Afrika Day Festival, 25 May Arts Cape Resource Center

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Radikal Xpression, Media Cahubone & Journey Through The Mind present Afrika Day Festival as part of the umbrella project, (RE)DEFINING AFRIKANISM.

(RE) DEFINING AFRIKANISM includes the Whizz ICT Center, Friendz of the Library, Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement, Tutoring Program, Sophumelela Theatre Group, The Underground Disciple – Page, Poetics “Music Not For The Sake Of It”, Bolo’bolo – anarchist infoshop and vegan café, Arts Cape Resource Center, Ikhaya Garden & various artists and community developers. These orgamisations have partnered to formulate a gig guide of events that will occur in the month of May, seeking to redefine Afrikanism.

Background

Frantz Fanon spoke about grassroots liberation of Third World Countries when he said “come, brothers, we have far too much work to do for us to play the game of rear guard. Europe has done what she set to do and on the whole, she has done it well; let us stop blaming her but let us say to her firmly that she should not make such a song and dance about it. We have no more to fear; let us stop envying her.”

He continued, “So comrades, let us not pay tribute to Europe by creating states, institutions and societies which draw inspiration from her… If we want to turn Africa into a new Europe, and America into a new Europe, then let us leave the destiny of our countries to Europeans. They will know how
to do it better than the most gifted among us.”

Basically, in Afrikan Consciousness, previously colonized countries must find themselves; speak to themselves through their own voices. Thus, in this project, we look at art as a tool for personal, social and economic development and between these three, none is more important than the other, we believe in the power of all of them.

On this day, we will ponder deep into the idea of Afrikanism, looking back, now and forward. The themes that will be touched on include Precolonial Africa, Africa and its Diaspora, the African Union, the status of women in indigenous and contemporary African cultures & towards an Afrikan economy. We also wish to have an honorary segment, looking at African heroes such as Dr Gordon Mtutuzeli Siboto (whose son, Linda Siboto will be present to make a speech about his father’s belief in how black communities needed to be uplifted through activism & education), Hamilton Naki & Steve Biko.

Furthermore, from the sandy soil of Khayelitsha (a twonship in Cape Town) emerged Espinaca, a business headed by Lufefe (young entrepreneur) who makes spinach bread, the first of its kind, and who says, “we cannot run away from the fact that we have no land, that the land we have is not fertile and that the violent explosions that occurred in black townships during apartheid also damaged the soil, but I also would like to share my spinach growing and soinach bread making business in this idea of redefining Afrikanism. Nutrition is crucial.”

For more information, email rhythmandword@gmail.com
Attend Afrika is Me event on 10 May at Bolo ‘bolo Info shop at 4pm (our build0up event)

Tickets sold at the door for R50

http://disciplemag.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/re-defining-afrikanism-cape-town/

https://radikalexpression.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/re-defining-afrikanism/

(RE) DEFINING AFRIKANISM

PRESS RELEASE

 

Sophumelela Theatre Group, in association with Radikal Xpression/Black Redemption, Mayibuye Hip Hop Festival, Media Cahubone, Soundz of the South, Underground Disciples, Whizz ICT Center, Tutoring Program, Ikhaya Garden, Friends of the Library, Arts Cape Resource Center, Bolo ‘bolo Info shop and Buyel’embo Village present (RE) DEFINING AFRIKANISM.

Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city flourishing with potential to manifest the conspicuous role of art. This city is fast becoming the home of Spoken Word Art, and it is through this observation that we wish to host a festival, which will use art (spoken word, live music and drama) as a tool to bring the above ideas to life. Art has played a pivotal role in emphasizing values and cultures of certain communities. Also, we need not mention the imperative role that has been played during and after the struggle by the likes of Don Mattera, Njabulo Ndebele, Eskia Mphahlele, Athol Fugard, John Kani and Bessie Head, to mention but a few. In essence, art has the potential to creatively and positively build society; to shape it towards a progressive path.

But, Cape Town townships are also clouded by gangsterism, drug addiction, destructive art and crime. So many young, black and gifted youth are roaming around with no purpose, a lack of understanding that by destroying their own communities, they are destroying themselves personally. How do we then begin to pump up Afrikan pride into their consciousness? How do we reclaim an unconditional love of ourselves as Afrikans, being a stripped and oppressed people? How do we move towards abolishing mental poverty, so we can see ourselves as humans? And, most importantly, how do ‘other’ ethnicities fit in to this equation?

