The 10th London African Music Festival began on Friday 14th September and if you haven't yet had a chance to check out any of the performances, you still have time. The following shows are taking place between now and the festival close on Saturday 29th September:
You may recall a recent post showcasing the work of Toyin Odutola. Today I'm pleased to bring you an interview with the artist.
Born in Ife, Nigeria and now based (and largely raised) in the US, Toyin holds a BA and an MFA in Painting and Drawing. She has featured in a couple of solo exhibitions and several group exhibitions across the US. She has been mentioned or had work featured in several publications including ARISE Magazine, ARTFORUM International, BOOOOOOOM!, Pop Africana: The Africana Global Book of Style, The New York Times, Think Africa Press, Vogue Italia and many more. Her work is held in public collections including the prestigious Smithsonian Institution, The National Museum of African Art, in Washington DC. Toyin has also recently published her first book, Alphabet, which she discusses below.
"Africa is all too often written off as an intractable "problem" for the world to solve. I hope this festival will reveal just some of what Africa has to offer the rest of the world: the energy of our youth and their desire to engage with the world; the transformative potential of culture and, perhaps most potently, the power of community to bind people together."
Indeed the festival's main question was, in what ways can the continent lead the way in thinking about culture, community, sustainability and ethical wealth creation? In short, what can the rest of the world learn from Africa?
I came across these beautiful images of women adorned in traditional Nigerian engagement coral beads on Tumblr, originally posted by daghanaianchiq.tumblr.com. They went straight up onto my Pinterest board, "African style".
This week I did some overdue board maintenance including splitting my "African design" board into boards for various disciplines. You can now enjoy the following Afri-love-related boards:
African product design
African graphic design
Hair au naturel
There are also plenty of other boards to check out, many being art and design related. Have fun pinning!
Are you on Pinterest? Drop me a comment with a link to your page!
Pictures tell a thousand words and these begin to tell the story of what my Africa is all about.
If you missed yesterday's post, My Africa Is is an eight-part documentary series taking you on a journey across the continent through the eyes of an insider. The crew behind it need your support in sharing the inspiring stories of young innovative people from 10 countries across Africa. Their Kickstarter time is running out so make your pledge now.