Celebration of Africa 2018
Highlights from our celebration 2018
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Live Performance from the UK Ghana Methodist Fellowship Choir
It's story time with Steve Barbe
Tony B Happy Drums live workshop ft. members of the Westbridge choir
Our honoured guest the Mayor of
Wandsworth Councillor Piers McCausland shares somw words reminding us of the historical significance of the Battersea Arts Centre which was the old town hall that voted in the first Mayor of African origin John Richard Archer
Songstress Stolen serenades the
audience with soulful tones
Fee Uhsi fashions demonstrates how to perfectly wrap your body and head in African cloth.
The Imani Congregation Children's Choir beautifully close the show singing songs in Swahili
Celebration of Africa 2017
Celebration of Africa 2017
The Mayor of Wandsworth
Councillor Leslie McDonnell
Mayor, Asi Munisi & Westbridge choir
Sunny with Monica welcome
Serving plantain balls
Deaba cup cakes
Akylah celebration host
Akylah Rodrieguez welcomes all to the Celebration of Africa
Andy, Andy, Wayne & Ali
Andy and the big funk kick off with live funk music. Funk is a music genre that originated in the mid-1960s when African American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and rhythm and blues (R&B).
Andy Wood Mitchell
Andy, Perry, Andy
Andy on guitar, Perry on drums
Ali on the keys
Ali and Wayne keys & bass
Deaba enjoys the funk music from Andy & the big funk
Deaba dances to funk
Perry on the drums
Andy & Wayne
Mr Bear with African hat
Party bounce pumpkin pot
Partybounce sweet chains
Party bounce sweet display
guest drummer Perry smiles
Akylah Josh cheek
Akylah Josh chat
Josh & Andy duet
Josh sings pabf banner
Akylah announce 4
Raoul Dero The Universal Poet
Raoul Dero The Universal Poet
Raoul Dero chats with guests
Akylah introduces Elliot the spoken word artist
Elliot Spoken word artist
Elliot spoken word
Spoken word from Elliot
Spoken Word Artist performs with feeling.
Akylah gets the crowd to follow her to the courtyard for the story of Anansie by Steve Barbe
Ready in the courtyard for the audience to arrive
Welcomes the audience and encourages participation with African djembe's in a variety of sizes
The story of Anansie
Shares the story of Anansie teaching rhythms to the audience
Leads the audience with rhythmic beats
Doubling up a small Djembe drum as a calabash for imaginary water
Audience member plays along to the story of Anansie with a drum
Akylah introduces Tinkez
Akylah introduces Tinkez an Afro Beats Christian Rapper Artist
Performing with feeling & energy
Dancing to the beat
Teaches the audience some Afro Beats dance moves
Tinkez & Joshua Munisi
Tinkez inspires Joshua Munisi to move to the Afro Beats.
African drummer from Congo
African drummer from Guinea Lasalle
Steps into and dances through the audience to the stage
Mama Afrika with Steve Barbe
Meets Steve on the way as they share a dance.
African dancer from the Congo
Playing the African Rhythm on the Djembe African drum
Nsimba & Mama Afrika
African rhythmic beats for Mama Afrika
Malachai Kirby & Joshua Munisi
Celebration of Africa 2016!
Our celebration of Africa 2016 took place on Saturday 8th October at the Battersea Arts centre. We are extremely grateful to the arts centre for opening its doors and welcoming us to celebrate Africa during what the London borough Wandsworth call diversity month. Check out the pictures above and re live the experience or see what you missed. From amazing stalls to delicious food and inspiring performances.
Daria ready to greet our guests, with Lauren & Cammy looking after the party bounce inflatable balls for Betty.
Birds eye view
Betty's back, down with Ooonagh ready to paint faces.
Let's play ball
Children love the inflatable balls from party bounce
Face paints almost ready
Oonagh prepares to paint faces.
Wow, great job Oonagh
This young man is very happy after his face was painted by Oonagh.
Great African food by Deaba's catering.
Deaba is at the ready to serve the African cuisine.
Deaba serves Jane Ellison MP
Jane Ellison MP enjoys Deaba's delicious African food.
Anyone for scrabble? MOA designs challenge us to word games & encourage us to read more.
Read 'The fall of snow'. Brainchild publications is creating a positive image of African children through literature.
Casey Elisha books
Love thy fro, the perfect book encouraging children to love their Afro hair.
Casey Elisha Books
Empowering children through literature!
Love art gallery based in South Africa, sell beautiful pieces of rock art.
Thank you Rock art
Auctioned Mandela portrait by Sean Caulfield of the love art gallery in South Africa.
Our Story Fashions
Our story fashions have printed materials you can wear and learn from
It's a small world!
It's amazing who you bump into on your journeys.
Kevin & Fae meet again
Check out Our Story Fashions on the web to get your educating fashion.
Yolande & Co.
Presenting cushions & accessories African material style.
African style accessories
Ronbuzz African arts & crafts
Sally Graham presents....
African arts, crafts & accessories.
Ronbuzz Art from Sally
Couture bags from Yaa Ataa.
Sweets & treats
In partnership with Yaa Ataa
Josephine & Co.
Josephine Wiafeh, founder of Yaa Ataa visit their website to find out more.
Felicity presents her artwork drawing from her African experience.
Sahel designs present luxury craft from the heart of West Africa.
Sunny sells fair trade
Sunny sells fair trade items and collects donations for the foundation.
Asi Munisi with Jane Ellison MP
Asi & Jane talk about the foundation with Jane's husband John who just flew in from Kenya.
Councillor Wendy Speck
Wendy's got her seat ready for the showcase of African storytelling, music & dance.
Asi Munisi presents...
Asi Munisi presents the showcase.
Steve Barbe, an African story
Steve shares kicks off the showcase celebrating the oral tradition of African story telling.
Asi couldn't quite get the rhythm, so Steve got some help from a native, a member of the Imani choir.
The story song was in the language of Shona, spoken by natives of Zimbabwe, lucky for us we had a native speaker to give us the proper pronunciation.
'Come they told me Pa rum pum pum pum' Our own little drummer boy keeps the African rhythm!
All were welcome to be a part of telling the story.
Owen held a steady rhythm for the Imani choir.
Imani songs in Swahili
Imani male vocalist performed an uplifting song in Swahili, accompanied by the ladies.
Imani authentic African voices
Our audience enjoy the authentic African vocals from the Imani choir as they sing songs in Swahili
Felicity Prazak reading
Felicity reads from her latest book 'Living under terror'.
Joshua Munisi gifts his hat to a lucky audience member.
Joshua encourages audience
Joshua serenades the crowd and encourages audience participation.
Sings from the soul
Songs of freedom!
Mama Afrika ready to groove
Mama Afrika dances
Celebrating the traditional African dance from the Congo.
Mama Afrika envokes
A powerful moving African dance piece, beyond this world
Playing African rhythms with vocals for Mama Afrika Madina.
African Spirit moves
The drums awoke a Spirit of dance in our Shona speaking friend.
A great family day out!
Fun for all ages!
With gratitude to all participants, supporters who came out and special thanks to the Battersea arts centre for hosting the Pan African Book Foundations, fourth annual celebration of Africa 2016.
Ufumbo Graduation Visit 2015
Celebration of Africa 2013
Young Joshua Munisi sings one of his own compositions at the 2013 celebration of Africa.