Monday, 29 July 2013

Jewish world Jamboree - Inter faith festival.

Event and ticket details.

129-131 Albert St London, Greater London NW1 7NB
020 7284 7384
Closest tube station is Camden Town underground on the Northern line
date September 8th
doors open at 6 pm  - 9.45 pm
Tickets are £16.50/£13.50 concessions
book online at either the Jewish Museum site
or by phone from Health Poverty Action -  Hester Enthoven - 0207 840 3760

Event is suitable for all ages





At the time of rising religious tensions in the UK, world jamboree is a welcome reminder of the possibility of inter faith co-operation. Last year we called it an inspiring evening of music, art and fun. This year, the world music, food and art inter-faith charity fund -raiser for Health Poverty Action is set to return to the Jewish Museum for a second successful year.
Last year's evening was a sellout affair  and this year's event looks set to continue this trend with new artists being introduced to the line up including, acclaimed vocalist and kirtan leader Nikki Slade  along with Welsh dance and film duo, Alys Hughes and Elly Strigner,Jewish reggae singer David Sudwarts will also be appearing for the first time, sufi stars Silk Road will be returning, along with jazz vocalist Toni Green, accompanied by world jazz pianist Yosi Marshall, Italian singer/songwriter Lyra Veroli, Sebastian Blake -the critics Buddhist Prince will be returning with his  band after a recent appearance at Tate Modern's prestigous Hyperlink series this spring, folk singer Julie Helene Kvaerndrup is making her World Jamboree premier along with the welcome return of the charming Baha'i quartet. With the lineup, there is so much more to see.Jewish world jamboree is being held in support of Health Poverty Action's women's clinics in Myanmar formerly known as Burma and Sierra Leone.


Whole Foods will again be contributing food for the event, along with Polish deli Belvedere Traditional, as well as chefs from around the world. They will prepare dishes from Italy, France, India, Japan, America and Angola.

The event will be introduced by several faith leaders, including Buddhist youth division leader Kiyoshi Inoue, Rabbi Natan Levy,and Iman Muhammad Al-Hussaini - close friends who often give talks about the importance of inter-faith dailogue. There will also be leaders of other faiths.



Thursday, 25 July 2013

Pop in and pop out with original hand made products from London's next generation of designers thanks to Established pop up shop at Westfield Stratford.

On the 20th of this month July, the Established Pop- up shop opened its doors to the Royal Baby happy shoppers for a whole new concept and shopping experience. In one of the retail spaces at Westfield Stratford, original products and designs from local designers and curators are displayed.  From organic beauty products, jewelry and fashion to photography and artworks, there is virtually something for everyone.
Established Pop- up shop is part of the Charity - community Link's projects helping locals have access to the economic power house of this great nation. The project also provides training and support for individuals, start up businesses and social enterprises.
The Pop - up is designed to give new traders an invaluable experience, increase their retail knowledge and raise the profile of their brands. The best part of being that participating designers and traders only have to render a fraction of their profit to the project to be re-injected back into the scheme.

Some of designer and product brands in the pop up are :
Lovable Embroidered gifts - By Tumaini Lawrence - Embroidery designer.

Positive Image project - By Denise and Flo - Educators and Publishers.

Wind and Fire - 

Honey Malaolu - Fashion designer

     Atimaging      -By Antonietta Torsiello -  Visual Artist and Textile Designer

ImanMade - Organic Natural skin care Range.

Lijia Tang  - Illustrator/Image maker/ pattern designer

Hennarize  By Munira Ebrahim - Henna and Gliter tattoo artist

Eminence Mode - By Natasha Corbin-Stewart - Designer

Recon Reconstruction - By Jahmale - Designer


Images of products and designs up for  grabs

























Monday, 22 July 2013

C.Hub speaks to one of Outstanding African women in the UK Ms Sheila Ocen.


