'Afropean: Documenting Black Europe' by Afropean co-founder Johny Pitts

This is a great news...

Early next year Penguin Books will publish 'Afropean: Documenting Black Europe' by Afropean co-founder Johny Pitts. 
One of the reasons Johny wrote the book (and set up Afropean with Nat Illumine and Yomi Bazuaye) was to create a network of like minded people across the continent. At the end of the book, Johny would like to create a list of Afro-European-related organisations to increase exposure of the work they are doing. Please list any community organisations, online networks or initiatives from your country for consideration. 
And if you'd like updates about the book please remember to subscribe to our mailing list: (at the bottom left of this page): http://afropean.com/contact/


The Afropean is an online multimedia, multidisciplinary journal exploring the social, cultural and aesthetic interplay of black and European cultures, and the synergy of styles and ideas brought about because of this union. In 2014 Afropean was invited to be part of The Guardian Newpaper’s Africa Network.
We hope to fill the void left by Erik Kambel’s Afro-Europe blog, which closed down in 2013, and, under Erik’s guidance we will continue to shed light on art, music, literature, news and events from the Afro-European diaspora, as well as produce and commission original essays and projects.
We aren’t suggesting you attempt to pronounce our ‘Ø’ in Afropean as they do in Scandinavia. Ø is also a symbol used in mathematics to denote ‘diameter’, often shortened to ‘dia’, from the Greek, meaning ‘between, through, across’. Dia is also the root word of ‘diaspora’. Spora means ‘to scatter’. We sometimes feel between cultures, we certainly travel through them, and we aim to be across all the diaspora news. But we hope we aren’t scattered. On the contrary, Afropean is all about bringing everything and everyone together.


Link: http://afropean.com



David Hockney | Exposition | Centre Pompidou

Still mesmerized by this exhibition:

David Hockney | Exposition | Centre Pompidou

Du 21 juin 2017 au 23 octobre 2017 : David Hockney

Le Centre Pompidou en collaboration avec la Tate Britain de Londres et le Metropolitan Museum de New York présente la plus complète exposition rétrospective consacrée à l’œuvre de David Hockney.


Taking pictures was forbidden, unfortunately.

Just these ones then:


PJ. In her own words.

The ideal songwriter.

The ideal radio programme:


Hailed as the world's best songwriter by Rolling Stone on the release of her first album, Dry, in 1992, PJ Harvey is the only artist to have won the Mercury Music prize twice and released her ninth album The Hope Six Demolition Project last year, having been awarded an MBE for her services to music in 2013.

But the Dorset based musician has long maintained an aura of mystery around her work and comparatively little is known about her personal life, preferring to let her music and art do the talking.

Ahead of her headline set at Green Man festival, 6music offers an intimate portrayal of the enigmatic artist through her own words from interviews recorded across her career.

From her formative years growing up on a farm listening to Blues, meeting her life long friend and collaborator John Parish, sharing her love of Captain Beefheart with John Peel, to the songwriting processes and inspirations behind her music, 6music offers a rare glimpse into the artist's world.

Jake Chapman: about art, books and wasting time

And wondering if a nice, green, posh new house will affect the edginess of his creations.

There are so many contractions in art.
But it is part of why it is so violently indispensable.

My Place: Jake Chapman

Published on 15 Aug 2017

British artist Jake Chapman, known for his provocative, grotesque and macabre artworks, invites Barbara Anastacio to his countryside home in the Cotswolds, England. 

Read more on NOWNESS - http://bit.ly/2uKIcgm


'Total Eclipse of the Heart'

And I didn't even feel like sharing anything today... Too tired by everything. But messages come from whatever source they are hidden in :)

I post this article because if I say this, a lot of people might not listen because of my soft voice. I post it because if I write it, a lot of people might turn a bling eye at an unfamous name.

So here is The New Yorker writing it. Thanks to lady Amanda Petrusich.


“Total Eclipse of the Heart” Will Never Be Eclipsed

 It feels like time-tested American wisdom to presume that, if some extraordinary event is underfoot, a cruise ship shall soon sail in its honor. The Oasis of the Seas departs Port Canaveral, near Orlando, on Sunday morning, for a seven-night “Total Eclipse Cruise.” Its operator, Royal Caribbean, has promised guests “extraordinary partial views” of the solar eclipse, and the chance to behold and admire, en masse, “the celestial phenomenon that is poised to become the most photographed, most shared and most Tweeted event in human history.” There will be “enrichment lectures”; bartenders will shake up a custom libation called the “Cosmic Cosmo” and ladle out little cups of “Planetary Punch.” And, in a true victory for literalism, the sixty-six-year-old Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler will perform “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” backed by the electro-pop band DNCE, while the moon briefly drifts between our planet and its sun.

