Brighton's Black History Month Heralds A Sun The show Rum Bass will herald the start of a packed month of visual arts, theatre and music events across Brighton and Sussex as residents come together to celebrate the history of Asian, African and African Caribbean peoples.
Rum Bass offers audiences the chance to soak up the sounds, rhythms and tastes of the Caribbean in a sun drenched celebration of island independence, with guitarist, bassist and producer Dennis Bovell and his band performing a live set. From his early days with seminal UK reggae outfit Matumbi a band that would become Britain's premier reggae band at a time when the genre was spreading from Jamaica to a wider international audience to his work with the likes of I roy and Linton Kweisi Johnson, Bovell is bona fide British reggae royalty. Bovell's contributions to reggae are huge he was one of the original architects of lover's rock, a movement that put British reggae on the world map. The Independent Throughout the 1980s Bovell was in great demand for his production skills, stamping his own inimitable sound on albums from the likes of Bananarama, The Thompson Twins and The Stilts. He has also remixed albums for artists as diverse as Marvin Gaye, Wet Wet Wet and The Boomtown Rats. In recent coach outlet coupons las vegas years Bovell has carved a niche out for himself in the world of television and film, acting as musical director for various film and documentary projects. The evening also features dub heavy grooves and rock steady beats from Prince Fatty featuring DJ Horseman and authentic island cuisine served throughout the show care of local specialist chefs. A number of Black History Month events will take place through Brighton Dome venues, including John Cole and David Westhead photography exhibition Wembley To Soweto A Photographic Journey; an extraordinary photographic journey of over 50 images shot by disadvantaged teenagers from the Johannesburg townships which also opens on Saturday 29 September. The story behind Wembley To Soweto A Photographic Journey is an inspirational one. In 1988, more than 80,000 people attended a concert at Wembley Stadium to celebrate the 70th birthday of Nelson Mandela whilst 600 million viewers tuned in on TV and radio. The iconic photograph of that momentous day was taken by the internationally renowned photographer John Cole. It now hangs on the wall in coach outlet locations near los angeles Mr Mandela home. In 2010, David Westhead of Wilton Pictures invited John to run a four week intensive coach outlet sale 7 am enfant photography course in Johannesburg. The course, run in conjunction with Umuzi Photo Club, afforded an opportunity for eight teenagers from the townships to work alongside one of the world best photographers. This course was not solely about taking striking images; it was about how to feed your family using a camera as the tool of your trade. Involvement with coach outlet atlanta 285 the project has helped empower the young people to fulfill their hopes and dreams. Participants have been awarded full scholarships and bursaries to photographic colleges, had work published in magazines including Marie Claire, have completed shoots for Vodacom and the South African Parliament and had images exhibited in top galleries in New York, Antwerp and Johannesburg. Brighton Dome journeys to Kenya on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 October as Little Angel Theatre present an adaptation of Eileen Browne popular children book Handa Surprise. The performance takes children aged 2 5 years old on an adventure as Handa visits her best friend Akeyo in the next village with a gift of seven delicious fruits. But seven different animals have seven very different ideas. after all, who could resist the sweet smelling guava, the ripe red mango or the tangy passion fruit? Blending performance, puppetry, live music and song with plenty of audience participation, Handa's Surprise is a magical and intimate show full of Swahili rhythm. Inua Ellams brings his Fringe First award winning play Black T Shirt Collection back to Brighton on Wednesday 24 October. A story about two foster brothers building a global t shirt brand, it follows their journey from a market in Nigeria to a sweatshop in China where they discover the consequences of success. Ellams was born in Nigeria in 1984, and moved to the UK as a teenager. He merges visual art, poetry and theatre, telling stories with iconic imagery, humour and beauty. He writes about his upbringing, the experience of immigration, and of living in the UK today, bringing words to life with pace, rhythm, cadence and intonation.
The poet and performer behind The 14th Tale and Untitled performs Black T Shirt Collection following two sold out performances at Brighton Festival 2012. Black History Month has been celebrated in the UK since 1987, each year growing in size and strength to now encompass over 4,500 events across the country. Its purpose is to recognise the contributions and influences of African, Asian and Caribbean heritage on economic, cultural and political life in the UK.
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