5 Fall Looks We Love by Style Blogger Nnenna Echem.

Style blogger Nnenna Echem has had a vibrant fall closet this year and we took out time to assemble five of our most favourite looks from her blog and Instagram page. We love how she combines colour with patterns and texture!

Images: www.nnennaechem.com

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Music and Art with Arif.

An evening of new music and art; Arif x Galleri Lyssky.

For Arif 2017 has been a big year in his career and to celebrate he is giving his fans a chance to listen to his new mixtape; ‘Meg & Deg Mot Alle’ two days ahead of release date as a listening installation at Lyssky Gallery in Oslo.

Entry is free!

Date: November 15 – 16

Time: Kl14:00 -Kl20:00

Where: Galleri Lyssky, Østre Elvebakke 1, Oslo.

Photo Credit: Momhammadaatey

Zozo of My Beautiful People Copenhagen.

We got to know the beautiful copenhagen based Zozo; photographer, dancer, black beauty champion and owner of the amazing website www.mybeautifulp.com a little better earlier this month. She spoke to us about how she hopes her blog which is focused on the afro danish community in Copenhagen will add colour to the face of beauty and what life is like living as afrodanish. Sit back and enjoy.

What is your full name:

Zozo Mposula

What is your african heritage and where do you reside now:

Copenhagen is my current city and South Africa is my origin or heritage

What do you do:

I am currently a school teacher and a photographer during my spare time. I am also a qualified dancer and dance teacher.

Why and when did you start your website ‘My Beautiful People’:

My Beautiful People started two years ago. It started as an outlet to celebrate the black beauty I saw in the  streets of Copenhagen that I wished to see on Danish media, whether it be on a Fashion magazine, newspapers and tv. It was to document for myself and for whoever that needed to see themselves in other black beauties out there, to be reminded of our diversity, beauty and strength. Anyone who felt under-represented could look at the images on My beautiful People and say aha! she looks like me, or has the same hair as mine.

Your take on the african community in Denmark. Is it big? Is it strong? United?:

I feel the African community in Denmark is big and strong but a bit scattered. We are all doing different things to promote and celebrate and shine a positive light on the African continent. Through music, photography, fashion and culture. I feel there is big sense of awareness and a lot of work that needs to be done for the future generations to come.

Your favourite city in Scandinavia:

Copenhagen and  Stockholm, I have been to Olso once on a study trip 7 years ago and hope to visit soon.

What city has more style; Copenhagen or Oslo:

That is a difficult question. I feel that they are equally stylish, the only difference is the attitude I think.

What is it like living in Denmark as an african:

I come from South Africa, a country known for its apartheid regime and the oppression of people of colour through many years. Despite our oppression, I never felt I was missing role models; men and women of colour to look up to because black people were and still are a majority back in South Africa. I grew up surrounded by images of people who looked like me on the TV and in the press. I never had the need to feel represented as a black person until I moved to Denmark at the age of 21 as an exchange student. Then suddenly I was different, I felt different, and felt wrong somehow.

I recall an episode of a dance teacher commenting on my round booty in a ballet class. My hair will be a topic for discussion. I started noticing that I was different and there were not images out there to represent my type of beauty.

Fast forward to 9 years ago, My daughter´s birth propelled me to do something about these feelings of being under-represented. I started asking questions: why was I not seeing images of Afro- Danish women on magazines and Tv?. I knew from there that I had to do something to hopefully change things, if not for me then for my daughter and other brown and curly haired children to come. This led to the birth of MybeautifulP.

What will you like to see develop in the future within the afro dansk community and the african community in Scandinavia generally:

I would like us ( Afro- Danes ) to be more visible in the media. I would like my daughter to go  to “7 eleven” and buy a magazine that has a beautiful black woman or man on the front. I would like to read about Afro- Dane fashionista, entrepreneurs, dancers, actors, politician models and photographers. I hope this will remind our children that they too can be whatever they want to be even with their skin colour. ‘The young ones’ as I choose to call them need role models they can easily identify with. My hope is that MBP will become a digital magazine and  a photography book that celebrates african beauty in Scandinavia.

