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Mon 23 April 2012

Nubiart Diary - Afrakan Storytelling Festival

 

‘A different perspective on the Afrikan world’

Submitted By: Kubara Zamani

~ SESA WO SUBAN AFRAKAN STORYTELLING FESTIVALS

- Sesa Wo Suban Afrakan Storytelling Festival (Britain): 22-24 Jun 2012 for midsummer.
- Sesa Wo Suban Afrakan Storytelling Festival (Ghana): 24-28 Oct 2012 West Afrakan Yam festival

Our Heritage Afrakan Foundation founded by Kweku Kyei Donkoh in Ghana and Chi Creations Griot Circle founded in Britain by Chinyere Nwaubani have organised the Sesa Wo Suban Afrakan Storytelling Festival, an all-inclusive family celebration of Afrakan culture and ancient traditions with some of Britain’s best Afrakan storytellers and healers. Come inspire visions through oral tradition of storytelling, meditation, sacred geometry, history, martial arts, tie-dye, drumming, symbology, media, healthy food, Ancestral voices, an Afrakan market, open fires and so much more...!

It is an opportunity for Afrakans in the diaspora to unify and celebrate our well being. They are promoting the colours of the shakras - Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet in the clothes we wear during this time. Colours emanate a certain energy, let’s generate this positive powerful energy.

There will be six tents set in a circle with a clearing in the middle for opening ceremony and meeting area. They will use sticks and flags to define the boarders of the festival space. The space will keep as much of it natural environment, so the whole festival experience is one of discovery. The areas will be:

1. A main stage in which they will run storytelling and other ancient art performances including a competitive fashion show looking at Afrakan prints and the story behind them.

2. Two workshop areas in which they will run batik tie and dye, creative art community development, storytelling workshops, healthy eating, art, dance, drumming, yoga, sovereignty, repatriation, kazimba.

3. A Healing Space where they will use and demonstrate ancient methods of healing.

4. An Afrakan Market space where they will present Afrakan-made products to promote Afrakan culture and tradition.

All activities tell the story of our journey and how we can realign ourselves spiritually, mentally, emotionally & physically with what we do, think, eat and the oral traditions. Workshop leaders include Chi Creation Storytellers, Nkechiukwu Afrakan-centred Education, Kesensa, Chukwu, Amasade Shepnekhi, Kay Smith, Galatic Clyde, Neters A Ma’at, Afrakan Professor, Kapeni Melesse, Verona Spence, Dalian Adafo, Griot Chinyere, Sista Mena, Usifu Jalloh, Michelle Campbell, Ras Kweku, Black Heartman, Aunty Jedidah, Jaavier Solicopa, Eli Anderson and Ayo Ajala.


- Chi: ‘When we could fly’

Chi said: “The oral tradition of storytelling is important to inspire community and individual visions, which unites communities. To pass down knowledge, wisdom, and to educate the next generation so they remember their roots, to connect communities with divine integrity.

“One of the major issues in Afraka today is self forgetfulness, loss of ancient rites and rituals leading to low self esteem. It is for this reason we want to implement our simple yet magnificent plan The “Sesa Wo Suban” Storytelling Festival tour 2012 starts in Britain Summer Solstice 22nd to 24th June 2012 and travels to Ghana Battor Kekpo Volta Region for 20th to 24th October 2012. The Afrakans in Ghana are calling for our return and we, Ghana and Britain are working in collaboration to present Sesa Wo Suban Storytelling festival. We have weekly Thursday meetings started 12th January 2012 for anyone who wants to get really involved with unifesting this powerful vision.

“We, (Our Heritage Afrakan Foundation founded by Kweku Kyei Donkoh in Ghana and Chi Creations Griot Circle founded in Britain by Chinyere Nwaubani) see this as an opportunity for artists, self employed, creators in all areas to develop ideas and ways that they can work with and unite with our sisters and brothers on the continent. This is an investment in Afraka and our future links with Afraka. We see other nations investing in Afraka and then taking over. We sit back and complain and do what? This is the time to invest in our original motherland.

