Nubiart Diary - Tony Martin Obit & Sahel War

By Kubara Zamani | Mon 28 January 2013

A different perspective on the Afrikan world

The Potentate & Supreme Commissioner-- UNIA-ACL


UNIA-ACL Head His Highness Dr. Ahmed Assalaam, the Potentate and Supreme Commissioner, authorizes Trinidad and Tobago native Ras Okobi Shaka (Ruthvin M. Charles), to present a Proclamation from the Great Association founded by the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, in tribute to the recently departed Honorable Dr. Tony Martin.

ON BEHALF of Her Highness Burnetta Coles our Grand Matron hailing out of the District of Columbia, U.S.A.; His Excellency Cleophus Miller Jr., our President General and Administrator hailing out of Cleveland, Ohio U.S.A.; myself His Highness Dr. Ahmed Assalaam the Potentate and Supreme Commissioner hailing from the UNIA-ACL International African Mission; and all members and supporters of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League 1918 and 1929 of the World.

WHEREAS, Dr. Anthony (Tony) Martin has contributed so much towards advancing the race through education, by instilling in each of us knowledge of the legacy of the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey and the organization that he founded, the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League.

WHEREAS, we are greatly sorrowed by his recent passing, and send forward our sincerest condolences to his family, many friends, and the people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago during this time of bereavement.

IN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of his many books and other renowned publications which will continue his service of educating and uplifting the Black Race through a comprehensive knowledge of Garveyism, for generations to come.




His Highness
Dr. Ahmed Assalaam
Potentate and Supreme Commissioner
UNIA-ACL 1918 and 1929 of the World, Inc.

~ Alkebu-Lan Revivalist Movement
Freedom Begins with the Freeing of the Mind and Soul
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The Great Prof. Tony Martin Joins the Ancestors

21st February 1942 - 17th January 2012


It is with great shock and deep sadness that the Alkebu-Lan Revivalist Movement receive the news of the passing of Baba Prof. Tony Martin, the foremost scholar on the life and legacy of the Most Eminent Prophet and King - His Excellency: Marcus Mosiah Garvey and official UNIA historian.

According to various sources, he departed while being hospitalised at the West Shore Medical Hospital, in Trinidad and Tobago. Although to date we have seen no reports on the circumstances.

Baba Tony Martin, the man upon whom this Movement bestowed the title of The Apostle of The Prophet (Papa Garvey), is most renowned for his life long devotion to and monumental research on the life and legacy of The Prophet. From this wellspring of information, flowed his prolific authorship and publication of numerous books, including: Race First, Marcus Garvey Hero, Message to the People – A Course in African Philosophy, Literary Garveyism, the Poetic works of Marcus Garvey, African Fundamentalism and The Pan-Afrikan Connection among others. Such works span the breath and depth of this colossal legacy, placing Baba Martin, without a doubt, at the forefront of the fight to rescue Papa Garvey from the evil designs of those who would seek to distort the truth about the man and his Race 1st, Nationalist Pan-Afrikanist message.

In addition, the professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, Boston Massachusetts, USA, has traversed the globe lecturing on the phenomenal works of the man he regarded as “The most outstanding Pan-Afrikanist of the 20th century.” This included several trips to the UK, where he lived and studied in the 1960s. In 1987, he joined us in commemorating the centenary of the birth of Papa Garvey addressing several events. In 1995 he was in Britain again participating in the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the fifth Pan-Afrikan Congress, in Manchester. He has also been the guest of the Pan-Afrikan Congress Movement (PACM) on several occasions and has on occasions been the special guest speaker at their annual Afrika Liberation Day.

In 2003, Baba Tony Martin became the centre of a controversy which gave rise to one of the most powerful events in the history of pan-Afrikan activism in the UK. Having invited Baba Martin to speak at the ‘First Voice Conference,’ ostensibly marking Black History Month (October), Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, ventured to dis-invite him, on the pretext that he had shared platforms with a certain ‘holocaust denier’ from the US. Of Course the real issue was that the US-Jewry was up in arms against Baba Martin, calling for his dismissal from Wellesley College and even for his death, for introducing into the curriculum the Nation of Islam’s book, ‘The Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews,’ chronicling the disproportionate Jewish involvement in Afrikan enslavement. True to his spirit, this warrior scholar remained resolute in defence of the integrity of Afrikan scholarship and right to tell our own story.

