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~ ‘IN FINE STYLE: THE DANCEHALL ART OF WILFRED LIMONIOUS’. Private views on Tues 24 & Thurs 26 at 6:30–10pm. Exhibition runs from Wed 25–Sun 29 May at 10am–10pm at The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY.
~ THE EMBASSY OF TUNISIA AND THE AFRICA CENTRE PRESENTS: ‘A PREVIEW OF ARTWORKS BY INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED TUNISIAN ARTIST FETHI ZBIDI’. On Thurs 26 May at 6.30-8.30pm at The Africa Centre, 66 Great Suffolk Street, London, SE1 0BL. Adm: Free.
~ ALKEBULAN REVIVALIST MOVEMENT PRESENTS ‘NOMMO SESSION: IN-FORMATION – THE BREAKDOWN’. Presentation by cultural scientist and veteran spoken word activist ShakaRa. In recent years, few (if any) musical events have stirred up the Black Community and popular culture at large like Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ video & performance followed by the release of the video album, ‘Lemonade’. Sudden allusions to Black Pride, Political activism and even Afrikan Spirituality seem shocking and out of place in a career characterised by non-threatening De-Racial, and A-Political pop SUPER Stardom. The white backlash was strong. The Black praise was loud. The internet buried itself in speculation about her personal life, while many tried to figure out whether to fully embrace this new Bey or treat her with scepticism. This Nommo we take a moment to delve deep in to the language, symbolism & hidden messages in ‘Formation’ & ‘Lemonade’, the cultural impact and the implications for the future of Black Art. On Fri 27 May at 7pm at Mama Afrika Kulcha Shap, 282 High Road Leyton, London, E10 5PW. Adm: £3 / Under-21’s – Free. Tel: 020 8539 2154 / 07908 814 152. Web: www.alkebulan.org
Tam Joseph, Spirit of the
Carnival, c1982. Image
courtesy of the artist.
~ WOLVERHAMPTON ART GALLERY’S PRESENT ‘BLACK ART IN FOCUS‘. The exhibition brings together paintings and prints from existing collection and artwork newly acquired through the Heritage Lottery Fund Collecting Cultures programme. Highlights include iconic works by Turner Prize winner Chris Ofili, Tam Joseph, Keith Piper, Donald Rodney and other leading figures in the Blk Art Group which emerged from Wolverhampton in the early 1980s and went on to influence black and Asian artists across the UK. Eugene Palmer’s enigmatic painting Duppy Shadow (1994) will also be on show in our Georgian Gallery for the duration of this exhibition. On Fri 28 May – Sat 9 July at 10am–5pm at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Lichfield St, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DU. Adm: Free. Web: http://www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk/whats-on/black-art-in-focus/ http://www.creativeblackcountry.co.uk/whats-on/events-listing/black-art-in-focus-opens-at-the-wolverhampton-art-gallery-on-saturday-4th-june-2pm-4pm/
~ WILLIAM MORRIS GALLERY PRESENT ‘SOCIAL FABRIC: AFRICAN TEXTILES TODAY’ AND ‘FRANK BRANGWYN: SONGS OF A WAYFARER’. Until Sun 29 May on Wed-Sun at 10am-5pm at William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4PP. Adm: Free. Tel: 020 8496 4390. Web: www.wmgallery.org.uk
~ PACM AFRIKAN LIBERATION DAY 2016. Speakers include Bros Cecil Gutzmore, Robin Walker, Benny Wenda and Sis Maureen Minto. On Sun 29-Mon 30 May at St Georges Community Hub, Great Hampton Row, Birmingham, B19 3JG. Tel: 07871 534 084 / 0121 554 2747.
~ ROYAL AFRICAN SOCIETY PRESENTS ‘SAFE HOUSE: EXPLORING CREATIVE NON-FICTION FROM AFRICA’ BOOK LAUNCH. With Cassava Republic and Commonwealth Writers in partnership with Africa Writes. Mark Gevisser, Hawa Golakai and Kevin Eze - contributors to ‘Safe House: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction’ – discuss the convergence and divergence between journalism and creative non-fiction around the coverage of contemporary issues in Afrika. On Tues 31 May at 7-9pm at the Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London, W2 1QJ. Adm: £12.50 / £10 (concs). Web: http://www.frontlineclub.com/club/events/
~ AFRICAN ODYSSEYS PRESENT
- ‘Race, The Jesse Owens Story’ Premiere. On Wed 1 June at 6pm at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1 8XT. Tel: 020 7928 3232. Web: www.bfi.org.uk Trailer: http://www.focusfeatures.com/race Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. ‘Race’ is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.
