Inna Modja – Tombouctou (Clip officiel)

This video speaks to the devastating effects of war on women, and the spirit of resistance that emerges to confront such existential threats. It is the official video released by Inna Modja in 2015 to accompany the release of her album: Hotel Bamako.

Special thanks to Clyde T. who sent me the link from Panama.

 

Also from Hotel Bamako: Outlaw.

 

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Bloodline Rumba Photos

Bloodline Rumba, my new play, had a great premiere on its opening night (2/3/16) at the University of Louisville’s (UofL) Thrust Theatre. It is presented by the African American Theatre Program of the UofL Theatre Arts Department, and directed by the phenomenal Nefertiti Burton.

Sidney Edwards—who plays Sara Santos, a young Afro-Cuban woman seeking to attend medical school in NYC—is seen in the photo below. Her fellow cast members are: Shaleen Cholera (Ernesto), Paula G. Lockhart (Abuela), Casey Moulton (Dr. Ramos), Ross Shenkar (Senor Prado), and Danielle Smart (Lola).

The play runs until Monday (2/8/16). For performance times and ticket information, please click here.

To see more photos from the show, please click here. And here for photos by Aukram Burton.

To learn more about the production, check out this story in the Louisville Cardinal student newspaper.

Bloodline Sara

Bloodline Rumba, a new play by John Chenault

My new play, Bloodline Rumba, is premiering 8 pm Wednesday, February 3, at the University of Louisville (UofL). It is being produced by the African American Theatre Program of the UofL Theatre Arts Department, and directed by the brilliant Nefertiti Burton.

For more information, check out this story in the Louisville Courier-Journal.

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Allen Toussaint Documentary

The master has departed, but his genius and his music endure …

Note: the person who posted the documentary to Youtube “had to remove some music to avoid copyright infringement,” so a couple of brief sections occur without sound. Still, this documentary is not to be missed if you love music.

 

 

Written by Allen Toussaint and made famous by Lee Dorsey, THE GREATEST LOVE was recorded by Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint along with The Crescent City Horns and The Imposters and released as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of the 2006 album, THE RIVER IN REVERSE.

 

The greatest love I ever loved
Was the love I had for you
The greatest wish I ever wished
Was when I wished that you love me too

But I found out that you were lying
When you said that you’d be mine
All that talk about break up, never, leave me never
It was the greatest love
It was the greatest love
But I still love you
I still love you

The greatest hurt I ever hurt
Was the hurt you put on me
It took so long to find out
That this love could never be

But I found out that you were lying
When you told me you’d be mine
All that talk about break up, never, leave me never
It was the greatest love
We had the greatest love
But I still love you
I still love you

Well I found out that you were lying
When you said that you’d be mine
All that talk about break up, never, leave me never
It was the greatest love
We had the greatest love
But I still love you
I still love you

(Greatest love)
I still love you
(Greatest love)
We had the greatest love
(Greatest love)
I still love you

The Prophecy Full Documentary

Concerned about the environmental issues that Senegal is facing, the photographer Fabrice Monteiro in collaboration with the designer “Jah Gal” created “The Prophecy”, a photographic project which objective is to raise awareness to the Senegalese population and to the rest of the world by combining art, culture and tradition.

The series of surrealist photographs details the most representative sites of Senegal’s environmental destruction. The essence of each site’s is characterized by a Jinn – supernatural genies omnipresent in African cultures – merging with its environment.
The documentary “The Prophecy” communicates and shares the objectives and process of realization of the creators in showing the results that have been achieved so far.

 

In French & Wolof with English subtitles.

DIRECTOR: Marcia Juzga
PRODUCER: Fabrice Monteiro / Ecofund
EDITOR: Marcia Juzga

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of the New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me (Random House, 2015), National Book Award nonfiction nominee, and McArthur Grant Fellow spoke at the Cramton Auditorium at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, October 7.

Special thanks to Januwa Moja.