It thus transpired that Livingstone was bowing to pressure from the UK Jewish lobby, acting in tandem with its US kith and kin. This sparked a massive public outrage from the Afrikan community-UK. More importantly, we ‘The People’ led by a coalition of Pan-Afrikan organisations (ARM, PACM, AAPRP, APLO, EWF, NBPP, etc) mobilised and organised the pooling of our resources to bring and host Baba Martin ourselves. To crown this decisive act of self-determination, over 1,000 people turned out to hear Prof Martin and stood in book signing queues for more than two hours, registering two resoundingly successful event: a celebrated moment for Pan-Afrikan unity, procuring a small but significant victory over a powerful international Jewish lobby. (see: [London Disinvitation]).

In Mosiah (August) 2007, Baba Martin was back in the UK as a guest of The Alkebu-Lan Revivalist Movement’s (ARM) Mosiah celebration, themed ‘The Afrikan Empire Strikes Back’ - a resistance to the UK government’s sinister bicentenary of the ‘Slave Trade Act,’ celebrations. On Umoja-day (Sunday), 19/08/2007, ARM paid tribute to Baba Martin by awarding him an ‘Order of Distinction,’ on behalf of the Afrikan Community-UK. In addition to an OoD trophy, Baba Martin was gifted a Mosiah plaque and gold chain with a custom built Soul Force logo-pendant (combining Afrika, the Ankh, and the sun). At this event he spoke on ‘Slavery, Abolition-Deceit and the Garvey Movement,’ exposing British government hypocrisy around the fictitious Abolition of slavery and its fiendish efforts to destroy Papa Garvey and the Garvey Movement.

This privileged proximity to the Apostle enabled us to get to know him beyond the platform a bit more, thus acquainting ourselves with a man whom for all his academic brilliance, professorial status and international renown, was humble and devoted to maintaining meaningful connections with the grass-roots, whom he greatly valued. In the tradition of the Afrikan Griot, this living library allowed us to tap him for hours, and patiently oblige us with reams of historical information.

Last Mosiah (August, 2012), we were blessed to have The Apostle of The Prophet on our show, Afrika Speaks with Alkebu-Lan, on Voice Of Afrika Radio (94fm;; every Monday 8:00pm-10:00pm). In this interview he informed listeners of his newly completed book ‘Caribbean History – From Pre-Colonial Origins to the present’ and that the long awaited ‘Global Garveyism’ – an anticipated masterpiece - was near completion. The possibility of 2013 was mooted, in hope of a UK launch. Alas, this was not to be. The predictable celebration of the centenary of the UNIA 2014 was also alluded to, without a thought that the man whose gigantic contributions, served so well to vindicate the sacrifices of its founder might not be with us.

Baba Tony Martin was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He received a B.Sc. honours degree in economics at the University of Hull (UK) and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from Michigan State University. He began lecturing at Wellesley in 1973, was tenured in 1975, became a full professor in 1979 and retired in 2007. He is also a barrister-at-law from Gray’s Inn, London. He is the author of many scholarly articles on Afrikan History and the recipient of various awards and honours, one of the most important being from the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC).

The news of the sudden departure of this warrior scholar in the heat of battle has rocked the homes and pierced the hearts of the ARM members, as it will have done throughout Afrika-UK and the entire Afrikan world-community. Naturally, we are inclined, nay, duty bound, as freedom fighters to enquire beyond what might seem plausible; knowing the nature of an enemy that is notoriously unforgiving, relentless, ubiquitous and stealthy. We note that Baba Martin’s birthday is on the anniversary of Papa Omowale Malcolm X’s assassination and that he passed on the anniversary of Papa Patrice Lumumba’s assassination.

