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 […]

KALENDA | Exploring links between Trinidadian and Angolan Heritage

The second installment of my five part video series offering a glimpse at some of the similarities between elements of Caribbean and African heritage. The second video explores Kalenda, a tradition that is practiced in many parts of the Caribbean. The video focuses on the stick-fighting element which is practiced in Trinidad, and gauging the […]

Speaking the same language – The role of the Wolof language in bringing communities together

Connecting to others despite the differences that we have is a process which draws attention to the similarities which can exist in each of us, that transcend experiences, spaces, origins, background etc. At a time where it feels as if a lot of emphasis is being placed solely on highlighting how vastly different groups of […]

Exploring the impact of negative thoughts – Witchcraft among the Azande

Taking ownership for our actions and reactions can feel very awkward, especially from negative experiences. When we take a step back to ask ourselves the question ‘what am I learning from this?’ and hold ourselves accountable for the perspectives and emotions which we carry, this can aid the process of managing and understanding our thought […]

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 […]

Unpicking the concept of minimalism – The nomadic Cushite communities of Somaliland

To be a minimalist, what does this actually entail? Within this discourse, much attention tends to be placed on what a person does or does not possess with little emphasis placed on mindset. At times, it can feel as if minimalist Olympics are being pursued in place of establishing a connection to our surroundings. Taking […]

Understanding our body language – Bodily sensations among the Anlo Ewe people

Body language, a way of relaying the words that are often left unsaid. Its existence draws attention to the important role that our bodies can play in divulging how we truly feel about situations. Cultivating the space to explore our bodies and how they store emotions is crucial in the process of knowing who we […]

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 our encounter with process and production – The significance of the Kente cloth in the Asante Kingdom

Do we fully engage in all aspects of the areas that we invest and apply ourselves in? Process and productivity are two concepts which are interlinked, yet it can often feel as if emphasis is heavily placed on productivity alone. In spaces that have accumulation at the forefront, there is a tendency to seek out […]