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Voorouderlijke lessen

door Orville Breeveld

Mijn moeder weigerde in 2002 als wethouder de Ghanese Ashanti Koning Osei Tutu II een hand te geven [Hannah Belliot, PvdA-wethouder in Amsterdam – red. CU]. Koning Osei Tutu II kwam namelijk in Amsterdam 300 jaar handelsbetrekkingen vieren met toespraken en vooral veel muziek, dans en gezelligheid. Toen mijn moeder Osei Tutu II wees op wat voor producten deze handel gebaseerd was, antwoordde de Ashanti Koning dat het nu niet het moment was om het feestje te verstieren. Mijn moeder eiste aan de Ashanti Koning, zijn kleurrijk geklede metgezellen en Job Cohen dat er voor de significante deelname aan de slavenhandel excuses gemaakt diende te worden. Zowel Osei Tutu als Cohen reageerden geïrriteerd en zij drukten mijn moeder nogmaals op het hart om de feestsfeer niet te verpesten. Boos verliet mijn moeder de feestzaal.

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Marley75 Film Festival (1-20 February, 2020)

Op 6 februari 2020 zou Bob Marley 75 jaar zijn geworden en daarom organiseren wij het Marley75 Film Festival verspreid over verschillende venues in Amsterdam en enkele andere steden in Nederland!

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UN adds reggae music to list of international cultural treasures

Jamaica’s distinctive beat has furthered ‘international discourse on injustice’, says Unesco – while devotees praise it for breaking down colonial race barriers. read on…

Niet iedereen wordt vrolijk van een beetje reggae

door Geerten Waling

“De Jamaicaanse muziekcultuur heeft pikzwarte kanten waar erg gemakkelijk aan voorbij wordt gegaan. Je zou natuurlijk kunnen zeggen: ach, laat iedereen toch lekker genieten van die vrolijke deuntjes en die opwekkende ritmes! Daarmee doe je toch niemand kwaad? Ik weet het niet. Misschien dat de anti-Zwarte-Piet-en-Michiel-de-Rover-lobby zich er eens over kan buigen. Of anders kan de Jamaicaanse hoogleraar Verene Shepherd het eens aankaarten in haar VN-expertgroep over ‘mensen van Afrikaanse afkomst’.” read on…

Rootical Vibrations

met Holding on to Jah ter ere van Bob Marley.
Aanstaande woensdag, 11 mei, is het precies 35 jaar geleden dat de Jamaicaanse reggaelegende Bob Marley overleed. Bob Marley was verantwoordelijk voor de wereldwijde verspreiding van roots reggae en rastafari en spreekt nog steeds tot de verbeelding van miljoenen mensen. read on…

Nederlandse première My Ras Tafari Roots

Na de uitverkochte première van Vision of Paradise en de exclusieve vertoning van Art Connect, strijkt Reggae Vibrations op vrijdag 6 mei voor de derde keer neer in De Balie. Tijdens deze avond beleeft de fascinerende  documentaire My Ras Tafari Roots om 21.15 uur zijn Nederlandse première in het bijzijn van regisseur David Verhaeghe en scenarioschrijver Karel Michiels.   read on…

Reggae/Rasta film- en muziekavond

Op 10 mei aanstaande is reggaelegende Bob Marley precies 34 jaar geleden overleden. Marley was verantwoordelijk voor de verspreiding van Reggae en Rasta wereldwijd en spreekt nog steeds tot de verbeelding van miljoenen mensen. In samenwerking Each One Teach One organiseert Caribbean Creativity daarom op zaterdag 9 mei in filmtheater Kriterion een eerbetoon aan Marley met een avond met film, muziek en eten in Jamaicaanse Roots/Reggae/Rasta stijl. read on…

Barack Obama Visits Jamaica, Urges Caribbean on Green Energy

By the Caribbean Journal staff

United States President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit Jamaica in more than 33 years with a visit to Jamaica this week. read on…

Why Caribbean History Matters

by Lillian Guerra

Over the years, I have had dozens of conversations on the question of whether Caribbean history “really matters” and for whom it matters. I’ve heard the region’s history dismissed due to the relative size of Caribbean societies, historians’ supposedly excessive preoccupation with slavery, and a questioning of what lessons can be learned from such allegedly dysfunctional societies. read on…

Lewd and proud: How Rihanna brought the moves and sexuality of the Caribbean dancehall to leafy Twickenham

by Donna McConnell

 
Appearing on stage to song Phresh Off The Runway just before 9pm, Rihanna didn’t keep the audience waiting too long – unlike the killer lines at the toilets in the stadium.
Dressed in Riccardo Tisci’s baroque style ‘batty rider’ shorts with a matching cloak of invincibility it was soon very clear that Rihanna was not going to struggle to project her personality in that huge space.
Rihanna announced after the first song: ‘What’s up London? Are you enjoying yourself? Well good, we are only getting f**king started.’
 
