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  • MLG
    Hello, students, friends and community, welcome to another issue of your online service Afro-Latin London , the e-mag that lets you know what s going on in
    Message 1 of 12 , Jan 26, 2007
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      Hello, students, friends and community, welcome to another issue of
      your online service 'Afro-Latin London', the e-mag that lets you
      know what's going on in London.

      First of all, important notice for my students (and, please, if you
      know anyone from the Soul-Jazz Dance Course, pass the message onto
      them, too). What follows is a message verbatim from Calvin Smith,
      Community Officer at Jackson's Lane.

      25 January 2007
      Dear Tutor
      The recent storm caused structural damage to the Jackson 's Lane
      Community Centre. This damage has been serious enough to close the
      building down until further notice. We will not be open 25, 26,
      27. 28 or 29 January we could get the go head to reopen as early as
      Tuesday 30 January. I will update you as soon as I know more.
      Yours truly,
      Calvin Smith

      And now to the news. There's quite a lot and I'm pressed for time,
      so no comments this time.

      Lindale once again returns to the Tabernacle to teach his special
      brand of Lambada/zouk. Known as the most innovative Zouk teacher in
      London, Lindale teaches a well structured class designed to bring
      the best out of his students. The class starts of with a warm up
      which is a combination of ballet, jazz, contempory and pilates
      followed by some basic steps drills. We then go into partner work,
      really working on sound principles of lead and follow, establishing
      a connection with your partner and utilizing skills developed in the
      warm up and applying it to partner work. This is followed by a short
      choreography again relating to everything that's taught in the first
      half of the class followed by a warm down. The Class is geared
      towards beginners and improvers, it's particularly useful for people
      that have taken zouk classes where not enough body awareness and
      musicality is taught. Lindale is known as the most innovative
      Lambada/Zouk teacher in London.
      Talbot Road & Powis Square
      London W11 2AJ
      Day: Tuesdays
      Time:6:30 -7:30
      Price: £5
      Due to the nature of the class it is vital that you come on time, as
      no students will be admitted if they miss the warm up.

      Will be auditioning for male and female dancers on
      Sunday 11th March 2007
      The Place, 17 Duke Road, London, EC1H 9PY
      Attendance is by invitation only so please send your CV to Maria
      Ryan at: maria@tavazivadance .com
      Tel. 07939 599 290 if you have any questions regarding the company
      and the audition or visit our website at:

      Vacancy Number
      Faculty/Dept Arts & Social Sciences
      School/Section Performance & Screen Studies 07/017
      Job Title Field Leader for Dance
      Salary £34,367 - £40,668 pa inc
      Grade 9
      Hours 37 hours per week
      Closing Date 12 noon on 14th February 2007
      Interviews 9th March 2007
      Special Conditions
      The School of Performance and Screen Studies at Kingston University
      is seeking to appoint a Field Leader for Dance.
      This new undergraduate Dance programme, due to begin in September
      2007, is designed to capitalise on the vibrant multicultural dance
      scene in London and to enable students to explore their individual
      identity in its relation to the wider community through dance. It
      covers 'urban', ethnic and popular dance styles as well as more
      conventional contemporary dance and also offers opportunities to
      explore the possibilities of interdisciplinary work. We are
      interested in appointing a practitioner who can offer one or
      preferably both of the following: an expertise in dance
      improvisation; knowledge and experience of dance in its relation to
      culture. As Field Leader, you will be expected to take
      responsibility for the management and delivery of the course, and to
      contribute to both curriculum development and the field's emergent
      research culture. Applicants should be available to take up the post
      from September 2007, and a consultancy will be offered from March to
      enable you to contribute to the validation process. For further
      information or to apply online, visit our website www.kingston.
      ac.uk/jobs. If you need to apply in an alternative format, please
      call the recruitment line on 020 8547 7153 quoting reference 07/017
      Informal enquiries to Jackie Smart, J.Smart@kingston. ac.uk;
      telephone 020 8547 7957. If you are a minicom user, please phone 020
      8547 7169.

      SpiralArts Dance Theatre have been approached with a view to running
      a new arts space, with potentially exciting and versatile premises,
      in Camden Market. We are currently looking for expressions of
      interest from freelance teachers looking to set up/expand classes,
      dance/theatre companies looking for short/long term rehearsal space
      and dance/arts companies looking for a base to share. We would run
      our own courses/school there but would hire out space at other times
      in order to cover the rent on the entire premises. These consist of
      a very large dance studio, a good size rehearsal studio, smaller
      rooms suitable as office space, treatment/therapy rooms, painting
      studios, arts/crafts workshop/storage space, a reception and meeting
      area and access to lockers, toilets and showers. If you are
      interested in finding out more, please email Bryony Williams at
      spiral.arts@ virgin.net

      Hello everyone and Happy New Year. I am just writing to inform you
      of the next workshops in February with Martica. We have just
      returned from Cuba on the second trip which was quite something.
      For a run down read my latest blog on www.myspace.com/ibuanya . We
      are running another trip to Cuba which will include some days in
      Matanzas in October 2007, so if you fancy it you have plenty of time
      to save up! I will be confirming the dates/prices and itinerary by
      the end of February. Don’t forget also the La linea festival,
      which promises lots of live music including Los Van Van. Go to my
      site www.wildindigo.co.uk and go to what’s on section.

      SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2007 DANCING AT THE PLACE. 2-5 pm £25 if
      booked in advance £30 if you just turn up Mixed ability class.
      First half some energetic Palo and some Arara, Second half, Orisha
      Please book by email or text me 07887640540. This is so necessary
      for us, especially on the singing days where we need to be prepared
      for lunch and printed lyrics! That is why I have had to raise the
      price if you don’t contact me! There are also concessions for
      those who find it difficult and a weekend price of £50 for the two
      OTHER THINGS: Martica is up for private dance classes. One to one
      is £30 or £25 concessions per hour.

      Adesola Akinleye (winner of the 2006 Trailblazers' Fellowship & The
      Bonnie Bird New Choreographers Award)
      Climbing with Bare Feet
      12th Feb
      as part of Resolution 07
      The Place
      Robin Howard Theatre
      17 Dukes Rd
      Tickets £5 - £15
      020 7 121 1000

      And this is all for today. Sorry about the Jackson's Lane situation,
      although it's completely beyond my control. Please, do call the
      centre on 020 8 340 5226 to find out if it will open to the public
      next week. I will be away for three weeks and my sessions will be
      covered by Damarys Farres. Damarys is an outstanding Afro-Cuban
      dance teacher who's already done the same deed for me countless
      times, always with satisfactory results, so, please, do continue to
      attend during my absence.

      Thanks to all contributors and I'll see you all when I come back
      from the biggest island in The Antilles.

      Take care,


      07813 627 967
    • MLG
      Hi my dear students, friends and community. Welcome to another issue of the online what s on for the African and Latin Diasporas in London (and sometimes
      Message 2 of 12 , Mar 2, 2007
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        Hi my dear students, friends and community. Welcome to another issue
        of the online 'what's on' for the African and Latin Diasporas in
        London (and sometimes beyond). This time around this e-newsletter is
        different. It's been browned and toasted in the warm sunshine of
        Cuba (don't look outside, please, you'll get despondent!).

        Yes, after three weeks there I'm back with batteries recharged and
        curious to know what's been happening during my absence. And judging
        by the messages in my inbox, the Afro-Latin scene has been buzzing!
        Today, however, this e-missive will be brief and concise.

        First, for those students of mine who are regulars in my sessions at
        Jackson's Lane, there's some bad news. As you all are aware now, the
        centre was closed down due to its roof collapsing back in January
        and therefore has not been operational for more than five weeks now.
        In the meantime I have been actively looking for a new space and
        that might materialise this week (if you have any suggestions, I'll
        welcome them, as long as they are in the north London area, please).
        So, you'll probably get a second e-mail from me in a couple of days
        with the name of the new venue. I apologise for this inconvenience
        and rest assured that Jackson's Lane is doing its best, not only to
        open its doors again soon, but also to restore the centre to the
        level it was when I opened my course there six years ago. Please,
        also, bear in mind, that prices, times and structure for lessons
        may vary according to the space and that's beyond my control.

        And now back to my trip to Cuba. It was quite eventful, mainly for
        personal reasons, but on the whole, it was very enjoyable. I got to
        see a very good show for the second time and if there are any UK-
        based producers/agents reading this message, please, get someone to
        send you a copy of 'Sonlar', one of the best dance pieces I've ever
        seen in my life, wittily directed, very professionally performed and
        with CUBA branded all over its nature without falling into the
        tackiness and kitsch that have permeated some Cuban productions of
        the late 90s and early noughties. The backdrop is a Cuban slum and
        against it a myriad of characters are paraded going about their
        daily lives in the midst of the Cuban hot summer. The genius of this
        piece is in how this tale is told using traditional Cuban music and
        Brazilian rhythms, without losing the core of what the 'solar'
        (slum) represents in Cuban society. Its physicality has to be seen
        to be believed. A must-see for anyone interested in how contemporary
        and traditional Afro-Cuban dances have amalgamated to form a unique
        body of expression.

        And now this week's news.

        >> please keep checking the www.myspace.com/londonlucumichoir and
        >>>> www.wildindigo.co.uk

        Hi All....
        Just wanted to let you know that 'Grupo Convergencia', my afro Cuban
        quartet, is playing at the 606 Jazz Club, Lots road, Chelsea next
        6th March.
        The band is :
        Grant Windsor - Piano/flute
        Davide Mantovani - Double bass
        Dave Patman - Timbales/congas
        Flavio Correa - Congas/bata
        Caroline is on first, at 8pm, with her jazz quartet and loads of
        music from her album 'Urban Lullabies'.
        Hope you can make it,

        Hi guy!
        We going start a new class in Fitness Firts - Oxford Circus, this
        Wednesday (28/02/07) 7:30pm to 9:00pm Open day (Roda). I hope
        everybody can come to enjoe!
        Address: 15 Great Marlborough Street
        3 minute walk to the North West
        Tube: Oxford Circus
        Instructor Madimbu

        And this is all for today. Remember that you will probably receive
        another message from me this week letting you know where our classes
        will continue whilst Jackson's Lane is still closed.

        Thanks to Daniela, Flavio and Madimbu for your contributions.
        Thanks, Zela for putting me in touch with those people at Channel 4
        for the documentary and I hope to see you soon. I really miss
        teaching and came back from Cuba with new ideas which I would like
        to put into practice as soon as possible.

        Take care,


        07813 627 967
      • MLG
        Hello, students, friends and community, welcome to another issue of your Afro-Latin London Mag, your weekly digest of cultural matters covering the African and
        Message 3 of 12 , Mar 8, 2007
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          Hello, students, friends and community, welcome to another issue of
          your Afro-Latin London Mag, your weekly digest of cultural matters
          covering the African and Latin Diasporas.

          As you know the emphasis of this e-newsletter is on dance and
          performance, yet occasionally we stray into the paths of television,
          literature and the like. It's with the former that we start.

