Thanks to all readers, new and old. The post count has been relatively quite low in the past couple of weeks but it's good to know that you're still feeling the love and coming back for more.
After an overwhelming few weeks and the workaholic inside getting the better of me, I am happy to say that you can expect a healthier dosage of content this week. I won't give you specifics but expect interview goodness, some visual inspiration, music, quotes and more.
On the lookout
Last week, I visited Open the Gate, "The Black Culture Cafe" in East London. I felt right at home! A tasty menu of eclectic African and Caribbean dishes; a comfortable lounge area with a wax print tapestry ceiling and bathrooms painted, from top to bottom, in a Ndebele-inspired design; art on display (currently a collection of several rasta portraits by Lois Cordelia that made me seriously miss my locks) and a basement concert/club space.
I was there for a night of music featuring: my friend, musician and photographer, Namvula Rennie, performing with her band, Nsoromma; Manding griot, Jally Kebba Susso and; DJs Africathy and Volta 45. Open the Gate also hosts screenings, children's activities, an African market and more. Unpretentious, cosy and full of good vibes – it's definitely a venue I will be visiting again.
Last week on the blog
Here is a quick recap, in case you missed anything:
- Quote of the week – connectedness and self-reliance
- In technicolour – a debut post in a new series inspired by my adventures as a graphic designer
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Have a great week everybody, be proud and be inspired!
Image above: in technicolour