Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – Germany 3 – Kabai33


Kabai 33

Yamile Yemoonyah is an artist blogger and creative entrepreneur on her way to a sustainable lifestyle. On Kabai33 she shares tips, tools and resources to help start & grow your own creative web biz.

Kabai 33

She was born in Colombia to her birth-mother of the indigenous Embera people and to my unknown African-Colombian birth-father. When I was one and a half years old I was adopted, together with my brother-to-be, by parents who are both from the Netherlands but raised us in Germany. She currently lives and works in Berlin.

Her work reflects all of these cultural influences and speaks of the essence that connects all beings no matter where they are from. But it also celebrates that Spirit can be expressed in a myriad of forms which to her shows that creativity is an inherent feature of life and we should enjoy the beauty of all creations, be it a painting, a human being, a star or a business plan..

What does Kabai33 mean?

The jaibanas (shamans) of the Embera people have the power to turn away from this world and to behold the true universe through their visions and dreams. This faculty and process is regarded as labour. The shaman uses the term kabai to express this work of communicating with the supernatural world. Besides its sense of ‘to work’ (including physical and manual labour), kabai also means ‘to learn’ and ‘to know’. By means of their work with the spiritual world, the jaibanas acquire their knowledge and insights of man’s true existence and are therefore able to heal the earth, which is their main task ! The spirit of a jaibana, who teaches them how to do their kabai – work, is an Antomia, mother or master of water, amphibious beings that live in the waterworlds beneath our own world.

33 contains all the numbers in her birth date combined. The number three stands for communication and 33 for communicating with the inner as well as the outer dimensions and universes.

Black Women Bloggers in Europe Series – Italy 2 – The Italian Files

The Italian Files

The Italian Files

I’m a lover of books, travel and food. A very curious soul. If your curious, too I’m glad you’ve found me. I love/live in Italy and have done for 10 years. Enjoy my observations, opinions and articles (a.k.a the rantings of a mad lady).

Now for all you nosey parkers out there, I thought I’d do a litte Q&A to statisfy a little of your curiosity. So here it is:


I see in your photo you are in Venice. Is that where you live?

No, I live in Modena, in the north of Italy.

Why did you move to Italy?

For ‘amore’. I know it’s so predictable but what can I say, Italian men are very romantic.

Do you publish your articles. If yes, where?

I have some things on Associated Content. Although these same articles are also on here. Have a look in my ‘Articles’ folder.

Do you write on request?

Yes, I do. You can contact me for any requests for writing or translation work through the contact form on the site. I’ll be in touch.

What’s your job?

I run the office of a handbag designer (I know ladies; I’m surrounded by designer bags everyday! Don’t hate me for it!).

What made you create this website?

I just wanted to have something for me, where I can write and offload stuff that’s on my mind, on to the page and over to you.

Where are you originally from?

I was born in Lagos, Nigeria. The family moved to London when I was around seven.

Would you consider adding an Italian section?

Umm, yes. I’d have to think about what type of section it’d be though.

Where did you learn to cook?

Mostly from when I moved here and through trial and error. The more you do it, the more confident you get with whipping things together and creating dishes. For Italians food is sacrosanct and this appreciation can’t help but rub off on you.

Would you recommend Venice at as winter destination?

Well, I think it’s such an amazing and particular place, it’d work well as a holiday destination whenever you’d have the good fortune to go there.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is a stage and TV actress in England.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is an English actress, perhaps best known for her semi-regular role as Jenny in the fifth series of Spooks, and lead role as Vivienne Davis in BBC1 new drama Bonekickers.

A Royal Academy of Dramatic Art trained actress, her first television role was playing Colette Hill in Holby City. She played a nurse in Walk Away and I Stumble, and Eve in Vital Signs. She played Fidelity Saunders in Bad Girls in 2006 and appeared as Martha Jones’ sister Tish in the 2007 series of Doctor Who. She appeared in the ITV drama series Marple, in an episode based on the novel Ordeal by Innocence. She also appeared in Lost in Austen as Piranha, the flat mate of the female lead, Amanda, played by Jemima Rooper.

She recently appeared in the television version of Roy Williams’ play Fallout (part of Channel 4’s Disarming Britain series) as Shanice Roberts. Mbatha-Raw has been cast as the female lead in J.J. Abrams’ new spy drama Undercovers, set to debut in late 2010 on NBC.

Mbatha-Raw has appeared on stage in Broadway, London, Birmingham, Exeter and Manchester.

She has appeared twice at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, first in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra opposite Josette Bushell-Mingo and then as Juliet opposite Andrew Garfield in Romeo And Juliet, both in 2005.

In November 2008 she took the part of Monique in Gethsemane at the National Theatre, and later on tour. In June 2009 she played a “touchingly bewildered” Ophelia opposite Jude Law in the Donmar’s West End production of Hamlet. She will repeat her performance of Ophelia when the production moves to Broadway.

During 2006 she appeared on BBC Radio 4 in Living with the Enemy.

Source: Wikipedia

The Ladies Behind Catch A Vibe

Catch A Vibe

Meet the ladies behind A website that showcases the UK’s black culture:

Founder & Editor

Catch A Vibe founder

Alice GbeliaAlice Gbelia Alice is an experienced Web Content Manager who has worked for companies such as Sky and Red Bee Media. Alice loved the concept of a cultural magazine dedicated to black arts and culture and decided to get involved. From producing the website to recruiting the writers and defining the marketing strategy, Alice has been pivotal in the running and success of Catch a Vibe.

Alice’s favourite hangouts in London: Wherever you can find live music: Momo, Vibe bar, Market Place, Jazz Café, etc… // Spitafields Market: for unique designer fashion at unbeatable prices.