Few months ago, on the 18th of May 2013, United Kingdom saw as outstanding women of Africa were recognised for the various works that the do by Women4Africa.
Ms Sheila one of these winners spoke to us about her passion for being the change, why she started and leads various organisations, runs her own thriving business yet a dedicated student.
In 2010, young Ms Sheila raised £1000 through a workout project for families struck by poverty in Ghana. She also founded and runs her Signature S.O food business that offers catering and cooking classes and a sweet safari sauce making.
Ms Sheila Ocen is currently a student at the University of Surrey, studying a BA in English Literature. She is project manager and founding member of Christian Professional Network UK, a former President of the leading Christian Union society at Surrey University, leading 100+ members, in which she lead a team of 10, in fundraising, leading campus meetings, speaking at events for younger women in and around London, hosting 4 events over 8 months, and training the incoming leaders.
Absolutely fantastic woman in her right speaks to us about it all, and there's much to learn from what we heard. Hope you do too.
 
 
 
How does it feel being recognised for the works that you do?
It’s really great, more than anything for the platform it provides me with to scream about “the Sweet Safari Sauce.” And its role in empowering Africa as an economy.

Tell me about the Christian professional network? Why and what do you do with that?
CPNUK is an organisation set up by Samuel Kasumu also founder of Elevation networks. CPNUK has a range of functions, one of which is its aim to equip professionals with the tools to engage in wider public life. I worked as the project manager from 2011-2012 my main role was really managing projects like the CPNUK Church & University Tour , where we worked with an array of students and young people in the UK hosting workshops, where we used biblical principles to get the best and most out of them in their pursuit of their career aspirations.

You have your own business as well?
Yes I was so very fortunate to launch Signature S.O at the end of 2012, we hosted our launch event at the fantastic bar ‘The Loft’ in Clapham Junction, the turnout was absolutely fantastic, and business has been an amazing journey since.

Tell me of starting the business. What is your drive?
My drive is definitely the heartbeat behind the entire business; The Sweet Safari Sauce
Sweet Safari Sauce is a sweet yet spicy sauce, blended with delicious herbs spices and sugars from all over Africa. It prides itself on it’ source of Fair-trade ingredients. Fair trade fights against the exploitation of current trade laws that leaves third world countries subject to the abuse of unsubstantial pay, and working conditions. Through using Fair-trade ingredients, the Sweet Safari Sauce empowers those once caught in horrific working conditions, and poor working fees, and enables them to work jobs that fees a harm free living.

How are you able to focus also with your studies together with running the business?
Haha! This question never gets old, friends at uni catch me in the library during holiday seasons late at night taking out books on business and marketing and there always so confused. I’m an undergraduate by day, and an entrepreneur by night you can imagine just how important effective self-management is, I’ve learnt to treat time like a treasure, this and knowing what to prioritise, and when has been a very practical strength in managing the two.


You are studying a BA in English Literature, are we going to be seeing your published works soon?
Yes actually hopefully very soon, I’ve been in  the process of writing a book for the last few years on the topic of biblical womanhood. I don’t want to give too much away just yet, but the research, and male and female focus groups I have been hosting over the last year absolutely amazing, so definitely keep an eye out!

What area of writing would you be heading towards as a writer?
Poetry was my first love where literature is concern but over the last two years my heart and mind have loved traveling across the complex plots of fictions such as Jean Rhys ‘Wide Sargasso Sea.’

Looking back at the situation faced by most African women back home, what do you think should be done to empower them more?
Less focus on aid and more focus on empowering them within their communities with the ability, resources and knowledge on how to interact with the global economy. Africa has had over 400 billion pounds injected into its pocket through aid  and yet we stand worse off today than we were 5-10 years ago. I’ve always said it and I’ll probably never stop;
“Africans are sitting on Gold and they don’t even know it. If we empower women through enterprises like “Self Help Africa”
with the knowledge and resources to build and engage in business in a way that will not only profit them and their families, but there communities, their countries and further Africa’s economy. A sole focus on aid from the western world to empower Africa,, in my own opinion does the exact opposite. Aid alone has led in many cases to a non-progressive reliance on stability from the west, dependency breeds no room for empowerment. When women are equipped with the right tools, we generate a whole lot of power for a formidable continent.


What would you say to women who feel or are vulnerable?
Your value exceeds the limitation of your emotions, your surroundings, the negative and positive words of other people. Push onwards.

