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In our last post we talked about Brazil’s month of Black consciousness, which is November. We also told you we’ll be celebrating our cultural heritage by having FOUR concerts this November, one every Saturday at Gamboa Nova theatre. Re- NIGERIAN SINGER AND GUEST ARTISTS TO HEADLINE OUR PARTIES FOR MONTH OF AFRICAN CONSCIOUSNESS IN SALVADOR BRAZIL.

We had the very first on the third of November and it was just fantastic.

Okwei and her band Aweto, thrilled and entertained guests with her compositions influenced by African rhythms interwoven with contemporary styles of elsewhere and Brazil. The singer and band also did some covers celebrating musical greats like Lionel Richie, Miriam Makeba, Tim Maia and Ben E King.

Fagunde Fotografia was on hand to capture some of the priceless moments.

Here, the band performs Okwei’s ‘Fool for you’.

Our Next party is on Saturday the 10th and features our main acts Okwei Odili and Aweto Band, with the ecclectic reggae queen Vivi Akwaba in company of her band. Tickets at venue and on Sympla http://bit.ly/2Q3wcBe

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We are excited to be having our first ever party or parties as it is, celebrating the Month of African consciousness – or in Brazil- “Mês da Consciência Negra” or Black Month – Mês negro.

On November 20 this day is celebrated officially, and is alternatively called ‘Dia Nacional de Zumbi’- National Day of Zumbi.

#HISTORYTIP Zumbi (1655-1695) is a historic figure in Brazil, particularly for African-Brazilians. He gave his life in his fight and revolt against slavery. A real champ.

As you may know, besides Nigeria, Brazil is the second country with the most humans of African origin. Where better to also have our parties, right?

As we are immensely proud of our roots, we will be putting up four shows in November- each Saturday at Gamboa Nova Theatre, our principal partner for the project. Special thanks to our media support, TVE Bahia and Educadora FM.

To kick off this party entitled FESTA AFRIKAJUMP! Nigerian singer and composer Okwei Odili and her band AWETO will present shows in company of other invited artists, amazing musicians like Fabiana Rasta, Vivi Akwaba, Jôh Ras, Teekay Omoyele, Normando Mendes, Lalo Aleman, Bobo Tafari, Suyá Nascimento and more. We are so excited!!!

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All shows start at 19HS PROMPT. COME if you are in Salvador.

We shall keep you posted!

Also don’t forget to check out our facebook, there are gems there too fam.

https://www.facebook.com/AfrikajumpWorldwide/

Want to be part of the festivities? Get tickets-

NOV 3- http://bit.ly/2Q3wcBe

NOV 10- http://bit.ly/2Q3wcBe

PEACE!

Accra based Nigerian Afrobeat/Afrofusion talent Oliseh Odili AKA Villy and his team of musicians The Xtreme Volumes are in the news again. And for more good reason.

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Two years ago, Villy and his friends-an eclectic mix of Nigerians and Ghanaians released their EVERGREEN work (mark our words), entitled HUMANIMALS.

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Humanimals cover art by https://twitter.com/Aimuan_ra

This daring and fiercely creative work was a love collaboration between some determined and passionate like-minds that resulted to a revolutionary work.

The EP led them straight to the hearts of many (conscious) Africans and people outside the continent, including media outlets like CNN, BBC and in true hero fashion, Villy and The Extreme Volumes put the work out FOR FREE. Incredible.

Listen here https://soundcloud.com/thextremevolumes/sets/humanimals

With the success of Humanimals EP, Villy and the Xtreme Volumes decided to add visuals to their audio-story, it worked out just right and will screen next month at Film Africa Festival where it’s getting its first screening!

We’ll get back to the festival gist. For now, the gaddem movie trailer!-

Humanimals is a 30mins Pidgin English musical film with English translations. In the film, the artists show present pressing issues that are woven around tracks from the Humanimals EP. It is clever.

Villy expressed his main reasons for the project.

“This whole project is created to address issues that challenge my people, the day to day struggle and how I am connected and affected by it is the story I tell through my art. The goal is to be able to share ideas, create and tell our stories by ourselves, we embrace platforms that amplifies our voices, platforms like Film Africa.”

Well said, man.

Humanimals film will premiere at the Film Africa festival on Saturday 10th November at Ritzy, London. It is directed by Ghanaian musician Wanlov, who co-produced with Omonhinmin omonblanks okhiogbe of the band’s management Blanks Creations. Humanimals Film also features band members like guitarist-Johnson Hunton and bassist- Sam Ofori Chiku, with actresses Mallory Cheebs Savisaar and Alyson Paris.

Peep here to know more about the festival.

http://www.filmafrica.org/shorts-2018/humanimals/

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CONNECT WITH VILLY XVOL HERE  https://www.facebook.com/TheXtremeVolumes/

 

Ghanian Poet and visual artist Elikplim Akorli has released his refreshing self published book entitled Purple Harmattan poetry anthology.