Anyone who has flicked on an FM radio or stumbled into a karaoke parlor in the last thirty-four years surely knows at least a few bars of “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” a booming, volcanic pop song that topped the Billboard chart in 1983; at its peak, it sold around sixty thousand copies a day. The song was written and produced by Jim Steinman, the composer of Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell,” who later told People that he hadn’t anticipated its popularity, in part because of how he understood its scope: “It was an aria to me, a Wagnerian-like onslaught of sound and emotion.”

I don’t know that a person enjoys “Total Eclipse of the Heart” so much as submits to it. If you’re wondering what the song is about—the particular story it tells—I can’t help you. It communicates only great anguish over some unspecified loss: “Once upon a time there was light in my life, but now there’s only love in the dark,” Tyler gasps. You might be thinking that love in the dark doesn’t sound so bad. Yet to hear Tyler sing it—and her voice is capacious, emotive, truly unwavering in its sincerity—is to recognize that something good has collapsed. Perhaps Steinman’s narrative is purposefully nonsensical, an homage to the ways in which we gabble and rant when deeply wounded. Tyler, like Meat Loaf, seems to instinctively understand that the best way to animate a Steinman song is to sing it like a crazy person—red-faced, flinging your arms every which way, single-handedly sucking each molecule of oxygen from the room. To perform it properly means that by the time a singer gets to the end—to that final, shredding “I really need you tonight!”—she should be in a state of complete psychic collapse. Her audience should understand on a cellular level that she is not fucking around. In this way, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” offers a gift of release.

Time reported that, following the last solar eclipse, in March, 2016, the streaming service Spotify clocked a seventy-five-per-cent increase in plays of “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” The song’s video is appropriately terrifying—about three and a half minutes in, a choir emerges from the darkness, wearing white robes, with glowing green orbs where their eyeballs should be, and then, apropos of nothing, one of them shoots into the air (!). Vevo’s post of the music video on YouTube presently has over three hundred million views, a number that will almost certainly rise on Monday afternoon.

The astrologer Susan Miller, in an online manual titled “All About Eclipses: A Guide for Coping with Them,” suggests that an eclipse is one of the “most dramatic tools that the universe uses to get us to pay attention to areas in our life that need to change. They uproot us, surprise us, and get us moving.” It is hard to imagine a more germane soundtrack to emotional upheaval than “Total Eclipse of the Heart”—it’s the song we reach for when we have grown tired of exhibiting graceful restraint. Perhaps Tyler’s performance of it—at sea, under an obscured sun, encircled by well-fed cruisers in safety glasses—will unlock something in the heavens, and allow for a new day on Earth.


Amanda Petrusich is a contributing writer for newyorker.com, and the author of “Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records.”


The song, of course:

Bonnie Tyler - 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'


Link: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/total-eclipse-of-the-heart-will-never-be-eclipsed

News and the USA

After year of trying to cover news in places like the USA, Haiti, East Africa and Europe, under the pressure of a lot of narrow-minded vision form my editors-in-chief, I had to share this.

Opinion published on the Washington Post's website:

What if Western media covered Charlottesville the same way it covers other nations


If we talked about what happened in Charlottesville the same way we talk about events in a foreign country, here’s how Western media would cover it. Those quoted in the “story” below are fictional.

The international community is yet again sounding the alarm on ethnic violence in the United States under the new regime of President Trump. The latest flash point occurred this past weekend when the former Confederate stronghold of Charlottesville descended into chaos following rallies of white supremacist groups protesting the removal of statues celebrating leaders of the defeated Confederate states. The chaos turned deadly when Heather Heyer, a member of the white ethnic majority who attended the rally as a counterprotester, was killed when a man with neo-Nazi sympathies allegedly drove his car into a crowd.
Trump, a former reality television host, beauty pageant organizer and businessman, rose to political prominence by publicly questioning the citizenship of the United States’ first black president, Barack Obama. Since his election, Trump has targeted Muslims, refugees, Mexicans and the media. He has also advocated for police brutality. These tactics have appealed to and emboldened white ethno-nationalist groups and domestic terrorist organizations.