What is the best thing that has happened to you both as a woman and as person?
My mother. A friend of mine recently asked a question “Sheila you’re so ambitious and determined how did you get like that.” I responded “ I was bullied growing up, mainly by my brothers but more often by my mothers.” And until today those words are as accurate as day. My mum really is the ultimate lioness, watching her has been so beneficial to my development as a woman. The first of treasures she gave to me was an understanding of the necessity of a relationship with an all-powerful God, and saviour Jesus Christ, to date he is my constant source of strength of laughter of intellect and of peace in everything I do.


Interview by @Fauntee for C.Hub magazine.


Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Ray Blaze - You go wound out now on free download.

Finally the official video of Belgium's finest Afrobeat act of the year Ray Blaze is out, he calls this one "You Go Wound". This guy came out from nowhere and he's definitely making a lot of buzz already with this new catchy tune, a creative fusion of Afrobeat with Coupe Decale which is to set you get to dancing till your feet gets sore. So bless your ears and eyes with this audacious masterpiece. [Produced by Eminik]

Download now


Girl Rapper Yezzi Yezzir to perform at the Media Business conference at UCL August 24th.

Now one of the most active known Female Rappers in the U.K. Yezzi Yezzir has honed her
sound to become even more unique bringing through a laid back, yet promising style into the
music industry and setting the stage alight with her live performances she has set herself apart
through her versatility in composing Hip Hop, Pop and Afro beat music which  have
contributed to her growing fan base which is why her attitude, drive and work ethic are all on
the right tracks.
The 20 year old British born rapper/song writer and dancer of Nigerian origin, Yezzi Yezzir started rapping since Secondary school(Northbrook C.E) beginning with Grime music, but it wasn't until her college years that she started taking her music to the next level at the age of 16 at Christ The King 6th form,  where
she developed her rapping technique taking on the UK Hip Hop scene.

Confirming her attendance, Faustina the founder of MBW - the organizer for the media business conference says,"we are delighted and proud to have Yezzi Yezzir to entertain our audience at this event. This goes to show that women of any age are now more than ready to take the scene to make the world the best it should be. This is just one of the many fun relaxing packages we promise our audience at this event".

Some of the media confirmed to be attending the conference also are - C.Hub magazine, Tropics magazine and many other bloggers and photo bloggers.

The media and business conference is a free event to help mostly African entrepreneurs to understand the and embrace the media as a powerful and important tool in taking their brands to the next level.

To snap up the free tickets, it is mandatory to register today or pay £10.00 at the door on the 24th of August. To register go here:

VIP tickets are £10.00 only. 


Baltimore born Max Marshall set to top the charts with Don't Trip, Video out now.

Don't Trip out 12th August via Fudge Records
With a voice laced in mystery, Max is set to become a name you are not going to stop hearing about soon. Max is no newcomer to music, her childhood was immersed in it. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist and former orchestra member as a student, Max has been writing songs from the age of 14. While her mother, a teacher, taught the likes of Tupac Shakur and Jada Pinkett Smith and played the likes of Donny Hathaway and Etta James at home, her father owned a tour bus that was frequently borrowed by bands. Max would regularly find herself side of stage captivated watching the likes of Ashford & Simpson and Earth, Wind & Fire. She was sold. On the stage is where she belonged.

 The 21 year old Baltimore-born and London-residing Max Marshall has already carved out a successful career in fashion, creating wigs for Lady Gaga while working for French couture designer Charlie Le Mindu and making bespoke, 1940’s-inspired clothes for men & women. But returning to her first love – music, Max delivered a spectacular debut in her mixtape Forgive Me where she collaborated with hot new producers Electric with whom she also worked with to create debut single ‘Don’t Trip’, a sublime, sumptuous and soulful number that wonderfully blends old-school R&B with clean, uncluttered production that showcases the exceptional talent of Miss Max Marshall.

Since moving to London at 18, Max has been playing gigs across town honing her talent and perfecting her sound. Her vocal’s have drawn comparisons to legends ranging from Erykah Badu and India Arie through to Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott, but it’s Max’s sound that is uniquely her own. And with her Philly roots having intertwined with the East London home she's made herself over the last three years, Max is prepped to reveal the next chapter in her distinctive sound with debut single 'Don't Trip' that is set to enchant you.