“For the last 3 years Ras Kweku and myself have been building relations and visions with certain hand picked chiefs for a storytelling festival to happen in Ghana. This recent trip to Ghana saw the fruition of our work, we were donated 4 acres of land to organise a storytelling festival for the Divine Beings of the world. We have a committee of 7 executives and a whole village in Battor donating their time and energy to invest in us returning and to support the vision. They want to see this happen! Remember the biggest resource is people and our skills.

“The reason it is important we have two festivals of the same name in different parts of the Globe is to unite Afrakans worldwide. Since colonization and exploitation of our resources we have forgotten ourselves. And this self-forgetfulness needs a trigger to unlock our unconsciousness so we can remember who we are and why we are here. We are here to share love between the Afrakans on the continent and those in the Diaspora. We are here to create and develop a market for made by Afrakan products. We are here to unite the 1 billion divine beings in the physical, spiritual and ancestral realms. The trigger is to inspire visions through the oral tradition of storytelling. The Sesu Wo Suban Storytelling festival is a celebration of Afrakan culture and ancient traditions. Sesa Wo Suban is an Adinkra symbol and literally means transform your life. All activities during the festival will tell the story of Afrakan people, their power and how we as a people can realign ourselves spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically with what we do, think, eat and say.”


COUPS, COUNTER-COUPS, REVOLUTIONS AND SECESSION
We didn’t even want to mention the madness that the Malian army have been going on with. They seem to be suffering from the delusion that they are of the stature of Thomas Sankara, Samora Machel or Amilcar Cabral - or even Che and Fidel - when really they are more in the mould of the Nigerian zombies who over the past five decades have made that country a byword for chaos, squandered resources and c********n. They can’t even organize a checkpoint without extorting money and molesting women and children – who in their right mind would allow them to run a whole country? Apart from their relatives and those from their hometown who feel it is their ‘time to eat’ from the government coffers.

There was no way ECOWAS, the AU or the UN were going to back them when it was obvious the Malian army had no political or socio-economic strategy other than day one, take over the radio and TV stations and day two – what do we do now? Where was the experienced educationalist to manage the Ministry of Education, the experienced health practitioner for the Health Ministry, the experienced economist to guide an economic development strategy? Why did they stage a coup four weeks before elections were due to take place when the incumbent President Amadou Toumani Toure had already made it clear he wasn’t going to be standing? The military claimed they wanted more weapons but their inability to engage in strategic thinking means it was no surprise the Tuaregs were beating them. They could have had the defense budget of the USA and still suffered the reverses as they obviously lack political nous.

We will not endorse the MNLA’s declaration of independence and urge the Tuaregs to seek a resolution with the Malian government that includes an economic development plan to address the needs of the returning communities and the long-term marginalisation of both nomadic and sedentary populations in the drought-hit areas. This could also possibly include greater regional autonomy. We hope the MNLA do not put their trust in the likes of the Wahhabi Saudi Arabians who have been funding rebellions and destabilisation across the MENA region as a way of diverting attention from their own corrupt rule.

Questions need to be asked about why the Malian military staged a coup in the capital Bamako diverting attention away from the rebellion by secular Tuaregs and the Islamist group Ansar Dine – linked to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb - across the northern half of the country. How did the Tuaregs manage to achieve in under six months what they were unable to achieve in all the years of patronage under the late Libyan leader Col Gaddafi? With the naming of Col Gaddafi as an ICC suspect a year ago it was obvious there would be an influx of returning Tuaregs so why was no proper provision made by the Malian government for this instead of allowing it to escalate to full blown war. By creating a full blown crisis in Bamako the military diverted attention and resources away from stabilising the situation in the north, protecting the non-Tuareg population or even engaging in basic peace talks with the Tuaregs

Soldiers arrested and subsequently released several allies of ousted President Amadou Toumani Toure days after handing power to Cheick Modibo Diarra, who was named as Prime Minister. They included Former Prime Minister Modi Sidibe, ex-Defence Minister Sadio Gassama, chief of staff Gen Hamidou Sissoko, senior policeman Mahamadou Diagouraga, and the head of one of Mali’s biggest political parties, Soumaila Cisse, who was seen as a frontrunner in the planned elections.