- ‘Discover Evidence Of African British Civil Rights Going Back Centuries!’ On Fri 17 Jun at 6.30-9pm in the Blue Room, BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XT. Adm: Free. Web: www.bfi.org.uk There is a notion that either there hasn’t been any African-led civil rights movements in Britain, and even if there were, it’s a fairly recent post-Windrush story. I’ve done my bit to disabuse such thought with a myriad of history programmes, as does others, such as Black History Walks’ Tony Warner, who presents African British Civil Rights Heroes 1596 To 2006.
~ STUDENTS NOT SUSPECTS ‘PREVENT, ISLAMOPHOBIA, AND CIVIL LIBERTIES NATIONAL CONFERENCE’. One year ago the Prevent duty became statutory through the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015: this imposed a duty on public bodies to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. As many warned, the duty has in practice charged teachers, doctors and other professionals with monitoring people’s religious and political views. On 4 June at 11am-5.30pm at Goldsmiths College, Lewisham Way, London, SE14 6NW. Web: www.challengingprevent.com
~ GLOBAL AFRIKAN CONGRESS-UK PARLIAMENTARY LOBBY FOR REPARATIONS. On June 8 at 1pm at Committee Room, House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA. Rally at 5-7pm. Tel: 07956 569 301 (Aku Akil). E-mail: SecretaryGACuk@aol.com.
~ BRITISH BLACK MUSIC MONTH 2016 (BBMM2016) EVENTS
- ‘The AntiUniversity History of British Black Music’. On Thurs 9 June at 5.30-7.30pm at Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, London, E8 1GQ. Music industry and history consultant Kwaku will deliver an accessible, family-friendly audio-visual assisted presentation on black music making in the British Isles over two millennia, and will also show its engagement with patronage and the music industry.
- ‘The AntiUniversity History Of Black History Month In Britain - On Sat 11 June at 6-8pm at St. Augustine’s Tower, St John’s Churchyard, Mare Street, Hackney Central, London, E8 1HR Web: www.AfricanHistoryPlus.eventbrite.com
- The Revolution Will Be Live!’ On Sat 11 June at 2-6pm at Arcola Theatre, Hackney
Community educator Toyin Agbetu of Ligali leads this AntiUniversity Now workshop entitled ‘The Revolution Will Be Live!’, or ‘The Black Power Guide to Guerrilla Media’. It’s a master class on how to make an independent film and set up an online radio/video channel for community empowerment work on a shoestring budget.
- ‘Talking Copyright Conference: From A Left & Global South Perspective’. On Wed 15 June at 6-8pm at Grimond Room, Portcullis House, Houses Of Parliament, Westminster, London, SW1A 2LW. Adm: Free. Web: www.BBM.eventbrite.com This conference aims to highlights perspectives that go beyond the concept of Copyright being a Eurocentric construct very much predicated on the creation by the romantic solitary author and providing a monopoly for his and his agents’ financial recompense. A panel hosted by Anne McLaughlin MP at the Houses of Parliament and chaired by Kwaku (convenor), consisting of Dr Enrico Bonadio (senior law lecturer and reggaephile), Awula Serwah (barrister and community activist), will explore Copyright and related conventions and how it works in relation to Afrikan music, Afrikan culture and artefacts from a global South and left focus.
- ‘Music Borrowing and Copyright’. On Thurs 23 June at 6-8pm at Room A110, City University London, St John Street, London, EC1V 4PB. Adm: Free. Web: www.BBM.eventbrite.com If you are interested in copyright, and especially as it intersects with modern music making and recording, join City University London Law School senior lecturer Dr Enrico Bonadio and BBM founder Kwaku, as they break down the subject generally and home in unto some of the recent court cases. Starting from the analysis of the Marvin Gaye / Pharrell Williams ‘Blurred Lines’ decision, we will delve into the main issue: where to draw the line between lawful inspiration and illegal copying. Dr Bonadio will also deliver a short presentation on ‘When The Lack Of Copyright Protection Encourages Creativity: The Case Of Vintage Jamaican Music’.
