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Mon 19 November 2012
Nubiart Diary - Is the Afrikan Man Afraid of Himself?
A different perspective on the Afrikan world
Submitted By: Kubara Zamani
~ ‘IS THE AFRIKAN MAN AFRAID OF HIMSELF?’
In response to a series of Nubiart Diary editorials entitled ‘Fear of the Afrikan Man’ we were sent the following response from one of our readers. We reprint it in full below for the purpose of intelligent discussion addressing some of the complex issues facing Afrikans on the continent and in the diaspora.
- Re: Afrikan & Female endangered species in the UK NOW
Greetings bro Kubara
Hope all is well with you
In relation to subject matter according to 2007 census in the UK, ‘British African-Caribbeans’ have an extremely high rate of Dual-heritage relationships, and could in effect become the first UK ethnic group to “disappear”.
‘Half of all British African-Caribbean men in a relationship have partners of a different ethnic background, as do one-third of all British African-Caribbean women. 2009 estimates for England alone roughly put the full African-Caribbean to partial African-Caribbean heritage ratio at 2:1, with over 900,000 people of African-Caribbean origin in total living in the UK’.
What I am therefore seeking to highlight is that due this large percentage, it would be extremely difficult to expect any defence / rebellion / uprisings / support / demonstration etc regardless of the righteous of the cause/ case this group would not engage or give support to anything towards Afrika the development progress of AFRIKA.
This MINDSET /condition already exists in France , where the Afrikan males have been defeated and the percentage of Afrikan to Afrikan partnership is even lower or non-existent than in the UK, as they do not consider themselves anything other than French.
Afrikans need to know that there is gonna be no assistance from any masses of Afrikans, it is gonna be just the usual few, as a result I am proposing that each conscious male must begin to have at least 3-4 wives which means converting thinking and actions from ‘baby mothers’ to Wives....everything must be upfront with any relationship.
I would also suggest that due to the decline females should be practice polyandry...This happens now anyway but under cover so why is this not upfront.
Is it due to fear , ignorance, why polygamy / polyandry , which occurs in secret- do not happen upfront with full knowledge that in order for our posterity to survive there is a desperate requirement to re-claim this practice NOW, it would also solve the issue of children being placed in care, then fostered by people who are non Afrikans, when last have you did you see an Afrikan walking down the street pushing a pram etc with ‘white’ children who are calling them father/mother or Afrikans being allowed to adopt White babies or even Indian babies,, I have never seen that phenomenon.
Afrikans males have been making excuses for decades about Afrikan females being this or being that, to the extent that the sh**stem have capitalise and now premeditated this break up, even during enslavement; this trend even 60 years ago could not have been promoted openly, yet today it is being promoted more and more, skin bleaching, wearing other nations DNA, yet the people who wear them claim that they are religious!? It appears that ignorance is bliss.
I am promoting both polyandry and polygamy NOW, we cannot wait for anyone to recognise our right...
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~ ‘Is the Afrikan Man Afraid of Himself?’
~ DIABLOS DEL RITMO: THE COLOMBIA MELTING POT 1960-1985 – Various Artists [Analog Africa – Out 11 Nov] A double CD of Afrikan-influenced music by artists mainly from Colombia’s Caribbean coast. The first CD titled ‘Afrobeat, Palenque Sounds, Tropical Funk and Terapia’ has styles ranging from a version of Fela Kuti’s ‘Shakara’ by Wganda Kenya, Myriam Makerwa’s ‘Amampondo’, strongly influenced by ‘Mama Afrika’ Miriam Makeba, Congolese rumba and some raw funk grooves. Our favourite track was Fuentes All Stars’ ‘Pegale a La Nalga’. The second CD ‘Puya, Porro, Gaita, Cumbiamba, Mapale, Chande’ has much more of the accordion-based Vallenato style and salsa, son and more rumbas. Standout tracks here were Ramiro Beltran’s ‘Agoniza El Magdalena’ and ‘Crescendo Camacho’s ‘Santana en Salsa’. Analog Africa has kept up its standards with a very powerful selection and most of the tracks apart from J Alvear’s ‘Cumbia Sincelejana’ were new to us. The 60-page booklet gives an in-depth history of the development of Colombia’s Afrikan musical heritage and the founding of the main labels such as Discos Fuentes and Discos Tropical (who have many essential releases in their own right). It also explains the rules of a Colombian tipicos soundclash which is similar to the spirit and intensity of the most internecine and partisan of Jamaican soundclashes with the only difference being the Colombians can only play three styles – Colombian, Cuban son and Afrikan (whether highlife, Afrobeat, rumba, soukous, benga, mbaqanga or South Afrikan Township Jazz). Which sounds like the makings of a good fiesta or carnival to us!!!