          I received a recommendation today about a TV programme coming up on
          Sunday and then I remembered that I'd read an interview with the
          presenter in the Guardian ten days ago. Find below both the blurb
          for the programme and a link to the interview.

          To mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade,
          we've made a programme called The Last Slave which follows a young,
          black Londoner called David Monteith as he traces the story of his
          ancestor, Archibald Monteith. Archibald was one of the few slaves
          to leave an account of his life, giving his descendent an
          opportunity to understand his ancestry and his experience of
          slavery. The programme follows David on a powerful and moving
          journey to Jamaica and then to Nigeria as he confronts the reality
          of Archibald's life.
          The Last Slave will be broadcast on Channel 4 at 8pm on Sunday March
          11th. You can really help us by emailing friends and contacts and
          spreading the word about this documentary. It's important to us
          that this programme , which is an inspiring and important story
          marking a major anniversary, reaches as many viewers as possible.
          Thanks for your help and I hope you enjoy the programme and continue
          to engage with and support our factual output on Channel 4.
          Ralph Lee
          Commissioning Editor, History
          Channel 4 Television
          Tel. 020 7306 6960
          Fax. 020 7306 5539

          The Bernie Grant Centre has been in the making for quite a long time
          now and it seems that at last, at long last, it will see the light
          of day very soon. In order to find out what artists and
          practitioners in general want they're holding an open session on
          13th March. More info below.

          We'd like to invite you to the OUR SPACE event on 13 March 2007
          The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, a unique black-led arts centre
          specialising in nurturing black and culturally diverse performing
          artists, is due to open in September 2007. They are inviting
          artists, producers and promoters to a meeting of like-minds on 13
          March 2007 to help shape its vision.
          Hoping to promote the fusion of ideas and the energetic collision of
          cultures and art forms, BGAC will offer a range of opportunities
          including performing and presenting new work, employment, training
          and creative development.
          If you are a black or culturally diverse artist, producer or
          promoter and would like to hear more and participate in the sharing
          of ideas please fill out attached form and return to
          admin@... or call Selma on 02083655454 for more
          Please feel free to pass on to any of the like-minded!
          Selma Nicholls

          Contributions from the Southamerican giant are always welcome.

          every Thursday from 6 to 11pm
          - live music Banda da Ladeira
          - capoeira performance
          FREE ENTRY
          @ Corbet Place - Truman Brewery Car Park
          15, Hanbury Street, E1 6QR - Liverpool Street Station
          Pedro Campolina

          Always thought-provoking and incisive, ricenpeas monthly serving of
          uncompromising and witty articles reaches us and as usual they give
          you the writing, all you need to bring to the table is your brain.

          This months issue of RICENPEAS.COM is now online.
          Rice N Peas, in association with The African Foundation for
          is proud to present:
          A Home Coming for Jobs in Africa
          Premieres March 16th 2007
          Read More
          Interview With An Ex-Slave
          After serving in the British Army, he went on to become one of the
          world's most risk-taking war correspondents, reporting on conflicts
          in Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, and Iraq.
          Ishmahil Blagrove, Jr. interviews Anthony Loyd, war-zone journalist
          and author of My War Gone By, I Miss It So.
          What is Slavery?
          Older than recorded history itself is the practice of man enslaving
          man. From the early Greeks and Romans to the Western plantations to
          modern-day human trafficking, Desi K. Robinson examines the
          complexities of this age-old custom.
          Ghana: 50th Anniversary of Independence
          50 years ago this month, Ghana officially declared its independence
          from Great Britain. A look at its progress as a sovereign nation.
          Stolen From Africa
          The descendents of the Atlantic Slave Trade are spread out all over
          the world. Where do the children of these former slaves stand today?
          Enslaving Nations
          What happens when the slave and the slave owner are no longer
          individuals, but rather, entire nations?

          An almost anarchic event is taking place in north London every
          Wednesday. When it seems that most of the culture we consume is
          spoon-fed to us via giant billboards and tacky telly shows (Strictly
          Come Dancing anyone?) it's refreshing to see that some people keep
          looking inside themselves and out onto the wide world around us to
          find new ways of expressing themselves. And it's only three quid!

          Initiated by Sheron Wray, Feedback33 is a Dancer's Forum. it takes
          place every Wednesday at London Studio Centre, Kings Cross. Its a
          place to try new styles of dance, gain insight into the passions,
          challenges and experiences of various teachers, choregraphers and
          your peers. A fresh and friendly place to share and gain new
          insights. We support additional activites like dance theatre trips.
          £5 registration and £3 thereafter!
          Wednesday 14th March Jackie Guy leads his session in Caribbean Dance
          and history from 7-9pm. Confirm your place by Contacting Zela Gayle
          (Forum's coordinator) on 07946 551 537 Or email: inspiredbyluv@
          yahoo.co. uk Also see www.myspace. com/feedback33 for a full list of
          all teachers' biographies.

          And for all my students and interested parties we're starting at The
          Place this coming Sunday. Hannah will probably come down with the
          other musicians and play in the class. I look forward to seeing you.

          Afro-Cuban Dance Course 'Dasoyi'
          Sunday 11th March
          Afra (Arara Eleggua)
          1pm - 3pm
          Studio 6,
          1st Floor,
          The Place,
          17 Duke's Road
          WC1H 9PY
          Price £10.00 (no concessions)

          Bye for now and enjoy the rest of the week. Thanks to all
          contributors, Zela, Pedro and Ralph.

          Take care,


          07813 627 967
        • MLG
          Yes, my dear compadres and comadres (please, do not confuse with comrades, hmmm... please, definitely, do NOT), it s that time of the week again and I m
          Message 4 of 12 , Mar 15, 2007
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            Yes, my dear compadres and comadres (please, do not confuse with
            comrades, hmmm... please, definitely, do NOT), it's that time of the
            week again and I'm pleased that this time around your e-newsletter
            Afro-Latin London has a very indulging and generous serving of
            cultural events taking place (most of them) in our lovely capital.
            And even beyond. And even BEYOND the beyond, which is like... really

            Kicking things off we have Meta Connections with a gig at Canning
            House on Friday 30th March, where yours truly will be sharing the
            stage with Damarys Farres, one of our outstanding Afro-Cuban dance
            teachers based in London for a few years now. I will be performing
            Eleggua and Babalu Aye, whereas Damarys Farres will be gifting us
            with the motions and undulations of Oshun, the female orisha that
            lives in and rules over the rivers.

            Friday 30th March
            Venue: Canning House
            2 Belgrave Square,
            SW1X 8PJ
            Tickets: £7.00
            For bookings call 020 7 235 2303 ext 222
            or e-mail culture@...
            There will be homemade food, Cuban cocktails and a photo exhibition.

            From SW1 we tango down to W6 where there'll be a nice mix of lambada
            with Irish coffee. What, you don't believe me? Read below.

            Come and join us St Patrick's Day for a Lambada party with a
            difference on Saturday 17th March @ The Grove 83 Hammersmith Grove
            W6 0NQ www.groverestaurant s.co.uk
            From 7pm- Midnight
            Tickets are £5 with this flyer or bought in advance
            Or £7 on the night
            Directions: By tube/ Bus it's Very easy to find- It's about 5 mins
            walk from Hammersmith Tube/ Bus station. Walk out the Kings Road
            exit walk up Kings Road, turn right at the Lyric theatre and keep
            walking till you see the on the left hand side. (You really can't
            miss it)
            By Car: If you are lucky enough to own a car there is ample parking
            in the street outside and the side streets around the restaurant.
            The fun starts at 7pm with a free beginner's class, then there will
            be music to dance to till Midnight. We guarantee that the music will
            be 100% lambada, Lambazouk, Zouk lambada and Kizomba music to dance
            to all night. We have 2 performances lined up. And a couple more
            surprises up our sleeves. But you'll have to wait and see… So come
            along and dress in green for a Brazil meets Ireland St Patrick's
            party. The Grove is a fantastic affordable fully licensed Spanish
            Tapas bar so if you are looking for a snack or dinner before or
            during the party then definitely check out their website for ideas
            and book ahead to avoid disappointment. www.groverestaurants.co.uk
            All proceeds for this party will go to Age Concern. Katya, Laura and
            myself who you know and Richard, Amy and Sandy (who you don't know
            yet) have entered the Lakes Challenge on 24th March. We are
            competing in a 7 hour event involving hiking, cycling and canoeing.
            We have promised to raise £2300 and this is only possible with your
            help and support so come along, have a great night out and
            contribute to a very worthy cause in the process.

            Well, Brazil and Ireland together! You couldn't make it up. Like the
            next piece of info from one of my students, currently in Australia.
            Yes, you read that right, the Aussies have also something to shout
            about and in this case it's an Aboriginal contemporary dance company
            called Bangarra. They have a website and I encourage people to visit
            it and have a look at the videos (you'll need Quick Player for that,
            though) and come away fully charged as I have, just now.


            Never ones to shy away from the limelight, ricenpeas have made a
            name for themselves for their documentaries as well as their monthly
            magazine. This time around they've hooked up with a few good people
            and will be involved in a couple of events worth paying a visit to.

            Two events this week that will showcase Rice 'n' Peas films:
            London Premiere: A Home Coming For Jobs in Africa
            March 16th Tricycle Cinema, 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR
            A Home Coming for Jobs in Africa is a compelling 30-min documentary
            directed by Ishmahil Blagrove Jr on the behalf of African Foundation
            For Development (AFFORD). The documentary tells the powerful story
            of how Sierra Leonean entrepreneurs are given a "handup" from
            Africans in the diaspora working with them as business advisors,
            friends and mentors.
            On the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Slave Trade come
            and witness what today's generation of "Son's and Daughters of
            Africa" are doing now to help Africa through the SEEDA-Supporting,
            Entrpreneurs and Enterprise Devlopment in Africa-Programme.
            This is a fundraising event only £10
            Box Office: 020 7328 1000
            Info: Onyekachi Wambu, AFFORD e: onyekachi@... / 020 7587

            Hip Hop Cubano
            Two of Havana's most influential Hip Hop groups 'Obsesion' & 'Los
            Paisanos'are on tour here in the UK
            Supported by Cuba Solidarity Campaign the tour will feature Live
            performances from the two groups, film screenings of two documentary
            films, Rice 'n' Peas's "Hasta Siempre" & "La Fabri-K" followed by
            discussions, Latin music by Movimientos DJs.
            Wednesday 14th March – Brighton
            Friday 16th March - London @ULU University of London Union
            Tickets (for London date only): £10 /£8 concessions Advance Tickets:
            t: 020 7263 6452Or online ULU box office w: http://www.ulu.co.uk
            *Please note that advance tickets are only available for the London
            gig. For all the other dates just turn up on the night*
            w: http://www.movimientos.org.uk / http://www.cuba-

            Watch out for:
            Kalabash Ghana Thursday 22nd March
            Documentary Films, Open discussion, Live music performance and Afro-
            beats and grooves.
            Film screening upstairs 7.30-9.30pm: Heart of Gold, Kwame Nkrumah
            Performance 10.15pm: Drummers, Dancers and Singers in traditional
            Ghanaian inspired style.
            Afrobeats and grooves 8pm-2am: Downstairs with DJs SupaScion and
            Salmon & Compass, 58 Penton Street, Islington, London N1 (Angel Tube)
            FREE ENTRY
            (Watch out for Kalabash Rwanda 17th April)
            t: 07956 883 440 e: kate@...

