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

Mayor of Wandsworth Speech

Mayor of Wandsworth with Asi Munisi

The Mayor allows new arrivals to purchase their tickets for their chance to win in the raffle

Mayor of Wandsworth draws the raffle

Mayor of Wandsworth draws the winning tickets with assistance from our hosts Tinkez & Joshua Munisi

Mayor of Wandsworth congratulates

Mayor of Wandsworth congratulates our first winner!

Mayor of Wandsworth draws

More winners are drawn

Mayor of Wandsworth announces

Mayor of Wandsworth announces more winners with the continued assistance from Tinkez & Joshua Munisi

 

Songstress Stolen serenades the

audience with soulful tones

Fee Uhsi fashions demonstrates how to  perfectly wrap your body and head in African cloth.

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The Imani Congregation Children's Choir beautifully close the show singing songs in Swahili

Celebration of Africa 2017

Celebration of Africa 2017

Celebration of Africa 2017

The Mayor of Wandsworth

The Mayor of Wandsworth

Councillor Leslie McDonnell

Mayor, Asi Munisi & Westbridge choir

Mayor, Asi Munisi & Westbridge choir

Sunny with Monica welcome

Sunny with Monica welcome

Deaba smile

Deaba smile

Deaba chicken

Deaba chicken

Serving plantain balls

Serving plantain balls

Deaba cup cakes

Deaba cup cakes

Akylah celebration host

Akylah celebration host

Akylah Rodrieguez welcomes all to the Celebration of Africa

Andy, Andy, Wayne & Ali

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 Wood Mitchell

Lead singer

Andy, Perry, Andy

Andy, Perry, Andy

Andy on guitar, Perry on drums

Andy guitarist

Andy guitarist

Ali on the keys

Ali on the keys

Ali and Wayne keys & bass

Ali and Wayne keys & bass

Deaba dance

Deaba dance

Deaba enjoys the funk music from Andy & the big funk

Deaba dances to funk

Deaba dances to funk

Perry on the drums

Perry on the drums

Andy & Wayne

Andy & Wayne

Mr Bear with African hat

Mr Bear with African hat

Party bounce

Party bounce pumpkin pot

Party bounce pumpkin pot

Partybounce sweet chains

Partybounce sweet chains

Party bounce sweet display

Party bounce sweet display

Akylah announce

Akylah announce

guest drummer Perry smiles

guest drummer Perry smiles

Akylah Josh cheek

Akylah Josh cheek

Akylah Josh chat

Akylah Josh chat

Josh sings3

Josh sings3

Josh & Andy duet

Josh & Andy duet

Josh Andy

Josh Andy

Josh sings pabf banner

Josh sings pabf banner

Akylah announce 4

Akylah announce 4

Raoul Dero The Universal Poet

Raoul Dero The Universal Poet

Raoul Dero The Universal Poet

Raoul Dero The Universal Poet

Raoul Dero chats with guests

Raoul Dero chats with guests

Akylah Rodrieguez

Akylah Rodrieguez

Akylah introduces Elliot the spoken word artist

Elliot Spoken word artist

Elliot Spoken word artist

Elliot spoken word

Elliot spoken word

Spoken word from Elliot

Spoken word from Elliot

Elliot Ajai-Ajagbe

Elliot Ajai-Ajagbe

Spoken Word Artist performs with feeling.

Elliot Ajai-Ajagbe

Elliot Ajai-Ajagbe

Akylah

Akylah

Akylah gets the crowd to follow her to the courtyard for the story of Anansie by Steve Barbe

Steve Barbe

Steve Barbe

Ready in the courtyard for the audience to arrive

Steve Barbe

Steve Barbe

Welcomes the audience and encourages participation with African djembe's in a variety of sizes

Steve Barbe

Steve Barbe

The story of Anansie

Steve Barbe

Steve Barbe

Shares the story of Anansie teaching rhythms to the audience

Steve Barbe

Steve Barbe

Leads the audience with rhythmic beats

Steve Barbe

Steve Barbe

Doubling up a small Djembe drum as a calabash for imaginary water

Audience participation

Audience participation

Audience member plays along to the story of Anansie with a drum

Akylah introduces Tinkez

Akylah introduces Tinkez

Akylah introduces Tinkez an Afro Beats Christian Rapper Artist

Tinkez

Tinkez

Performing with feeling & energy

Tinkez

Tinkez

Dancing to the beat

Tinkez

Tinkez

Teaches the audience some Afro Beats dance moves

Tinkez & Joshua Munisi

Tinkez & Joshua Munisi

Tinkez inspires Joshua Munisi to move to the Afro Beats.

Tinkez

Tinkez

Tinkez

Tinkez

Tinkez

Tinkez

Nsimba

Nsimba

African drummer from Congo

Moussa

Moussa

African drummer from Guinea Lasalle

Mama Afrika

Mama Afrika

Steps into and dances through the audience to the stage

Mama Afrika with Steve Barbe

Mama Afrika with Steve Barbe

Meets Steve on the way as they share a dance.

Mama Afrika

Mama Afrika

African dancer from the Congo

Mama Afrika

Mama Afrika

Nsimba

Nsimba

Playing the African Rhythm on the Djembe African drum

Mama Afrika

Mama Afrika

Mama Afrika

Mama Afrika

Mama Afrika

Mama Afrika

Nsimba & Mama Afrika

Nsimba & Mama Afrika

Moussa

Moussa

African rhythmic beats for Mama Afrika

Malachai Kirby & Joshua Munisi

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. 

