tells about Jamaica’s dance music culture in New York and especially about the versatile disc jockey Skerrit Bwoy. Originally from St. Johns, Antigua, the youngster migrated to Bronx, New York in the mid 1990’s. Clubbing at a very young age, and hanging out on Creston Avenue, it did not take him long to fit into the fast pace life of the city. Skerrit Bwoy burst on the international dancehall scene this year, with his sound system Ghetto Life that he has molded into becoming an award winning sound that was crowned as 2005 – 2006 “Bronx Sound of The Year.” 

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FRIDAY 2nd 

Vibes and Pressure Shubeen featuring Natty, Tinashe and The Skints

Tinashe

City: London, UK
Venue: Passing Clouds
Time: 8:00pm 

North London singer Natty, Zimbabwean singer/songwriter and producer Tinashe and UK band The Skints will be performing. The event will also include acoustic sessions, silent screenings, DJs Etienne and Prince Fatty, Nyabinghi performance, food and good vibes

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THURSDAY 8th 

Amira Kheir performing & SOAS Concert Series

Amira Kheir

City: London, UK
Venue: Brunei Gallery, SOAS
Time: 7:00pm 

"Hailed as the 'Diva of the Sudanese Desert' (Journal Du Mali) Sudanese-Italian singer Amira Kheir has been bespelling audiences in Africa and Europe with a sound that is inspired by traditional Sudanese singing and instrumentation, blended with elements of Jazz, Soul, African as well as Middle Eastern music. The unique result gives a taste of Sudan’s rich cultural heritage in the context of our ever-merging world. 

Read Amira's Afri-love interview here

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FRIDAY 9th

Women of the World Festival begins

Women of the World Festival Southbank

City: London, UK
Venue: Southbank Centre
Time: From 10:15am 

Various events all weekend.

The multi-disciplinary festival celebrating the formidable strength and inventiveness of women returns through a variety of activities, talks, debates and performances. View my WOW post for more info and highlights. If you're free on the Sunday morning, come watch me give a short presentation on craft, storytelling and the digital space, in WOW Bites 5. 

Juwon Ogungbe launches Life Force Music

Juwon Ogungbe

City: London, UK
Venue: The Africa Centre
Time: 7:30pm

Acclaimed Composer/Singer Juwon Ogungbe launches his debut Album “Life Force Music” with an exciting evening of live music, ceremony and discussion. Juwon’s band – comprising some of the UK’s finest young African and Caribbean musicians – will play album highlights; a distinguished panel will explore Juwon’s musical vocabulary and influences – partly stemming from long association with the Centre encountering musicians from throughout Africa, and formal blessings will be offered. 


The Vagina Monologues
City: London, UK
Venue: The Human Rights Action Centre
Time: 7:30pm

Save the Congo and Miss Congo UK 2011 are presenting a performance of Eve Ensler's infamous witty play: The Vagina Monologues. Proceeds will go to Save the Congo & V-Day 2012 Spotlight. 

Global Local: African Rootmaster Festival Showcase*

African Rootmaster Festival Showcase

City: London, UK
Venue: Rich Mix
Time: 8:00pm 

Wormfood and Global Local present a celebration of the the best African-inspired acts on the UK festival circuit this coming summer. Featuring live fusion project Afriquoi, "African music for the Facebook generation"; Gambian griot Jallykebba Susso and the Manding Sabu band; Seddik and the Seeds of Creation band, "Hendrix-inspired desert blues" and; DJ Mr. Brett (Yaaba Funk) playing tunes from across the diaspora 

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SATURDAY 10th

Cranium Ink Exhibit @ The Art & Beer Fest begins

Cranium Ink Arts and Beer Fest Nairobi

City: Nairobi, Kenya
Venue: Ngong Racecourse
Time: 12:00pm

 Open on the Sunday too.

The Art & Beer Festival, the first of it's kind in East Africa, is a celebration of Kenyan culture with support towards community Development. Creative duo, Cranium Ink will be exhibiting their unique apparel designs and fantastic photographical visual treats. Have your portrait taken in the photo booth.


Casino Malindi Fashion Show
City: Malindi, Kenya
Venue: Casino Malindi

Kenyan and international fashion designers will be showcasing their creations and presenting a unique piece in line with the Breast Cancer support theme of the event. Designers featured include Adele Dejak, Blackbird Designs and more.


