Archive for January, 2015

The Chilcot Inquiry

23rd January 2015  |  News  |  Comments Off on The Chilcot Inquiry

The Chilcot Inquiry – a reminder of 15 February 2003, ‘The day the world said no to war’ The mainstream news this week has been filled with questions and demands for answers regarding The Chilcot Inquiry launched 30 July 2009. … Continue reading

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Bhundu Boy Rise Kagona – 18th April

22nd January 2015  |  News  |  Comments Off on Bhundu Boy Rise Kagona – 18th April

Make sure that 18 April is FREE. The great Bhundu Boy from Zimbabwe RISE KAGONA & The Jit Jive Band will be performing that evening in Gateshead. Put it in your diary – venue and ticket details later. Plus African drumming and dance workshops for all the family in the afternoon.

Rise Kagona

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FINDING FELA – Tyneside Cinema Jan 12-14

8th January 2015  |  News  |  Comments Off on FINDING FELA – Tyneside Cinema Jan 12-14

Fela Kuti on stage, ochre backdrop

Waka Waka has persuaded Tyneside Cinema to put on this new film about Fela Kuti next week – can we ask for your support to get the word out by email, facebook, tweet ? – however you can. Many thanks

Monday 12th January 20:15 (Gallery)
Tuesday 13th January 15:20 (Roxy) 20:15 (Gallery)
Wednesday 14th January 13:05 (Roxy) 20:25 (Gallery)
Full Price £9 Senior/Benefit/Disabled £7.50 Student/Under 18 £5.50

THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF THE FOUNDER OF AFROBEAT: Tyneside Cinema is showing “Finding Fela” (see below) on January 12, 13 and 14th “Finding Fela” tells the story of the remarkable and controversial Fela Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela’s message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela’s music and message in their struggle for freedom.
Includes 17 of Fela’s classic tracks plus a never-before released live version of “Colonial Mentality” recorded at the New Afrika Shine in Fela’s hometown of Lagos and features Femi Kuti on saxophone. With his audacious music and much courage, Fela helped fight corruption and autocracy in freshly democratized Nigeria.
Finding Fela is directed by the Academy Award winning director, Alex Gibney

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