 

Afrobeats special this Weekend - Tickets and more...

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7pm -11pm Sunday July 14, 2013

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With Afrobeats music taking over the charts in recent weeks courtesy of Fuse ODG and his hit single "Antenna" which debuted at #7 on the UK singles chart, everyone that is anyone is beginning to sit up and pay close attention to the burgeoning UK Afrobeats scene and with the likes of Mista SilvaAtumpan and Moelogo all being play-listed across BBC 1Xtra and Choice FM, the massive appeal of UK Afrobeats continues to grow with major label interest even reaching fever pitch. It is now time to introduce you to some of the finest new artists that are set to take the genre by storm in the coming months and carry UK Afrobeats to its next level...

Introducing MOELOGO, whose latest single "Mary J" has recently been added to Choice FM's hugely coveted A-list playlist. The music video for his previous single "Pangolo" has successfully amassed over 120,000 views on YouTube in just over three months and was supported by both Choice FM and BBC 1Xtra. Also introducing ATUMPAN, who is signed to Ministry of Sound and is the artist behind cross-over hit single "The Thing", the music video of which has been viewed over 1.5 million times on YouTube.

Joining them on the bill for this one-off Special event are three of the biggest UK Afrobeats groups of 2013 - WERAY ENT with their two massive singles "Masquerade" and "Ching Chang Wallah", VIBE SQUAD, who have been featured in The Guardianand The Evening Standard and are currently on a School tour with CitySafe and sibling artist/production duo 2KRISS, who produced Amplify Dot's massive single "King Kong" and have previously collaborated with some of the biggest Afrobeats exports likeWizkid and Ice Prince.

As the only female on this line-up of rising UK Afrobeats stars, HONEY B has Afrobeats music flowing through her veins as her father is none other than legendary award-winning Fuji musician King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal (KWAM 1) and her two singles to date, "Sempe" and "Up Down" have quickly propelled her to the forefront of UK Afrobeats. Rounding up this very eclectic mix of new school leaders of UK Afrobeats areASquared/Warner Music signed recording artist DIZZY aka 'Vocal Chameleon' and Nottingham based artist/producer ADEY, whose debut single "Beremole" featuring Tiwa Savage was one of the best Afrobeat records of 2012.

ONE MIC UK... Afrobeats Special takes place on Sunday, July 14 at Queen of Hoxton and will be hosted by award-winning DJ and Presenter, DJ ABRANTEE - BE THERE!

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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Get the drums out its pop up Africa market at Spitalfield

"Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2013Rounding up the Spitalfields Estate summer programme, will be Africa at Spitalfields- the popular one day market event with a difference".  

 If  Project Manager Jessica Laditan and Banking Operations Analyst Victoria Akagwu aka Africa enthusiasts and lovers of the arts had an idea that a holiday to Nigeria would give birth to something so inspiring, they would have gone maybe one year earlier.But what this duo needed was just a touch on the soil of Nigeria where the fast growing fashion, beauty and arts industry is booming for their business sense to switch on. Both born in Africa but raised in London the market brings to life a taste of their African origins to the streets of London which they know and love.



More than just a conventional market day, Africa at Spitalfields is an interactive shopping experience; bringing together the communities in London to celebrate Africa. Catering to all, visitors will be entertained by traditional hot-stepping African dancers, the beats of Djembe drummers, live acoustic music, crafts and traditional story-telling.  There'll be hair braiding and some face painting for the kids –or the 'big kids' among us.
Pop up Africa’ first came to life at Spitalfields in May 2013, the event saw visitors transported into a typical African market. On entry visitors were welcomed by the bold smells of an African BBQ with an array of spices engulfing the market while African dancers and drummers wowed the crowd with envious dancing to the beat of the music.
If you missed the first one, here’s your chance to catch the fun and eclectic vibes on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August as Spitalfields Market is transformed into a unique shopping experience, celebrating the vibrant and very distinctive African culture, showcasing the talents from Africa and the Diaspora.
Held at one of the UK’s world famous markets, there will be an array of stalls selling anything from one-off clothing, handmade crafts, interiors, books and delicious rustic African Street food,
Feed your curiosity, your eyes and your taste buds...Get Involved, Get Inspired.
Free entry for all and everyone is welcome!
Bank Holiday Monday 27th May
10am-5pm

Monday, 8 July 2013

"Come Over" the hit single in time for summer by the Duo Vibe Squad.