NUBIART LIBRARY – NOV MEDIA
We will only review books we have read and DVDs we have seen and that are available at reasonable prices online or in shops or libraries. However, given the nature and current state of Afrikan publishing and production there may be books and films on this list that are worth the extra effort to track down.
~ ‘THE POLITICAL CALYPSO: A SOCIOLINGUISTIC PROCESS OF TRANSFORMATION’ – Everard M Phillips [ISBN: 978-976-8223-28-9] “...the singers of calypso, by their focused attention on the society and its problems, are in a most enviable and able position to not only comment on society’s problems and conflicts, but are in probably the best positions to solve and minimize them. In our quest to understand art forms, it must be noted that Jose Marti of Cuba in the late 19th century intoned that the artist must be the leader of the society, and that a people and their homeland ought to be defined in terms of their distinct culture.” (p2)
This book takes a scholarly look at the role that calypso plays in developing conflict resolution strategies and the cultivation of growth and maturity in both society and the individual. Everard Phillips gives examples through the calypsonians’ lyrics concerning political and social crises and other calypsonians’ response to the initial laying out of the issue. He proposes an Alternative Dispute Resolution system to counter perceived injustices in the original concept of dispute resolution. “This notion of transformation that I am advancing sees the idea of peace as being intrinsically connected with that of social justice, right relationships, and human rights, within a social structure. This is quite in opposition to what is customarily referred to as ‘conflict resolution’ wherein one party may feel co-opted to succumb, for the sake of either making or maintaining peace. In supporting the view that the term conflict resolution is an oxymoron, Wallenstein (1991) argues that solutions do not necessarily show up as resolution and contends that what could be seen as resolution of conflict can in many settings actually perpetuate the inequality or injustice that initially generated the dispute.” (p17)
Phillips points out there are three different styles of communication: The factual-inductive (scientific approach); the axiomatic-deductive (traditional); and the affective-intuitive (artistic approach). These can be expressed in many ways using what he calls frames and masks – metaphor, metonym, polysemy, irony, satire – whose often lightheartedness masks a serious purpose. One of the most widely used forms of expression is call and response: “The enormous potency of the call is the result of its spiritual guidance, mental conception, emotional charge and physical utterance, as manifest on this earthly plane of existence” (p91)
Phillips gives examples of the cultural logic of alternative or localised conflict resolution structures from China, Japan, India, the Eskimos, various Afrikan countries and retentions among Afrikan communities in the diaspora. There are also several charts that bolster his thesis including: a Typology of African American Music; A Paradigm of Call and Response: Audience Co-Authorship; Examples of Auditory Variety; Calypsos That Track Political Events; and a Matrix of Comparative Personal and Professional Attributes of the Models of Dispute Resolution.
