Culture & Heritage

bay_side_thumbs_bunny8Bayside Rocks Music & Arts Festival will feature world beat music with a uniquely multicultural appeal Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami. A cornucopia of music will provide a feast of multicultural delights for every taste - including Reggae, Jamaican, Latin American, Kompa, Caribbean, rock ‘n roll, and more - will highlight this year’s concert.

In addition to a special tribute to the life of Honorable Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley and 50 years of Wailers music, this year’s Bayside Rocks will feature world music headliners Bunny Wailer and The Original Wailers Band (Bob Marley's backing band) . Also hitting the stage are a unique group of artists whose musical brilliance is eclipsed only by its message of love and hope.

“I carefully selected this lineup because every artist has devoted his life to spreading a message that is consistent with my purpose,” said ROCKAZ MVMT president and CEO Alfonso D’Niscio Brooks. “We are all striving to change the world for the better by empowering people to make a positive difference through the universal language of music.”

“Our ultimate goal is to uplift the spirit and inspire people of every ilk to give of themselves to help make the world a better place in which to live,” said D’Niscio Brooks. “We’re accomplishing this task by spreading art, culture and music while raising money to end poverty, feed the hungry and shelter the homeless.”

According to artist Warrior King, "As a Rastafarian you just don't sing music, you sing music with a purpose and a mission. To the four corners of the Earth I carry my music, and the message of love, to all people of all races."

Cultura Profetica is a Puerto Rican reggae band with lyrics that center mostly on socio-political and ecological issues. Pato Banton sometimes invites his fans to join him in a prayer circle after the show and is committed to helping people “stay positive and never give in.”

This year’s concert will include a food drive benefiting Curley’s House ( an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for low-to-moderate income individuals, families, the elderly, youth-at-risk, the abused, and HIV/AIDS infected individuals by providing the nutrition they need. Guests will be asked to contribute two or more cans of food as part of the cost of admission.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Musée Dapper in mas_carnivalsParis presents “Mascarades et Carnavals,” an exhibit that will run from October 5, 2011, until July 15, 2012.                                           

Organized in 2011, Year of the Overseas Territories, this event seeks to reveal resonances and interconnections of the roles assigned to traditional masks of sub-Saharan Africa and carnival practices in the Caribbean.

Description: The connections are illustrated by rare pieces—many masks belong to various African-based cultures are presented along with their costumes of fibers and/or feathers—while many pieces that attest to the creativity of carnival arts draw from popular culture. Two artists—photographer Zak Ové and visual artist Hervé Beuze—devote special attention to the staging processes of carnivals. Documents, photographs, and videos illustrate key moments, experienced as “ritual” by various groups on the many occasions marked by mask and carnival production. 

Throughout the exhibition dates there will be lectures, discussions, debates, and film screenings to further reflect on this comparative exploration.

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Source: Repeating Islands

Source: Repeating Islands



Wherever you go in Morocco, the family gathers in the early afternoon for the main meal of the day. In this case, a Berber family in the city of Ouarzazate are enjoying a meal of cous-cous. In this case, it is cous-cous with a variety of vegetables--squash, tomatoes, carrots, onions, peppers, turnips--and lamb. People eat from a big round platter and use their hands. Careful, though! There is a very serious etiquette to eating with your fingers.  

Vegetable Couscous
Carrots, fennel, zucchini, and chickpeas in a broth spicy with jalapenos, caraway, and coriander make for a full-flavored vegetarian couscous. If you want to introduce meat, sautéed merguez, the hot North African sausages, are a great way to go.