Safari Playground

Motel Campo Safari Playground

City: Geneva, Switzerland
Venue: Motel Campo
Time: 8:00pm 

An Afro'lectro Odyssey party featuring Alikuleti, Kaiser Bokoum and Sokhna Cisse and DJs Mo Laudi, Laolu and Wasulu Selecta.

Hugh Masekela with support from Zara McFarlane

Hugh-Masekela-and-Zara-McFarlane

City: London, UK
Venue: Barbican
Time: 7:30pm 

Hugh Masekela's voice has long spoken out in his country’s struggle for civil rights, whilst his soaring, joyful trumpet sound brims with warmth and bristles with elements of township jazz, hip-hop and funk. Universally considered one of the world’s all-time greatest horn players, he performs at the Barbican with Zara McFarlane, a rising star on the British scene. Of Jamaican heritage, her vocals are steeped in jazz with an undercurrent of rich, contemporary soul.  

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TUESDAY 13th

Inua Ellams' Black T-shirt Collection begins

Inua Ellams

City: Manchester, UK
Venue: Contact Theatre
Time: 7:30pm 

Also playing at Contact Theatre on Wednesday 14th (with a pre-show workshop).
Also playing in London on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th at The Hawth. 

From Fringe First winner Inua Ellams comes a new story about two foster brothers building a global t-shirt brand. On their journey from a market in Nigeria to a sweatshop in China, Matthew and Muhammed discover the consequences of success.

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WEDNESDAY 14th

Awalé Debut Album Launch

Awale

City: London, UK
Venue: Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen
Time: 8:00pm 

Awalé play horn-driven dancefloor filling Afro-funk with a global twist and a distinctly urban sensibility: talking in Afrobeat, North African, Congolese, Ethiopian, Latin Jazz and Balkan grooves. On the decks: DJ Jamie Renton (of the legendary Chilli Fried sessions) will be taking your feet on a globe-spanning tour of beats and pieces, starting in Africa and moving on to everywhere.  

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SATURDAY 17th

La Fete Afrikan Night*
City: London, UK
Venue: Charlie Wrights International
Time: 8pm – 4am 

Focus and The Moringa Tree team present a night of eclectic global beats, with a live performance from Bastion. Elements of afro, electronica and jazz creating an upbeat musical experience. Also featuring the Chippeur Modern African Dance, the "number 1 African Dancer in the UK" teaching moves and, DJ Oya Bun & Bogossy playing afrobeat, coupé décalé, kuduro, kwaito, naija beat and highlife.

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MONDAY 19th 

The UnKnown Mystic MuSound
City: London, UK
Venue: Troy Bar
Time: 9:30pm 

Dahu Mumagi is the enigmatic leader and composer for the Ar/T/chitecture and MuSound movement, which seeks to 'explore the connections and explode the boundaries between art, design, music and sound'. 'The UnKnown Mystic MuSound' is Dahu's new music collective formed with David Turay and members of the Psylus group – Jamie Benzies, Zuri Jarrett-Boswell and Chibike Daddy's Son.

Developing the sound of improvisation and composition, a sonic journey of highs and lows, fixity and fluidity, influenced by music of the most innovative kind and as diverse as John Cage and Fela Kuti… a combination of music and sound… this is MuSound. 

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WEDNESDAY 21st

African Screen Contest 'Maambena Fest'
City: London, UK
Venue: Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse
Time: 7:00pm 

Maambena Fest is a cultural and literary festival celebrated in Kamakwie in the Northern province of Sierra Leone. A three- day event that is organised by the local Sella Limba people, to encourage and promote literary and cultural participation and expression. To strengthen inter-and intra-community bonds while stimulating the local economy by encouraging cultural tourism in the province. This 1.5 hr documentary shows the amazing three days of cultural celebration. The dreaded and hugely respected Matoma masquerade and gbondokali rites of passage dance. Traditional bondo dance and drummers for women. All these rarely performed events are shown here to whet your appetite for visiting Sierra Leone. Complemented, naturally, by a live performance by Usifu Jalloh and DJ Africathy on the decks. 

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WEDNESDAY 21st 

Day of the Goddess
City: London, UK
Venue: ACLT café
Time: 12:00pm

An all inclusive Women's Celebration Day featuring workshops (chanting, belly dancing and more), performances (by Indigo, Oneness, Bashiyra and all-female drumming sextet, Foroyaa) and refreshments

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If you know of any April events that you'd like to share, please contact me by the 25th of March. Enjoy!

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Tinashe photo, Amira Kheir photo, Juwon Ogungbe photo, Hugh Masekela photo, Zara McFarlane photo, Inua Ellams photo, Awalé photo

 

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