Party bounce

Party bounce

Daria ready to greet our guests, with Lauren & Cammy looking after the party bounce inflatable balls for Betty.

Birds eye view

Birds eye view

Betty's back, down with Ooonagh ready to paint faces.

Let's play ball

Let's play ball

Children love the inflatable balls from party bounce

Face paints almost ready

Face paints almost ready

Oonagh prepares to paint faces.

Wow, great job Oonagh

Wow, great job Oonagh

This young man is very happy after his face was painted by Oonagh.

Deaba's Catering

Deaba's Catering

Great African food by Deaba's catering.

Hello Deaba!

Hello Deaba!

Deaba is at the ready to serve the African cuisine.

Deaba serves Jane Ellison MP

Deaba serves Jane Ellison MP

MMmmmmm yummy!

MMmmmmm yummy!

Jane Ellison MP enjoys Deaba's delicious African food.

MOA scrabble

MOA scrabble

Anyone for scrabble? MOA designs challenge us to word games & encourage us to read more.

Brainchild publications

Brainchild publications

Read 'The fall of snow'. Brainchild publications is creating a positive image of African children through literature.

Casey Elisha books

Casey Elisha books

Love thy fro, the perfect book encouraging children to love their Afro hair.

Casey Elisha Books

Casey Elisha Books

Empowering children through literature!

Rock art

Rock art

Love art gallery based in South Africa, sell beautiful pieces of rock art.

Thank you 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

Our story fashions have printed materials you can wear and learn from

It's a small world!

It's a small world!

It's amazing who you bump into on your journeys.

Kevin & Fae meet again

Kevin & Fae meet again

Check out Our Story Fashions on the web to get your educating fashion.

Yolande & Co.

Yolande & Co.

Presenting cushions & accessories African material style.

African style accessories

African style accessories

Ronbuzz African arts & crafts

Ronbuzz African arts & crafts

Sally Graham presents....

Sally Graham presents....

African arts, crafts & accessories.

Ronbuzz Art from Sally

Ronbuzz Art from Sally

Yaa Ataa

Yaa Ataa

Couture bags from Yaa Ataa.

Sweets & treats

Sweets & treats

In partnership with Yaa Ataa

Josephine & Co.

Josephine & Co.

Josephine Wiafeh, founder of Yaa Ataa visit their website to find out more.

Felicity presents...

Felicity presents...

Artworks

Artworks

Felicity presents her artwork drawing from her African experience.

Sahel designs

Sahel designs

Sahel designs present luxury craft from the heart of West Africa.

Sunny sells fair trade

Sunny sells fair trade

Sunny sells fair trade items and collects donations for the foundation.

Asi Munisi with Jane Ellison MP

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

Councillor Wendy Speck

Wendy's got her seat ready for the showcase of African storytelling, music & dance.

Asi Munisi presents...

Asi Munisi presents...

Asi Munisi presents the showcase.

Steve Barbe, an African story

Steve Barbe, an African story

Steve shares kicks off the showcase celebrating the oral tradition of African story telling.

African rhythm

African rhythm

Asi couldn't quite get the rhythm, so Steve got some help from a native, a member of the Imani choir.

Authentic Shona

Authentic Shona

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.

Drummer boy

Drummer boy

'Come they told me Pa rum pum pum pum' Our own little drummer boy keeps the African rhythm!

Interactive participation

Interactive participation

All were welcome to be a part of telling the story.

African drummer

African drummer

Owen held a steady rhythm for the Imani choir.

Imani Choir

Imani Choir

Imani songs in Swahili

Imani songs in Swahili

Imani exclusive

Imani exclusive

Imani male vocalist performed an uplifting song in Swahili, accompanied by the ladies.

Imani blessings...

Imani blessings...

Imani authentic African voices

Imani authentic African voices

Audience reach

Audience reach

Our audience enjoy the authentic African vocals from the Imani choir as they sing songs in Swahili

Imani praise!

Imani praise!

Felicity Prazak reading

Felicity Prazak reading

Felicity reads from her latest book 'Living under terror'.

Joshua Munisi

Joshua Munisi

Joshua Munisi gifts his hat to a lucky audience member.

Joshua Munisi

Joshua Munisi

Joshua encourages audience

Joshua encourages audience

Joshua serenades the crowd and encourages audience participation.

Fae Simon

Fae Simon

Sings from the soul

Fae Simon

Fae Simon

Fae Simon

Fae Simon

Songs of freedom!

Songs of freedom!

Mama Afrika ready to groove

Mama Afrika ready to groove

Mama Afrika dances

Mama Afrika dances

Mama Afrika

Mama Afrika

Mama Afrika

Mama Afrika

Musa drums

Musa drums

Mama Afrika

Mama Afrika

Celebrating the traditional African dance from the Congo.

Mama Afrika envokes

Mama Afrika envokes

A powerful moving African dance piece, beyond this world

Introducing Musa

Introducing Musa

Here's Msimba

Here's Msimba

Playing African rhythms with vocals for Mama Afrika Madina.

African Spirit moves

African Spirit moves

The drums awoke a Spirit of dance in our Shona speaking friend.

Friendly connections

Friendly connections

A great family day out!

A great family day out!

Fun for all ages!

Fun for all ages!

Asi Munisi

Asi Munisi

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

Maria Munisi

Sings with feeling.