Notwithstanding our deep sense of loss, there is cause for celebration. The celebration of the return of a vigorous, victorious and liberated spirit to the realms of the Ancestors – 70 years young – to continue to empower our liberation fight.

We celebrate a life well lived worthy of our honour and praise, on earth and beyond the grave. Ceremonial drums should therefore be pulsating throughout the Afrikan world in honour and memory of this consummate Garveyite. In context, it is fitting that Afrika-UK should gather for this purpose at the soonest possible date.

Updates to follow.

We remember at this time his family, especially his wife, Sis Paloma and his son Prince Shabaka (aged 6yrs) and send them our love and condolence.

Long live the unconquered spirit of Baba Prof. Tony Matin. And:

May he rise on the wings of Maat, After a favourable judgement in the council of Asar: Ase! Amen-Ra! It is done!

Unite, Organise Now or Perish!
Rise, You Mighty People!


Bro Ldr Mbandaka
(Spititual Leader – Alkebu-Lan Revivalist Movement)

Gao and Timbuktu are the latest Malian towns to be retaken while French and Malian troops have also staged joint patrols for the first time in Douentza west of Gao. France intervened militarily after a ‘request’ from the Malian President on 11 Jan over fears the Islamist militants were approaching the capital Bamako and there are now over 2,500 French troops in the country. Meanwhile an armed column of Chadian soldiers is making its way to Mali overland and more than 1,000 Nigerian soldiers are expected there too.

Gen Carter Ham of United States Africa Command (Africom) said its forces had failed to train Malian troops on “values, ethics and a military ethos”. Militant groups who were already in control of large areas of northern Mali took advantage of an army coup in March last year to expand their influence across the Sahara. Egypt’s embattled President Mohammed Morsi has unveiled a proposal for a peaceful resolution to the Mali conflict which includes political negotiations, economic and development initiatives and co-ordinated relief efforts.

Next door in Algeria the death toll from the four day hostage crisis at the Tigantourine gas plant at In Amenas was at least 82 kidnappers and hostages. Algerian state media said that 685 Algerian workers at the plant had been freed. A statement from the kidnappers said the assault on the gas plant had been launched in retaliation for French intervention against Islamist groups in neighbouring Mali. The kidnappers, operating under the banner of the Signed-in Blood Battalion and led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar, had crossed into the country from northern Mali, and were made up from Islamists from Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Mali, Niger, Canada and Mauritania.

The In Amenas site is within a military zone and was well protected by the army which had a strong surveillance team in the area raising the question of inside help for the Islamists. Extra security forces had also been deployed along the borders with Mali, Niger, Libya, Tunisia and Mauritania, after France used Algerian airspace to launch a military offensive against the Islamists who had seized control of northern Mali last year.

The In Amenas plant is a joint venture between state-owned oil firm Sonatrach, UK multinational BP and Norway’s Statoil and has been operating since 2006 and has a production capacity of nine billion cubic meters per year. “Proven reserves of hydrocarbons are estimated at 12.2 billion barrels of crude oil and 4.5 trillion cubic meters of natural gas,” said Abdelhamid Zerguine, head of Sonatrach.

The oil and gas sectors account for 70% of the Algerian national budget and the In Amenas plant accounts for 6-7% of Algeria’s reserves of gas and condensate, and almost 3% of its oil reserves. In 2012, Algeria achieved a trade surplus of £17bn largely based on oil and gas. The industry had been targeted during the civil war which broke out in 1992 after the military annulled elections that the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) was poised to win following a mass uprising against one-party socialist rule.