            If I can make a recommendation re the above event. I used to go
            watch Obsesión perform whilst still living in Havana more than ten
            years ago and I remember the female vocalist blowing me away with
            her powerful voice. My mate, who went to see them last week at
            Canning House, told me that she's still part of the line-up, so I
            would strongly recommend that you go and check them out. The
            Obsesión I remember had a nice R'n'B feel to their music, as opposed
            to the more aggressive beats from the likes of 'Amenaza'. Just a

            The 7th Screen Dance Festival will kick off next week with an array
            of documentaries, short films and features in its usual venues in
            the West End. A couple of must-see films are Beyond The Steps by the
            American Dance Theatre Company Alvin Ailey. The premiere will take
            place on Wednesday 21st March at 6:45pmat the Curzon Soho, 93-107
            Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5DY. To book your place, call 08707
            564 620. Tickest cost £9.00 and £8.00 for concessions. The same film
            will be shown again on Friday 23rd March at 7.35pm. The screening on
            Wed 21st will be followed by an interview with director Phil
            Bertelsen by Donald Hutera.

            'Beyond The Steps' follows the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
            during a pivotal period in its history, one that has the company
            venturing abroad as well as establishing new roots at home. The
            documentary marks a moment of both growth and reflection, as the
            troupe travels to Russia after an absence of nearly 20 years, moves
            into a state-of-the-art custom facility, called by The New York
            Times "the largest in the country devoted exclusively to dance," and
            creates a new ballet entitled Love Stories, choreographed by
            longtime AAADT artistic director Judith Jamison in collaboration
            with hip-hop pioneer Rennie Harris and modern dance maverick Robert
            Battle. Under the steadfast leadership of Jamison, the making of a
            new dance and a new home serve as symbols of the remarkable
            foundation that Ailey built, and of the vibrancy that defines the
            company today.

            My class at The Place will resume on Sunday 25th March (please,
            remember NO class this coming Sunday 18th March) with a special
            session for Oshun.

            Afro-Cuban Dance Course 'Dasoyi'
            Sunday 11th March
            Afra (Arara Eleggua)
            1pm - 3pm
            Studio 6,
            1st Floor,
            The Place,
            17 Duke's Road
            WC1H 9PY
            Price £10.00 (no concessions)

            And last, but not least, a salsa concert with an all-female dance
            troupe. ¡Riiiiiico!

            Friday 16th March
            Duende, the UK's top all female salsa dance group, are making a
            return to perform at Latin Palace this Friday evening. Latin Palace,
            run by two of the London's best known promoters, Salsoteca and
            London-Salsa, is the place to be in South London on Fridays, with
            it's spacious wooden dance floor, DJ Erick 'the Saint' (Clockwork
            Bar, Digress) and the superb London-Salsa teaching team,
            including FRANK SANTOS, teaching advanced from 9pm. Join us this
            Friday! Latin Palace, 146 Camberwell New Road, Oval, SE5 0RR
            info@london- salsa.co. uk
            07761 434 504

            And that's all for today, thanks to all contributors, Olwen,
            Carlitos, Hannah, Susan and ricenpeas.

            Take care and eat all your greens,

          • MLG
            Hi, students, friends and community. Another week, another issue of your e-service Afro-Latin London. First of all, I would like to thank everyone who turned
            Message 5 of 12 , Apr 6, 2007
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              Hi, students, friends and community. Another week, another issue of
              your e-service Afro-Latin London.

              First of all, I would like to thank everyone who turned up at the
              Meta Connections event last Friday 30th March at Canning House. The
              atmosphere was incredible and the vibe was really, really positive. I
              also want to thank the Meta Connections team for giving me the
              opportunity to perform for such an appreciative audience and for
              giving me the chance to work with such talented dancers, musicians
              and singers. There will be more Meta Connections events coming our
              way in the near future and you'll learn about them first hand here
              through your Afro-Latin London Mag.

              Secondly, thanks also to those students who turned up at The Place
              last Sunday for my last class (for the time being). It was thoroughly
              enjoyable, mix-up with the space notwithstanding, and I'm already
              missing you all. I hope the situation at Jackson's Lane is resolved
              soon so that we can all move back in quickly.

              And just to prove that this e-newsletter extends its tentacles beyond
              Croydon, Enfield, Ilford and Ealing, the first item comes all the way
              from Brazil.

              Oi Oi from Rio!
              Just wanted to give you the latest news from AfroReggae Digital.
              We have started the workshops with the favela community and are very
              impressed with their talent, passion and commitment. They've taken to
              the basics of recording and editing amazingly well and have already
              created some jingles for the station. We've also done our first show
              for the station with Passion & Schowi – 2 superstar DJs from Germany
              who were touring South America. We borrowed the studio of the Drum n
              Bass crew here in Rio as our studio is currently under construction.
              We have started laying the carpet and putting in the acoustic
              materials on site in the favela and once the equipment is in the
              radio station will be fully functional!
              Thanks for all your support with this project, without which it would
              not have been possible. Don't forget the website –
              www.afroreggaedigital.com, and for the latest on the project please
              check out our blog at – www.myspace.com/afroreggaedigital.
              If you're interested you can also check out my personal blog at
              Tchau for now!
              Izzy Fairbairn
              AfroReggae Digital
              Please check out the website - www.afroreggaedigital.com
              00447976638586 / 00552125466175

              And that's surely the vibe that leads us to our second piece of news.
              What to do during Easter? I remember a question one of my students
              asked me a couple of summers ago when we finished our course and
              there was this huge hiatus in dance courses. So, trying to pre-empt
              people's ennui during the Bank holiday period, I've included the next
              item in my weekly bulletin.

              Hi All, just wanted to wish you all a Happy Easter, for those that
              celebrate it & hope you enjoy the Break. Here are the updates for our
              Tuesday night class.
              Level 1.in Zouk Lambada
              Class will continue over the holiday break (3rd April & the 10th
              April) &
              we hope to see you then if you haven't had the chance to join us.
              What time? 8pm - 9.15pm
              (please note that it is essential that you arrive on time, if it's
              first time at class please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to class to
              register. class starts 8pm sharp)
              Cost: £7 /class
              Where:Hargrave Park Extended Community School:
              51 Bredgar Rd, London N19 5BS
              (nearest tube: Archway)The last update is that we now have a voucher
              system for those that would like to have a free class, check the
              website for details.
              http://www.zouklamb ada.com/classes. asp
              This means that if you don't bring your voucher to class, you will
              have to
              pay for your first class, you can however redeem your voucher the
              following week if you forget. Vouchers have a limited shelf life, so
              once you receive it, use it up! One more thing before I go, don't
              forget about our Poll on MrZouk, you
              can can access it in the lefthand column of MrZouk. Here's what the
              poll is about:
              Would you like to see more Zouk / Kizomba / Konpa related music
              available & easily accessible in your local Music Retail Store?
              so check it out soon
              Thats all Guys

              Well, that's the spirit, then. And as you well know, this mag is not
              just a dance courses guide but also a vehicle to highlight what
              shimmers and shines in the African and Latin Diasporas and as this
              next article proves, there's a lot to celebrate.

              Dear Colleague

              I hope you don't mind me writing to share in Sakoba dance's latest
              good news. On Monday 27th March we were extremely honoured to receive
              The Journal Culture awards 2006. - `Performance of the Year'. Judged
              by a panel of 8 people from the arts, business and education after a
              short list was drawn up from a public vote.
              This Award means a great deal to the company for several reasons. It
              proves the validity of my new style - Post Modern African Dance
              Technique (PMADT) which was launched this year by our tour of Tiiwa
              Tiiwa (It's Ours). The award has also made us feel warmly welcomed in
              our new home of Newcastle upon Tyne . We moved here in 2003 from
              London and it is wonderful to be honoured in this way by the people
              around us.
              I thank God as my inspiration for this show and allowing us to win
              this award and of course I cannot forget my dancers and staff. This
              all would not be have been made possible except for the kind support
              we have received from our funders the Arts Council North East and the
              Northern Rock Foundation.
              I would also like to thank all the venues that have showed continued
              faith in my work and booked our last show.
              I am also pleased to announce that I am commencing research for our
              new show Okan'nijo (One). The UK tour will commence from October 07.
              I send by best wishes to you all
              Bode lawal
              Artistic Director.
              Sakoba Dance Theatre

              Ah, sometimes our heart fairly bursts with pride. I'm even getting e-
              mails now from major institutions like Sadler's Wells. How long
              before I appear on Question Time? Jonathan, Jonathan, are you there?
              Are you reading?

              Hello, this may be of interest to you and those you teach
              A leading Independent Cuban Company is arriving at Sadlers Wells in
              May. They are called Ballet Rakatan and will be performing Havana
              Rakatan from the 23 May until 10 June. The show brings a slice of
              Havana Flavour to London as high octane Cuban dances combines with an
              awe inspiring Cuban band in this spectacular new show direct from the
              worlds most soulful city.
              follow this link to book tickets fast and discover more
              We do hope you enjoy the show. if you require further information do
              not hesitate to contact us, perhaps we could send you a poster also?
              Lucy White
              Marketing Officer
              Sadler's Wells Theatre
              Rosebery Avenue
              London EC1R 4TNTel: 020 7863 8104
              Fax: 020 7863 8199

              What are your plans for Thursday? Going anywhere interesting? Well,
              there's always capoeira, you know.

              Why not enjoy a little bit of Brazil in London?!
              Forró do Galpão
              every Thursday from 6 to 11pm
              at Corbet Place, 15, Hanbury Street, E1 6QR - Liverpool Street Tube
              Live Banda da Ladeira + dj´s
              FREE ENTRY
              I recomend you get there as early as possible to enjoy as much as you
              Take care!
              Pedro Campolina
              *info about capoeira clçasses visit

              Just in case you were one of Lidnale's students and have been
              affected by the recent closure of The Tabernacle here's an important
              message to her pupils.