Miss Tanzania emerges winner of Miss Africa Norway 2017.

On the 21st of October at Eventhallen in Oslo, Miss Tanzania emerged winner of the 2017 Miss Africa Norway Pageant. Sherina Rendini took the coveted crown out of many other contestant and is set to carry out her duties for her period as queen.

According to the pageant organisers:  ”Miss Africa Norway will be more than just a pretty face. She will be a cultural ambassador and a bridge between Africa and Norway.
She will be involved in championing the rights and agenda of organisations that work to help and uplift people. One of our sponsors, African Cultural Awareness, will be working together with Miss Africa Norway in promoting their campaigns, both current and upcoming.”

She has already began her first mission in Vietnam courtesy sponsor Kathyda; an organisation which works with disabled and orphaned children in Vietnam. The event was organised by former Miss Africa Norway; Carline Sserwadda and The African Forum Nordic

 

Oslo World Festival 2017

It is the 24th year of the annual Oslo World Festival in 2017 and the line up has never been more exciting. Formally known as Oslo World Music Festival the festival has been changed to simply ‘Oslo World’ to expand its definition beyond just music to include art, fashion, film, performing arts and more.

The festival holds over 6 days in 27 scenes and with over a hundred international artists from October 31 –  November 5, 2017.

This year’s festival theme is “Avant-garde in the periphery”. The artist line up is made up of people who are activists, promote radical ideas, unconventional  and pioneers. Artists that one might not immediately place under the avant-garde genre, but who have used their voice and the arts consciously or subconsciously to create social change.

Performances to look out for include Calypso Rose from Trinidad and Tobago, pianist and composer Chassol from France, Semba singer Bonga from Angola and the beautiful CEU from Brazil.

For information and the full line up of performances please click here.

Quick Chat – KayB (KayB & Mago Entertainment)

KayB originally from the Democratic Repulic of Congo is the founder of KayB & Mago Entertainment. An event promotion company with the vision of bringing Oslo and Norway to the forefront of Afrobeat concerts held in Europe ahead of other popular cities such as London, Stockholm and Paris.

So far his company has successfully carried out four concerts in Oslo, ranging from the reputable Awilo Longomba, Heritier Watanabe, Afrobeat/Reggae/Dancehall artist Patoranking and Yori Yori crooners; Bracket.

On challenges they have faced so far KayB rates gaining the trust of concert goers and reaching the right people as the most challenging. That being said his most memorable concert so far has been Patoranking in Oslo!

We can expect even more afrobeat concerts in Norway from KayB & Mago in the nearest future! Next concert coming up by KayB is Nigeria’s Iyanya. This holds on  Saturday, October 7, 2017, at Cosmopolite, Vogts Gate 64, 0477 Oslo with a special performance and appearance by Stella Mwangi.

”It is Norways time. We have a lot of surprises on the way, our aim is to remove the hassle of travelling out to concerts for African Norwegians and other afrobeat lovers residing in Norway. We will put Norway on all afrobeat artists map and bring them to you! That job is ours and the pleasure yours!  – KayB”

Ring: 96838962, 46236039 for ticket information to the Iyanya in Oslo concert

Open House by Nordic Black Theatre

Open House is a site specific play by Aaron Landsman and directed by Brendan McCall. It will premier in Norway this September  and each performance will take place in a different apartment in Oslo.

It will be performed by a rotating cast of three in English and Norwegian. This will be the first time Landsman’s play will be performed in Scandinavia.

Dates: September 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23.

Time: kl19:30

Fee: Free (Reservation Required)

Email for reservation: brendan.mccall.norway@gmail.com

Direction to apartment for each performance will be given via email upon reservation.

Running time: 70 Minutes.

Source: Nordic Black Theatre.