Belmokhtar’s group only numbered 200-300 in 2003 but it has grown in wealth and influence due to control of the trafficking routes and ransoms made from kidnaps, allowing it to buy allies as well as arms. Belmokhtar fell out with the leadership of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) after the death of Osama Bin Laden and a struggle for dominance has been going on. Many of the weapons came from the military stores and bases overrun in Libya but also from the NATO air drops spearheaded by France and Britain to topple Col Gaddafi. The Libyan leader had warned them he was fighting Al-Qaeda but the French in their typically arrogant manner ignored him even though then President Sarkozy had accepted money for his election campaign from Col Gaddafi. It’s the same story of these Islamist and Muslim religious organisations being set up and supported by the west in the 1980s and 1990s when they were seen as a counterpoint to anti-imperialist and ‘communist’ movements sweeping the global south. Even Hamas in Palestine were initially supported by both Israel and the US as an alternative to Yasser Arafat’s PLO. Hamas’s main bombmaker, The Engineer, maintained close contacts with Israeli intelligence right up to the time when they assassinated him.

The switch allegedly started in the early 1990s. We were told the details in this paragraph by an ex-British army soldier after the first bombing of the World Trade Centre in 1993. Given the nature of the people, nations and circumstances involved we have not been able to fully verify it but it sounds plausible. It concerns Osama bin Laden’s relatives in the Gulf. After the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s where Al-Qaeda was established and flourished bin Laden was on good terms with the George Bush senior regime in the US. However, at the start of the 1990s some US military personnel stationed in the Persian / Arabian Gulf sexually assaulted two of bin Laden’s female relatives. ‘The Sheikh’ told the Americans that those involved would have to be punished as people had asked him to intercede and resolve the situation rather than random retaliation against US personnel and interests. Bin Laden pointed out that it was a matter of his honour and influence. The Americans maintain a position that no US military personnel, government employee or spy should be tried in foreign jurisdictions so they ignored and patronised bin Laden and spirited the suspects out of the region. Bin Laden explained that he felt disrespected and would have to take drastic action against US interests so he would not lose face. And that is where the ‘split’ between Al-Qaeda and the US originated. Thus the global ‘War on Terror’ stems from a dispute over a few stupid Yankees unable to control their sexual urges and US hubris and their belief in their manifest destiny. We shake our heads in disbelief when the NATO powers spout about how they respect women and how many Afghan girls have been able to go to school because of their invasion. They didn’t care about the rights of the women that were sexually assaulted two decades ago. Why the rest of us got dragged in to this sordid dispute we don’t know.

Another example of the French exercising their military muscle in Afrika was their botched attempt to rescue French intelligence agent Denis Allex who was kidnapped in Somalia by al-Shabab in July 2009. The French government has said it believes Mr Allex was killed during the raid, in which two French commandos also died. Al-Shabab announced on Twitter it would kill the French spy and then said it had done so last week in retaliation for the failed French operation to free him.

The al-Shabab Twitter account which it opened in December 2011 after Kenyan troops went into Somalia to combat it has since been suspended after it was used to threaten to kill Kenyan hostages. Last Wednesday, the al-Shabab account posted a link to a video of two Kenyan civil servants held hostage in Somalia, telling the Kenyan government their lives were in danger unless it released all Muslims held on “so-called terrorism charges” in the country. The US had been trying unsuccessfully to shut down the al-Shabab account but had lacked the legal means to force Twitter to act. Twitter’s rules say that threats of violence are banned. ‘Facebook revolutions and activism’, indeed!!!

Meanwhile, Somaliland, a province that broke away from Somalia after the Siad Barre government was deposed at the start of the 1990s, has now been designated unstable for ‘foreigners’. This is despite two decades of relative stability given the neighbourhood, holding regular elections, and a supportive diaspora that has made a strong commitment to rebuild and enhance the infrastructure. The UN and all the major institutions of the so-called ‘international community’ refused to recognise its independence condemning it to struggle without access to many of the political, financial, health and socio-economic help that most countries rely on to progress and address their population’s needs.

NUBIART: Focus on arts, business, education, health, political developments and the media.


~ ‘SANTIMAN’ - The Creole Choir of Cuba [Real World Records – Released 11 Feb 2013] This second album from The Creole Choir of Cuba’s develops on their canon of freedom songs passed down through generations of Haitian emigrants in Cuba. The choir expertly displays faultless harmonies, pulsating musical accompaniment and tight arrangements.