We mentioned Amilcar Cabral at the start. The current junta in Guinea-Bissau has set up a National Transitional Council. No president in the country has completed a full-term since independence from Portugal in 1974. The latest coup happened just before the second round of presidential elections planned for 29 April that were called after the death in January of President Malam Bacai Sanha. The front-runner and only remaining candidate, the outgoing Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior, is being detained by the army along with the interim President, Raimundo Pereira.

Fernando Vaz, a spokesperson for opposition parties, said that existing political institutions would be dissolved and replaced by a National Transitional Council. Out of 35 opposition parties, 22 were reported to be taking part. Representatives of the five presidential candidates defeated in the first round of voting were at the meeting although they had condemned the coup. Kumba Yala, the Social Renewal Party leader, who came second to Mr Gomes in last month’s poll said he would boycott the run-off, alleging fraud in the first round.

The junta closed all Guinea-Bissau’s air and sea borders after Portugal announced it was sending two navy ships and a military plane for a possible evacuation of its nationals. The Portuguese ships could play a role in a possible military intervention force. The Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) proposed taking the initiative in such a force with a mandate defined by the UN Security Council. Jose Ramos-Horta, the outgoing president of East Timor, another former Portuguese colony, has said the junta leaders invited him to mediate. The AU’s Peace and Security Council have suspended Guinea Bissau until the restoration of constitutional order. Meanwhile, the president of the ECOWAS commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, asked for political prisoners to be released.

Over the last five decades Afrika has experienced enough coups, counter-coups, rebellions, revolutions and secessions. We are well capable of differentiating between those that have legitimate basis and a proper socio-economic strategy and those that are better seeking greater autonomy within the existing nation-state, those we oppose and those who we are prepared to look into their claims. Eritrea was supported even though their economic plan based on the port of Massawa hasn’t fully worked out. South Sudan is supported – even though we are not too happy about the close links with American Christian fundamentalists. Polisario Front in Western Sahara is supported in their independence struggle by all AU countries even though it has meant Morocco is the only Afrikan country that refuses to join the AU.


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APR PROMOS

~ ‘GABON - TRADITIONAL SONGS AND DANCES, BWITI TRIBUTE’ – Mbeng-Ntam [ARC Music – Out Now] This album is a powerful, ritualistic song-cycle from the Mbeng-Ntam group, 30 members of the same Gabonese family who identify themselves through their own Bwiti culture. They believe that understanding sacred plants and other living tree species enhances the human family’s health and awareness. In 1998 they set up an art village and organisation around three objectives: to preserve the authentic character of the ‘Bois-Sacre’ (‘Sacred Wood’) through the Bwiti initiation ceremony; to increase the awareness of Gabonese dances through shows, feature clips and traditional evenings; and to develop Gabonese craft industry through making and exhibiting ceremonial and authentic objects. It is worth running through the song titles to get a fuller appreciation of the cultural significance of their work;

1) Mongongo: Enigho (The Universal Unity); Makonga (The Genie Is Standing); Nganga Missoko (The Healers of the Forest)

2) Missoko: Nghouba (The Origin of Life); Tsotso Na Di Koki (Calling The Genie); Mbe Mbe (For Ever) (Tribute To Dibobe)

3) Elomba: Mama Yeni Wouais (The Vision); Ngote Lolo (The Rejoicing); Okouyi Aka Nyama (The Awareness)

4) Alougha: Kara Alere (The Choice); Wayi Nze (The Wealth); Awi Yama (The Beauty)

