• Rembetiko is a type of music and lifestyle that was developed by the Greek refugees that lived for countless generations in Turkey and then were forced to move back to the motherland of Greece because of the threat of genocide. Yannis Adoniou Catherine Clambaneva and Leonidas Kassapides are exploring the style and importance of Rembetika […]

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  • I wonder if my ancestors imaged that their children would ever come back home to Africa. After experiencing being captured beat, chained together and walked miles and miles from their homes, ancestral lands, family, language, culture, religion, food, flora and fauna to sit and wait in a dungeon. To be taken to a place on […]

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  • Myal, like many African based religion is tied intricately to place, location — the setting and its surrounding fauna/flora play an important role. Myal was initially believed to simple mean “spirit.” The first known recorded observation of a Myal ceremony was in 1774 by Edward Long, who documented the performance of a Myal dance intended […]

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  • A benefit for CounterPULSE’s Performing Diaspora Thurs. Sept. 10, 5-9pm, $10-15 sliding scale at El Rio, 3158 Mission St., SF, CA, www.elriosf.com Come party with CounterPULSE at El Rio for an evening of happy hour specials with an awesome line up of entertainment for your viewing pleasure. Vivvyanne Forevermore hosts an evening with a DJ […]

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  • Danica and Dulce -thank you both so much for your sharing! Having been in Cuba for the first works in progress showing – and looking towards the 20th as the first time I will be meeting many of the other artists in this amazing convergence of cultures, approaches, artistic voices – I am feeling nervous, […]

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  • The Ewe say ” … you must cry into the song.” A man in the taxi said “… you are beautiful when you cry.” … But these things are not easy. To cry into the song when you are still so sad … To let your beauty shine thru when you feel as though there […]

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  • I didn’t get the memo. You know the one that breaks down the ways in which descendants of enslaved Africans have a different (but just as post traumatic stress disordered psychosis) than the descendants of colonized Africans. To be fair, I looked completely different when I’ve traveled abroad before (I had long hair), AND there […]

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  • middle (line) Look fast. Move slow. The ground is on fire, but I don’t worry myself with that anymore. If I was at home I would ask if the fumes were toxic. Now, toxic is relative and intersections are the eye of the storm. In Ghana, ‘Nature’ is the holy book that tells people what […]

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