While many of the tracks on the album are traditional one of the original tunes ‘Pou Ki Ayiti Kriye’ (‘Why Does Haiti Cry?’) was penned in response to the Jan 2010 earthquake. Given their ancestral links to Haiti it comes as no surprise that the Choir have been involved in relief support and humanitarian work on the island. ‘Pale, Pale’ is a Haitian protest song by Boukan Ginen (an offshoot of Haitian musical vodouistes Boukman Eksperyans) and is given the extended treatment at over 10 minutes long.

A quartet of the songs - ‘Preludio’, ‘Llegada’, ‘Balada de Annaise’ and ‘Jubileo’- are part of a cycle inspired by ‘Gouverners de La Rosee’ (‘Masters of the Dew’), a book by Haitian writer and politician Jacques Roumain set in 19th century Haiti.

‘Fey Oh Di Nou’ is a powerful, soulful invocation to the healing power of plants. In a similar vein ‘Simbi’ tells of the Haitian freshwater goddess prevented from attending a rites ceremony. Social issues come to the fore on ‘Tripot’, an uptempo Konpa rhythm which tells of the community rejection of a village gossip and ‘Marasa Elu’ about an orphan begging for help. On the lighter side ‘Camina Como Chencha’ about a girl with bandy legs(!) has a real swinging Cuban guaracha flair that puts it up there with songs from any of the Cuban greats while ‘Boullando’ (‘Ball On My Back’) is a cautionary tale on the same subject.

From the sleevenotes: “Following the recording, original group member Dalio Arce Vital passed away, but he will always be with us, with his broad smile and eternal willingness to help anyone. He was proud to contribute to the spread of the music of his two beloved countries: Cuba and Haiti.”

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.

~ ‘HOME: SOCIAL ESSAYS’ - Amiri Baraka [Akashic Books. ISBN: 13-978-1-933354-67-5]

“You only have freedom of speech if you don’t say anything…They give you freedom of the press if you own a press…Most of the rappers you hear are the ones that won’t make any difference.” – Amiri Baraka, Black Beats, London, 7 Oct 2012

Amiri Baraka’s long out of print ‘Home’ launched AkashiClassics: Renegade Reprint Series and followed the publication of his short story collection ‘Tales of the Out & the Gone’ in 2007. This collection of social and political essays from 1960-65 is an autobiographical slice of his political development. It kicks off with ‘Cuba Libre’ detailing an early visit to see The Cuban Revolution in practice. But the poet brings it closer to ‘home’ in the US during the days of the Birmingham bombings, Robert Williams’ Monroe Defense Movement, the Harlem riots and the assassination of Malcolm X: “Malcolm said many times that when you speak about revolution you’re talking about land – changing the ownership or usership of some specific land which you think is yours.” (p269)

In ‘What Does Non-Violence Mean?’ he dissects the whole concept and relevance of that term and concept to the Civil Rights movement as it is used, abused, misused and misappropriated: “The “Free World” is merely that part of the world in which the white man is free to do as he wants with the rest of the people there. And has ruled this way since the Elizabethans.” (p165)

‘Home’ powerfully reveals why Amiri Baraka was named Poet Laureate of New Jersey from 2002-2004 by the New Jersey Commission on Humanities. His commitment to social, political and artistic integrity has been continuously prevalent throughout his work such as when he wrote in ‘The Revolutionary Theatre’: “All men live in the world, and the world ought to be a place for them to live.” (p239)

Professor Tony Martin

Nubiart Diary

~ THE AHUNTEM & AKIIKITAN PROJECT PRESENT ‘MDW NTR (HIEROGLYPHICS) - THE SACRED SYMBOLIC WRITING SCRIPT OF ANCIENT EGYPT’. An 8-week introductory workshop in Mdw Ntr (Hieroglyphics) (The Sacred Symbolic Writing Script of Ancient Egypt). On Mon 28 Jan at 7– 9pm at Navarino Mansions Community Hall, Dalston Lane, Hackney, London, E8 1LB. Adm: £5 per session or £30 (advance). Tel: Seba Sankhkara - 07960 137 700. E-mail:

