Reggae Britannia – BBC4 Doc Celebrates Reggae’s Influence on British Music and Culture | i-reggae

February 15, 2011 § 3 Comments

It’s quite simply the story of black music in the 20th century, isn’t it? A music style is created and developed. It is ridiculed, ignored and rejected by the industry’s white establishment. It grows in popularity. It is embraced by rebellious white youth. It is co-opted by white musicians. Booyah! It’s suddenly “great sounding music, let’s play some records, shall we?” If you watch the new BBC4 documentary Reggae Britannia, you’ll find that that’s essentially what happened in the UK with the music from Jamaica called reggae. “We completely plundered reggae, without remorse,” admits Stewart Copeland of British rock band The Police, who came to prominence in the mid-70s. But in the 1960s, reggae artists and performers had the darndest time getting any pay for their records, and definitely no play on the radio. “A lot of the deejays had a snobbery towards Jamaican music, and sometimes it bordered on racialism,” says author Steve « Read the rest of this entry »

Bino and Fino: New African Animated Children’s TV Show

November 1, 2010 § 6 Comments

From the creators’ blog: Bino and Fino is “a fun, educational, multilingual children’s cartoon set in modern Africa.” Produced by Nigerian animators from Abuja-based production company EVCL, the series tries to offer an alternative view of Africa to young children on the continent and in the diaspora. And to that I say: AMEN! The paucity of positive and inspiring information about Africa is a nagging source of frustration for those of us trying to rectify the problem. But with the continuous negative, patronizing, humiliating portrayal of Africa on every medium available to children (TV, radio, movies, books), the battle needs to continue, unabated and intensified! That’s what Adamu Waziri, one of the show’s creators, is attempting to do with Bino and Fino. Read More

Preview: International Couture Collections

September 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Wolf versus Goat!?? What the deuce is that, I wondered? Turned out to be the name of the Spring/Summer 2011 collection from designer Mauro Farinelli… the theme being “contemporary prep meets ‘Oliver Twist!'” I didn’t quite know what to expect when DC Fashion Week held a fashion industry networking party at the trendy Tabaq Bistro on historic U Street in Washington, DC. It was a chance for fashion designers, stylists, models, makeup artists and other fashionistas to get together, reconnect, and network with each other. So they held a short fashion show featuring “Wolf Vs. Goat,” (still cracks me up) whose focus, according to the designer, is “simplicity, wearability and attention toeven the smallest of details.” Afrofusion TV’s Khadia chatted with DC Fashion Week Founder and Executive Director Ean Williams, and a young designer from Yemen, about the upcoming International Couture Collections show. Check out the video clip below, and the Photo Gallery for great pictures from the networking party. More from the DC Fashion Week finale at the French Embassy later on. Stay tuned!

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August 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

Welcome, cool people!! In the Afrofusion Lounge, here’s what you’re going to find: The latest info on tours by the hottest African and West Indian musicians. The most current trends in African fashion, from the most progressive designers on the continent and in the Diaspora. Cutting edge developments in art from Africa’s most promising and established artists. The most intriguing cultural and social trends amongst Africans in the Diaspora and on the Continent. Exciting news in the world of African and Caribbean sports and entertainment. All this will also be part of Afro Fusion TV, a new web television series whose episodes will be streamed on this blog. So stay tuned, we’re going to roll it all out… soon!

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