5) Ngoma: Mazimba (Litany) (Tribute To Dibobe); Nana Male Wa (The Universal Mother); Nana Ane Ngoma (The Female Divinity); Male Ngoma Ening Oya (The Regained Energy); Male Mbeng-Ntam (The Achievement)


~ ‘THE BARIBA SOUND’ - Le Super Borgou de Parakou [Analog Africa – Out Now] Analog Africa revisit one of the bands they featured on ‘African Scream Contest’. Le Super Borgou de Parakou come from what is known as the Islamic Funk Belt that stretches across northern Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin. The tracks are culled from three labels – Discadam and its subsidiaries, Echos Sonores du Borgou and ISN (Impressions Sonores du Nord) - owned by El Hadj Mama Adam. The band was founded by ‘Franco’ Moussa Mama, who was also a guitarist, singer and organist ‘Congolaise Benin Ye,’ featured on ‘African Scream Contest’ is present here along with 14 other tracks of this raw and psychedelic variant of Afro-Beat.

Their taste for Afro-Beat was inspired during a stint in Nigeria, where they learned to reinterpret the original style of Fela Kuti. By 1969, Super Borgou began touring Niger and found work as the resident band of the bar “Congolaise” in the capital Niamey. Operated by a former Guinean military man who disagreed with the politics of then president Sékou Touré and consequently fled the country, the venue proved to be a fruitful venture for the band. They made enough to upgrade their equipment and purchased an organ to diversify their sound. Super Borgou’s high-octane live performances were majestic and convinced Celestin Houenou Sezan, co-founder and manager of Albarika Store, that this was the band worthy of releasing the legendary label’s very first EP record. They were very good people so we dedicated a song to them called “Congolaise Benin Ye.”

As Moussa says their songs were about “life in general - day to day problems. Love, life, death and social issues. We also composed revolutionary songs based on socialist doctrines, encouraging people to work harder for the development of our country. We were a band of variety, whatever was in fashion at that time, we had to adopt to satisfy the demand. Often we would adopt the beat but then we added lyrics in our local languages, Dendi or Bariba. We played modern renditions of our folklore.” As Borgou’s emissaries, they paid tribute to those who upheld the historic state’s most revered traditions, such as Bio Guerra, a Bariba warrior who led Borgou’s resistance against French colonial occupation.

Aske – (Moussa – Mama)
Eh déman labarigo ganyi dodo, Eh déman labarigo
ganyi dodo, Kiniginari kari ganyi woh, Wenou nari
kari ganyi woh, Mintéribakaté nan ganyi woh,
Eh déman labarigo ganyi dodo, Anssari bou guerre
pétépété, An wan ban mari, Wéré ka wéré saro,
Amouda guiri guiri saro, Dété gueri saro ganyi woh,
Eh déman labarigo ganyi dodo
Manikamin non na harou yoh beh, Soubouroucouta
kinte non nan haroube, Zarewoh abacouncourido
ganyi woh, Eh déman labarigo ganyi dodo, Zougou
bayo man batouman kinin teh, Nanan dirato man
yanleh - aske! Eh déman labarigo ganyi dodo
(Instrumental)

“Flash”
The sun has struck.
In the field the rain has struck.
What are we going to do with this adventure?
When you’re not around, they talk badly about you,
and when you are present, they keep silent.
Where are the times, when we knew men?
I´m talking about the kind of men we knew from
Soubouroucouta.
The wise men from Djougou should just give us a
place so that those
“ladies” can entertain themselves. Flash!

Adiza Claire
Orchestre Super Borgou
Adiza Adiza – Adiza Adiza, Oh Claire – oh Claire
Dah honwon ounga Adiza seamon man monrou,
Domi kanssia géré gannan, Dah honwon hékanki
handi montagne bonwon, Bado zinyin séandou banni
Dah honwon hékanki handi montagne bonwon,
Bah héré gaga séan kounwou, Ah hounan zébou
yon – agononon n’bininga, Ah noun diyoh – agonon
n’monga, Ah kpara kpéyoh – aganon n’kéga, Ah
houndé binin – agonon n’kanminga, Adiza Adiza Adiza
. oh oh Claire, Adiza Adiza Adiza . oh oh Claire
(Instrumental)
Oh Adiza ifoh Adéré oun seh. Zari Binin koubé.
Montagne bon Natitingou, abinin séni oun seh dana
diné, Assinko gonan a bonwon, hédinon oun son hini
kakadiké, Donc oun goba an bounon houndé kininh,
assou boriya Adiza.
Dénba yékitéh man yékiteh.
Ah hounan zébouyoh – agonon n’Binin gah, Ah noun
diyoh – agonon n’monga, Ah kpara kpéyoh – agonon
n’kéga, Adiza Adiza Adiza, oh Claire - Adiza Adiza
Adiza, Claire, Ah hounan zébouyo – agonon n’binin
gah, Ah noundiyo – agonon n’monga, Ah kpara
kpéyo – agonon n’kéga, Ah hounde Binin

“Adiza Claire”
When I remember the things you told me up in
the mountains, even if I had been ill, I would have
regained my health. When I remember the things
you told me up in the mountains, even if I had felt
hungry, I would have felt satisfied.
My breath is in your heart, My vision is in your eyes
My traveling is in your toes, My life is in your hands.
Hey Adiza! What did I do to you? Since we last met
on the mountain in Natitingou I told you, if I don’t
see you I don’t feel at ease, but you never returned
since, do you want me to die? Its really bad. Please
come back.


NUBIART LIBRARY – APR MEDIA
We will only review books we have read and DVDs we have seen and that are available at reasonable prices online or in shops or libraries. However, given the nature and current state of Afrikan publishing and production there may be books and films on this list that are worth the extra effort to track down.


~ ‘OIL ON WATER’ - Helon Habila [Hamish Hamilton. ISBN: 978-0-241-14486-2]

“I’ve seen children snatched away from their mothers, never to be reunited. I’ve seen husbands taken from their wives and kids and sent away to prison. I’ve seen grown men flogged by soldiers in front of their kids. That’s how history is made, and it’s our job to witness it...I’ve also witnessed ordinary bystanders pull passengers from burning cars, I’ve seen judges sentence generals and politicians to hard labour, without fear. I’ve seen students stand up to soldiers and policemen, protesting against injustice. If you’re patient, you’ll see those moments too, and you’ll write about them.” Zaq, p60-61.

We’ve been a big fan of Helon Habila’s writing for the past decade and this is another powerful addition to his canon. ‘Oil on Water’ follows two Nigerian journalists - the young cub reporter Rufus and the seasoned, cynical hack Zaq - as they pursue the kidnappers of Isabel Floode, the European wife of a petroleum engineer. As they weave their way through the chaos and environmental degradation of the Niger Delta they realise the story is not as straightforward as they had been led to believe.

Rebel movements constantly fighting the military have brought new dangers to the Delta and the poor villagers never know who will invade their villages and threaten them next. There are also deadly dangers from the pollution of gas flaring and illegally tapped oil pipes, The local population of fishermen and farmers, with memories of a simpler and healthier life and happier times, are caught in the middle, but also tempted by promised riches from the oil wells on their shores. A village that accepts an oil company payout is initially jubilant but then livestock, crops and finally villagers begin to die, while the survivors are bought off with minor oil company jobs, join militant groups or turn to kidnapping for profit.

“Write only the truth. Tell them about the flares you see at night, and the oil on the water. And the soldiers forcing us to escalate the violence every day. Tell them how we are hounded daily in our own land. Where do they want us to go, tell me, where? Tell them we are going nowhere. This land belongs to us. That is the truth.” - The Professor, p209-10.


