Fransesca Quartey – Actress and Director

Fransesca Quartey

 

Fransesca Quartey was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1964, the daughter of a Swedish mother and a Ghanian father. In 1986 she was accepted to The National College of Acting in Gothenburg in Sweden from which she graduated, with a B.F.A., in 1989.

Between 1990 – 1993 Fransesca was a member of the prestigious Unga Klara Company, under the internationally acclaimed theater director Suzanne Osten. She later went to work at The Royal Dramatic Theater where she stayed for two years. Performing first in Strindberg’s “The Ghost Sonata” with the renowned Polish film and theater director Andrej Wajda and later in another Strindberg play ” A Dream play, in the lead role as Indra’s daughter, with Canada’s most celebrated director, Robert Le Page.

In 1995 she initiated a musical show “Hot’n Tot”. Performances included special appearances before the Swedish Prime minister as well as His Majesty King Carl Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia. During 1995 to 1997 she was in a film, numerous television shows and also had two shows of her own, had a successful one-woman show, before leaving for Los Angeles where she attended an extension program at UCLA.

She returned to Sweden to work at Helsingborg’s City Theater where she also made her directorial theater debut in 2001. Since then she has directed a number of plays in Sweden and abroad. Fransesca Quartey was also selected to take part in an exclusive leadership program for women that the organization for Swedish Performing Arts and the Swedish Union for Theater, Artists, and Media arranged together with the intention to increase the number of female head of theaters. In 2010 she directed a large Swedish-Ghanian production at Ghana National Theater in Accra, Ghana. The play, African Cinderella, by Efo Kodjo Mawugbe, was a huge success. After touring Ghana the play later went on tour in Nigeria and Sweden.

Fransesca Quartey resides in Stockholm, Sweden where she continues to direct and act.

– IMDb Mini Biography By Ellen Andréasson

Sabina Ddumba – Swedish singer known for Gospel and Soul

Sabina Ddumba

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Sabina Ddumba
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Ddumba at Allsång på Skansen in 2015

Sabina Ddumba, (born 23 February 1994) is a Swedish singer. Ddumba grew up in Fisksätra, Nacka. Her music has soul, gospel, and R&B influences. Ddumba was a backing vocalist on Katy Perry’s song “Walking on Air” and has collaborated with artists such as the hip-hop band Looptroop Rockers, duo Lorentz & Sakarias and Adam Kanyama. She is signed to Warner Music. Ddumba released her first single, “Scarred for Life”, in 2014, and her second single, “Effortless” in 2015. Both were certified platinum. Ddumba appeared in Moraeus med mera in 2014 and performed at Grammisgalan in 2015. She performed at the 2015 Swedish Grammys, and recently won ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the 2016 P3 Gold Awards.

Early life

Sabina Ddumba was born on 23 February 1994 in Fisksätra, Nacka. She is the sixth out of eight children. Her mother is Ugandan, and when she was eight years old, her mother moved back to Uganda. After listening to traditional Ugandan nursery rhymes and songs, she became interested in melody and phrasing. She has been writing songs on and off since the age of 10. At the age of fourteen, she joined the Tensta Gospel Choir and sang with the group for about six years. It was through this choir that she found singing was her vocation. Her father and relatives, however, wanted her to pursue a more scholarly profession, such as a doctor.

Musical Influences

Ddumba was inspired by the Ugandan nursery rhymes and songs she heard as a child. She also grew up listening to the hip-hop and R&B of the late 1990s. As her family was religious, the gospel music she heard in church on Sundays has also greatly influenced her musical style. Her time with the Tensta Gospel Choir strengthened the influence that gospel music has had on her work.

Career

Ddumba participated in The X Factor Sverige in 2012. Also in 2012, she sang on Adam Kanyama’s track, “The Golden Child” and collaborated with the duo Lorentz & Sakarias. In 2013 she sang background vocals for Katy Perry’s single “Walking On Air”, which was featured on Perry’s album, Prism. The same year she collaborated with hip-hop group Looptroop Rockers on their song “Sea of Death”. In 2014 she released her first single, “Scarred for Life”. After the release of this single, in 2015 she signed with Warner Music. In 2015, Ddumba released her second single, “Effortless”, which was certified platinum in Sweden. The song was co-written with Carmen Reece, and produced by Nick Ruth and T-Collar. Her latest single, “Not Too Young” was 30 October 2015. This single was certified double platinum. In February 2015, Ddumba performed at the Swedish Grammys. In 2016, she performed “Not Too Young” at the P3 Gold Awards, winning the award for Newcomer of the Year. Ddumba will be releasing a follow-up single to “Not Too Young” titled “Not Too Young Pt. II”, which will be produced by Wolf Cousins.

NANDI FLAME in Stockholm

Presented by Maisha Cultural Association

NANDI FLAME
NANDI FLAME

 

Welcome to an evening inspired by Wangari Maathai, environmental activist and founder of the Green Belt Movement, also the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. If the trees – Nandi Flames could speak, then they would sing about Wangari Maathai and tell you this evening about the global climate and the situation in Africa. A performance of dance, music, and ghosts will be to and fro about the climate.

Extreme weather and natural disasters around the world make us unable to shut up for climate change. But much can be prevented and prevented.

Come and listen to Mats Nittve Vi-forest ambassador who tells you about their amazing work in East Africa. On stage, dancers meet and have a dance show! The Troubadour Tauna Niingungo plays on several instruments, including a rainstorm. Jessica Karlén about doing stand-up in South Africa and much more. From 15 years

 

participants:

Mats Nittve Vi-forest ambassador

Tauna Niingungo Trubadur

Jessica Karlén artist, writer, and comedian

Darun poet

Charlotte Rieback & Diasmany Dance (Afro-Cuban)

Matilda Peltonen solo no

Kulturama dance show

The program is supported by the City of Stockholm. Maisha Cultural Association is part of Kulturens Bildningsförbund.

Photo: Goldman Environment Prize
Length: 2 hours incl. Break
Price: 120 kr, 100 kr student / retired
Date: 23 Sep, 19:00, Teater Pero

Teaching Our Own The Black Homeschooling Fair

Teaching Our Own The Black Homeschooling Fair

homeschooling

We’re back for the 3rd annual Teaching Our Own Black Homeschooling Fair on Saturday 7th October from 12-6pm at The Unity Centre, 1-3 Church Road, London, NW10 9EG.

homeschooling

With talks, workshops, children’s activities, good food, a market zone of black owned businesses and more, all to help parents of African heritage children, take back control of their children’s lives and education, either by homeschooling full time or around their schooling.

Get your tickets today.

Tjejmilen 2017

TJEJMILEN

Tjejmilen 2017

The 34th edition of Tjejmilen took place on Gärdet and Djurgården in Stockholm on Saturday 2 September. 30,000 participants ran or walked Tjejmilen, Sweden’s largest sports event for women. 

Tjejmilen 2017

I participated in the Fun Run in 2013, 2015 and again this year.

Tjejmilen 2017

Two sisters came in from the US to participate. One is a former Stockholm resident.

Tjejmilen 2017

Source: Tjejmilen

An Ethiopian sister took 2nd place in the elite race category.

Tjejmilen also provides an opportunity for participants to support education for girls.

I’ve already signed up for next year.