Thursday, March 05, 2015

Debate About French Muslim Identity Plays Out In Hip-Hop

As part of our stories about Muslims in Western Europe, commentator Hisham Aidi, author of the book Rebel Music, talks about how music factors into the cultural differences between French Muslims.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Common and John Legend keep it reall at the Oscars

Friday, February 06, 2015

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Berlin in Autumn

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Kurfürstendamm U-Bahn

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Yesterday in Barcelona...

The wonderful Kerry James Marshall in conversation with the legendary academic, Paul Gilroy about the inspiration behind his work currently on exhibition in Painting And Other Stuff at The Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona. A challenging and insightful evening.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What I watched in Tornoto

Martin Scorsese's The 50 Year Argument and the all women created and produced High Society / Le Beau Monde are two great films I had the privilege to see at this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Be sure to catch them when on general release.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A marvellous night amongst the stars at the magnificent Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

An electrifying ensemble performance of Gershwin's Porgy & Bess at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London, 22 August, 2014.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Inspirational Woolf exhibition at the NPG

A moving and insightful look at the life and influences of Virginia Woolf. The exhibition encompasses Woolf's family and upbringing, the Bloomsbury Group and the impact of the politics of the time on her work and thinking, London as inspiration and the creation of The Hogarth Press, and her lifelong battle against depression and ultimate suicide. A must-see. 

The National Portrait Gallery, London until 26 October, 2014.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Music and literature at The Hay Festival

The legendary Hugh Masekela
Hugh Masekela
Francisco Bettencourt
Francisco Bettencourt and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera
Anthony Giddens
The legendary Toni Morrison
The legendary Toni Morrison

Thursday, March 27, 2014

From the Jiwar Facebook page

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ten things I’ve learnt in five days in Barcelona

1. Barcelonans love all things organic
Recommended: Woki Organic Market

2. Affordable food is everywhere
Recommended: Macchina, Origens, Veg World India

3. Wednesday is cinema night
Four euros for any film. Be warned, long queues!
Recommended: Cine Verdi

4. There’s an English language bookshop a three minute walk from my apartment that stocks a wide range of non-fiction and fiction.
Recommended: Hibernian Books, Carrer de Montseny 17, 08012

5. Catalan flags are everywhere!
Hanging from balconies, pasted onto lampposts and graffitied on walls.

6. Flamenco rules!
A packed out and intimate performance at Flamenco Barcelona featuring an hypnotic cantaor y cantaora, a tight three-piece band and a spellbinding bailaor.
Recommended: Flamenco Barcelona, Carrer Progres, Barcelona

7. Protest lives!
It seems wherever I go, protest follows me.
See: Stop Pujades Transport

8. Gaudi is great
So say the hundreds who queue to visit the master’s work.

9. Sex is out in the open
Billboards for call girls and escort services (sorry, no pictures, but they’re there on the motorway driving out from the airport into the city centre).

10. Do believe the hype
Barcelona is rightly known as the capital of culture and is called “inspirational.” For once, this isn’t just marketing flan.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Four more years...

Monday, 21st January, 2013
Sunday, 20 January, 2013

Monday, December 31, 2012

My books of 2012

Two-thousand-and-twelve was a bumper year for quality non-fiction. Here is a selection of my top books from the last twelve months:

A compulsive combination of travel, history, ethnography and memoir  from the acclaimed Indian writer. An absolute gem.
A counter intuitive and engaging study of Asia's intellectual response to Western imperialism that contains many lessons for Africa.
A compelling exploration of the years immediately following World War II and preceding the Cold War that expose the depths of European postwar depravity.
The subtitle to this epic examination of  postwar Eastern Europe says it all. Scholarly and  engaging, Pulitzer Prize winner, Anne Applebaum delivers a timely history lesson.
I must admit, I haven't actually read Artemis Cooper's comprehensive biography of the late travel writer, however, having listened to extracts on Radio 4's Book of the Week, it's top of my list for 2013.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas night theatre

Roverman’s production of Ebo Whyte’s play, Don’t Mess With A Woman was a fantastic end to a humid Kumasi, Ghana, Christmas Day.

Whyte’s tale of a modern-day woman scorned was brimming with narrative goodness. The two-hour performance was delivered by a stellar cast accompanied by a fine house band against a basic but appropriate backdrop. The culturally-relevant storyline, and punchy dialogue, blended humour and drama with a moral message, and was perfect for the youthful audience.

The production provided further proof that Ghana is full with theatrical talent, something, I hope, will be developed and recognised in the near future.

Currently doing a residency at the National Theatre, Accra, Roverman’s festival of five Ebo Whyte plays is a must-see for both theatre vets and neophytes alike.

Catch it while you can!

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