              Just to let everyone know the classes at the Tabernacle will be
              cancelled for the next two weeks while repairs are made to the
              drains. Whereas I was made aware that something like this was due to
              take place and was assured that I would get adequate warning when
              this would happen, sadly this was not the case and I literally just
              found out a few minutes ago. To be fair, I did received a very
              sincere apology and so we will push on and we will return even more
              fired up to dance. Anyway, I am very pleased with the way people are
              responding to the
              intensity of the class and over the coming weeks I will continue to
              work on musicality and increasing the difficulty of the drills. By
              the time we're back ( April 17) I will have definite news of a new
              venue. The whole idea is that one venue, The Tabernacle, will serve
              as the venue where we really work extremely hard on perfecting the
              dance and will serve as a workshop area and the other venue will be
              more about learning a few combinations. Each class can be taken
              separately,or together but the aim as always is for dancers to be
              able to create beautiful shapes on the dance floor. I will also have
              some more news of the upcoming workshops, remember the key thing with
              these workshops is that I will be teaching with dancers from
              different dance disciplines in order to demonstrate how by utilizing
              aspects of other dance styles we can bring an entire different aspect
              aspect to our Lambada zouk dancing. I leave by saying something I
              always stress "Dare to be different, trust your instincts and be a
              leader not a follower"
              Nuff said

              The next item is for all you teachers out there.

              Icon Theatre is looking for a dance tutor for its Saturday morning
              classes in Leytonstone (north east London). The tutor will be
              teaching 7-14 yr old students street & jazz dance. The 10 week term
              starts on 28th April and finishes with a performance at Hoxton Hall
              on Sunday 8th July. For more details please see
              http://www.icontheatre.org.uk/recruitment.htm or call Nancy on 020
              7923 1800.

              And this is all for today. I wish you all a Happy Easter holiday.
              Don't eat too many Easter eggs, leave me some, please!

              Take care and happy dancing,


              07813 627 967
            • MLG
              Sun s out, temperatures are rising and I ve got Fela on the office stereo. And yes, you bet that the entire building is grooving it down to his unique
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                Sun's out, temperatures are rising and I've got Fela on the office
                stereo. And yes, you bet that the entire building is grooving it
                down to his unique Afro-beat style. 'Expensive S**t/He Miss Road'
                has never left my discman since I bought the album last year and I
                wanted to commend it to all of you, especially if you're looking for
                music you can dance to but with a socio-political message to convey
                at the same time. Right now, as I write, my shoulders are swaying
                left to right, my hips are moving and as the horns come in I just
                want to get up and dance. This record's sizzling hot.

                Anyway, back to business. Have no idea how to control my writing
                today but if you notice any awkward with the font styles, you know
                whom to blame. Hello, to you all, students, friends and community
                and welcome once more to your weekly e-service, Afro-Latin Magazine,
                the bulletin that lets you know what's going on in London in the
                African and Latin Diasporas.

                And to open the show we have a representative of the South-American
                giant, Brazil, another country whose music makes me lose my shoes on
                the dance floor. Although, barefoot dancing is supposed to be good
                for your health. Go on, try it.

                Come and enjoy a Capoeira Lutaxé Presentation and Show on the 15th
                . Live Percussion & Rhythms of Capoeira
                . History about Black Slaves in Brazil
                . A Capoeira Show with Angola Traditional
                . A Group of Brazilian Dancers ( Fascinaxé )
                . Games of Razor, Maculelê & Puxada de Rede
                Price: £5 In advance
                £6 at the door
                Time: 3:00pm onwards
                Venue: Venue: Old Lilian Baylis School
                Adress: Lollard Street - Kennington
                London, SE11 6PY
                Tube: Kennington, Oval or Vauxhall
                For More information Contact:
                Instructor Madimbu
                Mob: 07852988329

                Second item is a Latin night south of the river.

                Friday 13th April
                Show & Advanced Class
                with Moe Flex & Angelique
                PLUS 'CHARACTER' NIGHT
                Since forming their unique dance partnership in February 2006, Moe
                Flex and Angelique have never looked back!
                They have already brought three distinctively individual shows to
                the top dance floors of the UK and Europe, and there is a lot more
                come! Their most recent performance, the internationally
                acclaimed "Lovers Feud", a unique fusion of comedy, Cuban body
                movement and top level salsa partner work, first performed at
                London's famous 'El Grande' and the UK Congress 2006, is scheduled
                for worldwide performances including Barcelona, Cyprus, India,
                and Hong Kong in 2007.
                Classes - 9.00pm to 10.30pm
                Club 10.30pm to 2.00am
                Show 11.30pm
                Character Night!
                To get us all in the mood for the Gangster & Moll style show from
                Flex & Angelique, we're also hosting a 'Character' night. Anyone
                wearing an 'indentifiable' costume will get a guest pass for the
                following week and there's a bottle of champagne for the best
                Latin Palace, 146 Camberwell New Road, Oval, SE5 0RR
                www.london-salsa. co.uk
                07761 434 504

                This is followed by news that Iris de Brito and company are at it
                again, that is teaching a Salsa Masterclass in London starting this

                London-Salsa Masterclass Series - 3 remaining specialist Sunday
                afternoon workshops featuring some of the very best teachers in the
                UK. Book Now.....
                Sunday 15 April
                RUMBA & AFRO CUBAN BODY ISOLATION with Iris de Brito (UK Salsa
                Suitable for all levels from Beginners to Advanced, this Rumba and
                Isolation workshop, will cover the essentials you need to give you
                that Afro Cuba Flava in your dancing!
                Sun 29-Apr
                Reggaeton Andrea Stewart
                Sun 13-May
                Bachata Frank Santos & Natalie Baltao
                Timings: Workshops are 2 hours long and taking place at 2.00pm on
                Sunday. Registration is at 1.45pm
                Prices: £15 per workshop / £13 in advance
                4 workshops £50 (save £10!)
                Booking: Advanced bookings can be made in person at any London-Salsa
                venue by cash or cheque. For postal bookings, call Mark on 07761 434
                504 or e-mail info@london- salsa.co. uk for details.
                Venue: Latin Palace, 146 Camberwell New Road, Oval, London, SE5 0RR
                www.london-salsa. co.uk
                07741 434 504 (Mark)

                And that's all for today folks. Gotta get back to Fela, er, sorry,

                ... water, it no get enemy...

                Take care,


                07813 627 967
              • Sharon Morgan
                Thanks for the exciting info. Hope to see you one Saturday at Bronze Club, SALSA DANCE CLASS & PARTY Saturday 14 April 2007 (and every Saturday thereafter)
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                  Thanks for the exciting info.  Hope to see you one Saturday at Bronze Club,
                  SALSA DANCE CLASS & PARTY
                  Saturday 14 April 2007
                  (and every Saturday thereafter)
                  THE BRONZE CLUB
                  28 Hancock Road
                  London E3 3DA
                  (Next to Tesco)
                  Classes by "Salsa Babes Mel":  7:30-9:30 (all levels catered for)
                  Salsa freestyle: 10:00 - 02:00
                  Followed by Club DJ Mix of R&B, Reggae, Soca, Funk, et al
                  Order Tickets Now:    £8.00 in advance,  £10 at the door
                  click link for easy payment with Paypal (you don't need a Paypal account): 
                  Contacts : 
                  Leon:   07932570736 (North/East London)
                  Sharon:   07886580452 (South/West London)

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                • MLG
                  Hi, community, friends and students. I got a two e-mails last week with a couple of recommendations. On that occasion I was listening to Maestro Fela and I got
                  Message 8 of 12 , Apr 19, 2007
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                    Hi, community, friends and students. I got a two e-mails last week
                    with a couple of recommendations. On that occasion I was listening
                    to Maestro Fela and I got some suggestions that I promise to follow
                    up. This gave me an idea. We live in such an interactive world
                    nowadays that sharing material around has never been easier. And
                    that's exactly what I would like to do from now on. Every week, or
                    whenever possible, I'll give you a link to a nice good ol'
                    Latin/African video clip, it could be music or dance, or both, but
                    it will be special. That I promise (hand on heart as I speak). In
                    the absence of a myspace page, I'll use this e-letter as a way of
                    promoting even more the rich African and Latin culture. Especially
                    the one they don't tell you about out there.

                    However, first things first. Damarys Farres, Afro-Cuban teacher and
                    performer par excellence kicks things off this week with her Cuban
                    School of Arts

                    Cuban School of Arts
                    10 Weeks of Pure Cuban Rhyhtms and Style
                    Damarys Farres and Ariel Rios
                    From Saturday 5th May until Saturday 7th July
                    Time: 3pm - 6pm
                    Price: £200 per course or £30 per hour session
                    Venue: The Basement, 400 York Way, York House, Basement Units,
                    London, N7 9LR
                    All levels
                    Advance booking recommended, £25 deposit (cheque or cash)
                    For more info call 07788 110 421 or e-mail cubanschool_arts@...

                    And she even takes cheques! Man, miss that at your own peril!

                    Last time I was at Canning House was just over two weeks ago when I
                    performed there as part of the Meta Connections project. But the
                    staff there does not rest on their laurels and judging by the event
                    below they're always on the lookout for genuine and high-quality
                    Latin projects. Genius.

                    Cross-cultural Carnival Power pulsates at Canning House in May

                    02 May, 6:30pm –
                    Rio Carnival Photographic Exhibition Opening: photographer Terry
                    George exhibits his big-scale pictures of the rio carnival.
                    photos + samba dancers + drinks. exhibition runs from 02 may until
                    11 may. viewing is from 2pm to 6pm monday to friday. free entrance
                    Supported by Brahma

                    10 May, 7pm 10 May –
                    Roundtable on the London Notting Hill Carnival: dynamics, challenges
                    and transformations. what does the carnival mean to you?
                    participants include Bosco de Oliveira, nostalgia steel band, Simon
                    Lee (journalist), paraiso school of samba, kinetika and others tbc.
                    entrance: £3 members of canning house/£5 non-members

                    18 May, 7pm –
                    Africa to Brazil : Rio Rhythms, London Vibes: kabula + marazul live
                    music with special guests pedro lima and teresa pineschi direct from
                    rio. Pedro is one of brazil 's finest percussionists and leads
                    the 'é do pandeiro!' bloco who perform annually in rio during
                    carnival. Tereza is a samba singer, whose elegant voice and
                    seemingly infinite repertoire can transport you to the golden age of
                    carioca carnival.
                    live music + short film + spoken word. entrance £5 members of
                    canning house/£7 non-members

                    31 May, 7pm –
                    Encounter between Trinidad & Brazil: calypso meets samba -
                    performance + discussion – unique event to share cultures, history
                    and music.
                    how much do we know of each other's musical traditions? this vibrant
                    jam session will be an unforgettable evening to close a month of
                    entrance: £5 members of canning house/£7 non-members

                    venue – canning house
                    Info/rsvp: culture@... / 0207 235 2303 ext 226

                    Now, the first time I heard this song, the first element that caught
                    my attention was the beat of the 'claves' Cuban style despite the
                    singer being Panamenian. Then the text grabbed me and stayed with me
                    since then and many, many years after hearing this tune, it remains
                    one of my favourite all-time songs by that great salsero (and even
                    politician nowadays), Ruben Blades. On this video he's not with 'Los
                    Seis del Solar', the band he popularised the song with, but he's
                    even got Eddie Montalvo on congas, so that more than makes up for
                    the absence of Willie Colon and his 'Seis del Solar'. Ladies and
                    gentleman, all the way from youtube.com, 'Pedro Navajas'.


