TGIF! with the Musical Women at WOW 2013

The Women of the World Festival at London's Southbank Centre is coming and there are some great music performances that will be complementing the various talks and workshops. Today, enjoy music and spoken word from the African and diaspora contigent of artists who will be performing next week.

Don't forget to also check out the Afri-love top picks for WOW events to do with business, entrepreneurship and career development and stay tuned for culture, activism and social debate picks, early next week.

 

Meklit Hadero 


WOW 2013 Meklit Hadero

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Inspired: Photography by Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou (& Upcoming Exhibitions in Jo’Burg and London)

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Africa- and Diaspora-related events in the UK this Summer

It's not all about the Olympics this Summer in the UK. There are a multitude of arts, culture and entertainment events going on throughout the country over the next few months, including some exciting Africa- and Diaspora-related ones that you may want to check out.

I'll be updating this post weekly as I discover suitable additions to the list. If you know of any I haven't yet included, please do drop me a line.

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2 JUNE – 16 SEPTEMBER

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TGIF! The best of 2011: great music discoveries

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Staff Benda Bilili. I highly recommend the film, Benda Bilili – a documentary about the groups rise from poverty and obscurity to international success. It's proper feel-good.

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Part II of the Independence Day round-up: August

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During this blog's first year, I endeavored to celebrate the independence days of African countries through creating a dedicated post (you can browse them via this link). Continuing on from the July round-up, and from the general celebratory nature of this week, here are highlights from the August celebrations.

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TGIF! Sounds from Africa Oyé

Sounds from some of the artists who performed at last weekend's Africa Oyé festival. Enjoy.

And if you're in London this evening, don't forget to check out the Afropolitans Friday Late at the V&A museum. It's going to be a great night! See you there …


 

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Week in review and people power

I hope you've all had a good week. It's been quite a momentous one for Tunisia with the ousting of dictator, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, after  more than two decades in power. Powered by the people, the revolt that led to this result is a reminder that we, the people, can stand up and be heard. That we, African people, do not have to endure our so-called leaders disregard of our humanity. The questions that remain though are to do with the how. How do we best and most effectively campaign for what we deserve? Can we avoid violence?

I read a great article by Kate Bomz this week that I recommend to all: "Isle of Peace into Peaces: A Call to Disarm." Two of our continents most peaceful nations, Tunisia and Tanzania, have been sites of unprecedented violence this year (as "new" as it is). Bomz investigates the meaning of patriotism, apathy and challenges us to get up off our fences.

Interesting also, are discussions around how media was instrumental in the cause of the Tunisian people, including social media such as Twitter, and how US media networks were AWOL in covering such an important event.

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On the lookout
Speaking of campaigning for the change we desire, I came across this children's book, again in Essence magazine:

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Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by  Donna Jo Napoli, with illustration by Kadir Nelsontells the tale of Kenyan, Nobel Prize-winning, environmental and political activist, Wangari Maathai.

I don't remember reading children's book much as a child so it's going to be a whole new experience when I have kids of my own. It will be interesting seeking out books that show characters that look like them and heroic, inspiring ones at that. I do remember my parents telling me bedtime stories (rather than reading books to me). What particularly stands out in my memory is my Dad's re-telling of the adventures of the heroic Abunuwasi.

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Afri-love on Tumblr
Following last week's foray into the wider world of online social network with the set up of an Afri-love YouTube channel, this week I set up an Afri-love Tumblr site (yes I do make a lot of time for internetting!). I thought it was about time to see what all this Tumblr hype is about. 

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Last week on the blog
Here is a quick recap, in case you missed anything:

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Have a great week everybody, be proud and be inspired!

Lulu x

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Image above: collage by Jasmine Rose

Benin independence day

 

Benin celebrates 50 years of independence today.

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Benin has a rich artistic tradition that largely exposed Europe to African art, in the 19th century. If you are in the UK, you can see Beninese sculptures from centuries ago at London's British Museum. Read about the circumstances of its "exportation" in this article

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