ZENZILE! Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

ZENZILE! Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

ZENZILE! Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

Welcome to an evening of film, music and conversation about Mama Africa!

Zenzile or “Zenzi” as she was called at home in South Africa became a symbol of the struggle against apartheid and was an activist for human rights and equality of all people for most of her life.

The challenges Miriam Makeba fought against are relevant even today. What can we learn from her life and deeds?

The evening begins with a film and panel discussion, followed by artists expressing themselves and interpreting Miriam Makeba’s music.

Graham Tainton, choreographer and cousin of Miriam Makeba
Ake Holm, friend since the 60s and award-winner in technology for audio and video
Margaret Gärding, researcher and activist with experience of apartheid.

Participating artists:
Germaine Thomas
Labros Liaropoulos
Christian Carter’s
Karolina Olausson
Anna Louise Andersson

More participants announced shortly. RSVP on the Facebook event invitation.

With support from the City of Stockholm.

Kf Maisha is part of the culture Bildningsverksamhet.

ZENZILE! Om Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

ZENZILE! Mama Africa Miriam Makeba

Välkommen till en afton med film, musik och samtal om Mama Africa!

Zenzile eller ”Zenzi” som hon kallades hemma i Sydafrika blev en symbol för kampen mot apartheid och var aktivist för mänskliga rättigheter och alla människors lika värde under större delen av sitt liv.

Utmaningarna Miriam Makeba kämpade mot är relevanta även idag. Vad kan vi lära oss från hennes liv och gärningar?

Kvällen inleds med film och panelsamtal, därefter kommer artister att framföra och tolka Miriam Makebas musik.

Graham Tainton, koreograf och kusin till Miriam Makeba
Åke Holm, vän sedan 60-talet samt prisbelönad inom teknik för ljud och film
Margaret Gärding, forskare och aktivist med erfarenheter av apartheid.

Medverkande artister:
Germaine Thomas
Labros Liaropoulos
Christian Ahlm
Karolina Olausson
Anna Louise Andersson

Fler medverkande presenteras inom kort. OSA Facebook Tävlingsinbjudan.

Med stöd från Stockholms stad.
Kf Maisha är del av Kulturens Bildningsverksamhet.

The Big City Poets of Stockholm

I am proud to share this post from UrbanLife.se that a friend Andy Collins wrote about my girl Germaine’s new music release:


Who are “The Big City Poets”, and where are they really coming from?

A Poetic Trio who do not hesitate to step over any genre or border control. In search of the perfect swing and a nice atmosphere, they are
prepared to do anything. Is it Electronica, Dance music, World beat? We don’t know …

The Big City Poets are a trio of musical souls. All three provide different spices and contrasts aiming to give you a soundtrack that can brighten you up, get you in a dancing mood or relax with a touch of something spiritual.

Germaine Thomas
Germaine Thomas - 1/3 of the Big City Poets

In Germaine Thomas’ voice, you will find a timelessness and a sense that can take you back to the old soul greats. Maybe it is her background in New York gospel choirs that gives warmth and balance to the electronic elements of this music.

Mikael Rosén, with his musical background, contributes his influences from around the world which makes it all swing and makes you want to dance with Fredrik Jacobi Muskos making the third pillar of this Musical Trio. With his roots in Punk, Pop and Rock, Fredrik contributes a nice rock feel in the middle of the dance groove.

The first single, Miracle will be released on November 15th 2011 and the album Life Stories will be released on December 1st 2011.

Really worth a listen.

Listen to Miracle: