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~ ALKEBULAN REVIVALIST MOVEMENT PRESENTS
- ‘What Is Rastafari?’ On Fri 15 Apr At 7–10.30pm. Adm: £5 / Under-21’s – Free.
“Jah come from Zion in a plane of iron / Palisadoes Airport a where him did land / When dem see the King mi seh the dreads dem sing / And dem smoke ganja pipe under the aeroplane wing.” – Peter Metro, ‘Lord Ho’
What inspired the belief in the divinity of Haile Selassie I & Empress Menen?; Were the founding fathers and mothers of Rastafari insane or geniuses?; Is Rastafari just another version of Christianity?; Does Rastafari deal with Politics & Economics? In line with the 50th Anniversary of the visit of H.I.M. Haile Selassie I to Jamaica, ShakaRa Speaks explores the ideas that went into the growth of one of the most dynamic & misunderstood Black Power movements ever in history. We will breakdown how the philosophy of Rastafari revolutionised the mental, spiritual & physically focus of Afrikan people worldwide; and in turn, made spirituality a primary tool for Revolution! The discussion marks the 50th anniversary of Haile Selassie’s visit to the Caribbean.
~ ‘Lioness on the Rise Pt2 – Sister Souljahs: Now & The Future’. On Fri 29 Apr at 7pm. Adm: £3 / Under-21’s – Free. With Nehanda Sankofa, member of the A.R.M.Y. and the founder of Sisters Sankofa Rising; and Toyah RBG, Secretary of the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee.
All events at Mama Afrika Kulcha Shap, 282 High Road Leyton, London, E10 5PW. Tel: 020 8539 2154 / 07908 814 152. Web: www.alkebulan.org
~ AFRICAN ODYSSEYS PRESENT
- ‘Race and Representation’ Talk. On Sat 16 Apr at 2pm. Plus ‘O’ (Othello) at 4.15pm at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XT. Tel: 020 7928 3232. Web: www.bfi.org.uk Join a special debate about Shakespeare and the notion of ‘blackness’ in his plays – in their stories as well as in the performance. This session will look at casting, the cultural reverence in which the work is still held, its assumed ‘universality’ and its application to different periods, regions and cultures. This lively, illustrated discussion will be hosted by actor-director Burt Caesar, who’s joined by acclaimed stage and screen actor Hugh Quarshie (Holby City, Star Wars). ‘O’ / Odin (Mekhi Phifer) is a talented sportsman who becomes the target of a jealous rival. The film was withdrawn from distribution for two years.
- ‘Queen Nzingha’. On Sun 17 Apr at 3.30pm at Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley, London, N2 9PJ. Adm: £9.50. Tel: 020 8444 6789. Web: phoenixcinema.co.uk The blockbuster keeps on busting! Nzingha, an African Warrior Queen of the area now referred to as Congo / Angola, was on her throne at the time as England’s James I. This epic historical action-drama tells the astonishing true story of this female general who fought a 40 year war against slavery. The story begins in 1617, the year Nzingha’s father King Kilwanji dies. The Portuguese army takes advantage of the political confusion and invades Southern Africa so they can kidnap the population and force them to work on sugar plantations in Brazil. Princess Nzingha has to fight to gain the throne and then lead her people in a battle for national freedom.
~ BLACK HISTORY WALKS IN APRIL
- ‘Secrets of Soho’. On Sat 16 Apr at 11am.
- ‘St Pauls / Bank’. On Sun 17 Apr at 12 pm
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~ TWO TEMPLE PLACE PRESENT ‘BEYOND BEAUTY: TRANSFORMING THE BODY IN ANCIENT EGYPT’. This major new exhibition not only explores the day-to-day routines of ancient Egyptians, it also addresses the importance of appearance in the afterlife. Alongside extraordinary coffins and funerary head coverings are their owners’ ancient mirrors, combs and hairpins, bracelets, necklaces, sandals, textiles, cosmetic vessels, scent jars and other ornaments, as well as tablets giving us insights into elite styles of the age, which have echoes in the fashion and lifestyle magazines of the present day. ‘Beyond Beauty’ is curated by Dr Margaret Serpico with Heba Abd el Gawad and brings together Egyptology collections from our seven partner organisations: Bagshaw Museum (Kirklees Council), Bexhill Museum, Bolton Museum, Ipswich Museum, Macclesfield Museums, Royal Pavilion & Museums (Brighton & Hove) and Touchstones Rochdale. Until 24 Apr on Mon, Thurs-Sat at 10am-4.30pm, Sun at 11am-4.30pm and Wed 10am-9pm at Two Temple Place, London, WC2. Tel: 020 7836 3715.
~ ROYAL ALBERT HALL AND SONGLINES PRESENT ‘BEYOND THE MAIN STAGE’ WITH AZIZA BRAHIM. Saharawi musician activist promotes her new album, ‘Abbar el Hamada’. On Tues 26 April at 7:30pm at the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP. Adm: £17.50. Tel: 020 7589 8212. Web: http://www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2016/aziza-brahim/
~ FIND YOUR VOICE AND BLACK CINEMA CLUB PRESENT ‘LOOKING FOR LOVE’. Screening of Menelik Shabazz’s exploration of love and relationships in the Afrikan community with a mixture of interviews and sketches. On Sat 30 Apr at 4-8pm at Park View Academy, West Green Road, Tottenham, London, N15 3RB. Adm: £7. Tel: Brother Dougie on 07960 239 493 / 07882 403 871.
~ WANDSWORTH ARTS FRINGE FESTIVAL PRESENT THE FURZEDOWN OAK COMMUNITY ART PROJECT – ‘MAKING A MARK’. A group of local artist & residents have come together to transform a wood from a locally felled oak tree into a sculpture trail in Furzedown. The aims of these workshops are to help create a sense of pride & inform a sculpture I’m creating to be placed outside Sprout Arts. Participants will be able to express themselves through creative writing, artistic design & carving. On Fri 6, 13 & 20 May / Thurs 12 May and Tues 17 May at 10.30am-12.30pm with storyteller and narrative coach Eli Anderson and at 1-3pm with artist Ken McCalla at Sprout Arts, 74 Moyser Rd, Furzedown, London, SW16 6SQ. Adm: Free. E-mail: email@example.com
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum,
Polyhedra, 2016, video animation
~ TIWANI CONTEMPORARY PRESENTS ‘Polyhedra’. A solo exhibition of new work by Johannesburg-based artist Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum. Her work was previously seen at the group exhibition ‘Mythopoeia’ at Tiwani Contemporary in April 2015. Sunstrum’s multidisciplinary work alludes to mythology, geology and theories on the nature of the universe. The exhibition will include a number of new drawings, a large window drawing and a new, previously unseen video animation. Exhibition continues until 7 May 2016 on Tues-Fri at 11am-6pm and Sat at 12-5pm at Tiwani Contemporary, 16 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 8BP. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.tiwani.co.uk
~ THE AFRICA CENTRE & INZART PRESENT ‘THE PEOPLE WATCHERS’. Exhibition of paintings and collages by Tafadzwa Gwetai and sculptures by John Hlatywayo. On Mon-Fri until 6 May at 12-5pm at The Africa Centre Gallery, 66 Great Suffolk Street, London, SE1 0BL. Tel: 020 7836 1973. E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.africacentre.org.uk
~ CARIBBEAN LABOUR SOLIDARITY EVENTS
- Tivoli Gardens Inquiry Picket. On Tues 10 May at 12.30-2pm at the Jamaican High Commission, 1 Prince Consort Rd, London, SW7 2BZ,
- Walter Rodney Assassination Inquiry Picket. On Thurs 12 May at 12.30-2pm at the Guyanese High Commission, 3 Palace Ct, London, W2 4LP.
- Monthly meeting. On the first Sun in the month at 12-2pm at Islington Pensioners Forum, 1A Providence Court, Providence Place, London, N1 0RN. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.clsuk.org.uk
~ POSITIVE MIND ENERGY PRESENT ‘HEALTH BEAUTY AND WELL-BEING FAIR’. With an international fashion show of Afrikan, Caribbean and Indian costumes. Stalls ranging from: Mind, body and spirit therapies; Aloe Vera products; Head Massage; Crystal healing; Younique; Vegan food; and Henna painting. On Sun 22 May at 10am-1pm at Victoria Hall, Saltaire, Bradford, BD18 1PF. Adm: £2. Tel: Rosie – 07534 268 421. E-mail: email@example.com
~ JENGBA MEETINGS. JENGbA campaigners can deliver lectures to Law, Criminology, Media, Sociology, Youth Studies departments as well as school children. On the second Tues of every month at 7pm at Edward Woods Community Centre, London, W11 4TX. Tel: 07709 115793 / 07725 727520 (Media Enquiries). New office: Office A, Norland House, Queensdale Cresent, London, W11 4TL. E-mail: JointEnterpriseInfo@Gmail.com / JengbaMedia@Gmail.com
~ BUNDU DIA KONGO (BDK). African cultural and spiritual group, working towards the spiritual and psychological growth and development of Africans all over the world. Let us make a positive change now. Our story pre-dates Egypt and continues today. Come and learn about African prophets, African history and African spiritual practices at our weekly Zikua.
- Sun at 1.30–4.30pm at 108 Battersea High Street, London, SW11 3HP. Tel: Makaba - 07951 059 853. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sun at 12.30–3.15pm at Malika House, 81 George Street, Lozells, Birmingham, B19 1Sl. Tel: Mbuta Mayala – 07404 789 329.
~ THE AUSAR AUSET SOCIETY GI GONG CLASSES. Every Monday at 7.30–9pm at Hazel Road Community Centre, Hazel Road, Kensal Green, London, NW10 5PP. Adm: £5 per class. Tel: 07951- 252-427. E-mail: Tauinetwork.email@example.com
Contact: Kubara Zamani, Afrikan Quest International, PO Box 35165, London, SE5 8WU. Tel: 07811 494 969. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org