March 15th Top Five
1. Creatively Speaking Series
“Creatively Speaking is a monthly curated film series offering a diverse forum that highlights independent film by and/or about people of color. Curated by Michelle Materre. Explore the world we really live in.” The series is hosted by MIST Theatre in Harlem. “Ms. Materre delightedly stated, ‘This partnership enables us to have ongoing access to a state of the art, artistically designed, destination location triplex cinema where independent film and video can live and prosper. We are elated to be working with MIST Director of Programming Alexa Birdsong as well as the masterminds behind this project, and the three ‘new best friends’ of our creative community, Walter Edwards, Carlton Brown, and Roland Laird.’” Check out their Women’s History Month Series here.
2. What’s Up Africa
What’s up Africa is presented by RNW producer Ikenna Azuike, who was inspired by the successful American video blogger Ray William Johnson. In his video blog Ikenna takes a quizzical look at what’s hip, hot, eye-catching or unusual in South, West and East Africa.
3. Julie Wangombe
Julie Wang’ombe, daughter of Linus Gitahi, CEO of Nation Media Group is an accomplished poet and spoken word artist. She is widely known for her talent in spoken word poetry, which she discovered in 2009 at the Slam Africa event in Westlands, Nairobi. She moved to the US in 2009 to attend Duke University.
“Julie many other African students at American colleges, experienced several stereotypes about Africans. The stereotypes, coupled with the mentorship from the artists she met at Duke, led her to writing the poem called “A Reintroduction to Africa”, which most people know her by. She has performed the poem at several events globally, including at the TED International Talent Search; Africa Governance Leadership and Management Convention and Acumen Fund’s Innovate conference.”
4. Grace Drums
Founded in 2010, GRACE DRUMS is a percussion & vocals ensemble of spirited women of African descent, with the singular mission of making joy contagious across all races, ethnicities, religions, and with the vision of dissipating all visible & invisible attachments that divide. Our goal is to unify our audiences cross-culturally through joyous, ecstatic percussive expression.
Using time-honored traditional West African percussion instruments (Djembe Djundjun), music and vocals from African & Caribbean cultures as a foundation, GRACE DRUMS bridges the traditional to the contemporary, infusing the traditional with influences in R&B, Afro-Caribbean dance music, & vocal improvisation. The result is traditional & contemporary percussion, vocals, and joy, with wide audience appeal.
Each GRACE DRUMMER is a versatile artist with experience in a variety of performance arts including music, dance, theater, and storytelling. We draw from each other’s strength & creativity to honor our musical roots & influences in the Caribbean (Haiti, Panama, Trinidad), West Africa (Ghana, Guinea), and North America, while exploring what these roots mean to us now as women raised in, living & working in North America.
5. P Square
P-Square´s Music is Afrocentric in that it combines western and African rhythms in creating a marvelous blend of R&B, Hip Hop and Dancehall songs. Their songs surprisingly cut across various age genders and geographical boundaries indirectly making them the most popular and sought after artiste in Africa and beyond. Since the release of the Get Squared and Game Over album, they have performed in several major concerts all around the Globe.