                    OK, OK, have you finished dancing? That was good, wasn't it? More to
                    come. The story goes that a few years ago when Ruben Blades was in
                    London and shared the stage with, hang on, wait for it, the late
                    Celia Cruz and Oscar D' Leon, yes the three of them in Bow, east
                    London, he tried to sing 'Pedro Navajas' in English. And the
                    attending Latin public said very politely: Nein, no, nie, Nereida
                    Naranjo, mi herma, jiar gui estil espik espanis. So he had to switch
                    to Spanish.

                    Movement, language and expression. I think that sums up pretty much
                    what Movement Angol is about and below you'll be able to find out
                    more about their upcoming schedule.

                    Contemporary African dance classes
                    Francis Angol of
                    Movement Angol Dance Company

                    Movement Angol Dance Company presents its summer term dance classes
                    based on the theme of "The Imagery of Movement" .
                    An exploration of rhythm as a basic stimulus to the development of
                    expression through imagery.

                    The dance style: A synthesis that utilizes African dance forms,
                    namley - Nigerian, Ghanaian, Senegalese, Ivorian and South African
                    dance as the basis for movement development and artistic expression.
                    Influenced by contemporary, Caribbean and Jazz dance to form a
                    movement signature that articulates the cross fertilization of
                    cultural sensibilities in movement form.

                    Classes are taught in a fun relaxed friendly environment, and
                    structured to give participants a good understanding of technique
                    and style.
                    An opportunity to experience African dance within a contemporary

                    Exercisers are taught to build strength, stamina and coordination
                    focusing on alignmant, posture and the understanding of the
                    relationship between rhythm and movement. Whatever your level, come
                    and experience this original and exciting dance language as well as
                    improving your general fitness and health.




                    Central School of Ballet
                    Thursday, 7pm - 8.30pm / (Open Level) Fee: £7
                    10 Herbal Hill, Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5EG
                    Tel: +44(0)207 837 6332 / Tube: Farringdon, Chancery Lane, Holborn /
                    Bus: 19, 38, 45, 46, 55, 63, 171, 171a

                    Islington Arts Factory
                    Sunday, 2.30pm - 4pm / (Beginners Level)
                    Sunday, 4pm - 5.30pm / (Intermediate / Advanced Level)
                    Fee: £6.50 / (£5.50 conc, with proof)
                    2 Parkhurst Road, London N7 0SF
                    tel: +44(0)207 607 0561 / Tube: Holloway Road, Caledonian Road /
                    Bus: 4, 17, 29, 43, 91, 153, 253, 259, 271, 279, 359


                    Further Information contact Movement Angol on:

                    movement@angol. fsworld.co. uk / +44(0)7944 815 654 / +44(0)208 889


                    Islington Arts Factory starts its summer term dance programme from
                    16th April and offers an exciting range of dance classes for audlts
                    and children in a wide range of stlyes. For more details contact
                    Islington Arts Factory on:
                    0207 607 0561 / IAF@islingtonartsfa ctory.fsnet. co.uk /
                    www.islingtonartsfa ctory.org. uk

                    As it's customary every year, Guillermo Davis is heading the Cuban
                    Carnival Comparsa at the Carnaval del Pueblo and requieres
                    volunteers and performers to muck in and help out with the project.
                    Find his message below for all those interested in participating in
                    the biggest Latin party in Europe, so if you want to be part of a
                    big project, this is it.

                    SÍAA-KARÁAA! Cuban Carnival Comparsa
                    Costume/props making workshops

                    with Guillermo Davis 'el Iyawo'
                    to prepare for processions on
                    Carnival de Cuba Sat & Sun 16 and 17 June (in Southwark park)
                    Bermondsey Carnival Sat 7 July (to Southwark Park)

                    Please call to pre-arrange yr sessions with Sheila, choose yr best
                    and pls tell her if you have skills in costume/prop making
                    Sheila: sheilaruiz82@... 07838 197 351

                    Times options for workshops:
                    Monday daytimes (eves possible somtimes)
                    Tuesday daytimes (eves possible sometimes)
                    Friday evenings
                    Sundays from midday
                    Saturdays from midday

                    Place for workshops:
                    (Guillermo's & Linda's house - very near the Mon eve rehearsal space)
                    5 Wedgwood House (middle door, ground floor 020 8980 3116)
                    Warley Street
                    E2 0PZ
                    Bus routes: No 8, D6. Near Bethnal Green Tube
                    (Warley Street is just off the Roman Road via Morpeth Street)

                    ¡SÍAA-KARÁAA! Comparsa contacts:-
                    Sheila: sheilaruiz82@... 07838 197 351 (workshops, dance)
                    Guille mobile: 07730 679 213 (artistic director, choreographer)
                    Linda mobile: 07811 320 576 (admin etc, costumes)
                    Blanca: 07813 775 195 (dance)

                    Guillermo Davis 'el Iyawo'
                    Cuban Choreographer and Dance Teacher
                    ¡Siáa-Karáaa! Cuban Carnival Comparsa
                    Cabaret7potencias Cuban Cabaret Dance group

                    Guillermo Davis 'el Iyawo'
                    Cuban Choreographer and Dance Teacher
                    Guille mobile: 07730 679 213
                    Linda mobile: 07811 320 576
                    Cabaret7potencias Cuban Cabaret Dance group
                    ¡Siáa-Karáaa! Cuban Carnival Comparsa

                    Next week I might be performing at the V&A Museum as part of a
                    complex 'Discovering Africa' project. Please, do not quote me on the
                    name of the event as I really don't know what it's called but I
                    think that's what I heard. Anyway, Oggun and Shango will be on the
                    menu as I haven't done either for a loooooong time. More to come
                    next week, but for the time being, save Friday 27th April, 7pm in
                    your diary. I'll be sharing the stage with the master drummer
                    Crispin Robinson and other very talented musicians, so my dear
                    fellow art-lovers, I look forward to seeing you there.

                    Take care,


                    07813 627 967
                  • MLG
                    You open the daily paper and you read about murders, wars, corruption, bribery, greed and poverty. And suddenly you read this
                    Message 9 of 12 , May 3, 2007
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                      You open the daily paper and you read about murders, wars,
                      corruption, bribery, greed and poverty. And suddenly you read this
                      and you smile. And you read it again just to convince yourself that
                      that tiny you can make a difference. And you smile again and set off
                      on your little journey with a spring in your step.

                      Hello, students, community and friends. Welcome to another issue of
                      your e-zine Afro-Latin London, your weekly run-down of what's going
                      on in the capital (and beyond, sometimes) in the African and Latin

                      Thanks to those who e-mailed me back re that clip on youtube.com I
                      posted the other day. I've had messages coming from different
                      quarters, even one all the way from Brazil and I promise to share
                      the links with you all.

                      Today I would like to let you know, first of all, about a couple of
                      concerts that will take place in London soon, the first one on
                      Thursday 3rd May at the Jazz Café (020 7 534 6955) with Eddie
                      Palmieri and his band. Eddie was recently interviewed by the widely
                      known omo aña, master drummer, Crispin Robinson on BBC Radio 3 and
                      will be appearing at the aforementioned venue as part of a revival
                      of the Fania All Stars back catalogue, which you can check online
                      here http://faniarecords.com/Fania/site/Home.aspx. There are a few
                      gems for you salsa lovers, as records by the likes of Johnny Pacheco
                      and Celia Cruz have been re-mastered and re-packaged for the myspace
                      generation. In August, we'll have another visitor from days of yore,
                      Maestro Willie Colon, playing at the Roundhouse on 10th August (0870
                      389 1846). That's not to be missed and you'll get a reminder from
                      yours truly in due course.

                      First item in our weekly run-down comes courtsey of Cristina/Oshun.

                      ASK FOR IS YOUR PROFESSIONALISM.
                      CHRISTINA FOR MORE INFO ON 07932438788 OR EAMIL oshunniyibose@...

                      Next item comes courtsey of Kabula newsletter, which is always a

                      Friday 18th May
                      Canning House
                      Africa to Brazil: Rio Rhythms, London Vibes
                      'Unique evening inspired by carnaval where the rhythms and songs of
                      Rio will fuse with poetic London vibes.
                      Members £5/Non-members £7
                      020 7 235 2303 ext 226

                      Next up is a type of dance that I'd never heard about before (but
                      then again, I'd never heard about Morris dance before coming to live
                      in the UK either) and it looks exciting. Decide for yourselves.

                      come join us for this exciting dance discipline called SEGA. What is
                      SEGA dancing exactly:-
                      Well it is a dance originating in 19th century Mauritius by black
                      slaves who met regularly on secluded beaches and danced their
                      worries away, helped along with a lot of rum drinking!! Danced
                      wearing large flowered skirts for women and trousers and flowered
                      shirts for men, this erotic dance is done using fast hip moves and
                      being very light footed, the idea is to dance without touching our
                      partner, mmmmmm!!
                      Want to find out more, pls join us at :-THE LATIN QUARTER,
                      27 BROADWAY,
                      STRATFORD, LONDON E15 4BYWhen: MONDAYS - 6-7pm Juniors children up
                      to 12 yrs
                      Adults - 7-8 pm promotional price £3ph. WE ARE PUTTING TOGETHER A
                      SEGA DANCE TROUPE, would you like to join us?
                      contact :Sameera Madana - 078 321 304 69
                      E: sameeramadana@ yahoo.co.uk

                      The first of the Summer Schools is here and it looks yummy enough to
                      forget about the dark warnings that this year will be the hottest
                      ever. So what? Never heard of a paddling pool?

                      This is a great opportunity for people interested in deepening their
                      knowledge of traditional West African dance forms. The teacher,
                      Sonja Toure, has been teaching for 15 years and has a growing
                      reputation in Europe as a performer and teacher. She is based in
                      Belgium and has been travelling over to the UK every few months to
                      run weekend workshops since 2002. We want to target dancers and
                      teachers who will use the material in their work and disseminate it
                      further. Sonja Toure is based in Begium and has specialised in
                      traditional West African dance for the past 15 years. She teaches
                      dances mainly from Guinea and has more recently been studying in
                      Burkina Faso and Senegal . Her reputation as a teacher has been
                      growing and, as well as all over her native Belgium she now teaches
                      on African dance courses in France and Holland . She has been coming
                      to the UK to run workshops since 2002. If you've not had the
                      opportunity to dance with her yet then come and experience her
                      unique style of teaching and high level of energy which will leave
                      you exhilarated and well worked out! All workshops are accompanied
                      by live percussion.
                      19th and 20th May at the Yaa Asantewaa Community Centre, W12
                      beginners dance 1.30 to 4.30 Saturday
                      int/advanced dance 12 to 3pm on sunday
                      From 23rd to 27th July at Brixton Arts Space
                      With SONJA TOURE each afternoon from 2.30 to 5.30 £100 for the week
                      Further details at www.djembeschool. org or call
                      Eliza on 07887 683856
                      Thanks very much
                      Eliza Dickie
                      www.djembeschool. org
                      07887 683856
                      0208 898 4152

                      The latest from Jackson's Lane tells me that they're thinking of
                      opening the centre in September of the current year, so my dear
                      students, fret not, for I am equally frustrated that we have not
                      been able to have our weekly classes for so long. In the meantime to
                      whet your appetites I shall leave you with a clip of Conjunto
                      Folclorico Nacional de Cuba and some free-style columbia. The last
                      dancer is Domingo Pau, professeur extraordinaire and the person who
                      taught me a lot of what I know nowadays about Afro-Cuban culture and
                      dance. And please, please, several crimes were committed in the 70s
                      and 80s against fashion. Ignore the red shirt, if you can avert your
                      eyes, that is.