Wine Recommendation
California chardonnays (and those from Washington State or Oregon) are earthy, rich, and slightly exotic—just like this dish. As you sip a chilled glass, the wine will also provide a cooling edge to the spice and heat of the food.
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 large onion, cut into thin slices
4 carrots, cut into thin slices
1 fennel bulb, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 eggplant (about 3/4 pound), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, including seeds and ribs, cut diagonally into thin slices
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons caraway seeds
2 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
5 1/2 cups water
1 2/3 cups drained and rinsed chickpeas (one 15-ounce can)
1 1/3 cups couscous
In a large saucepan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the onion, carrots, fennel, eggplant, garlic, and jalapeno. Cook, covered, until the vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, coriander, caraway seeds, 2 teaspoons of the salt, and the black pepper. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. 
Add 3 1/2 cups of the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Add the chickpeas and simmer 2 minutes longer.  
Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, bring the remaining 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and the couscous. Cover. Remove the pot from the heat and let the couscous stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Serve the stew with its broth over the couscous. Serves Four.




dunson    The premiere exhibition, "Robert S. Duncanson: The Spiritual Striving of the Freedman’s Sons" opened on May 1, 2011 at the Thomas Cole National Site in Catskill, N.Y. I was transported into the environment that inspired Thomas Cole as I approached the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. I drove into the landscape with the Hudson River in the foreground, a panorama of the Catskill Mountains in the middle and high in the background, Olana the enchanting estate of Coles’ student Frederick Church.
     The historic event at Cedar Grove, the birthplace of American Art, was the first official recognition in the East of Duncanson’s relationship to the Hudson River School of Art. His body of work received resounding endorsement by keynote lecturer Joseph D. Ketner author of “The Emergence of the African-American Artist: Robert S. Duncanson 1821-1872”, the first full-length biography of Duncanson.
Thomas Cole, the father of American landscape painting and founder of the Hudson River School of Art in Catskill, New York greatly influenced Duncanson in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. Duncanson, a free person of color in Ohio during slavery, cultivated craft knowledge as a house painter to achieve success as a self-taught portrait artist. With freedom and the stimulation of Cincinnati, Ohio, then known as “Athens of the West”, he immersed himself in literature and fine arts, absorbed the landscape paintings of Thomas Cole and Frederick Church and dedicated himself to mastering landscape painting.

cuba_gettyThrough Oct. 2, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Brentwood is presenting "A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now." It's a photographic exploration of Cuba and its people at three critical periods: before, during and after the country's momentous 1959 revolution.

Cuba. Just the name of the Caribbean island nation evokes mystery, mistrust and curiosity in the mind of the average American. Though it's a small country compared to the United States, there's a lot of history that runs between the two nations, from the explosion of the U.S.S. Maine in 1898 to the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 to the detention of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay today. Cuba, its people and culture have also been popularized by writers Ernest Hemmingway and José Martí; musicians Ry Cooder, Compay Segundo and Celia Cruz; and artist Wifredo Lam, along with many others.


The first section concentrates exclusively on the photographic work of Walker Evans, who was in Cuba on assignment in 1933. Publisher J.B. Lippincott asked him to take pictures of Cuba to accompany a book, "The Crime of Cuba," by radical journalist Carleton Beals.

Without the fervor of Beals' specific political agenda, Evans captured the people of Havana going about their daily lives. He shot men, women, children – a plethora of working-class folks, and dozens down and out and on the streets. He happened to be there during a time of foment – the waning days of Cuban president Gerardo Machado. It was in Cuba that Evans experimented with different cameras, angles, lenses, as well as close-up and wide compositions.

studio_artJamaican-American artist Simone Leigh joins Kamau Amy Patton and Paul Mpagi Sepuya in “Evidence of Accumulation,” an exhibition of works by The Studio Museum’s 2010–2011 artists-in-residence. Evidence of Accumulation, organized by Assistant Curator Lauren Haynes, maintains the Museum’s commitment to highlighting new artistic talent and voices. The works are on view until October 23, 2011. The Museum is located at 144 West 125th Street in New York.

Simone Leigh (1968) creates ceramic objects, frequently referencing colonial and anthropological histories, as well as ethnographic objects and artifacts. Leigh’s work often brings together her handcrafted works with ready-made objects. Collaboration is another important aspect of Leigh’s process, and during her time at the Studio Museum, her interest in collaboration has deepened. Breakdown (2011), a video collaboration with artist Liz Magic Laser and opera singer Alicia Hall Moran, looks at historic moments of female crisis and psychological “breakdowns” in popular culture.

