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A Cupboard Full of Coats

08 July 2012

It’s been fourteen years since Jinx\'s mother was brutally stabbed to death in their home in East London. Then, out of nowhere, Lemon arrives on her doorstep. An old friend of her mother’s, he wants to revisit the events leading to that terrible night. Over the course of one weekend they strip away the layers of the past to lay bare a story full of jealousy and tragic betrayal. Narrated with a distinct and fiery spice, Jinx and Lemon must find their own paths to redemption in this stunning debut novel.

Theatre: # I Am England

29 August 2011

Talawa Young Peoples’s Theatre (TYPT) are exploring twenty five years of Black British history and the current social shifts to create a brand new piece of theatre, #I am England.

Book: A Book of Blues

29 August 2011

The blues speak of many things, most of all love. In these contemporary, often humorous and frequently surprising stories, Courttia Newland s collection of family, friends, lovers and strangers endeavour to navigate a world where love presents as many obstacles as opportunities.

Book: Music for the Off-Key

25 July 2011

Twelve macabre short stories

Music: Ori Ire

23 June 2011

Every now and then an album is released that defies classification. Its vibrations spiritual enough to move you, but its content too rich to belong to any predefined genre. Ori Ire by Kevin ‘Ifaleke’ Haynes and Groupo Elegua is one such album.

Review: Almost British

17 April 2011

“This can’t be happening! Not racism. Not in the 21st Century in England. And not in her Majesty’s Prison Service! But it was happening and Olivea had two options: she could either take the constant abuse, ignore the racial comments, and differential treatment in the hope that it would go away or she could stand up to her bullies. In 2008, Olivea chose bravely, and took the Prison Service and her colleagues to court for direct racial discrimination and victimisation. She stood alone to represent herself in a fifteen day hearing and won! This is Olivea’s rare story of victory.”

Book: Can I Be Me

01 April 2011

A powerful non-fiction literary debut about identity, belonging and journalism that is essential reading for those seeking a career working in investigative media.

CD: Speaking Through the Ancestors

20 March 2011

Speaking Through the Ancestors is the album of Conscious Plat. She is multi-talented singer song-writer who creates and recites powerful conscious songs and poetry on a blend of neo-soul grooves for the purpose of empowering African people.

CD: Be Free

20 March 2011

I’m walking through Stratford, London when I come across a sista with a beautiful smile offering passerby copies of her music for purchase. I ask her if it has any obscenities, she responds “no” and within minutes I am walking away with a copy of the independently produced CD – Be Free (Tabot Entertainment/Proprioception)

Book: Speaking Truth to Power: Selected Pan African Postcards

13 August 2010

Dr Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem’s untimely death on African Liberation Day 2009 stunned the Pan-African world. This selection of his Pan-African postcards, written between 2003 and 2009, demonstrates the brilliant wordsmith he was, his steadfast commitment to Pan-Africanism, and his determination to speak truth to power. He was a discerning analyst of developments in the global and Pan-African world and a vociferous believer in the potential of Africa and African people; he wrote his weekly postcards for over a decade. This book demonstrates Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem’s ability to express complex ideas in an engaging manner. The Pan-African philosophy on diverse but intersecting themes presented in this book offers a legacy of his political, social, and cultural thought.

Book: Which Way Africa? The Search for a New Society

08 August 2010

Being an Africentric organisation it is not often that Ligali reviews works by non-Africans nor is it a habit we feel the need or desire to do so. Yet following the recent passing of Basil Davidson, the well known writer on historical Pan African affairs it seemed right we should mark his death with the reintroduction of one of his best if least known books. Which Way Africa? is a brave works. In many ways it could only have been written by a european who had acquired the courage to expose himself to the barbarity of his own clan and as a result acquire the humanity to critique and appraise Pan African affairs through an informed and ‘active’ observatory lens.

Book: The Bluest Eye

02 August 2010

Is beauty really only skin deep if the world we occupy behaves as if it is? Toni Morrison explores the reality for an African family living in America at a time when segregation, ‘white’ supremacy ideology and its supporting overt racist apartheid system was embraced and proudly acknowledged ‘as American as apple pie’.

Book: The Maãt Mystery

23 July 2010

“The Maãt Mystery is a journey of discovery through the human mindscape, plumbing the depths of individual and collective depravity, degradation and self-destruction and scaling the heights of supreme enlightenment. This is a pilgrimage through time and space, spanning three continents. Our quest begins in Europe, with Carol and Hans. In North America we meet the mysterious Aiysha, Fundisi the Teacher and Shango. In Africa, we experience the marvellous, ancient wisdom of Nenen Haiti and learn to see the modern world with different eyes. This word vision is also a sexpense thriller with real people such as George, the unfortunate victim and Gertrude, the “rude gal”, dealing with life’s ordinary issues in extraordinary ways. Laugh and cry, live and die with these key characters as they interact with each other, continuing their personal quests for fulfilment, seeking, among other things: acceptance, identity, knowledge, love, material acquisitions, power, more power, sexual satisfaction and vengeance. Please note that it is not suitable for children. It can also have a dramatic effect on how you, the adult, sees the world and your place in it. Some people may be shocked, offended or even reoriented by some of the language, events, ideas and concepts expressed.” An extract from the introduction by the author

Book: Essay Contest for Children of African Descent 2009

04 January 2010

Children of African descent have few avenues for giving their point of view on contemporary issues. Over the last four years, the Essay Contest for Children of African Descent has encouraged and supported children from eight to sixteen to write on some of the challenging issues affecting them. This book shares some of their thoughts, opinions, dreams and aspirations.

Book: The Beautiful Black Afrikan People Went for a Walk

04 January 2010

Have you ever wondered how it is that there are so many different people in the world, with so many different coloured skins? Well, this is the story of how so many different people, with so many different coloured skins came to be in the world.

Book: Vircheu and the Bow

17 December 2009

This is the story about a young boys’ curious journey towards adulthood under the guidance of his father. Vircheu wants to become a Master Bowman like his father but first he must master patience and humilty.

Book: Kwaku and his Hearing Aid

17 December 2009

This is a story about a boy who everyone thought did not listen to others as learn he has a disability of which not even he is are of.

Bata Ceremonial Drumming Celebration

23 August 2009

Ebge Ilu Oduniyi Ceremonial Bata drummers and Orisha singers ensemble

Play: Iya-lle (The First Wife)

11 June 2009

The Adeyemi family is back in this prequel to the ground breaking play The Estate.

Book: Two Thousand Seasons

11 June 2009

“Our way is reciprocity. The way is wholeness. Our way knows no oppression. The way destroys oppression.”

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