~ BLACK HISTORY STUDIES AND THE PUBLIC AND COMMERCIAL SERVICES UNION (PCS) SCREENING ‘QUILOMBO COUNTRY’. On Tues 20 Nov Brazil celebrates National Black Consciousness Day where they honour Zumbi as a hero, freedom fighter, and a symbol of resistance and freedom. Zumbi was the last of the leaders of Quilombo dos Palmares, in the present-day state of Alagoas, Brazil. ‘Quilombo Country’ is a documentary film that provides a portrait of rural communities in Brazil that were either founded by runaway enslaved Afrikans or begun from abandoned plantations. This type of community is known as a quilombo, from an Angolan word that means “encampment.” As many as 2,000 quilombos exist today. Contrary to Brazil’s national mythology, Brazil was a brutal and deadly place for enslaved Africans. But they didn’t submit willingly. Thousands escaped, while others led political and militant movements that forced white farmers to leave. Largely unknown to the outside world, today these communities struggle to preserve a rich heritage born of resistance to oppression.
The film includes examples of the material culture that allow the quilombolas to survive in relative isolation, including hunting, fishing, construction and agriculture; as well as rare footage of syncretic Umbanda and Pajelança ceremonies; Tambor de Crioula, Carimbó and Boi Bumba drum and dance celebrations and Festivals of the Mast. Quilombo Country” is narrated by Chuck D, the legendary poet, media commentator and leader of Public Enemy. On Tues 20 Nov at 7-9pm at the PCS Headquarters, 160 Falcon Road, Clapham Junction, London, SW11 2LN. Adm: £5 / U-16 – Free. Tel / Fax: 020 8881 0660 / 07951 234 233 (Mob). E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.blackhistorystudies.com
~ THE CREATIVE WORD, WORDS OF COLOUR AND SOUTHBANK CENTRE PRESENT ‘AFRICA IN SCIENCE FICTION’. A double bill looking at Afrikan sci-fi in literature and film. Firstly ‘Universal Mind Control’, looks at how literature and poetry addresses the Afrikan diaspora cosmology and futuristic worlds while ‘Parable of the Talents’ explores sci-fi movies and tries to unpick what is Afrikan sci-fi. Words of Colour’s Executive Director Joy Francis, novelist Courttia Newland and Ligali’sToyin Agbetu will chair events with leading artists in the field including playwright Oladipo Agboluaje, filmmaker Kibwe Tavares and authors Tosin Coker and Biram Mboob. On Tues 20 Nov at 6.30-9pm at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London, SE1. Adm: Free, ticket required. Box Office: 0844 847 9910.
~ WESTMINSTER MEDIA FORUM COPYRIGHT REGULATION AND COMBATING PIRACY IN THE UK AND EUROPE SEMINAR. Speakers include: Sean Dennehey, Acting Chief Executive, Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and Justin Le Patourel, Head of Copyright, Ofcom. On Tues Nov 20 at the ICO Conference Centre, 22 Berners St, London, W1T 3DD.
~ DJED LECTURES & WORKSHOPS
- Fri 23 Nov: Andrew Muhammed - Michael Jackson Pt3
- Fri 30 Nov: Brother Abeng - Astronomy & The Bible Pt1
- Fri 7 Dec: Brother Abeng - Astronomy & The Bible Pt2
- Fri 14 Dec: Brother Toyin Agbetu
At 8pm at DJED Enterprises, 10 Adelaide Grove, Shepherds Bush, London, W12 0JJ. Adm: £5. Tel: 020 8743 1985.
~ YAA ASAANTEWA CENTRE AND THE ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH CALYPSONIANS ‘CALYPSO DREAMS’ SCREENING IN CELEBRATION OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S 50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE. Dir: Geoffrey Dunn and Michael Horne, 85min 2004. ‘Calypso Dreams’ chronicles the art and artists of Kaiso or Calypso. In Trinidad and Tobago, Calypsonians are the voice of the people following in the griot tradition of West Africa and give a unique voice to the dispossessed. The struggles during slavery, colonialism, independence and beyond were given extra power by the observation, humour, biting satire and the song of the Calypso. Featuring Kaiso stars like the Lord Kitchener, Calypso Rose, Duke, Mighty Sparrow, Singing Sandra, Black Stalin, Sugar Aloes, David Rudder and more with narration from Chalkdust. Michael La Rose author, cultural and political activist will present a short talk.