Kamau Amu Patton (1972) creates atmospheric installations using a diverse range of media. For this exhibition, Patton has created a selection of drawings and compositions. Some use traditional drawing materials, such as ink or acrylic paint, while others are made using photography or sound, expanding our consideration of what a drawing might be. In 5000K (2011), a work comprised of light, electronics and computer software, Patton turns part of the gallery into a sound field, which creates a composition generated through measuring the intensity of the 5000 Kelvin light levels in this space.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s (1982) color photographs demonstrate his active engagement with the history and process of portraiture, as well as his experiments with framing, cropping and editing. Sepuya portrays young men in his community, making visible the relationships and intimacy between himself and his subjects. Studio Work (2010–present) is an installation of photographs, including self-portraits, created in his studio at the Museum. By inviting his subjects into his studio space, Sepuya adds his presence to the photographs, even from behind the camera.

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aurelio_1952170bThe soulful, beach-strolling music that Aurelio Martinez makes is the sound of the Garifuna – a community descended from escaped African slaves and Caribbean natives. Singer, composer and percussionist, Aurelio, 40, who plays at the UK Womad festival on July 29-31st . Along with his second album Laru Beya (On the Beach), his magnetic stage persona is helping to bring his little-known people into the international spotlight.

The Garifuna have long been beleaguered: washed up on the island of St Vincent after a shipwreck in 1635, their African forefathers mingled with locals and fought British colonial forces before being deported en masse to Central America, where they settled in Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras, where Aurelio is based.Their traditions, undiluted by slavery, have survived; today, despite receiving Unesco heritage status in 2001, the Garifuna battle evangelists bent on eradicating their Afrocentric religion, and governments keen to commandeer their beachfront land for tourism.

A breezy, percussive mix of Caribbean, Central American and West African elements, the Garifuna music is gorgeous. And as one of nine children born to a singer mother and troubadour father (“He taught me chords on a guitar I made from a fishing rod”), Aurelio is steeped in it.Music was life’s soundtrack in the tiny village where many of his siblings still live, an eight-hour drive and three river crossings from the nearest town. “Garifuna music brings us attention, which we hope will bring us action,” says Aurelio, his cornrow plaits flying.


The musical, DC-7: The Story of Roberto Clemente, will offer a glimpse into the life of the player born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, who died on December 31, 1972 when the plane he was taking from San Juan to Nicaragua crashed shortly after takeoff. He was on his way to Nicaragua to bring supplies to those affected by a recent earthquake. The production will be part of the sixth edition of the Puerto Rican festival Borimix, which takes place every November in New York, as part of the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Producer Manuel Morán and director Luis Caballero have a dual goal as they move ahead with plans to stage a musical based on the life of Puerto Rican baseball great Roberto Clemente: to celebrate the life of the player and to bridge the tensions between Puerto Ricans on the island and those living in New York, writer Amary Santiago Torres for the Puerto Rican newspaper Primera Hora. For the original report in Spanish follow the link below.

Who will play the role of Clemente? 

aime-cesaireThe City of Fort-de-France calls for international project for the realization of a monumental statue in tribute to Aimé Césaire. Aimé Césaire (June 26, 1913 – April 17, 2008) was a writer, poet, playwright and politician of the twentieth century, born in Martinique – French West Indies. He was the mayor of the City of Fort-de-France for 56 years and was one of the founding fathers of the Negritude Movement | Man of the Universal. A monumental statue will be created and located on “La Savane” in Fort-de-France, Martinique, French department located in the Caribbean archipelago, to preserve the memory and work of Aimé Césaire and his struggle for awakening of a sense of identity.

La Savane is a former military parade place now become a walking park. Since the nineteenth century, it is a place of remembrance for the whole population and that of Fort-de-France. The City of Fort-de-France calls for international projects or expressions of interest to design, implement and monitor the installation of the monumental statue as a tribute to this great humanitarian. For submission information (in French), go to click on the icon to the right of Conception, realisation et suivi de l"installation d'une statue figurative en hommage a Aime Cesaire.

This call is open to all professional artists and artist collectives, submission downloaded here. Deadline : Wednesday, July 20, 2011. For more information about this tremendous opportunity please contact Suzy at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Ms. Myriam Etile at Tél: (596) 596 72 84 27 | Fax: (596) 596 72 84 28 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .'; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text66630 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it