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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Modahnik: Modern. African. Ethical.

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Kahindo Mateene, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is the designer behind fashion label, Modahnik. Kahindo has lived and travelled in several countries and continents including Africa, Europe and North America. A 2011 Designer in Residence at the Chicago Fashion Incubator at Macy's on State Street, she is inspired by the many cultures she experienced as well as by her mother's beautiful colourful African print dresses during the 70s and 80s.

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L-atitude: where fashion meets travel: The Africa representatives

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I recently discovered online boutique, L-atitude: "where fashion meets travel" – a curated collection of exotic, exclusive and edgy finds from Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and the US.

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Africa and Diaspora events this October

As September draws to a close, I'm getting geared up for a bunch of exciting events in October. I'm one of those people who plans her social calendar waaaay in advance and diligently researches to find Afri-love-inspiring events. Not always easy but definitely worth it! I thought that I'd spare you some of the time and effort and compile all the Africa and Diaspora related events that I find each month. I also hope to tap into the power of crowd-sourcing to create an even richer listing for all of us. I invite you to share the great discoveries that you make in your "yard" (see the bottom of this post for details). Enjoy!

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MONTH-LONG EVENTS

Black History Month (UK) events in Islington
London
Islington Council is organising a variety of free and low cost film screenings, exhibitions, talks, readings, poetry and performances inspiring and connecting communities to historical legacies and Black experience today
Download Islington Black History Month 2011- Arts and Culture events
Download Islington Black History Month 2011 – Business and Enterprise events
Download Islington Black History Month 2011 – Schools activities 

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TGIF! End-of-year special

The year summed up in African music! Songs that will remind me of 2010.

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The year of the first FIFA World Cup held on African soil. Shakira's "Waka Waka" may forever be associated with the historic event but those who know know that, this right here is the original …


 

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Week in review

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I am fortunate to have spent Christmas with family and friends, eating good home-cooked food and sharing laughter. I hope that all of you who celebrate the holiday had a good one and that all of you who don't and had the opportunity to take a break, had a refreshing day. With just one week until we step into 2011, I find myself putting myself under pressure to properly take stock of the year and plan ahead for the next one. I'm making it a point to keep dragging myself back to the present moment and not stress toooooo much about all the expectations that come with the New Year milestone. We'll see what happens over this coming week though!

Here is a round-up of all of last week's posts, in case you missed anything:

A huge thanks to you for taking the time to read and share comments, facebook appreciation and tweet love. Remember, you can also get updates via facebooktwitter and by subscribing to the Afri-love feed.

Feedback is incredibly useful to me so, please drop me a line with any comments, suggestions, ideas etc.

Next week, look out for:

  • Quote of the year
  • A round-up on the 9 most popular posts of the year
  • What satisfies you? I want to know…
  • Sudan Independence Day
  • An end of the year TGIF! special

Have a fantastic final week of 2010. Be proud of all you've learned, discovered and achieved and let it inspire the year ahead!

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Images from top: Lesley of Ododo Originals, Khadambi Asalache's house, AfroCubism artists, Ghadames wall art from Libya and Amani ya Juu quilts

 

Week in review

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I don't know about you but, I'm properly in holiday mode. Something about this time of year is so special – most people are in high spirits and positive vibes abound. This is often true regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas or not, regardless of whether you're in below minus weather or in the sunny tropics. With the busy lifestyles many of us lead nowadays, it sometimes feels like we need to justify making time to just relax, unwind and reconnect with what and who really matters. This season is the perfect time for this. And hopefully, for discovering that exhaling is vital and can be a more regular part of our lives in the new year. That's what I'll be reflecting on!

Here is a round-up of all of last week's posts, in case you missed anything:

A huge thanks to you for taking the time to read and share comments, facebook appreciation and tweet love. Remember, you can also get updates via facebooktwitter and by subscribing to the Afri-love feed.

Feedback is incredibly useful to me so, please drop me a line with any comments, suggestions, ideas etc.

Next week, look out for:

  • Quote of the week
  • Inspiration from an artist with outstanding diligence whose craft transformed his home, one inch at a time
  • An interview with an entrepreneurial designer who brings spring to every season
  • How the arts are bringing change and unity to a group of women in East Africa
  • Celebrating Libya's independence day
  • TGIF! Mali meets Cuba

Have a fantastic week! Be proud and be inspired.

 :)

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Images from top: Designs by Dimitra Tzanos; Senegalese Fixe crafts from Swahili Imports; A couple of albums from this month's installment of album art; Etsy finds by MusoMasiri (left) and HazelsHouse – see the post for more. 

 

 

TGIF! MTV Africa Music Awards winners

These song is really getting me into the holiday spirit and by sheer association (African music = Africa = warm sunshine etc.), providing the welcome illusion of being in the tropics! 

Congratulations to Fally Ipupa for winning Best Video of the Year and Best Francophone at last week's MTV Africa Music Awards; Cabo Snoop for winning Best Lusophone and; Daddy Owen for winning Best Anglophone.

Have a fantastic weekend all.


 

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December installment of African album art

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This is the nth post showcasing album art. I can't help it – I keep coming across great album cover designs. Here's the December round of inspiration.

This installment, top row: Eritrea's Got Soul by Asmara All Stars and King of the Kora: An Introduction by Toumani Diabate. Middle row: Tres Tres Fort by Staff Benda Bilili and Next Step … Soweto: Vols 1-3 by various artists. Bottom row: Afrocubism by Afrocubism and Beginner's Guide to African Funk by various artists.

Week in review

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I hope you all had a wonderful week. Thanks for reading – the blog received record hits this week. Our relationship with our hair is clearly one we take extremely seriously. I often wonder whether it is the hair itself or the rituals associated with getting your hair done. Whether it's the drama and presence that manipulation of our versatile curly locks can create or; whether it's the bonding, education and joy we get from the time spent together, doing each others hair. Either way, the love is clearly there. 

Here's a round-up of last week's posts, in case you missed anything:

A huge thanks to you for taking the time to read and share comments, facebook appreciation and tweet love. Remember, you can also get updates via facebooktwitter and by subscribing to the Afri-love feed.

Feedback is incredibly useful to me so, please drop me a line with any comments, suggestions, ideas etc.

Next week, look out for:

  • Quote of the week
  • When cultures collide – inspired fashion
  • Another interview with a talented person pursuing their dreams
  • More art and design inspiration
  • Celebrating Tanzania's Independence Day
  • TGIF!

Have a fantastic week! Be proud, be inspired and be thankful.

 :)

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Images, starting 2nd from top: Le Coil photography by Jamala Johns; natural hair journey update; sex-ed murals in Tanzania; Kina Klothing tees; Staff Benda Bilili