~ ‘SOCIETY OF THE DEAD: QUITA MANAQUITA AND PALO PRAISE IN CUBA’ - Todd R Ochoa.
[University of California Press. ISBN: 978-0-520-25684-2] A lot of rubbish has been written, spoken and practised over the centuries in the name of Afrikan Spirituality, Vodun, Santeria, Candomble, Kongo Law, Ifa, Obeah and Ndoki. Ochoa’s in depth account of Palo is an antidote to all that. It is one of the best books we have read that truly explain the Kongo–inspired Palo tradition in Cuba.

As a palero (an initiate of Palo) Ochoa is able to present an insider’s account that is both scholarly and accessible while being published recently allows him to review the best (and worst) of the related literature on the topic and put into context the effects of 50 years of the Cuban revolution on Afrikan religion and healing in Cuba. Through his experiences with the Tata Teodoro (son of Emilio O’Farrill)
and Yaya Isidra of the Munanso Quito Manaquita Briyumba Congo praise house on the outskirts of Havana he outlines the four Palo praise worship traditions (Palo Mayombe, Palo Briyumba, Palo Monte and Palo Kimbisa) and the Kongo-Cuban sacred world of summoned ancestral forces. Palo began as the rule of seven women who wielded seven batons. The men stole the batons during the chaos of enslavement and when Kongo Law emerged in the Americas men were in charge.

Ochoa explains the similarities and differences with the Yoruba-inspired Ocha / Santo (Santeria) and the Fon-inspired Vodun practised among Haitians, many of whom reside in Cuba [cf. Creole Choir of Cuba]. Haitian Rada (Dahomey-inspired) and Petwo (central Afrikan-inspired) Vodoun are closer to the Bembe (from Dahomey Goravodu) of the Cuban countryside which is distinct from both Palo and Ocha / Santo which exist in separate laws. Isidra grew up in the Bembe tradition in Oriente province which is considered less hierarchical and has no initiation but she was later initiated into both Palo and Ocha / Santo. The Ocha / Santo orisas (sovereigns) were closely paralleled to the Christian pantheon of saints so Palo took on the space left to marginalised groups.

We highly recommend this book which greatly expands on Monica Schuler’s ‘Alas, Alas, Kongo: A Social History of Indentured African Immigration into Jamaica, 1841-1865’ for information about the ongoing BaKongo cultural and spiritual influence in the Americas and Caribbean.


African Quest International



NUBIART DIARY


~ THE PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS ‘EL PROBLEMA’. Dir: Jordi Ferrer and Pablo Vidal. (53 mins, 2010). A Spanish documentary featuring testimonies and documents gathered clandestinely over five years in Western Sahara. The film brings to life the systematic human rights abuses perpetuated by Morocco’s occupational regime in Western Sahara. On Tues April 24 at 8.30pm at Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS. Adm: £7.50 - £10.50.

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~ THE NOMMO SESSIONS: ‘10 STEPS TO MAINTAINING OPTIMUM HEALTH, WELLNESS & VITALITY’. Facilitated by Bro. Derin Bepo, a natural health consultant, raw food specialist, broadcaster and lecturer who has spent 30 years researching natural health secrets. Derin has developed Health Restore, a programme of natural healing and rejuvenation courses that educate others to understand the importance of deep cleansing and natural health principles to defeat health challenges and strategies to reverse the ageing process. On Fri 27 April at 7-10.30pm at Mama Afrika Kulcha Shap, 282 High Road Leyton, London, E10 5PW. Adm: £3 / U-21’s – Free. Tel: 020 8539 2154 / 07908 814 152. E-mail: arm6227@yahoo.co.uk

~ GWS CONFERENCE 28-29 APRIL: PROGRAMME


~ HIDDEN ARTS AND YASHUA ARTS & CULTURE PRESENT ‘GALLERY OF TONGUES’ CULTURAL EVENING. On Fri 4 May at 7-9.30pm at Yashua Arts & Culture, 105 Fore Street, Edmonton, London, N18 2XF. Tel: Gerard (Hidden Arts) on 07956 191 694.