- British Black Music Month Round Table Discussions. On Thurs 30 June at 6.15-8.45pm at Screening Room, 88 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1DH. Adm: Free. Web: www.BBM.eventbrite.com Interested in British black music? Got any good ideas? Or simply want to network? Then why not join us and like-minded people to talk about how to improve our British Black Music Month initiative. Open to music fans, creatives (singers, songwriters, musicians, producers) and music industryites, to highlight systemic issues within the music industry, issues and challenges pertaining to the domestic black music sector, and how to overcome and move forward. Ends with a short social activity.
- ‘Launch Of RE:IMI (Race Equality: In Music Industry)’. On Tues 12 July at 6-8pm at House of Commons, Westminster, London, SW1A 0AA. Adm: Free. This formal launch, hosted by Dawn Butler MP at the House of Commons, brings to the fore RE:IMI (Race Equality: In Music Industry), a collective made up of music industry practitioners, musicians, producers, academics, historians, community activists and equality practitioners, which has a focus on ‘race’ within music industry diversity/equality discourse and practice. At a time when race and ethnicity issues have cropped up, as evidenced by the #BritsSoWhite trend, and race sometimes does not feature in diversity/equality remits, RE:IMI, which is a BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress initiative, aims to work with stakeholders within and without the music industry by highlighting race and ethnicity deficits. And also pursue initiatives such as British Artists Against Racism (BAAR).
- ‘BBMM Fun Day: Film Screenings, Quiz, Mini Stall’. On Sat 16 July at 1-8.30pm at Harrow Mencap, 1st floor (ring middle buzzer), 3 Jardine House, Harrovian Business Village, Bessborough Road, Harrow, HA1 3EX. Adm: Free. A Mini Stall selling CDs, vinyl, books, T-shirts, posters and some Afrikan artefacts, four hours of BBM related documentaries, many not online, wrapped up with a BBM quiz! What more can you ask from a family-friend half day session?! Includes the screening of ‘Britain’s Contribution To The Development Of Reggae’, a guerilla vox pops documentary initially made by Kwaku to mark JA@50 in which contributors opinion on how British-based businesses and creatives have helped with the development of reggae. Contributors include Akala, Keith Waite, Tunde Jagede, Prof Paul Gilroy, Zita Holbourne, Diane Abbott MP, HKB Finn, Patrick Vernon, Toyin Agbetu, Empress Jai, Andrea Encinas, Mandingo, Delroy Washington, King Sounds, Mykell Riley, etc.
- ‘The History of Phonograms and Its Impact On Copyright Law/Vinyl Memories’. On Tues 19 Jul at Performance Space, College Building, City University London, St John Street, London, EC1V 4PB. Adm: Free. Web: www.BBM.eventbrite.com This extra Talking Copyright offer is part of the Vinyl Memories: Talking Classic BBM Albums programme, which ends with City University London Law School senior lecturer Dr Enrico Bonadio, a vinyl and reggaephile, providing a short presentation entitled ‘The History of Phonograms and Its Impact on Copyright Law’. So if you’re interested in Copyright/legal issues, you’ll want to attend this presentation. And you are welcome to participate in the Vinyl Memories session. Oh, and you have a favourite British Black Music album cover or two, why not submit it in our Top 20 poll?
- ‘Copyright, Contracts & Publishing’. On Mon 25 July at 6.30-8.30pm at Harrow Mencap, 1st floor (ring middle buzzer), 3 Jardine House, Harrovian Business Village, Bessborough Road, Harrow, HA1 3EX. Adm: £10 / £15 / £20. This evening course provides a very good overview of copyright, including recent updates in British copyright law, the components of a contract and key terms of music industry contracts, and what is publishing and how it works. Accessible, affordable, short course to empower and drive your music industry plans. Small classes, where you can get answers to your questions, improve your knowledge base and confidence.
- ‘Making Sense Of How The Music Industry Works’. On Sat 30 July 30 at 1-6pm at Harrow Mencap, 1st floor (ring middle buzzer), 3 Jardine House, Harrovian Business Village, Bessborough Road, Harrow, HA1 3EX. Adm: £30 / £50. Listening to feedback, we’re repeating this course on a Saturday. Please note £30 discounted deal available until July 17 2016 or with use of Promotional Code whilst spaces are available. This master-class is open to anyone with an interest in developing a career in the music industry. It’s aimed at the unsigned or do-it-yourself artist, musicpreneur, or those who provide artists, songwriters and producers with specialist support.