Performances and contributions by Calypsonians Alexander D Great, Cleopatra, De Alberto and Tobago Crusoe with audience participation in the post-screening Q&A. On Sat 24 Nov at 6pm at The Yaa Asaantewa Centre, 1 Chippenham Mews, Paddington, London, W9 2AN. Tel : 020 7266 4375. Adm: £5.
~ NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK SATURDAY SCHOOLS AND BIRKBECK, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON PRESENT QUEEN NZINGA LECTURE SERIES. Queen Nzinga was an Afrikan Queen who fought against the European invasion of southern Africa (Kongo / Angola). This lecture series will feature Afrikan female academics / holders of expert knowledge, speaking on topics of their choice on a monthly basis. The Nzinga lecture series will provide a regular platform for women of Afrikan descent to highlight important issues in an academic setting. The first lecture features Kandace Chimbiri will speak on Black Warrior Queens of Ancient Sudan. This fascinating ancient civilisation has left behind three times as many pyramids as ancient Egypt. Kandace is the author of two self-published children’s titles, ‘The
Story of Early Ancient Egypt’ and ‘Step Back in Time to Ancient Kush’ (Activity Book). Dr Michelle Asantewa will speak on Black Women’s Spirituality and Resistance in English Literature. On Sat 24 Nov at 3-6pm at Birkbeck University of London, Russell Square, London. Adm: Free. Web: www.nabss.org.uk or www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk
~ INIVA PRESENTS ‘QUEENS OF THE UNDEAD’. A solo exhibition by Kimathi Donkor which includes newly commissioned paintings that celebrate heroic women from Afrikan diasporic history, along with earlier contemporary portraits. The free exhibition brochure with texts by David Dibosa and Carol Tulloch is a collector’s item and we would urge all our readers to contact the gallery to get a copy if they are unable to make it to the venue themselves. Until 24 Nov at Institute of International Visual Arts), Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BA. Tel: 020 7729 9616. Web: www.iniva.org
~ 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY (5TH ICAT): TECHNOLOGY FAIR EXHIBITION. The 5th ICAT Organizing Committee is hosting an Appropriate Technology Fair on Fri Nov 23 2012 as part of the 5th ICAT activities. A call has gone out for 20 exhibitors who have been researching, developing or implementing appropriate and sustainable technologies. Appropriate technology (AT) is ‘technology to empower people’. Focusing on technologies that are human-centred promotes: better health, better education, improved access to clean water, necessary shelter and safe food, as well as transportation and energy solutions that do not cause ecological imbalance. There will be conference delegates from across Africa, as well as other developing countries like India and Guyana. Leaders from the business and NGO communities will also be attending. You will then have opportunities to talk to delegates about the technology your organisation is promoting. The conference will run from 20-24 Nov in Pretoria, South Africa. For full conference and exhibition details contact Ms Grace Kanakana. Tel: 076 499 0489. E-mail: email@example.com
~ FIND YOUR VOICE AND SLR RADIO 97.7FM presents a screening of Dr Llaila Afrika and Dr Melanie Stevenson on prostate cancer & fibroids. Followed by a panel discussion with: Dr Khensu I-emhotep, Lecturer on holistic health from Jamaica; Susan Mwangi, Herbalist & Nutritionist; and Nikky Pinnock, Body & Mind Expert. On Sun 25 Nov at 5.30-8pm. West Green Learning Centre, West Green Road, London, N15 3RB. Tel. 07960 239 493 / 07882 403 871. Adm: £5. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