                      This is not a dance-related item, but I have a lot of respect for
                      ricenpeas and if it wasn't for the fact that I wear Levis and go out
                      jogging in Nike trainers, I would consider the possibility of
                      joining their staff at some point. I don't do Starbucks, though.

                      Are you intelligent, self motivated, interested in the emerging
                      genre of feature-length documentary film production and believe you
                      have the mettle to work under pressure, problem solve and multi-
                      task? Are you willing to travel anywhere, under any circumstance and
                      live under extremely testing conditions? Do you think you have the
                      ability to absorb the responsibilities of a Director, Producer,
                      Production Manager, P.A and sometimes Administrator? Are you
                      interested in current affairs and international politics,
                      disillusioned by the lack of ethics in mainstream journalism and not
                      one of those wishy-washy media types interested in Starbucks coffee
                      and media for the sake of it? if you are not afraid of breaking a
                      nail or scuffing your shoes and think you fulfill ALL of the
                      criteria above, then drop us a line. You will need to be able to
                      financially support yourself whilst training, however, the benefits
                      are enormous. You will become a part of a small yet dynamic team
                      that travels the world experimenting with different documentary
                      techniques and producing stories of international relevance. We are
                      possibly the most financially strapped independent documentary
                      production company in the UK, yet one of the most dynamic. SUPERMAN
                      AND SUPERWOMAN NEED ONLY APPLY. A proven ability to deliver is
                      necessary. SEND YOUR CV TO INFO@... (Self belief is more
                      important than experience)

                      Jeanefer Jean-Charles has been promoting the show below, which is a
                      provocative take on cultural heritage and life from the female

                      State of Emergency Presents
                      Mission Re-position
                      Place Theatre
                      8th and 9th May
                      020 7 121 1100

                      And you know in times when blogs and online fora spring up
                      everywhere, left, right and centre, cynicism becomes le mot d'ordre,
                      however, I don't think there's anything cynical about what Feedback
                      33 is attempting to do.

                      Initiated by Sheron Wray, Feedback33 is a Dancer's Forum. It takes
                      place every Wednesday at London Studio Centre, Kings Cross. Its a
                      place to try new styles of dance, gain insight into the passions,
                      challenges and experiences of various teachers, choregraphers and
                      your peers. A fresh and friendly place to share and gain new
                      insights. We support additional activites like dance theatre trips.
                      £5 registration and £3 thereafter!
                      Wednesday 9th May Namron leads his session in
                      Contemporary Dance from 7-9pm with Live drummer!
                      Confirm your place by Contacting Zela Gayle
                      (Forum's coordinator) on 07946 551 537 Or email:
                      inspiredbyluv@ yahoo.co. uk
                      Also see www.myspace. com/feedback33 for a full list of
                      all teachers' biographies.
                      Venue: London Studio Centre
                      42-50 York Way
                      London N1 9AB
                      Nearest Tube station is King's Cross - York Way runs
                      up the East side of the station.
                      Free Parking outside Venue
                      Cost: £5
                      Time: 7-9pm
                      Date: 9th May

                      And on that note we sign off for this week. Keep your contributions
                      coming, especially the ones from youtube.com and enjoy this nice,
                      fine weather.

                      Take care,


                      07813 627 967

                      If you do not wish to receive updates from me, please, reply with
                      the word 'unsuscribe' in the subject box.

                      'The best view is always from the mountain you've climbed'

                      Grayson Perry (artist)
                    • MLG
                      Hello, community, friends and students,welcome to another edition of your online service with the most updated information on what s going in London in the
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                        Hello, community, friends and students,welcome to another edition of
                        your online service with the most updated information on what's
                        going in London in the African and Latin Diasporas

                        In this issue:

                        - First-time film-maker
                        - Moving Africa Dance Season at the Barbican
                        - Exhibition by Teleica Kirkland at Gallery Fore, Edmonton, London
                        - First Capoeira Tribal Ritual in the UK- May Issue of ricenpeas.com
                        - African Contemporary Dance Workshop with Alison Ray
                        - Weekly youtube.com clip
                        - Petition to oppose Arts Council of England Funding Cuts

                        And so, it had to happen, one day, my dear fellows. Hollywood, here
                        I come! Or rather, Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Havana (in December).
                        Don't fancy all that plastic yet.

                        My first foray into film-making has proved to be a success. A paper
                        exhibition has opened at The ArtsZone, my workplace, and I made a
                        trailer for it. Leaving my amateurishness and lack of professional
                        filming equipment aside, I feel very proud of the final product, and
                        although it's not particular relevant to the remit of this e-zine,
                        here goes the link for all you, arts-lovers. Please, if you are
                        youtubers yourselves, do leave your comments (nice ones, hopefully)
                        in the box provided, as they encourage small organisations like ours
                        to keep staging exhibits as successful as this one.


                        Third year running that the Barbican has produced the 'Moving
                        Africa' season and I think they should be commended for it.

                        Moving Africa 3
                        Contemporary African Dance
                        4 - 16 June 2007
                        The Pit, Barbican Centre
                        Two double bills continue the bite contemporary African dance
                        series, Moving Africa. The first juxtaposes two strongly contrasting
                        duets by emerging choreographers from South Africa and Senegal .
                        Umthombi poignantly tells the story of a boy's coming of age, while
                        the powerful and intense Impro-Visé_2 stirs up a vivid sense of life
                        on the streets. The second double bill features performances by
                        celebrated African dancer-choreographe rs: Plasticization is a
                        light hearted and cheeky solo by Neliswe Xaba and in C'est à Dire
                        Seydou Boro performs a confessional monologue.
                        `The programme as a whole is fresh and illuminating, a rare and very
                        welcome window on the diverse contemporary art coming out of
                        Africa .'
                        The Guardian on Moving Africa 2
                        Book online at www.barbican. org.uk/bite or call the Box Office on
                        0845 120 7515

                        And still we stay with my 9-5 job, because Teleica Kirkland, student
                        of both the Soul-Jazz and Afro-Cuban dance courses, performer and
                        artiste extraordinaire is having an exhibition at Gallery Fore,
                        Edmonton, London. For more details click on the following link and
                        do not be surprised if you spot two other known faces from my
                        classes as well as Soul Jazz's, Ilham and Paula. They're both
                        modelling Teleica Kirkland's clothes designs whilst performing the
                        Afro-Cuban orishas Oshun and Eleggua respectively.


                        As usual, there's always a piece of news from the capoeira community
                        in London.

                        Hi my friends from Forró, Capoeira and all those who like Brazilian
                        I would like to invite you to the Capoeira First Tribal Ritual in
                        UK, the event celebrating the 24th anniversary of Grupo de Capoeira
                        Mar Azul.
                        It will happen from the 18 to 20 of June, full of attractions,
                        workshops (not only for capoeiristas) and a nice party, of course!
                        Click on the link below to see the full information in English or
                        Portugues of this unmissable event.
                        Take care!
                        Pedro Campolina
                        capoeira / percussion
                        Para ver a programção em português, click em
                        www.marazul.co.uk/tribalritual_pt.htm and for English click on
                        www.marazul.co.uk/tribalritual.htm .

                        The May issue of ricenpeas.com is online now, available for anyone
                        who's interested in topical issues and material of a cutting-edge

                        This months issue of RICENPEAS.COM is now online.
                        Dominic - The Original "White Bwoy"
                        In the 1980's a "white boy" with a love for reggae music left
                        England to carve a name for himself amongst Jamaica's top musicians
                        and some of the Island's most notorious gunmen. Ishmahil Blagrove,
                        Jr. interviews Dominic, the original white rapper.
                        Globalisation, Aid and Empire
                        Who's aiding who? And why does might make right? An intense look at
                        today's global empires, questioning the legitimacy of corrupt
                        foreign policies and the altruism of foreign aid. Who are the real
                        forces steering the wheels of the IMF, the World Bank, and the UN,
                        and why does might make right?
                        A Pen For Hire
                        With the domination of corporate-sponsored media outlets, truth and
                        integrity in journalism is hard to find. Are there any journalists
                        left who haven't "sold out"?
                        I Rule, Serve Me!
                        How do the social structures of father and family influence the
                        macrocosmic relationship between a king and his people?
                        He Ain't Heavy, He's My Son
                        An examination of the challenges parents face in a world of
                        materialism, media, and work schedules that lend themselves to
                        everything but parenting.

                        Whereas before I wasn't able to advertise her workshops because they
                        clashed with my classes, now, due to my enforced Sabbatical, I can
                        promote Alison Ray's sessions, which are, or so I've heard, amazing.

                        Afro Contemporary Dance WorkShop at The Place
                        Sunday, 20 May 2007 at 13:00 to 15:00
                        Alison Ray was trained in Contemporary Dance at the Laban Center of
                        Dance and Movement in the early 80s. She went on to work with
                        Contemporary Compagnies in England France and Denmark. Following an
                        encounter with Master of Africa Dance Koffi KoKo, where she became a
                        member of his company, she also work with him in England, France and
                        Germany. Later she became a member George Momboye's Dance Company,
                        where she learnt the art of African Dance and Expression. Alison
                        has been working as a freelance artist for many years when she has
                        work with Peter Badejo, Kokuma, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Millennium
                        Dome Experience,etc. Finally a refresher course of Horton
                        Technique at the Alvin Alley School in New York, enable to combine
                        all the years of different dance styles into one movement
                        vocabulary. She is now teaching Afro Contemporary Dance at the
                        George Momboye Center in Paris.
                        Alison Ray will be teaching Afro Contemporary Workshop at The Place
                        on 20 May 2007
                        The Place, Studio 7, First Floor
                        17 Duke's Road, London WC1H 9PY
                        Tube: Euston, Euston Place
                        Sunday, 20 May 2007
                        Time 13:00 -15:00
                        Price: £15 advance/ £14 concessions

                        If you are interest, please contact:
                        Carolyn Lilly
                        21A Melville Villas Road
                        Acton High Street
                        London, W3 5NGCarolyn @ 0208-993-7084 /07979464047
                        Email: cj_lilly@...

                        Many moons ago, I watched a concert on BBC4 where a Senegalese
                        singer blew the audience away with his high-pitched vocal delivery.
                        His name was Baaba Maal and he impressed me so much that some time
                        later I found myself holding a couple of albums by him, 'Lam Toro'
                        and 'Missing You (mi yeewnii)' (I strongly recommend the
                        track 'Kowoni Maayo' from the latter). Both CDs have never left my
                        CD player. This week's youtube clip is from a performance he gave at
                        the Union Chapel in Islington in 2002 and it's a joy to see such a
                        virtuoso singer displaying his strong vocal credentials whilst
                        watching the skills of those two dancers on stage. I shall leave you
                        now so that you can enjoy it yourselves, and then you can hurry to
                        Alison's workshops after getting so worked up. Ha!