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The work comes on the heels of ‘A Heart’s Quest’ his first book which was published in 2013. On August 24th Purple Harmattan poetry anthology book launched at the Museum of Science & Technology in Accra, with captivating performances from Elikplim accompanied by his band of Afro fused musicians. Eli’s father, also present, gave a poetry reading from the book. Sweet.

IMG_3488 (1)Akorli at his book launch, covered in art by Sela Adjei who also did paintings/illustrations in the book. Photo by Desire Clarke.

Purple Harmattan poetry anthology has also been translated into Eʋe, pronounced ‘E-we’. This language is spoken in Ghana, Togo and Benin republic.

(Indigenous) Language is very important to the poet and regarding this he’s said-

“It is my vision that we preserve or add on to what our great forebears have left for us, that future generations may have enough forest of self or identity to refer to; pointing to one great tree, and the many life-forms it has inspired. Let it not be for the generation to come that, other races may point to the Negro as inferior because he has little books written in his own tongue. We know the value of oral traditions, and as much as it has its place in the affairs of the sacred keepings of esoteric knowledge, the written word does have its place too. At least to point one to the direction of many things, amongst them curiosity, the first fruit of knowing.”

We hear you, Eli.

You can listen to the poet here feat Siaka Diarra.

https://soundcloud.com/thegodofpoetry-elikplim/the-god-of-poetry-bubble-from-the-deep-ft-siaka-diarramp3

And check out his upcoming gig if you’re/you’d be in Ghana.

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PEACE.

The 33rd Bienal of São Paulo, Brazil officially opened to the public on September 7th, 2018 and AFRIKAJUMP was right in the thick of Ibirapuera Park- home to the massive Bienal building, for all the action- okay, most of it.

Ibirapuera park is famed for being the most visited park in South America.

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TIPS- #Surely bring your cameras to capture the greenery, art and of course, birds.

#Wear running shoes.

#Try the restaurants in the park.

For an entire week Afrikajump had a blast in Sampa (nickname for SP) getting up-close and sometimes personal with artists and their work, and once we did party. Responsibly.

According to its organizers, the 32nd edition of the global event which exhibits some of the most interesting artworks from around the world- over 600 of them this year, traveled to 13 venues (2 of them abroad), reaching at least 650,000 people.

This year, the foundation hand-selected Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro to curate, and then seven other artists were invited to do likewise, namely Mamma Andersson, Antonio Ballester Moreno, Sofia Borges, Waltercio Caldas, Alejandro Cesarco, Claudia Fontes, and Wura-Natasha Ogunji.

Ogunji, a visual artist of Nigerian and American heritage and her group of selected artists and collaborators brought rays of light, diversity and womanity to the event. Her curated work entitled Sempre, nunca [Always, never], involves selected artists like Lhola Amira- South Africa,  Mame-Diarra Niang- Ivory Coast/Senegal,  Nicole Vlado- US/Puerto Rico, Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze- Nigeria, and Youmna Chlala- Lebanon/US.

According to Wura,“Their creative investigations range from the intimate (body, memory, gesture) to the epic (history, country, cosmos),”

She added that the six artists are presenting new artworks that explore space and place in relation to the body, to history and to architecture, and that their work was developed in a dialogue among artists, their individual projects and practices inter-cross ideas and questions about courage, freedom and experimentation, key aspects of the artistic process.

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Wura besides expressing through drawings, videos and public performances often explores the presence of women in public spaces in collaboration with other women, and this was seen also on Sunday September 9th , where dozens of Brazilian and African women donned black attires and eventually transformed into gorgeous dresses made of richly colored African prints in a performance ‘Dias de ser livre’ or in English, ‘Days of being free’. It was presented by 20 women and with the participation of the public.

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We appreciated most of the art and expressions at the event, and are happy to say our top pick for 2018’s Bienal is undoubtedly Wura Ogunji with her African queens.

Their works network and connect to create a melting point of healing, reflection, serenity and strong hope. Days of being free was a hit, drawing in the public to that all familiar situation of struggles which give way to victories, ease and peace.

And to further cream our desserts, check out the women’s musical compilation playlist for their project. It made us fiercer fans.

Listen here

http://www.33.bienal.org.br/pt/playlist-detalhe/5303

Artworks can now be seen at the Bienal building in Ibirapuera park until early December, consult  with Bienal site to know more.

http://33.bienal.org.br/en/

Photos from Days of being free. Credits/ Fabiola Antunes, Wura Ogunji, Ana Lu Sanches.

AFRIKAJUMP was live and direct at Ibirapuera Park, with exclusive access….

STAY TUNED.

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PHOTO FROM ‘DIAS DE SER LIVRE’- ‘DAYS OF BEING FREE’ BY WURA OGUNJI. (Nigeria/US)

If you ‘Write good’ and need a space next year with FREE Accommodation, monthly stipend and access to great resources to boost your work, then check this out.

The opportunity is sponsored by The Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies and Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. Link below-

http://jias.joburg/2018/07/jias-writing-fellowships-2019-call-for-applications/

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