Horace Andy in his first Bristol Headline Show in over 5 Years

Horace Andy will be performing in Bristol by the end of the month :)

At The Fleece, on Wednesday 30th August 2017  
From 7:00pm until 11:00pm  

The Fleece's presentation:

The Reggae Legend’s 1st Bristol Headline Show in over 5 Years!

Bam! Bam! Bam! & Diplomats of Sound Present Horace Andy w/ special guests Laid Black & Mafia and Fluxy band ft Matic Horns & Sly and Robbie.
Celebrating 30 years in music production!
One of Jamaica’s most well known singers, and The voice of Massive Attack, the legendary Horace Andy ​headlines Bristols Fleece on Wednesday 30th August - his 1st headline show in the city in over 5 years!
Long associated with the mighty Massive Attack, appearing on all 5 albums, Horace Andy is one of the most respected and influential figures in reggae music, and continues to leave his mark on the history of the genre.
His unique vocal style and emotive delivery established him as one of the leading recording artists in the ’70s, he was a central figure in the development and the international recognition of dancehall reggae, and has sold millions of records worldwide.
He continues to record and perform around the world with his band Dub Asante, with no signs of stopping, this is a rare chance to see him live in Bristol after a 5-year hiatus.
Tickets will go fast for this unmissable event.

Wed 30th Aug | 7.30pm | £22.50 adv 

Horace Andy
The Reggae Legend’s 1st Bristol Headline Show in over 5 Years!
One of Jamaica’s most well known singers, and The voice of Massive Attack , the legendary Horace Andy headlines Bristols Fleece on Wednesday 30th August - his 1st headline show in the city in over 5 years! Long associated with the mighty Massive Attack, appearing on all 5 albums, Horace Andy is one of the most respected and influential figures in reggae music, and continues to leave his mark on the history of the genre. His unique vocal style and emotive delivery established him as one of the leading recording artists in the ’70s, he was a central figure in thedevelopment and the international recognition of dancehall reggae, and has sold millions of records worldwide. He continues to record and perform around the world with his band Dub Asante, with no signs of stopping, this is a rare chance to see him live in Bristol after a 5-year hiatus.

Laid Blak
Urban Reggae Heavyweights Laid Blak originate from Bristol, England and are taking the UK Live music venues and underground club scene by storm. Along with supporting Ed Sheeran they have supported artist like The Wailers, Lee Scratch Perry, Desmond Decker, John Legend, D Marley and soo many more great acts!

The Fleece

..."toujours la même longue nuit des histoires"...

Toujours la même histoire...
J'écris en français, car je ne peux parler de cela qu'à des Français, le reste du monde, ça ne les intéresse probablement pas.

Toujours la même histoire, racontée par les mêmes personnes.

Une petite Française nous raconte sa banlieue, ses souffrances à regarder, écouter les autres souffrir.

Cette fois, elle s'appelle Marie Richeux.

Jamais, un jour en France, ne laissera-t-on ceux qui souffrent raconter leur propre histoire?

Une histoire de banlieue par une enfant de la banlieue... Qui n'a jamais été une exclue, qui regarde les autres, ceux qu'on traite d' "étrangers", et qui leur prend même leur histoire, pour dorer un peu plus de gloire sa propre célébrité.

C'est la vie littéraire française d'aujourd'hui.
Loin, très loin, de la vie des Français d'aujourd'hui.

Climats de France
Marie Richeux

Tout commence à Alger en 2009, avec l’émotion profonde de Marie au moment où elle découvre « Climat de France », le bâtiment qu’y construisit Fernand Pouillon. La pierre de taille, les perspectives imposantes, elle les connaît intimement : elle a grandi à Meudon-la-Forêt, dans un ensemble bâti par le même architecte.
Mue par le désir de comprendre ce qui mystérieusement relie les deux lieux, elle plonge dans leur passé, et dans celui de leurs habitants. Plusieurs récits s’entrelacent, comme autant de fragments d’une histoire dont elle traque le motif entre l’Algérie et la France : l’arrivée de Fernand Pouillon à Alger en mai 1953, invité à construire mille logements pour la fin de l’année par le maire récemment élu ; le souvenir d’une nuit de 1997 à Meudon-la-Forêt, quand Marie, treize ans, ne parvient pas à s’endormir à cause des chants de deuil résonnant dans la cage d’escalier ; les confidences de son voisin Malek, que ses parents, sentant le vent tourner à Oran, ont envoyé en France en 1956 et qui, devenu chauffeur de taxi, semble avoir échappé à la guerre dont la violence se déployait pourtant dans les rues de Paris.
Ici, comme en écho à l’émotion fondatrice, celle du lecteur naît de la manière dont l’écrivain laisse s’élever les voix de ces hommes et de ces femmes que l’histoire, parfois à leur insu, a traversés et qui, de part et d’autre de la Méditerranée, obstinément et silencieusement ont déroulé leur existence.