- ‘Licensing: Monetising Your Rights’. On Sat 30 July at 6.30-8.30pm at Harrow Mencap, 1st floor (ring middle buzzer), 3 Jardine House, Harrovian Business Village, Bessborough Road, Harrow, HA1 3EX. Adm: £10 / £15 / £20. If you are determined to make a living (i.e. make money) from music and other creative works, or need to know how licensing works within the music and entertainment business, then this course is for you! There is more to the music industry than performing live or releasing records. In recent times licensing is where the monetisation of music and recording content is at. The course covers sync licensing for films, compilations, broadcast, games, plus sampling. It’s an accessible course, although some prior understanding of copyright, publishing and the music industry, is recommended.
Web: BritishBlackMusic.com / www.BBM.eventbrite.com / www.BritishBlackMusic.com
~ PASCF PRESENT ‘MARCUS GARVEY MEMORIAL LECTURE FOCUSES ON ART & PAN-AFRICANISM’. The 7th Marcus Garvey Annual Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Elder Brother Fowokan (Kenness George Kelly). Now in his seventies, Bro Fowokan’s creative confidence and political astuteness is grounded in the knowing of art as a necessary stage in Afrikan rebirth and reclamation; and as creations associated with religion, magic and ritual, defining and redefining a contemporary Afrikan world-view. His recently completed bust of our illustrious ancestor Marcus Mosiah Garvey, commemorating the 100th anniversary of Garvey’s first visit to England back in 1912, honours the legacy of ancestral forces and infuses the spirit of his lecture: ‘How Garveyism And Pan-Africanism Influenced The Creation Of My Art’. On Fri Jun 10 at 5.30pm for 6.15-8.15pm at Room B34, Birkbeck College, University of London Main Building, Malet Street (entrance on Torrington Square), London, WC1E 7HX. Adm: Free.
~ AUTOGRAPH PRESENTS ‘JAMES BARNOR IN CONVERSATION WITH MARGARET BUSBY’. Born in Accra, Ghana in 1929, James Barnor, who has been photo-documenting life in Ghana and the Britain since the 1950s is now receiving belated recognition with awards, exhibitions and talks. On Fri 10 Jun at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7. Web: www.vam.ac.uk
~ ‘LOVE-A-LUTION: THE LOVE DAY EXPERIENCE FOR MEN AND WOMEN’. Do you want the relationship of your dreams? Are you tired and fed up of failed relationships? Is your relationship ready for the next level? How to avoid relationship mistakes. Manifesting your Divine Love. With Jackee Holder, executive leader coach, author, Inter-faith Minister and Intuitive facilitator; Andrew Okaro, self-development coach, clinical hypnotherapist, psychic artist and healer; Maeve Crawford, relationship healer and educator; Nigel Beckles, author, relationship workshop leader and founder of Reflections Radio; Menelik Shabazz, film director and male workshop leader; and Neferatiti Ife, author, channeller and mediator. On Sat 11 June at 11am-4pm at Bloomsbury Baptist Church Hall, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EP. Adm: £15. Tel: 07904 006 427. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tickets: Eventbrite: https://love-a-lution.eventbrite.co.uk Web: facebook.com/lovealution9
~ WINDRUSH DAY STEERING GROUP MEETING. With June 2018 marking the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush, a steering group is being convened on June 22 to help work towards making June 22 a public holiday to celebrate the Windrush Generation and the contribution of immigration and migration to Britain since WW2. On 22 June at 1-5pm at the Black Cultural Archives, Windrush Square, London, SW2. E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ INAPP GENERAL PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY. The theme of this GPA is: ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now!’ This will be a serious, focused discussion on the road to Self-Repair: the true and only way to achieve Reparations and total Liberation. So, join us and help to fulfil this vision. On Sat 25 Jun at Queen Mother Moore School c/o Clapham Methodist Church Hall, Nelson’s Row, London, SW4 7JR. Tel: 020 8539 2154 or 07908 814 152
~ SHANTI-CHI PRESENTS THE ‘NNE AGWU STORYTELLING FESTIVAL’. A four-day retreat in Epping Forest with storytelling, arts & crafts, healthy food and exercise. On Fri 29 Jul-Mon 1 Aug at Debden Campsite Centre, Debden Green, Loughton, IG10 2NZ. Tel: 07582 228 967. E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.shanti-chi.com
~ CARIBBEAN LABOUR SOLIDARITY 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
~ 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: email@example.com
- 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Kubara Zamani, Afrikan Quest International, PO Box 35165, London, SE5 8WU. Tel: 07811 494 969. E-mail: email@example.com