Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, the Chineke!  Foundation and the power of classical music

Chi-chi Nwanoku MBE, the Chineke! Foundation and the power of classical music

Mission Viva Chineke! Viva Musica! At the Chineke! Foundation, we think that all young people deserve the chance to grow and develop as musicians, regardless of who they are or where they come from. Chineke! therefore seeks to be a force for good in the classical music industry, levelling the playing field for young Black …

Candace Allen discusses her novel Valaida on BBC Radio

Candace Allen discusses her novel Valaida on BBC Radio

From BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour Valaida Snow was a black jazz song and dance performer in the 1920s and 30s, who famously also played solo trumpet in a man’s world. She toured around the world until she fell foul of the German occupying force in Denmark. Now Candace Allen has painstakingly pieced together Valaida’s …

Soul Music: The Pulse of Race and Music – The latest book by Candace Allen

Soul Music: The Pulse of Race and Music – The latest book by Candace Allen

About Candace Allen Candace Allen is a novelist and was the first African-American female member of the Directors Guild of America. Race and music are an integral part of her life, from Miles Davis’ friendship with her family, her later immersion in the classical music elite, to her political activism in the 60s and the …

Race and the US Presidential Election – an expat in London

Race and the US Presidential Election – an expat in London

Candace Allen, Kenan Malik David Roediger will discuss Race and the US Presidential election on Tuesday 23 September 2008, 7.45pm at the Southbank Centre in London. Barack Obama’s presidential nomination has put race on the US political agenda like never before. Candace Allen and David Roediger discuss the rise of Obama and racial politics both …

Barack Obama: The words of a dream

Barack Obama: The words of a dream

Barack Obama, writer and orator, has deep roots in a tradition of eloquence that dates back to the age of slavery. As he prepares to accept the Democratic nomination in Denver next week, Candace Allen traces his literary heritage of memoir and testimony. Next Thursday, in a major departure from tradition, Illinois Senator Barack Obama …