LOS CONGOS DE VILLA MELLA | Exploring heritage links between the Dominican Republic and Congo

The third installment of my five part video series offering a glimpse at some of the similarities between elements of Caribbean and African heritage. This video explores Los Congos de Villa Mella, a catholic brotherhood hailing from the Dominican Republic. Established by African slaves on the island 500 years ago, it is described as a […]

In conversation with Abantu May: On holistic living and ancestry

What does it mean in practice to navigate through life from a space of intention? It is a process which requires time, dialogue with self as well as a establishing a connection to surroundings. From this basis, we leave ourselves better equipped to gauge the interconnectedness of the human experience, which mirrors the interconnectedness of […]

Exploring ways to engage with the past – Puppet Masquerades in Bamana society

How do we place ourselves in a position where we do not live in the past, but instead, learn and adapt from it? Tradition is something that should provide a sense of foundation and fluidity, enabling us to connect and learn from our roots whilst preserving this knowledge in a meaningful way which we can […]

Exploring our spirituality – Connections to source in Chokwe society

Why does it feel as if spirituality is treated like a separate entity at times? Almost as if it were another thing to tick off a long list of things to do throughout the week. Establishing and maintaining our spirituality is an intimate process, which each one of us determines in our own way. By […]

Exploring the relationship between creativity and identity – The importance of music in Mandinka history

How do we embark on a process of defining our identity in spaces which often give little room for such a thing to occur organically? If no time is given to explore and understand who we are then how can we ever claim to know ourselves? Creativity, an opportunity which offers the chance to explore […]

Connecting past with present – Art from the Fang people

How do we establish a healthy dialogue with our past without affecting our ability to remain in the present? Remaining fully in the present is often regarded as an essential part of letting go and centering our focus to our current situation. However, is paying some of our attention to the past a complete disservice […]