                        It's not this space's policy to address politics. What this e-
                        newsletter is about is letting people know what's going on out there
                        in the Latin and African Diasporas. But I, too, have been dismayed
                        to find out abou the imminent cuts that the government is planning
                        to introduce in order to foot part of the bill for the Olympic
                        Games. That's why I've included the item below. A lot of the people
                        this e-missive goes to, are dance practitioners, dance organisations
                        or individuals who work in the arts and many run their projects on
                        shoe-string budgets, sometimes with no shoes, let alone strings. And
                        it upsets me that one of the features that made London win the
                        Olympic Games, its vibrant culture, has been sidestepped in favour
                        of sport. And by the way, this is not about arts vs sport, I love
                        both. Anyway, rant apart, with a 289-strong mailing list, I reckon
                        that that figure of
                        6, 000 something petitioners can be boosted. It's your call now.

                        Dear Dance UK Member,
                        You might remember a petition opposing road charging making
                        headlines a few months ago – we have an opportunity to do something
                        similar to oppose the planned cuts to Arts Council funding. On the
                        Number 10 Downing Street website there is already a petition up and
                        running which aims to:
                        `Stop the chancellor using Lottery money to plug the funding gap in
                        the 2012 Olympics. If this goes ahead at least £900m will go from
                        Big lottery, Sport England, Arts Council and Heritage Lottery much
                        of this money would fund projects within the local voluntary and
                        community sector. Services to disadvantaged people will be directly
                        affected by the loss of this funding, people who will have no
                        opportunity to benefit from the Olympics directly but rely on local
                        services provided by the voluntary sector.'
                        This is opposing the reallocation of resources to the Olympics of
                        which the 35% reduction of grants for the arts is a part. To submit
                        your name to this petition click on this link: http://petitions.
                        pm.gov.uk/ lotteryolympics/
                        It has already passed the minimum requirement of 200 signatures to
                        get an official response from Number 10 when the petition closes on
                        16 September 2007. If it gets to 40,000 signatures it would make it
                        into the top 5 most popular petitions on the site! Currently, the
                        petition in the number 4 spot is `Continue funding for the Royal Air
                        Force Aerobatics Team'. Surely in the arts world we are able to
                        gather a similar if, not larger number, of supporters.
                        Very popular petitions seem to generate responses from the Prime
                        Minister prior to the petition closing, so this really is a great
                        way to draw the attention to our widespread concern and opposition
                        to the proposed 35% reduction in Grants for the Arts funding.
                        Do forward this email on to colleagues, friends, and collaborators
                        encouraging them to add their name to the petition.
                        Kind regards
                        Dance UK
                        Helen Burrows
                        Information and Communications Officer
                        Dance UK

                        And just before I sign off, a request to everyone and anyone out
                        there who's heard of this artist. The other day I was listening to
                        internet-based radio Radio Paradise as you do these days
                        http://www.radioparadise.com/ and this track came on and it left me
                        open-jawed. It was just beautiful. The artist's name is Ramasutra
                        and the song title was 'Kwaidan (Ghost Song)' from an EP called 'El
                        Pipo del Taxi' and yes, I did chuckle a bit at reading such a
                        pretentious name. They have a website, but there were not downloads
                        available. If someone knows anything else about him/her, please, e-
                        mail me, especially if there's any free tracks involved (sorry for
                        being cheeky!). In the meantime, if you come across the above track,
                        enjoy it, I did.

                        Chao, chicos and chicas

                        Take care,


                        07813 627 967

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                        the word 'unsuscribe' in the subject box.

                        'The best view is always from the mountain you've climbed'

                        Grayson Perry (artist)
                      • MLG
                        In this issue: - Caribbean Dance with Jackie Guy - Afro-Brazilian Contemporary Dance Summer Intensive - Teacher Wanted for Half-Term Project - Cuban Salsa at
                        Message 11 of 12 , May 25, 2007
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                          In this issue:

                          - Caribbean Dance with Jackie Guy
                          - Afro-Brazilian Contemporary Dance Summer Intensive
                          - Teacher Wanted for Half-Term Project
                          - Cuban Salsa at the Red Rose Club
                          - Weekly Youtube Clip
                          - Word from Africa at the British Museum

                          Sun is shining, the weather is sweet,
                          Make you wanna move your dancing feet
                          To the rescue, here I am
                          Want you to know ya, where I stand...

                          And this is exactly where I stand my dear students, friends and
                          community right at the outset of the weekend. With those immortal
                          words from the immortal Bob Marley still reverberating in my ears I
                          undertake my weekly task of letting you know what's going down in
                          the Latin and African Diasporas in London (and sometimes beyond).

                          The opening salvo this time around comes from a guy who I last saw
                          at the South Bank a few years ago and in whose workshop I took part.
                          And boy, did I enjoy it!

                          Wednesday 13th June Jackie Guy leads his session in Caribbean Dance
                          and history from 7-9pm. Confirm your place by Contacting Zela Gayle
                          (Forum's coordinator) on 07946 551 537 Or email: inspiredbyluv@
                          yahoo.co. uk
                          Initiated by Sheron Wray, Feedback33 is a Dancer's Forum. It takes
                          place every Wednesday at London Studio Centre, Kings Cross. Its a
                          place to try new styles of dance, gain insight into the passions,
                          challenges and experiences of various teachers, choregraphers and
                          your peers. A fresh and friendly place to share and gain new
                          insights. We support additional activites like dance theatre trips.
                          £5 registration and £3 thereafter!
                          Also see www.myspace.com/feedback33 for a full list of all teachers'
                          The London Studio Centre
                          42-50 York Way
                          London N1 9AB
                          Nearest Tube is Kingscross station

                          artsdepot presents a summer-long residential Afro-Brazilian Dance
                          Course. Find info below.

                          The project's name is in_fruition and it will take between 9th July -
                          3rd August of the current year. It's aimed at people 18 and over
                          and it's a 4-week intensive training course with a panel of
                          established dance practitioners. There will be 6 hours per day
                          Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm. The cost of the courseis £600 for 4
                          weeks and artsdepot is offering two scholarships to the most
                          promising applicants. For more info contact
                          talk@... or visit www.movementunlimited.co.uk.

                          Read the message below from Jeanefer and contact the relevant

                          Hello I am sending this email out for a friend who urgently needs a
                          CRB checked dance teacher for a half term project next week, Tues,
                          Weds & Thurs 29th - 31st May. The fee is £100 per day, working with
                          up to 20 young people agegd 7-11
                          within the hours of 10-4pm with a 1 hour lunch break, and an extra
                          optional am & pm break. The project is run by Concrete Canvas Arts
                          and is based in South
                          Kilburn (nearest tube Kilburn Park on the Bakerloo Line).
                          Please call Tanya asap on 07957 288 033

                          You know what I wrote above about the weekend starting here? Well,
                          it's true. Read the following post from CSC.

                          AfroCuban Jam
                          This Friday 25th of May at the Red Rose Club! The amazing
                          Rafel del Busto will be taking our Rueda Class at 9pm and DJ's Sol
                          and Shorty will be playing the best Cuban Salsa to keep you dancing
                          all night.The Red Rose Club129 Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park,
                          London N7 7QG. 9pm till 2am, £8 Entry. Don't miss one of the best
                          Cuban Salsa Club Night in London !
                          If you are interested please get in touch by contacting Ibrahim on
                          07956 976 954 or Caren on 07958 595 546 or email info@afrocuban.

                          You know that feeling you get when music arrives unbidden? You know
                          when songs tumble out of a car radio or drift over from your
                          neighbour's garden (the one next door but one). You know it can be
                          highly liberating. This is not music spewing out of a radio station
                          of your choice or the nightclub you've wandered in with your mates.
                          It's not either, the playlist on your computer realplayer or your
                          iPod playing your own accumulation of songs randomly.This is music
                          that cuts its way through the vast ocean of your memory, trickles
                          down the threshold of your brain and snaps you awake. And suddenly
                          you're alive once more.

                          That happened to me a few years ago. And I want to share the result
                          with you all, my lovely community. 'Cálice' was written and
                          performed by Chico Buarque de Holanda and Milton Nascimento and it
                          first appeared in Chico's 1976 album 'Chico Buarque'. The song was
                          banned straight away by the then ruling dictatorship. The
                          name 'Cálice' as I understood it when I first heard the song, was a
                          pun on the Portuguese phrase 'Shut up'. It also means 'goblet' and
                          I've always believed the latter to be the real reason behind such a
                          heart-felt tribute to human hope and perseverance. The version I am
                          submitting is not by the original singers, althought a different
                          version can be found on youtube.com by Chico and Milton, although
                          with altered lyrics, due to the censorship at the time. The singer
                          is one of my all-time favourites, Maria Bethania, and I'll let her
                          knock down the white picket fence that we have all, at one point in
                          our lives, built around our music collections and that needs shaking
                          up evey now and then.


                          Word from Africa might seem to some a pretentious name for an event
                          given the fact that there are many nations that make up this huge
                          continent. But with someone like the writer Ngugi, whose 'Petals of
                          Blood' has become one of my favourite books ever, on the bill,
                          there's not a lot that can go wrong at an activity like this.

                          Word from Africa
                          British Museum
                          Saturday 2 June, 12.00-20.15
                          Admission free
                          Join us for a day celebrating African languages and exploring the
                          diversity of African cultures through literature, music and visual
                          arts. There will be debates and talks on oral tradition, poetry and
                          plays, music and publishing industries, education and translation as
                          well as music, poetry and story-telling, including an intimate
                          acoustic set from the lively, soulful singer-songwriter Coco
                          Mbassi. The keynote speech is by one of Africa's greatest living
                          writers, Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
                          Admission free, some events ticketed
                          TO BOOK:
                          In person at the Box Office (10.00-16.45 daily) Telephone +44 (0)20
                          7323 8181
                          British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
                          Tube: Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square
                          For more information visit
                          and http://www.bbc.co.uk/africabeyond
                          In partnership with Africa Beyond and SABDET With thanks to the Hay
                          Festival and the Arts Council

                          And this is all for today, my lovely tribe. I'll be back next week
                          with more news and another youtube clip. Also, I've been thinking of
                          transferring this service, which I do gratis (just in case there are
                          any newspapers editors reading this, I also do freelance, and I'm
                          really, really cheap) to myspace and open a blog where you can all
                          post your comments and we can interact more. Before I forget,
                          please, please, please, make your way to Gallery Fore, 107 Fore
                          Street, London, N18 2XF, 020 8 887 9500,
                          info@..., www.enfieldartspartnership.org to
                          enjoy Teleica Kirkland's first major exhibition as an artist.

