Changemaking: Karma Cola – What Goes Around Comes Around



Karma Cola is a cola made with Fairtrade and organic ingredients including cola nut from Sierra Leone. I first took note when I saw the funky packaging via Choolips on instagram. Check out the video to find out the story of Karma Cola. 




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Be Part of the Story: Kickstart ‘My Africa Is’


Stories about our continent and our experience are often distorted (if not totally untold) – and it's to be expected when the agents telling the tales are far removed. My Africa Is is a documentary series that aims to show a more complete narrative. Starting this autumn, the crew will embark on a 13 city, 10 country tour of our continent, spending time with young people who want to share the exciting things they're doing to improve their communities. 

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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?



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.” 



Vibes and Pressure Shubeen featuring Natty, Tinashe and The Skints


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Week in review: back in business


I hope you've all had a wonderful week. 

It's now just over a week since I returned to the UK from a fantastic trip home to Kenya. Though of course I'm already homesick, the positive vibes just keep on mounting. The sun has been shining continuously (which is really saying something, here in the UK) and I've just returned from one of the most enjoyable weddings I've ever attended – the bride being one of my oldest friends. Her and her groom's love of dancing influenced the theme of the event and as a result, two days later, my legs are still aching!

Let the good energy continue for us all. 

Here's a recap of posts from last week:


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

Lulu x


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Sierra Leone Independence Day: album art from musician Ahmadu Jarr/Jah and a polite cameo from Idris Elba


Sierra Leone also celebrates their Independence Day today and it's the big 5-0! I learned an interesting fact on this occasion – Sierra Leone is Portuguese for "lion mountains."

To celebrate the day, here is some album art from Sierra Leone's son, musician Ahmadu Jarr/Jah. A founding member of the group EGBA, he later left to focus on creating traditional African music, creating The Highlife Orchestra. Another bit of trivia: Jarr is singer Neneh Cherry's father as well as father to singer Titiyo Jah. Jarr's mother was apparently a great singer too – it clearly runs in the family!

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