The headliner making duo Kelvin and Wizzy of the Vibe Squad has fast become the next big name on the Afrobeat charts. Now they are headed to conquer the British music scene with the breath taking smooth mid tempo dance filler vibe garnished with a tint of modern pop sensation of Afrobeat. In this showcasing their trademark vocal tones and fluid delivery captivating both the European and African ear drums.
Catch the Vibe Squad fire at the OneMiC at Queen Hoxton this Sunday - 14th of July.

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Sunday, 7 July 2013

Movie Premier: The Theodora Ibekwe Shameful Deceit premier stood London to a halt.






Life the imminent nature of human existence. Sometimes so robust and sometimes so mean! that it becomes unbearable. Have you ever reached a crossroad of life? Or hit by a sudden panic of the unknown destiny that lies ahead of you? Or you are betrayed by the one and only trust in your life? If you have pondered on any of these questions or similar ones, if you are walking through life and something is missing, then SHAMEFUL DECEIT is a movie to be seen.

If Stars align such as Lanre Balogun and Theodora Ibekwe, Shameful Deceit will be the Blockbuster movie it should be. When I found a shiny dime after a screening, I knew the timing was perfect for me. Yes, there are fine performances by other actors and actresses such as Marie Gomez, Moji Bamtefa, Fatima Jabbe, Yvonne Hayes, Ikenna Obi and many others. Stars arrived in two Hummerzine Limos; All dressed to kill; the red carpet was full to the brim; it was more or less like a carnival. The earth shook; Odeon Cinema was glittering as men and women from all walks of life arrayed in their glory to watch the screening, Odeon Cinema for the first time was almost shot down, and yes indeed it was a night no one will ever forget in a hurry.The crowd was amazing.


It was Theodora’s day; it is her movie, an excited fan whispered to her friend – as the star alighted from the limo, dressed in a black and red bespoke design, tinted with smile and her ravishing look courtesy of her makeup artist and designer ( Libeks and Desiri ), indeed a friend whispered she is beautiful.
The thrill of this film, however, is for those of us who have been messed up or who have ever wrestled with guilt, and wondered why we did or do certain things, or driven ourselves crazy trying to figure out exactly who we are. Shameful Deceit gave us an answer. weldone  Theodora you broke the record in the history of  Nollywood premieres in UK and you have set a standard.

Written By Sunday Olorunshola

Thursday, 4 July 2013

LABO - Life is a Journey - new film coming soon!


An Afro-Caribbean/British film emphasizes on family issues, relationship and marriage between two foreigners and young offenders living abroad. The film portrays the life of a mixed diaspora family resident in London for a very long time.


The husband who fed up with life in the UK, decided to move back to his home country, convinced his adult children and wife, another foreigner from a different country will relocate back with him . They heeded his call but would things work as he anticipated ?


The film tries to warn migrants never to forget their roots as they get absorbed by foreign culture and other influences. Even if you don't like conditions in your homeland, don't condemn it, because there is no place like home .


The film centers on clash of cultures between two Diasporas and that of UK; as it affects their marriage and world views. The step mum of the main actress in the movie is a Jamaican and her father, a Nigeria, tend to blame her for every wrong in the family especially on raising their children as she is too soft with children. But then for any marriage to work it's never about culture or creed, it's about showing understanding and love among people.


LABO also looks into young Afro-Caribbean descents that get into trouble and sentenced to jail in a place like UK, and how their lives can be messed up and ruined due to societal stigma and other nuances.  

The film was produced by Roseline Sanni-Ajose while Femi Fadeyi is the writer of the movie. It parades seasoned actors and actresses like Jide Kosoko, Dejumo Lewis, Wale Ododuwa Iya Mero among others.