Powerful Tribute to Diaspora Women at The AfroLatino Festival NYC 2017

July 15, 2017 § 3 Comments

Amara La Negra performs at the AfroLatino Festival NYC July 8

It was a powerful tribute to Diaspora women at the 5th edition of the AfroLatino Festival NYC, and it couldn’t have been done at a more important time, as they have essentially been the backbone – as well as at the forefront – of the struggle for basic human rights and justice. At a time when the very existence of AfroLatinos and other Afrodescendientes is still questioned, spaces and events like this two-day festival are vital to the survival and evolution of Diaspora and Afrolatino communities. The festivities started at the historic Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in Harlem, with a AfroLatin Talks symposium and a Liberación Film Festival. Afro-Peruvian singer/songwriter Susanna Baca received « Read the rest of this entry »

Bodoma Garifuna at the Afro-Latino Festival NYC 2015

July 28, 2015 § 1 Comment

Bodoma Garifuna perform their traditional Garifuna music and dance at the the Afro-Latino Festival NYC

Bodoma Garifuna performs their traditional Garifuna music and dance at the the Afro-Latino Festival NYC

It was the first time the Afro-Latino Festival NYC 2015 had been held over a three-day period, but it was just as well, because Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn were all a part of a joyous coming together of Latin Americans celebrating the diversity of Afrodescendente culture. Afrofusion TV made it to Brooklyn on the last day of the festival to capture some scenes for our upcoming segment on Afro-Latino identity, and we were pleased to find a group from Honduras called Bodoma Garifuna Culture Band on the billing. Our interest in the Garifuna goes beyond what we need for our African Diaspora series, though. I’ve always been interested in learning more about Garifuna, a group descended from West and Central Africans, Island Carib, and Arawak peoples that live mostly in the Central American coastal areas of Honduras, Guatemala, Belize and Nicaragua. Diaspora Garifuna communities can « Read the rest of this entry »

Video Preview: Jamaican Dominance at the Penn Relays

May 10, 2015 § 1 Comment

I promised to release a preview clip of our visit to the 2015 Penn Relays that we attended last month at the University of Pennsylvania. Here is a short clip we threw together, featuring some of the fans, athletes, coaches and other supporters we were able to talk to at the event. Look out for the full segment later, which is part of an upcoming series on Afrofusion TV. Big up to Team Jamaica Bickle and Caribbean Food Delights for all they do to support Jamaican and other Caribbean athletes at the Penn Relays. Bless.

 

Blitz the Ambassador’s Afropolitan Dreams Block Party

May 7, 2013 § 1 Comment

Blitz the Ambassador goes airborne during his performance in Brooklyn, NY

Blitz the Ambassador goes airborne during his performance in Brooklyn, NY

What could beat a free block party in Brooklyn, New York thrown by Blitz the Ambassador and featuring French duo Les Nubians, with a film screening of the Sundance hit Restless City, a picnic, and a live DJ on a May weekend afternoon? Not much else, we figured; tack on a chance to nab an interview with Blitz, and off we went! Boy was it worth it. The Ghanaian born hip hop artist has been called the future of African music, and together with his live band he KILLED it at Fulton Park last Saturday May 4th. His brand of music is infused with Afrobeat and highlife influences, and his live performance in itself is just sheer irrepressible energy. The rest of his band seemed like they were ready to rip off the suits they « Read the rest of this entry »

Africa’s New Carnival: Seychelles Carnaval International de Victoria

February 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

Seychellois singer Grace Barbé will perform (photo from Seychelles Tourism Board)

In 1972 the first ever “Festival of the Seychelles” was held, celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the first settlement of the islands in 1770. Now after an almost 40-year hiatus, Seychelles, the “Land of Perpetual Summer” opens its beautiful beaches to the Carnaval Internacional de Victoria (International Carnival in Victoria) to be held in the capital Victoria from March 4th to the 7th. In a celebration of its multi-ethnic roots, the Carnival has taken the theme “The Melting Pot of Cultures,” as it is populated mainly by people with African, Asian and European ancestry. The three-day celebration will feature participants from all over the globe, and has invited representatives from the world’s most famous carnivals. Already confirmed are folks from the UK’s Notting Hill Carnival and « Read the rest of this entry »

Bob Marley Birthday Celebration and Super Bowl Party: Trench Town Rock!

February 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

There are two things that are special about Sunday February 6 this year. One, it’s Super Bowl Sunday (in the US). Two, it’s Bob Marley’s Birthday! So, with all the usual parties, gatherings and “socials” that happen on that day, how about joining in on “Trench Town Rock,” an all-day Bob Marley Birthday Celebration and Super Bowl watch party at Ras Lounge in Northwest Washington, DC? Dera Tompkins of I & I Productions first started celebrating Bob Marley’s Birthday in DC in 1982, when she broadcast a two hour-long radio special on WPFW 89.3 FM. In 1983 she organized the first party in celebration of his birthday, and has been « Read the rest of this entry »

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