                          Thank you all, I hope you enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend,

                          Take care,



                          07813 627 967

                        • MLG
                          Sorry for cross-postings. In this issue: - The Guardian publishes my response to Martin Kettle s article. - New Issue of RicenPeas.com online. - Afro-Latin
                          Message 12 of 12 , Jun 12, 2007
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                            Sorry for cross-postings.

                            In this issue:

                            - The Guardian publishes my response to Martin Kettle's article.
                            - New Issue of RicenPeas.com online.
                            - Afro-Latin Song and Rhythm Study Group.
                            - ID Afrika.
                            - Speak Out Project.
                            - Brighton's Next Rumba Session
                            - Cuban Carnival.
                            - Cargo gig.
                            - Capoeira round-up.
                            - Summer Meltdown at Islington Arts Factory.
                            - Youtube weekly clip

                            And so we start.

                            Dear students, friends and community, the Guardian publishes today
                            on page 35 a response column written by me to an article featured in
                            its G2 section last week by Martin Kettle
                            (http://arts.guardian.co.uk/theatre/dance/story/0,,2094808,00.html ).
                            Please, if you have the time, get a copy and let me know what you
                            think. A disclaimer, though, I did not choose the title of the
                            piece, that was a Guardian editorial decision and I'm happy with it.
                            Still, I think that this issue raises very important questions about
                            the future of dance in the UK in the 21st century. I would like to
                            thank Joseph Harker and Julia Cook, the editors of the Response
                            Column for their help and patience. Please, also bear in mind that
                            this article was written in a personal capacity. Thanks and I hope
                            you enjoy the column.

                            Ricenpeas June online mag is available now on their website
                            ricenpeas.com. They have just premiered a new documentary on Cuba at
                            the Frontline Club and judging by Marcel Berlins' reaction
                            the piece was produced in the same cutting-edge, independent way
                            that has characterised ricenpeas' work so far.

                            The unofficial Sunshine State in the UK, Brighton, has a couple of
                            events that will have you all frothing at the mouth and hot under
                            your collar.

                            Afro-Latin Song and Rhythm Study Group
                            Free weekly session every Tuesday at 7.30pm
                            8 Picton Street, Brighton, BN2 3AP07970 212 933
                            Candomble, Ijexa, Samba de Roda, Bembe, Guarapachangeo and Rumba...

                            And we keep 'rumbeando'...

                            Thank you to all who came for Limon's Brighton rumba both to support
                            and to participate. It was a success and a great time was had by
                            all. By popular demand we propose another in one month on Sunday
                            July 8th. 1-5pm.
                            Please come and enjoy beautiful lively Brighton and participate in
                            the RUMBA again.
                            (this time let's try to start earlier so that it can be a longer
                            rumba as Limon does have a regular gig on Sunday evenings).
                            To contact us; www.limon-afrocuba.co.uk
                            saludos y gracias
                            Los Limontas

                            Well, there, you have it, sun, songs and... sand? Sorry, correct
                            that, sun, songs and fun.

                            ID: AFRIKA is a night dedicated to African cultural expression be it
                            traditional, modern or a combination of the two. Utilising all forms
                            of the arts; singing, dancing, poetry, acting and so much more each
                            artist tells a story, the story of who they are and where they are
                            coming from. As part of Africa Beyond this event will be
                            concentrating on communication and interpretation from such skilled
                            artists as:
                            Naiada - An African cotemporary dance group whose fusion of raw
                            dynamic and energetic movements would make you want to get off your
                            seat and dance.

                            Rich BLk
                            Magda Sinit At five she wrote her first song in memory of her
                            brother who passed away from a heart condition. She performed her
                            first gig at 16 in a variety of show cases. Magda builds a bond with
                            her audiences with her exuberant and level headed character and
                            individual style. www.magdasinit.com
                            Mensa is a predominantly London-based Soul/Hip-hop producer, multi-
                            instrumentalists, rapper and dj.
                            Maphisto is a rapper alter ego of it's own self. Maphisto is deeply
                            interested in occultism, both modern and classical and his music
                            relies heavily on polysyllabic rhymes and bizarre metaphors.
                            Mensa bears no responsibility for Maphisto's work (which in most
                            cases is uncensored and reflecting his (Maphisto's) own views).
                            FUNMILAYO - (Foo-me-layo) Setting a cutting-edge contrast to
                            contemporary pop music by people cast in reality TV shows, this
                            artist is not only writing and composing her own music, but delivers
                            her songs in a soulful, intimate performance. Funmilayo - talented
                            and beautiful - follows her passion for music through live
                            performances in London and New York, including the famous Joe’s
                            Pub in Manhattan and the Jazz Caf.. in London. Her music is an
                            eclectic mix of Jazz, Acoustic and Neo Soul that has caught the
                            attention of the likes of Pete Rock & CL Smooth (Jealous Owl Rmx)
                            and R&B sensation Roy Hamilton. Don’t miss out on seeing this
                            incredible talented individual performing live!
                            Breis (breeze) is a rap artist, recording his long-awaited debut
                            album. Â His music is a fusion of various musical genres from hip
                            hop, jazz, soul, rock and Afro-beat. Â He has toured internationally
                            as a solo rap artist and with other renowned world music artists. Â
                            His music has taken him all over the world from France, Amsterdam,
                            New York, Mozambique to Guadeloupe, Nigeria and Japan to name but a
                            few. In 2001, he released his first single, "Sounds so fresh" which
                            received attention from DJs on Kiss, Choice FM and Radio1. Â Since
                            then he has recorded with various groups and artists. Â In 2004
                            BREIS released a mix-cd entitled Your favourite MC off his own back
                            and continued working on his full length album. Watch out for his
                            debut album entitled Student of Life.
                            And many more look out for on the night...all the above can be found
                            on myspace so search away for a little taster...
                            This is an indication of who and what you will be able to see keep
                            an eye on our myspace page to stay updated!!!!!
                            Following the show let the rhythm move you with music from DJ CynD
                            (Man vs Wife) playing the best of Afrobeat, soul, funk and more,
                            joined by DJ Noorah playing Hip Hop, Jazz, Soulful house and RnB.
                            If you have been to an ID event before I know we will see you there,
                            if you haven’t you don’t want to miss it.
                            Venue: Bullet Bar 147 Kentish Town Road
                            Cost: £5 before 9pm £7 thereafter
                            Time:2 am (show starts at 9pm)
                            Contact: rougenoir_03@...
                            Date: Saturday 9th June

                            Places available now!! Open to anyone aged under 25.The SPEAK OUT
                            is offering talented young creatives the chance to create a real
                            mass media
                            campaign for publc benefit .FORWARD presents a unique opportunity to
                            about the latest in creative campaigning. You will get invaluable
                            hands-on experience of using digital,
                            performing and live arts, working alongside established CREATIVE
                            industry professionals.The students will work
                            in teams on a campaign proposal to then pitch to a judging panel.
                            The winning
                            team will go on a trip outside the country (Past winners were
                            selected to visit
                            Africa ) The students receive lunch and travel expenses up to 10/day
                            and will
                            make great community and industry contacts. All participants will
                            produce work
                            for their portfolios which will aid future job interviews and
                            possibly secure a
                            position as a result of the project. If you are available this
                            summer for
                            approximate 10weeks then please Contact me - CHRISTINA OSHUNNIYI
                            07932439788 to discuss further or text with your name with the
                            "FORWARD" and I will call you back or email

                            The Cuban Carnival will be taking place this coming Saturday and
                            Sunday 16th and 17th
                            June and I will be performing Oggun on Saturday as part of the
                            Comparsa. Thanks to Linda and Guillermo who very kindly invited me
                            to come along and do my bit for my culture. Details are as follows:
                            Southwark Park, the procession will leave at 5.30pm approximately
                            and there will be lovely costumes for all to see. I'm proud to say
                            that one of my ex-students, Andrea Greenwood has been involved in
                            the making of them and I can't wait to try them on!The procession is
                            dedicated to Jane King, who sadly died in January this year and who
                            was a great supporter of Cuban Dance and Black Dance in the UK.
                            Linda and Guillermo have worked very hard to make this carnival a
                            reality. Your attendance will be greatly appreciated. For more info
                            go to www.carnival-de-cuba.com

                            Andy Wood and his Como No! are at it again!

                            Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective DJ John Armstrong (Latin
                            Vibe / Afriklub)
                            Tuesday 19 June CARGO - 83 Rivington Street, London EC2 www.cargo-
                            london. com Como No proudly presents the long awaited return to
                            London of Belizean music legend Andy Palacio, after a 15 year live
                            absence. Andy & The Garifuna Collective have received a wave of
                            hugely enthusiastic reviews for their new album Watina (Cumbancha)
                            which mines the African past of Caribbean Garifuna music to create
                            something beautifully fresh. Tonight is the London live debut of the
                            "Deliciously soulful, an upcoming highlight of the year." Metro "An
                            immediate world music classic." fRoots
                            "Part of the soundtrack that defines 2007 so far." Charlie Gillett
                            "Invites superlatives. .. as revelatory as Paul Simon's Graceland or
                            the Buena Vista Social
                            All tickets £12 in advance + bkg fee more on the door Book Now
                            www.comono.co. uk or from: See Tickets, Ticketmaster, Ticketweb
                            Doors open 7pm.
                            Andy Palacio onstage 9pm.Hear Andy Palacio at http://www.myspace
                            com/andypalacio Check out www.comono.co. uk for other shows that we
                            are presenting including: Willie Colon on 10 August, Bajofondo Tango
                            Club on 19 October and Ojos de Brujo on 7 November all at the

                            Sterling work.

                            Afro-Brazilian culture in June:
                            Sat 16th June @ Canning House for Timebanks Refugee Week event
                            Sun 17th June 12.30pm @ Haggerston Park, Hackney for Sure Start
                            Hackney's Father's Day event Sat 23rd June2.30pm @ Royal Arsenal,
                            Woolwich for Greenwich & Lewisham Young People's Theatre Refugee
                            Week event

                            Islington Arts Factory
                            Dance Summer School
                            23rd July to 9th August
                            Three weeks of fun-packed energy offering a range of dance styles
                            from Street Jazz, Ballet, Afro-Cuban, Lindy Jazz, Caribbean Dance
                            Fusion. For more info, contact Islington Arts Factory
                            020 7 607 0561 IAF@...

                            I won't say too much about the following youtube clip. I, too, had a
                            lump in my throat and tears in my eyes when the video finished. In
                            my case, it brought back memories of my Dad playing the same tune
                            early in the morning in my flat in Havana. It was either that or
                            Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu. But Lecuona has never failed to impress
                            me. He was probably one of the first, if not the first Cuban pianist
                            to marry our African legacy to classical music. And the fact that
                            this piece is performed by two of Cuban most famous pianists, Bebo
                            Valdez and his son Chucho, is just an extra bonus to what already is
                            part of our heritage as a nation. Enjoy.


                            And this is all for today, my lovely tribe. See you on Saturday,

                            Take care,


                            07813 627 967
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