~ THE RUNNYMEDE RACE DEBATE: DO RACISTS HAVE A RIGHT TO BE HEARD? London’s Olympic summer projected an image of a nation at ease with itself, united in diversity. And yet a slew of recent incidents on the football field, twitter and beyond revealed a more sinister picture, belying any easy assumption that we are living in a post-racial age. In light of such developments, we will be asking a panel of high profile public figures, including Sunder Katwala (British Future) and Catherine Fieschi (Counterpoint) “do racists have a right to be heard?” The debate will be chaired by Runnymede director, Rob Berkeley. On Wed 30 Jan at 6.30pm at The RSA, 8 John Adam St, London, WC2N 6EZ.

~ SOAS HISTORY DEPARTMENT, CENTRE FOR MIGRATION AND DIASPORA STUDIES, CENTRE FOR MEDIA AND FILM STUDIES, CENTRE OF AFRICAN STUDIES, IN COOPERATION WITH THE INSTITUTE OF COMMONWEALTH STUDIES, THE EUROPEAN NETWORK OF EURESCL: SLAVE TRADE, SLAVERY, ABOLITION AND THEIR LEGACIES IN EUROPEAN HISTORIES AND IDENTITIES (7THPCRD) AND THE CIRESC ‘CENTRE INTERNATIONAL DE RECHERCHES SUR LES ESCLAVAGES, ACTEURS, SYSTÈMES, REPRESENTATIONS’ PRESENT HISTORY ON FILM: ‘SLAVERY & THE AFRICAN DIASPORA FROM A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE’. Film series and panel discussions with filmmakers to make visible people of Afrikan descent in India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Brazil, Benin and along the Swahili Coast in East Afrika. By including films from the South Atlantic World, Indian Ocean World and Africa, we aim to throw light on the points of origin and destination of slaves. Rarely in the history of slavery has it been possible to correlate the trajectories of the home societies of slaves and the slave regime at the destination. Slavery has also been all too often studied in isolation from Africa. The focus has mainly been on the North Atlantic World. Indeed, the cultural dimension of Diasporas has long been observed in the North Atlantic World, but it has received only scant attention within the context of emancipated slave communities elsewhere. By combining the two oceanic worlds, the films and the discussion panels aim at questioning these biases. They examine the processes of integration and assimilation in the different Afrikan Diasporas, and how these communities produced diasporic cultural spheres which today surely constitute memoryscapes of the history of slavery.

- ‘Silences & Taboos: Ethical Dilemmas in Making African Slavery Visible on Film’. Wed 30 Jan.
Keynote: Professor William Gervase Clarence-Smith on ‘Global Slavery: Definitions and Debates’. Film: ‘Yesterday’s Slaves: Democracy and Ethnicity in Benin’ by Eric Komlavi Hahonou & Camilla Strandsbjerg (2011, 29 minutes). Followed by discussion with William Gervase Clarence-Smith (SOAS); Eric Komlavi Hahonou (Roskilde University); Lotte Pelckmans (Leiden University); Marie Rodet (SOAS)

- ‘Memorialising African Slavery in Brazil on Film’. Wed 20 Feb. Films: ‘A Present Past: Afro-Brazilian Memories in Rio de Janeiro’ by Hebe Mattos and Martha Abreu (2012, 43 mins); ‘Ebony Goddess: Queen of Ilê Aiyê’ by Carolina Moraes-Liu (2012, 20 mins). Followed by a discussion with Shihan de Silva (Institute of Commonwealth Studies) Hebe Mattos (University Federal Fluminense / Brazil), Camillia Cowling (University of Edinburgh) and Matthias Röhrig Assunção (University of Essex)

- ‘Transmission of Cultural Heritage of Slavery in the Indian Ocean on Film’. Wed 27 Feb. Films: ‘A Hidden Guarantee: Identity and Gule Wankulu between Mozambique and Somalia’ by Francesca Declich (2008, 17 mins); ‘Sidis of Gujarat: Maintaining Traditions and Building Community’ by Beheroze Shroff (2010, 53 mins); ‘Maldives: African Migration and Bodu Beru (Big Drums)’ (5 mins); and ‘Sri Lanka: Afro-Sri Lankans and their Musical Traditions’ (5 mins). Introduced by Shihan de Silva. Followed by discussion with Marie Rodet (SOAS) and Francesca Declich.

