Living Ancestors: A tribute in portraits and stories to the world’s oldest woman and other Caribbean centenarian women

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1 April – 31 July 2009 in London

The exhibition
This is an exhibition of portraits of women over the age of 100 from the island of Dominica, including the world’s oldest woman Ma Pampo who was 126 years old when she was drawn. Accompanying the portraits are stories recorded by the artist, as she and the women elders got to know one another during the drawing process.

The exhibition builds a bridge for the viewer between the ten women portrayed, and their mothers and grandmothers, who were enslaved and whose stories were never recorded. Living Ancestors is an acknowledgement and celebration of an enduring female lineage of resilience and resistance.

Artist and feminist activist Gabrielle Le Roux creates travelling exhibitions of portraits and stories which raise awareness about social issues and pay tribute to people whose social contribution goes unrecognised because of their gender, race, class or sexual orientation.

Bonnie Greer’s Entropy

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Multi-talented Bonnie Greer was born in Chicago where she later studied with David Mamet before moving to New York to study at the Actors Studio with Elia Kazan. She has been living in Britain since the late 1980s. Bonnie regularly contributes articles to the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent and Marie Claire as well as appearing for comment on TV and radio. She has been a judge on many prizes including the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her latest play will be moving to the West End in 2009.

Her latest novel Entropy will be released in May. Here is a description of the novel:

Janet Bookman Baker is trying to come to terms with her father’s death and a weekend long ago when he disappeared without a word. She sits alone at night watching the lights in her neighbour’s garden, imagining his hands on her skin and listening to a voice on the radio. Although she has never met the owner of the voice, in Janet’s mind, Anna becomes her closest friend…

Unaware of Janet’s existence, Anna Taylor is facing a crisis of her own. When someone starts leaving her messages, she becomes convinced the person behind them holds the key to her past as well as her future. A mysterious 19th century photograph seems to link the two women, but as they discover the ties that bind them, they are forced to question all they know, and to ask themselves whether they are prepared to risk everything to be free.

Read Bonnie’s interview with her publisher and purchase the book directly.

UK DJ Candice McKenzie

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Candice McKenzie has been DJing professionally since 1999. For the past 10 years her talent and right choice of music has allowed her to continually tour all over the globe, DJing in numerous cities in the UK and Europe and countries including Croatia, Georgia, Greece, India, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Miami, Poland, Russia, Siberia, Slovenia and the Ukraine.

She has also graced the decks for high profile clients including T Mobile, Stella McCartney,
Fashion TV and Breakthrough for Breast Cancer.

Candice is also a resident DJ for Love House, The Glamorous Female DJ Tour.

Visit her on MySpace.

Edsilia Rombley – Dutch Singer

Edsilia Rombley is a Dutch singer who participated in the Soundmixshow in 1996. She also represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest twice, in 1998 and 2007.

Edsilia Rombley was born in Amsterdam in the Netherlands to parents from Aruba and Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles).

Her career started in 1995, with Gracia Gorré, Karima Lemghari and Susan Haps in the group called Dignity. The name Dignity stands for Dignified Individuals Giving New Insight To You. A year later the singles “Talk To Me” and “Hold Me” from the compilation album “No Sweat” entered the charts.

In 1996, Edsilia won the final of the Soundmixshow with an imitation of Oleta Adams’ song, “I Just Had To Hear Your Voice”. In 1997, her international reputation was established thanks to the profit of the European Soundmix Show, in which she sang the same song. That year she left Dignity and released her first solo single “Baby It’s You”. In 1997 she recorded her first album “Thuis” which was in assignment and exclusive for Douwe Egberts.

In 1998, Edsilia competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 in Birmingham, United Kingdom, where she gained 150 points and placed 4th with the song “Hemel en aarde” (“Heaven and earth”). This was the best result the Netherlands had achieved since their win in 1975 with Teach-In. The song was written Fluitsma & Van Tijn and reached twelfth place in the top 40. Her debut English album was released shortly after her Eurovision participation.
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Visit her official website.

Nathalie Makoma – Singing in the Netherlands

Nathalie is an artist with a story. In the Netherlands she is known from her performances during Idols 4. In Africa she is known for being a member of one of the biggest gospel bands, Makoma. But Nathalie is more then an energetic diva with a great voice. She is a sweet, shy personality as well. On stage she becomes someone else who isn’t afraid of anything.

Nathalie was born on the 24th of February 1982 in Kinshasa (DR Congo) as the youngest of a family with six children. For political reasons she is forced to flee to the Netherlands. In her younger years she moves to Germany. With her brothers and sisters she forms the Makoma band. They are very successful in Germany but also in other European countries.

Read on here and sign her guestbook..