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 […]

In conversation with Edaoto Agbeniyi: On spirituality and music

Music as a tool for self-expression, education and a way to engage with the past. Its presence draws attention to one way that elements of the past have transcended through generations, providing an opportunity to connect to ancestry. Edaoto & the Afrogenius Band are a nine-piece collective that play Afrobeat music, which they describe as […]

In conversation with Joy Mogami: On inner healing and ancestry

Doing the work on self through healing and nurturing a sense of alignment contributes to forging a better understanding of our purpose. It is a process that can feel awkward, confusing and frustrating at times, drawing attention to the obstacles that can emerge as we evolve. When you create the space to know yourself, this […]

Learning from nature – Connections to surroundings among the Shona people

Nature comes in a variety of forms, and we are constantly reminded of its abundance when we observe our surroundings. From the diverse natural landscapes that exist across the world and the broad range of animals on land and in water, as well as plants, vegetables and fruits, all are prime examples of the result […]

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 […]

Understanding the subconscious – The importance of Chi in Igboland

The Dictionary defines the subconscious as “existing or operating in the mind beneath or beyond consciousness”. The subconscious can evoke perceptions of the unknown as well as the feeling that it is a difficult thing to understand or engage with, particularly in moments where we feel consumed by negative energy and unsure of how we […]

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 […]