Theatre: I Stand Corrected [London, UK]


I Stand Corrected opened yesterday at London's Ovalhouse Theatre.

"An eerie murder mystery where a queer wedding might have been, I Stand Corrected is a supernatural story of two black lesbian lovers from two different continents, trying to touch each other across a mortal divide. A new collaboration between the creator of sell-out Ovalhouse shows Moj of the Antarctic and Muhammad Ali and MeMojisola Adebayo and South African dancer Mamela Nyamza."

Continuing the sex-talk theme I witnessed with Film Africa, this production is a "passionate artistic response to an epidemic of hate rape and murder in South Africa and the virulent anti-gay marriage lobby in Britain."

This first week is almost sold out – book your tickets now and catch the show before it ends on December 8th. Check out the Ovalhouse website for details on post-show discussions as well as post-show parties!

View the trailer below (if reading via email, click here)



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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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Choice Afri-love picks at the Didsbury Arts Festival



As well as looking forward to exhibiting at the Didsbury Arts Festival, I'm really looking forward to a good lineup of events. The following ones are inked in my diary:

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Africa at the Fringe

Every August, Edinburgh, Scotland is taken over by 100s (maybe 1000s) of arts and cultural events courtesy of various festivals. These include the Edinburgh International Festival and more famously, the incredibly diverse Edinburgh Festival Fringe – claiming to be "the largest, and greatest, arts festival in the world". There's just one week of this year's programme left but I thought I'd round up some of the Africa-related events to whet your appetite for the possibilities next year. 



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Part II of the Independence Day round-up: August


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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Libya Independence Day

Ghadames wall design


Libya celebrates Independence Day today.

Every October, a festival takes places in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and oasis town, Ghadames. The festival celebrates Tuareg culture and traditions, bringing people together for food, drink, dance and song.

Below, a "virtual tour" of the festival:



Images: Ghadames Tuareg wall design via and art by Abdussalam Nattah via Fine Art America

Samosa Festival: 18th-25th September, Nairobi

Samosa festival

 The exciting Samosa Festival begins tomorrow in Nairobi, aiming to showcase the beauty of diversity.

Their website states:
"SAMOSA Festival is a biennial festival of cross cultural interaction in Kenya, showcasing the best in African, Eastern and Western cultures in the region, and celebrating race, cultural and ethnic difference. We believe that art, music, dance and poetry are some of the easiest and most expansive ways for humanity to embrace diversity. The SAMOSA Festival will be mashing up the nyatiti with the sitar, putting together Rangoli with bottle tops and tile chips; having Zulu and Indian dancers stamp their feet to the same rhythm; and poets sketch with words, as artists weave with pens; asking "What does it mean to be Kenyan in Kenya?" We will be showing Kenya why "Different is Exciting."

Check out the variety of events throughout the week. I'd love to hear about it!

Republic of Congo independence day

The Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville and, not to be confused with its neighbour, the Democratic Republic of Congo, also celebrates 50 years of independence today!

Interesting fact: Despite housing part of one of the world's largest rainforests, Congo is one of the most urbanized countries on the continent with 70% of its population living in urban areas (Wikipedia).

Here's a clip of a performance by Babongo Pygmies from Congo :



N’dombolo to rock the Establishment!


Faustin Linyekula (co-founder of African dance company, Gàara Projects) and his dance company, Studio Kabakos bring More more more… future to London's Southbank Centre this October. Describing N'dombolo as the "bastard daughter of rumba, traditional rhythms, church fanfares and sex machine funk", Linyekula 's music and dance spectacle is sure to set the Southbank on fire in a way it's never known!

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