Racy! Rihanna didn’t hold back as she performed at London’s Twickenham Stadium on Saturday night, despite having her parents and brothers in the audience
 
Hold on tight! Rihanna didn’t hold back as she performed at London’s Twickenham Stadium on Saturday night
 
The girl from Barbados soon broke out her signature moves, the gyrations seen in the dancehalls and carnivals of the Caribbean. Complete with dancehall queen crotch-grabbing and slapping, the uber-sexual singer who has enjoyed massive worldwide success since moving to the US as a 16-year-old seeking success, rattled through three of her hottest numbers; Phresh Off The Runway, Birthday Cake, and Pour It Up as she kicked off her stadium show.
 
Like the dancehall and carnival queens of the Caribbean, Rihanna is very aware of her sexual power – onstage at least. She constantly thrusted and wined and touched herself in a fashion instantly recognisable to those familiar with Jamaican dancehall culture – but admittedly it might have proved confusing to some of the younger members of the audience.
 
Rihanna displayed an effortless rhythm and sensuality that completely worked with her music, and entranced the audience. Songs such as Say My Name and Rude Boy were grinded out on stage, and thankfully she had a very well rehearsed band featuring Nuno Bettencourt, best known for his role as the lead guitarist of rock band Extreme to give things an extra gear.
 
Bad gal: The 25-year-old singer certainly didn’t seem to be on her best behaviour, and instead put on a particularly racy display involving plenty of crotch-grabbing and swearing
 
Bad gal: The singer certainly didn’t seem to be on her best behaviour, and instead put on a particularly racy display involving plenty of crotch-grabbing and swearing
 
And a troupe of dancers that let’s face it, nobody was watching, as all eyes were on Miss Robyn Fenty as she popped her booty and dipped it low.
 
It’s that mix of Caribbean swagger and pop music that gives Rihanna her edge and realising where her strengths lie, she certainly plays to them.
Not many Caribbean girls make it to be global pop stars. Rihanna has much in common with Jamaican born Grace Jones who came before her. She is fearless, lewd at times, foulmouthed, edgy and a fashion trendsetter.
Strutting her stuff: The Diamonds singer opted for a sexy ensemble for her performance, teaming thigh-high leather boots with a sheer top and a visible bra
While her oversharing on Instagram can be wearing, as a performer she has come of age.  Twickenham was like a mini-carnival as fans and even grown men attempted to copy the carnival queen’s gyrations while dancing in the crowd. Vocally she represented, and has certainly improved since the Loud Tour.
 
Her joy at performing to a sell-out crowd at Twickenham Stadium was touching and she brought her whole family to see her upgrade to the big time asking the crowd to say her name which she said would make her mother cry. She might also have cried at her daughter’s potty mouth too.
The ascendance of her career comes at a time when she has been through the emotional mill due to her rekindling of doomed relationship with Chris Brown, who now appears to have rather publicly returned to his ex-girlfriend Karreuche Tran.
 
During song Talk That Talk when Rihanna sang the line ‘And you will never get a girl like me’ perhaps in reference to Brown she added a very loud: ‘Oh hell no!’
Working it! Evidently not at all bothered by her family members in the audience, the pop superstar writhed around on stage in a particularly racy display
Working it! Rihanna put on a performance that felt like a carnival.

Rihanna’s visit comes a few weeks after pop behemoth Beyonce hit the UK. Beyonce had a huge, tightly rehearsed and professional show, and there’s no doubting her work ethic and skill. But what Rihanna lacks in routines she makes up for in mere presence, moves you can actually copy and use on the dancefloor and that onstage sensuality beloved by all her fans.
The concert concluded with her biggest hits Only Girl in the World, Where Have You Been, We Found Love, and ballads Stay and Diamonds.
At 25 Rihanna is selling out stadiums, cranking out hits and still has some years to go before she has to put down the batty riders. A charmed life indeed.
[from Daily Mail Online,16 June 2013]
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