All events at 5pm at SOAS, University of London, Khalili Lecture Theatre, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1 0XG. Web:

~ TIM REID’S (LEGACY MEDIA INSTITUTE) FILMMAKERS WORKSHOP. On 4-16 Feb at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd, London, SE1. Adm: £100 Advanced Registration, £150 after Jan 18. Web:

~ CEZANNE PRESENTS ‘SINGLE, SPIRITUAL…AND SEXUAL’ AND ‘SEEDS OF LOVE’ CD AND BOOK LAUNCH. On Fri 8 Feb at 7pm at Djed Bookshop, 10 Adelaide Grove, London, W12 0JJ. Adm: £5. Tel: 020 8743 1985. Web: /

~ INAPP GENERAL ASSEMBLY. Lead up community planning meeting for the National Black People’s Day of Action. On Sat 9 Feb at 4.30-9.30pm at Queen Mother Moore School, Clapham Methodist Church Hall, Nelsons Row, London, SW4 7JR. Tel: 07908 814 152 / 020 8539 2154. E-mail: Web:

~ HOLISTIC HEALTH FAIR. With many health related products on sale. On Sun 10 Feb at 6-9pm Park View Academy (previously the West Green Learning Centre), West Green Road, London, N15 3RB. Tel: Douglas 07960 239 493 / 07882 403 871. Adm: Free. E-mail:

~ ‘ORCHESTRAS, DECOLONISATION AND THE POLITICS OF MUSICAL MEMORY’. Tina K Ramnarine (RHUL) reflects on the LSSO, the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra (issues of ‘race’ in the orchestral world) and the steel orchestra. Speakers: Chair: Laudan Nooshin (City University London). On Mon 11 Feb at 5-6.30pm at Room 349 (3rd floor), Senate House, South Block, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU E-mail: Web:


- ‘Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored’. On Sat 16 Feb at 2-5pm. Dir: Tim Reid. Isaac Hayes, Richard Roundtree and Phyllicia Rashad star in Reid’s re-creation of a community in the rural South in the years from 1946 to 1962, as hard-line segregation gradually fell to the assault of the civil rights movement. It is a memory of the close bonds of family, friends and church that grew up to sustain such communities, in a society where an American version of apartheid was the law.

- ‘Chameleon Street’. On Sat 16 Feb at 5.45pm. Dir: Wendell B Harris Jr. Winner of the Grand Prix award at Sundance in 1990, but now relegated to the status of hard-to-find cult film, this is the extraordinary, fictionalised account of real-life Michigan conman William Douglas Street (who posed successfully as a lawyer and a gynaecological surgeon, among other things). Featuring sharp dialogue and a fine performance from writer-director Harris as Street, it’s a complex, witty and often shocking examination of the interplay between race, identity and economics.

Both films at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London, SE1. Adm: £5 each. Box office: Web:


- “We’re Indian and African”: Sidis of India. Lecture by Dr Shihan de Silva on the diverse circumstances of Afrikan migration to India, their roles and achievements, their current status, issues of identity and belonging. Chair: Dr David Taylor (SOAS & Institute of Commonwealth Studies). The Lecture will be followed by the screening of two documentary films produced by Beheroze Shroff from the University of California, Irvine, USA).

“We’re Indian and African”: Voices of the Sidis (22 mins). This film explores the lives of the Sidis in Gujarat. Sidi men and women speak about the challenges they face as caretakers of the shrine of their ancestral saint Bava Gor. The Sidis also discuss their sacred Goma-Dhammal dance performed for devotees and spectators. The film also gives a glimpse into the spiritual legacy of the Sidis through the Parsi devotees of Bava Gor in Bombay.