~ BLACK HISTORY WALKS AND COTTONS CARIBBEAN RESTAURANT PRESENT ‘PLANET OF THE APES: THE BREAKDOWN! PART 2’. The blockbusting ‘Planet of the Apes’ films and TV series have many elements which parallel human and civil rights struggles all over the world. Many viewers have consumed these movies and, like ‘The Matrix’ not been aware of the coded messages and specific Afrikan historical references in these films. Over these two sessions Andrew Muhammad: The Investigator, will analyse and demonstrate the double meaning in specific scenes, unveil the hidden agendas and show the black history references that are in plain sight...if you thought ‘The Matrix’ and Michael Jackson breakdowns were deep, you’ll need scuba gear and a drilling machine this time. On Sun 25 Nov at 3-5.45pm at Cottons Caribbean Restaurant, 70 Exmouth Market, Islington, London, EC1. Adm: £8. Web: www.blackhistorywalks.co.uk
~ AFRICA ON FILM Present ‘Yaaba’ (Burkina Faso, 1989). Dir: Idrissa Ouedraogo. Set in a small African village. Bila, a ten year old boy, makes friends with an old woman called Sana, who has been accused of witchcraft by her village, and has become a social outcast. Only Bila is respectful of her, and calls her Yaaba (Grandmother). When Bila’s cousin, Nopoko, falls ill, a medicine man insists that Sana has stolen the girl’s soul. Sana undergoes a long and grueling journey to find a medicine to save Nopoko’s life. Sana manages to save Nopoko’s life, but is still treated as a witch. After Sana dies, the real reason why she is hated in the village is uncovered, but her love and wisdom she invested in Bila and Nopoko lives on. Book here: http://yaaba.eventbrite.com/# Web: http://www.africacentre.org.uk/ for more details. On Sun 25 Nov at 2.30pm at Africa Centre, 38 King Street, London, WC2. Adm: Free / £3.
~ BRENT CENTRAL CLP WINDRUSH LEGACY FILM MEETING screening the documentary ‘ A Charmed Life ‘ by Patrick Vernon, OBE, Labour Councillor for Hackney and founder of Every Generation Media. On Thurs 29 Nov at 7.30-10pm at Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre, Brentfield, Harrow Road, London, NW10 0RG. Adm: £5 / £3 (unwaged). Contact: Janice Long – 020 8459 7435. E-mail: email@example.com
~ PASCF (BRIXTON) WORKSHOP:
- Masterclass: Independent Filmmaking for African Liberation. Toyin Agbetu will deliver a workshop exploring why and how new technology can make independent filmmaking a reality for those engaged in African liberation. On 30 Nov at 7pm at 365 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7DA. Adm: Free.
- PASCF WORKSHOP: UNDERSTANDING PAN-AFRIKANISM. On Sat 8 Dec at 4-8pm at West Indian Association of Service Personnel, 163 Clapham Manor Road, London, SW4 6DB. Tel: 07944-204-955. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.pascf.org.uk;
~ ‘HIDDEN COLOURS 2: THE TRIUMPH OF MELANIN’. Hosted by Dr Umar Johnson. On Sat 1 Dec at 2-5pm and 6.30-9.30pm at City of Westminster College, Paddington Green Campus, London, W2 1NB. Adm: £12.50 (Matinee) / £15 (Evening) / £6 - U-16. Tickets: 020 8539 2154. E-mail: email@example.com
~ CEZANNE’S BOOK & CD LAUNCH: ‘SINGLE, SPIRITUAL...AND SEXUAL’. On Sun 2 Dec with Naming Ceremony at 3-5pm, Book & CD Launch at 6-8pm at Caribbean Edge, 117 Bruce Grove, Tottenham, London, N17 6UR. Adm: £5. Tel: 07944 244 116, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Read the first chapter Free at: www.cezannepoetess.wordpress.com Web: www.soundcloud.com/cezannepoetess
~ INDEPENDENCE: AN EXHIBITION & CELEBRATION 2012. Tracing the story of the Caribbean islands from the days of the Arawaks and the Caribs, through to enslavement and abolition and the ending of British rule this exhibition celebrates 50 years of independence for Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago. This is made personal by memories of local people who remember life before independence. The celebrations of August 1962 are made universal by a look at what independence means to all of us and how we need to value our freedoms. Until 12 Jan 2013 at Hackney Museum, Technology and Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ Adm: Free.
Contact: Kubara Zamani, Afrikan Quest International, PO Box 35165, London, SE5 8WU. Tel: 07811 494 969. E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.southwark.tv/quest/aqhome.asp
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