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.

Under The Radar – A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music

“Under the Radar – A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music” is a documentary that introduces viewers to the distinct music of Cuba, examining the enigmatic island’s music scene as it was in 2001. The film documents the travels and recordings of its producer/director, jazz saxophonist, J. Plunky Branch, and executive producer, Alvin Skipper Bailey, and highlights their musical interactions and collaborations of Afro-Cuban rumba, son, salsa, timba, rock, changui and hip-hop musicians and rappers.

Branch and Bailey, both African-Americans, traveled under the auspices of a number of US universities, and in collaboration with the humanitarian organization, Pastors For Peace, to carry out this project. They toured the cities of Havana, Guantanamo and Santiago de Cuba, to research and record a wide range of musicians. The results of their work is being disseminated through this 85 minute educational film and a series of three compilation music CD’s.

For more than 50 years the United States has maintained an economic blockade against the Island of Cuba, restricting travel, investment and cultural exchange between Americans and their Caribbean neighbors just 90 miles south of Florida. Afro-Cuban music has inarguably been recognized as some of the most vibrant and influential rhythmic music in the world.

Thanks to Sister Januwa Moja for the link …

Rest in Power Brother Eugene Godfried!

Distant Cousins

Me and my distant cousin Amenhotep III (see the family resemblance) meet in the British Museum. Amenhotep III—also known as Amenhotep the Magnificent—was the ninth Pharaoh from the Eighteenth Dynasty (circa 1400 BCE). He was the father of Akhenaten by his wife Tiye, and the grandfather of Tutankhamen.

The photos below were taken by Gwendline Chenault on June 29, 2014.

Amenhotep III

Amenhotep III

 

Me and Cuz chillin'

Me and Cuz chillin’

 

Majesty, Power, Eternal

Majesty, Power, Eternal