Premier roman
N° d'éditeur : 159
Disponible en librairie à partir du 24 août 2017 au prix de 21 €, 272 p.
ISBN : 978-2-84805-227-4
Également disponible en format epub et pdf au prix de 14,99 €
Date de parution : Août 2017


Extrait :

C’est toujours la même longue nuit des histoires qui accompagnent la disparition.
Combien sont-ils ? Mon oreille touche le mur. Je distingue plusieurs voix et les harmonies puissantes que créent leurs chants m’arrivent par salves. Avec le temps et les déformations de la mémoire, tout a certainement gagné en volume, mais le chant résonnait avec force dans la cage d’escalier cette nuit-là. Comme tout ce que l’on entend sans en connaître la source, il avait une part égale de monstruosité et de merveille. Pour une fois, les voix du grand parking ne sont pas seules à peupler le début de nuit, pas seules à cogner contre la pierre massive et se perdre quelque part entre ma tête et la forêt qui jouxte la cité d’immeubles. Les voix du parking sont celles des grands, ils jouent tard à faire hurler leurs scooters et testent l’écho de la ville qui s’endort. Cette nuit-là, combien sont-ils dans l’autre appartement du palier ? Et les grands, jouent-ils encore en bas ? De l’autre côté du mur, que disent les plaintes ?

Ghostpoet - 'Freakshow'

And you, how do you cope with living in senseless, self-destroying world...?

Ghostpoet - 'Freakshow'

Published on 6 Jul 2017

Taken from the new album Dark Days & Canapés’ out August 18th. 


One to Watch: "Whose Streets?"

Ferguson events in a film.

Produced by Magnolia Pictures, which got out I Am Not Your Negro, by Raoul Peck.


Whose Streets? - Official Trailer

Published on 4 Aug 2017

Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whosestreets...

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy.

Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance.

Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they are the story. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live.

In theaters in the USA on August 11th


Présentation en français - par Track (Arte) :

« Whose Streets? » : de Ferguson à Black Lives Matter

Les reportages diffusés aux Etats-Unis sur les émeutes qui ont secoué le pays à la suite de la mort violente de l’adolescent afro-américain Michael Brown ont peu prêté attention aux manifestants qui luttaient pour l’égalité des droits. Le documentaire « Whose Streets » leur donne enfin la parole ! 
Lorsque Michael Brown, un noir de 18 ans, est abattu en 2014 par un policier blanc à Ferguson, les habitants en majorité noirs de cette bourgade du Missouri sont descendus dans la rue pour protester contre le racisme, les inégalités et les violences policières. C’est à cette funèbre occasion que le mouvement « Black Lives Matter » a été reconnu aux Etats-Unis.
Dans leur documentaire « Whose Streets? », les deux réalisateurs et activistes Sabaah Folayan et Damon Davis font le récit des manifestations de Ferguson. 
Un mois après la mort de Michael Brown, tous deux ont commencé leur tournage, restant à Ferguson bien longtemps après le départ des caméras des chaînes de télé. Ainsi, avec « Whose Streets? », ils ont réussi à saisir ce mouvement de protestation d’une manière immédiate et personnelle : on ressent nettement la tristesse, la frustration et la peur éprouvées par ces habitants luttant pour l’égalité des droits.
Le film fait grand bruit depuis sa première, qui a eu lieu en janvier dernier au festival du film de Sundance.
Les deux réalisateurs racisés sont eux-mêmes confrontés sans cesse au racisme et aux inégalités, deux problèmes majeurs qui minent leur pays aujourd’hui encore :
« Notre caméraman est blanc, il ne nous ressemble pas. Cela lui a donné la possibilité de se rapprocher de la police sans éveiller immédiatement les soupçons. Un jour où c’est moi qui tenais la caméra, j’ai aussitôt été arrêtée alors que j’étais tout à fait en droit de filmer. » (Sabaah Folayan)
C’est précisément pour cela que leur documentaire « Whose Streets? » est un manifeste capital. Le film est d’ailleurs sélectionné dans de nombreux festivals internationaux.