~ GRACE NDIRITU

- ‘African Photography, For Whose Eyes? Constructing And Deconstructing Identities’ Artists include: Philip Kwame Apagya (Ghana), Yto Barrada (Morocco), Nabil Boutros (Egypt), Samuel Fosso (Camaroon), David Goldblatt (South Africa), Seydou Keïta (Mali), Boubacar Touré Mandémory (Senegal), Zwelethu Mthethwa (South Africa), Grace Ndiritu (Kenya), Obie Oberholzer (South Africa), Berni Searle (South Africa), Malick Sidibé (Mali), Djibril Sy (Senegal), Guy Tillim (South Africa), and Iké Udé, (Nigeria). Until 13 May at Mandeville Gallery, Nott Memorial, Union College, 807 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308. Web: http://www.union.edu/Resources/Campus/mandeville/exhibits/upcoming/African%20Photography/index.php

- ‘Cotton Global Threads’. Seven contemporary artists working in a range of disciplines: Yinka Shonibare, MBE; Lubaina Himid; Anne Wilson; Malian artists Abdoulaye Konaté and Aboubakar Fofana; Grace Ndiritu; and Liz Rideal’s work illuminates the exterior of the building throughout the hours of darkness. Exhibition runs until 13 May at Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER. Web: http://cottonglobalthreads.com/

~ THE BRUNEI GALLERY present ‘Disappearing Heritage of Sudan 1820 - 1956: A photographic and filmic research exhibition’. An exhibition of materials created by Frederique Cifuentes and from Durham University’s Sudan Archive. Many of the country’s old buildings have fallen victim to wider economic development or lack of a preservation campaign. This study will show different aspects and forms of the rich colonial architectural heritage in Sudan before it vanishes completely. This is an illustrated history of a unique cultural landscape.

And ‘The Fabric of Fieldwork’ by Wessieling and Susan Ossman. Exhibition of paintings, sculpture and installations inspired by ethnographic research in East Asia and North Africa. Using art both as a recording device and a way of creating a field of exploration Wessieling and Ossman investigate issues of visibility, femininity and women’s work, including their own field weaving as artists and ethnographers.

Both exhibitions run until 23 June on Tues-Sat at 10.30am-5pm at Brunei Gallery, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG. Adm: Free. Tel: 020 7898 4046. E-mail: gallery@soas.ac.uk Web: www.soas.ac.uk/gallery

~ SHANTI-CHI PRESENTS THE SESA WO SUBAN AFRAKAN STORYTELLING FESTIVAL. Workshop leaders also include Chi Creation Storytellers, Nkechiukwu Afrakan centerd Education, Kesensa, Chukwu, Amasade Shepnekhi, Kay Smith, Galatic Clyde, Neters A Ma’at, Afrakan Professor, Kapeni Melesse, Verona Spence, Dalian Adafo, Griot Chinyere, Sista Mena, Usifu Jalloh, Michelle Campbell, Ras Kweku, Black Heartman, Aunty Jedidah, Jaavier Solicopa, Eli Anderson, Ayo Ajala. On Midday Fri 22 June to 4pm Sun 24 June at Moat Mount, Barnett Way, Mill Hill, London, NW7 5AL. Adm: £120 / 8-16 yrs - £60 / under-7’s – free. Ticket prices include all rituals, storytelling performances, workshops, communal fires, camping area, showers, toilets and inspired visions. Healthy foods, Afrakan crafts, Energy healing & Massage available for purchase.

~ REEL TRINI fortnightly screenings. The new rendezvous for local film aficionados on Sundays at 5pm at Trevor’s Edge in St Augustine, Trinidad. Tel: 744-4956. E-mail: caribbeinginc@gmail.com

Contact: Kubara Zamani, Afrikan Quest International, PO Box 35165, London, SE5 8WU. Tel: 07811 494 969. E-mail: afrikanquest@hotmail.com Web: www.southwark.tv/quest/aqhome.asp




 

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