Voices of the Sidis: Ancestral Links (26 mins). In this engaging portrait of an urban Sidi family in Bombay (Maharashtra), Babubhai traces his ancestry to Zanzibar. He also reminisces about his work as a stuntman in Bollywood films. Babubhai’s wife, Fatimaben, narrates her grandmother’s work in a Hindu royal court. Their daughter, Heena, speaks about issues of identity in contemporary India. On Fri 22 Feb at 5.30-7pm in Rm G51, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Square, London, WC2. Tel: 020 7898 4892 / 3. E-mail:


- ‘Black Women In Academia: Success, Secrets And Coping Strategies’. On Sat 23 Feb at 6-9pm. This second of twelve Queen Nzinga lectures features three generations of African women who have achieved PhDs speaking about their experiences as well as a Q and A with all three to expand on their revelations. Speakers include: Dr Ama Biney who has lectured at Middlesex University and Birkbeck College, University of London, as well as in the further education sector in the UK for over 15 years and is a trustee of the Tajudeen Abdul-Raheem Educational Trust; Dr Michelle Asantewa is an English and Creative Writing lecturer at London Metropolitan University. She has also curated several Afrikan history film events at the university and spoke on women’s resistance in 18th century literature at the first Queen Nzinga Lecture last year; and Nathalie Montlouis, PhD, who has just completed her doctorate in cultural studies and is now editing a book on Afrikan culture and western stereotypes. She is the Programme Manager for the French / Caribbean dance group Ziloka and is the co-creator of ‘Performing Black Bodies in White Spaces’.

- ‘Mary Seacole Fights Back!’ On Sun 3 Mar at 3-6pm. This third lectures features: Antoinette Kwegan a Phd student at Queen Mary University and managing consultant at Genesis Youth and Community Ltd. ( speaking on how the third sector raises educational achievement; and Professor Elizabeth Anionwu, PhD CBE FRCN, formerly head of the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice (Faculty of Health and Human Sciences at Thames Valley University). She is also vice-chairperson of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal. Prof Anionwu will speak on: The real history of Mary Seacole; Her relevance to history,education and nursing; The facts behind the recent controversy; The status of the statue appeal; and The institutional attack on black history and how it can be resisted.

Both events in Rm B36, Birkbeck University, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HX. Adm: Free / Donations, Web: and

~ NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK SATURDAY SCHOOLS AND BLACK HISTORY WALKS PRESENT 1834 SLAVERY COMPENSATION: WHO GOT THE 20 MILLION POUNDS? In 1834 when the British abolished slavery in the Caribbean the government paid 20 million pounds in compensation to the owners of the enslaved Afrikans. The Afrikans got nothing. Many people have wondered who exactly got that money and what they did with it. Which islands and plantations benefited? What houses were built? What institutions were established? What was the cultural and economic legacy of this massive payout? Can it be identified and quantified? A team of scholars from UCL have been researching exactly these questions and more. Over the last 3 years they have collated research on several thousand beneficiaries and created a searchable, user-friendly website that covers: Which individuals received monies; How much they received; Which houses they lived in; What they bought with the money; Which cultural/ educational institutions they established or supported with the money; What islands/plantations/ individuals in the Caribbean were compensated; Exactly how banks and financial institutions used the money to further the needs of empire; The role of slave-owners as writers and historians; The connections between the compensation, finance companies and political parties; Physical legacies; buildings, statues, parks, docks, railways, bridges, libraries; and how to use the website to expand your own personal or professional or genealogical research

Professor Catherine Hall, Dr Nick Draper, Keith McClelland, Kate Donnington and Rachel Lang will share their research, demonstrate how to use the website and take extended questions on both topics. On Sat 2 Mar at 2-6pm at Room B36, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet St, London, WC1E 7HX. Adm: Free. Web: / /

Contact: Kubara Zamani, Afrikan Quest International, PO Box 35165, London, SE5 8WU. Tel: 07811 494 969. E-mail: Web:

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