Frantz Fanon spoke about grassroots liberation of Third World Countries when he said “come, brothers, we have far too much work to do for us to play the game of rear guard. Europe has done what she set to do and on the whole, she has done it well; let us stop blaming her but let us say to her firmly that she should not make such a song and dance about it. We have no more to fear; let us stop envying her.”

He continued, “So comrades, let us not pay tribute to Europe by creating states, institutions and societies which draw inspiration from her… If we want to turn Africa into a new Europe, and America into a new Europe, then let us leave the destiny of our countries to Europeans. They will know how
to do it better than the most gifted among us.”

Basically, in Afrikan Consciousness, previously colonized countries must find themselves; speak to themselves through their own voices.

Thus, in this project, we look at art as a tool for personal, social and economic development and between these three, none is more important than the other, we believe in the power of all of them.

Schedule

(RE) DEFINING AFRIKANISM OPENING

17 May 2014, 5pm

Fashion and Live Music Event

Celebrating Afrikan Music and Fashion

Buyel’embo Village, Mandela Park, Khayelitsha

Damage Fee: R15 for all

Contact: rhythmandword@gmail.com

LOOKING AT AFRICAN HEROES

24 May 2014, 9am – 1pm

Whizz ICT Center, Friends of the Library and Tutoring Group

A critical outlook on Afrikan Consciousness

Site C Library

No damage fee for all

Contact Details: m.gqirana@gmail.com

OR tqondela@gmail.com

MAYIBUYE HIP HOP FESTIVAL

24 May 2014, 11:00am till late

Mayibuye i-Afrika”

Buyel’embo Village, Mandela Park, Khayelitsha

Damage Fee: R30 (kids), R60 (adults), R100 (VIP)

Contact: zoeynqose@gmail.com / zanzolo.uzwikantu@gmail.com or call 0766839095 or 0744686185 .

 

(RE) DEFINING AFRIKANISM

25 May 2014, 10am – 20:00

Looking back, looking forward

Themed around Pre-colonial Afrika, Afrika and its Diaspora, the African Union and its objectives, Towards an Afrikan Economy

Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it.” – Frantz Fanon

Film Screening, debate/discussions, seminars, exhibition and performances

Arts Cape Resource Center, Cape Town, CBD

Damage fee: R50 

Contact: rhythmandword@gmail.com

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS ART SESSION

 

27 May 2014, 10am – 1pm

Towards ecological consciousness, biodiversity, food security

No Damage Fee for all

Ikhaya Garden, Skhokele Primary School

Site C, opposite Library

Contact: soiluture@gmail.com

 

CONSCIOUSVIBESPHERE

30 May 2014, 1pm

Arts and Politics

Looking at the concept of ‘amAfrika Poqo’ aspirations and meaning for today

University of Western Cape

No Damage Fee

Contact: soundzofthesouth@gmail.com

 

CONSCIOUS AFRIKA SPOKEN WORD SESSION

30 May 2014, 5pm – 8pm

“Art for art’s sake is just another piece of deodorized dog shit.” – Chinua Achebe

Looking at the power of spoken word/literature in building a united and strong Afrika

Bolo ‘bolo Bookstore, Observatory

No Damage Fee

Contact: rhythmandword@gmail.com

Media Coverage will be on http://disciplemag.wordpress.com

THE FINALE

31 May 2014, 5pm – 8pm

Music, Word, Cuisine and Fashion

Afrikan Extravaganza

Buyel’embo Village, Mandela Park, Khayelitsha

Damage Fee: R50 

Contact: rythmandword@gmail.com

This is a crucial project that shows collectivism in its most organic form as community activists, artists and businesses have come together to redefine the concept of Afrikanism. For any enquiries, kindly contact the organizers, who will gladly assist you with whatever issue you wish to discuss.

Yours Sincerely,

Ziphozakhe Hlobo and Kaya Ncosani

Project Managers

rhythmandword@gmail.com

bomidesigns01@gmail.com

0748192133