ACLT Gift of Life Ball

October 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) annual Gift of Life Ball (GOL) was held 11th October 2009, it was the 10th and final Fundraising Charity Ball and here we have a review of the spectacular night writted by Ms D. Knox who has attended the GOL for the past 6 years.

ACLT Gift of Life ball, the 10th and final one.

I have attended several GOL balls over the past few years, the Grand Finale was a “must do” social event. The ACLT event is like a friends and family reunion, full of positive vibes and brings together people with a true understanding of the gift of life that we all have and the potential gift of life that we may give to another person through giving blood or becoming a donor. Following the passing of Daniel De Gale in October 2008, his parents and the ACLT founders Bevererly De Gale and Orin Lewis agreed to arrange this final tribute ball. Read more

Acoustically Speaking – Eclectic Arts Network

January 29, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Acoustically Speaking, once per month

Acoustically Speaking, once per month

Once a month in South London, Acoustically Speaking, an event that fuses Music, Poetry and the Arts, helps to keep the winter blues quite firmly at bay. Presented by the Eclectic Arts Network, Acoustically Speaking gives artists and performers a platform with which to connect with people who enjoy different styles from the underground.

Last night saw the night resume, the first for the new year, at Hypnotik (formerly Brockwells) opposite Brockwell Park. The informality of the night is appealing and the vibe is warm and welcoming. So much so that it is not unusual for members of the audience to add their name to the list of performers, even though it’s not technically an ‘Open Mic’ situation.

Alongside the poets, singers and musicians performing on the night, last night, Ugandan artist, Eddie Bbira had some of his work on display. This amazing artist, who is currently in the UK studying at Art Therapy at the Roehampton Institute, uses his skills to help street kids in Kampala City, Uganda regain their dignity and assist them in rejoining mainstream society by developing their own artistic skills.

Last night we were treated with performances ranging from Classical guitar, Roots poetry, North African/Franco/Arabic and home grown British soul. Performers included Micheal Phillips, Desmond Rose and Deborah Grace, who fresh from recording her new studio album is sure to be a hit on the live circuit.

Poet Flexi has been writing poetry for the past 20 years, but is new to performing her art in front of an audience. Nerves got the better of her a one stage, but the warmth and encouragement of the Eclectic Arts audience and crew enabled her to complete her set, showing anyone who may think otherwise that whoever you are, and whatever talent you may have, performing in front of a crowd is something that is not that easy to do.

Perhaps that’s the beauty of a night like Acoustically Speaking. It’s a place in which even those new to the art of performing can find an audience of people who love music, and the arts and will appreciate the lengths to which you as the artist have gone to perfect your work.

So if you’re in the mood for discovering new music, new performers or if you’re someone who has long desired to be onstage, if you’re an artist wanting to display your work to a captive audience, check out the Eclectic Arts Network website for more information and dates for the upcoming shows.

Favela Rising – Film Review

December 23, 2006 by · 1 Comment 

photo_4b.jpgSet in one of Rio De Janeiro’s 600 ghettos, Vigario Geral, Favela Rising charts the story of Anderson Sa, Jose Junior and AfroReggae on a journey from outlaws to social revolutionaries. In their debut feature, directors Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary allow us to see inside the notorious ghettos of one of the world’s most fascinating cities.

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500 Years Later – Review

October 21, 2006 by · 1 Comment 

‘Until Lions tell their tale, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter’ – African Proverb

Winner of numerous film festival awards 500 Years Later is a poignant piece of work that takes the viewer on a journey through history to the present day realities of the African diaspora. Director Owen ‘Alik Shahadah and writer M.K. Asante Jr. have created a film that speaks with an African voice. Read more