Catch a Vibe editor

Elizabeth SalmonElizabeth Salmon – Literature & Spoken Word Elizabeth has always been a keen reader and whilst studying towards a BA in English Literature she joined the writing ranks of back when it was still Say it Loud. Since then she has continued to read and write for and expand her portfolio of writing. She has an MSc in Politics and currently volunteers at the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Where can you find Elizabeth? At independent bookstores. Large central libraries like Swiss Cottage Library, Forbidden Planet or – predictably – chilling at a cafe with old friends from university talking about books.

Catch a Vibe editor

Reshma Madhi – Arts and Fashion editor for Catch a VibeReshma Madhi – Fashion & Arts Reshma has contributed to various publications since her student days, including reviews of new music artists for Unlimited Media and features for Arberry Pink. She has also been broadcasting for a community radio station based in Essex. Reshma is currently working as a researcher for a legal industry publication while contributing for Catch a Vibe as the Arts and Fashion Editor.

You’re most likely to find Reshma in Life Café in Lewisham – or in the Southbank area, visiting some of the main stops for culture vultures in London.

Divine Unity: A Divine Gospel Trio in the UK

Divine Unity
Photo by Priscilla Parmar

Source: Catch a Vibe

In an industry saturated with mediocre female vocalists compensating for their lack of creative prowess by showcasing acres of naked flesh, Divine Unity are a welcome breath of fresh air.

The talented trio consist of Sharlene (24), Martina (23) and Sacha (25). Remarkably, there is no weak link in this hat-trick of unique voices. Sharlene is a vocal power-house, whose energetic stage presence is utterly infectious. Martina demonstrates a smooth, soulful singing style whilst emanating loveliness from every pore. Sacha’s sweet and sassy attitude is reflected in her honeyed high-end notes, which are an intensely pleasurable audio-experience. Having sung together since they were just 11 years old, their gorgeous harmonies are effortless.

They describe themselves as “first and foremost, pop music” which shows an endearing lack of pretension and yet there are a huge variety of genres evident in their sound. Their broad range of musical influences encompass everything from Madness to Frank Sinatra. The first half of their gig at Charlotte Street Blues takes you from soulful ballad (Human Form), through catchy Lily-Allen-esque Britpop (Realise) to rock guitar riffs reminiscent of Kings of Leon (Free). In the second half of the show, these ladies “take it back to Church” and prove they don’t need any gimmicks with a stunning, virtually a cappella arrangement of “Amazing Grace”.

Surprisingly, it’s when they fuse heavy metal guitar and powerful, rock-inspired drum-beats with their gospel vocals that Divine Unity really shine. Rock and gospel are not supposed to work, but it does here and the result is startlingly spectacular, as evidenced by their stand-out track “The Devil is a Liar” (which will have you air-guitaring all the way home).

Everything from their confident yet natural stage personas, to their fashion-forward multi-coloured stage garb reflects the fact that Divine Unity are unapologetically true to themselves. They are involved with the national, celebrity endorsed confidence campaign Body Gossip and hope that the positive message conveyed in their lyrics, along with their edgy, yet not overtly sexual image, will promote self-esteem in young women and prove that glamour and self-respect can go hand-in-hand.

If you are a Christian, Divine Unity’s lyrics will undoubtedly speak to you. The girls are touchingly honest about the experiences that inspire their songs. If not, don’t be put off: the hooks are catchy and the message is universal. You will leave Divine Unity’s gig elated, uplifted and wanting more.

Free General Election BME Political Rally in London

Where: – Westminster Central Hall, London SW1H 9NH

When: – April 28, 2010 at 06:00 PM -to- April 28, 2010 at 10:00 PM

REGISTER NOW for the biggest political rally of this General Election campaign at:

Equanomics UK in partnership with Operation Black Vote, JUST West Yorkshire, the 1990 Trust, the Peace Alliance and many others in the Black Leadership Coalition, including church leaders, business leaders, activists and faith groups, will be hosting the largest BME political rally of the 2010 general election campaign ‘Black Britain Decides’.

Starts Wednesday 28th of April 2010, 6.30pm at The Methodist Church, Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, London, SW1H 9NH.

register now by visiting:

‘The Black Manifesto – The Price of Race Inequality’ a pre and post set of demands for politicians will also be available on the night. There are at least 120 marginal seats that BME voters could significantly influence. This then is our time to demand greater social, economic and racial justice.

The rally will be syndicated to more than a million black people via the vast BME media network and other National media corporations.

The mainstream party political leaders have been invited and stated that they would like to be there. In a closely fought political race, the Black vote: African, Asian, Caribbean and other ethnic minorities will hold the key to who wins and who loses this election.

During this election campaign our call will be for justice and equality of opportunity in all areas at all levels of society, particularly in relation to economic justice and protecting our young people from violent crime rather than constantly branding them as criminals and radicals.

‘Black Britain Decides’ is free and places are limited so registering for it is essential. OBV are leading on delegate support, so for any queries please contact:

Jyoti Bhojani or Aisha Hassan on 0208 983 5460 or

Introducing Yvette! on Moiko Records

Listen to Yvette on Moiko Records Music Showcase!

Yvette Jarvis

“Yvette Ala Grecque” bonus tracks some of your favorite hot cover songs!

Buy Mp3s @:

Time: April 24, 2010 from 5pm to 8pm
Location: “Moiko Records Music Showcase” – Blog Talk Radio
Organized By: Crystal Cartier – Word Man – Moiko

Event Description:

Yvette Jarvis

This Saturday evening (17:00 EST), we will be interviewing Moiko Recording Artist, “Yvette Jarvis” and debuting her album, “Yvette … a La Grecque”!

Besides her “Greek” album debut, we will also be playing several of her “HOT” cover songs and discussing various international issues.

See more details and RSVP on MOIKO RECORDS!