Saturday, 21 September 2013

KADIJA GEORGE SESAY AT CHARLTON HOUSE...

KADIJA GEORGE  IS KNOWN AS A PROMOTER OF (OTHER WRITERS AND) LITERATURE.

BUT HERE SHE WAS HEAD-LINING A GLOBAL FUSION MUSIC AND ARTS...EVENT.

Irki, Kadija's new collection is her call.
Time for all of us to listen to a woman who has (for decades), been pushing and heaving and shoving and assisting others in the world of  minorities' literature in the UK. The award winning writer of Sierra Leone descent's gig was, ironically,  filled with a dozen-plus artists; all booked by GFMA...Oh yes, Kadija is never alone. Even if it is her time to shine and show us what she has written.
Thursday, 19th September was an international day of peace... and well...what else to celebrate but music, sound and colourful verse?
A display of African fabrics and goods by Ugandan musician, Sara Ndagire
Finding peace through centering yourself by doing Tai Chi Chuan as expressed by local Charlton instructor and positive thinker Chew Yeen Lawes. She runs regular classes through GFMA initiative.

Break time. GFMA active members Ben Ndegwa and Gill Swann at the bar continue to listen to poet Angela Aimes whose book Peace For Sale, fitted the fabulous night.
Commitment to peace. Flying all the way from Scotland, Harry Fairley gave us a taste of Scottish poetry by reciting Robert "Rabbi" Burns's masterpiece, Tam O'Shanter penned in 1790. I will be honest to admit that not many of us understood the text, but we picked up the nuances, melody and beauty of language. I was challenged and so were few others I spoke to. Poetry's role is to enrich and inform us in that way. Thanks Harry. Just listen and see what I am trying to say:

MC of the night, oh she was charming, wasn't she?  Kenya's musician, actress and singer -song writer Apelles Ogaga with London based German  writer and social-thinker, Ursula Troche...who also performed her poetry.

North London (Hackney) poet,Tim Wells reading one of his pieces about the Seven Seven 2005 bombings which moved the senses. Short, direct, concise, this was another example of the pro-peace theme of the event.
Always multi-tasking. Writer , film maker, multi-instrumentalist musician, Louisa Le Marchand, sets up equipment for the two Indian perfomers, percussionist Renu Hossain and  singer- songwriter,Unnati Dasgupta....
 Nigerian born writer, dancer and actress, Funmi Adewole reads from her new book Sea Salt In The City...a sweet-piece collection.


Kadija Sesay who is also editor of Sable Lit Mag listens to Ghanian poet Pat Boadu Darko  who recited a strong poem about peace and African women. There was a thunderous tone that (strongly ) implied that we would have less war and violence if women managed politics and government power... No wonder Ben Ndegwa was impressed below...


Jazzman John Clarke, the hard hitting, dedicated word- smith shares jazzy words of peace. This night Jazzman showed his newly acquired African "whisker", which is a symbol of the wise, elderly and Jomo Kenyatta, he said. Always innovative and interesting, jazz-man.

Jazz Singer, poetry and music promoter, Bernadette Reed who enchanted us with her songs and  a wonderful, laid back guitarist. Watch briefly:
And much more...
Harry with friends and family...

In the end was about mingling and having fun and sharing moments. Writers  and musicians are documentarists of life and this was about peace too.
To wind up the night, Apelles Ogaga cant stop charming up. She was cool...
Harry Fairley chats to a fan...

Kadija Sessay with this blogger...and...mmh... always mingling and intense and reflective

Time to clean up. Global Fusion at multi tasking.
Louisa  sorts out the wiring and equipment at the end...
Ursula dances  Tai Chi with Chew Yeen ...
Kadija and Jazzman...
Dance teacher, choreographer and performer, Tett Olet...shows her colourful East African materials which were on display to balance the night of literature and song-works.
Kadija with Tai Chi tutor, Chew Yeen...hope to see you in class soon, Ms Sesay.
This Blogger's brief  jam with Tabla player and fellow percussionist,  Renu Hossain, reminded everyone that these days the number of female instrumentalists (not just singers and dancers) is increasing... 

Its late. Unnati and Renu Hossain -about to leave...
and something else?


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