Genesis Award Is Coming!

Genesis Awards; an event created to recognise and celebrate the innovative bright minds shaping the new future within the African Norwegian community have released a promo video ahead of the event scheduled to hold on the 21st of April 2018 at Sentralen Kvadraturen Oslo. Details on tickets for the event can be found on their website here

Hear directly from the event’s founder Afronorsk designer; Kinam.

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

Afrika Day 2017 – Nordic Black Theatre.

Africans and non Africans in Oslo were out on May 25, 2017 to celebrate Africa Day for the first time ever at The Nordic Black Theatre. It was an evening of spoken word, good music both traditional and contemporary, dance, story telling and Brazilian rituals.

They were also speeches touching on the past and current struggles of our beautiful continent. The audience was encouraged to do even better for Africa. The day began with the rendition of the South African Athem by the Inkululeko Choir.

Inkululeko Choir

Anawana Haloba

Anawana Haloba

Anawana Haloba and Cliff Moustache

Luanda Carneiro Jacoel

Luanda Carneiro Jacoel

Luanda Carneiro Jacoel

Luanda Carneiro Jacoel

Luanda Carneiro Jacoel

Luanda Carneiro Jacoel

Luanda Carneiro Jacoel

Luanda Carneiro Jacoel

Luanda Carneiro Jacoel

Luanda Carneiro Jacoel

Luanda Carneiro Jacoel

Luanda Carneiro Jacoel

Luanda Carneiro Jacoel

Afrikane UG

Afrikane UG

Afrikane UG

Afrikane UG

Raymond Sereba

Raymond Sereba

Raymond Sereba

Raymond Sereba

Raymond Sereba

Raymond Sereba

Raymond Sereba

Tabanka Dance Ensemble

Tabanka Dance Ensemble

Tabanka Dance Ensemble

Tabanka Dance Ensemble

Tabanka Dance Ensemble

Tabanka Dance Ensemble

Tabanka Dance Ensemble

Tabanka Dance Ensemble

Jimu Makurumbandi

Jimu Makurumbandi

Jimu Makurumbandi

Jimu Makurumbandi

Lotus

Lotus

Lotus

Lotus

Lotus

Lotus

Lotus

Lotus

Lotus

Lotus

Ibou Cissokho

Ibou Cissokho

Ibou Cissokho

Ibou Cissokho

Bafana Nhlapo & Ibou Cissokho

Bafana Nhlapo & Ibou Cissokho

Bafana Nhlapo

Bafana Nhlapo

B Da Sufi

B Da Sufi

B Da Sufi

B Da Sufi

Young Cisto

Young Cisto

Young Cisto

Young Cisto

Young Cisto

Rahel Beraki

Rahel Beraki

Rahel Beraki

Rahel Beraki

Rahel Beraki

Creative Director – Cliff Moustache

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o In Conversations With Grace Mutandwa. June 1, 2017.

Join Zimbabwean writer Grace Mutandwa at the Norsk Litteratur Festival 2017 for an afternoon in conversations with one of Africa’s renowned writers Ngugi Wa Thiong’o at KL14:15 on Thursday June 1, 2017 at the Lillehammer Hotel. His journey through exile and how his decision to write in his mother tongue – Kikuyu has influenced and shaped his creativity.

Ngugi wa Thiong`o is one of Africa’s most celebrated authors, and is often discussed in connection with the Nobel Prize for literature. Thiong’o was first published in English, the language of the authorities, but then began writing in his mother tongue, Kikuyu, a decision that led to both imprisonment and corporal punishment. Since his debut in 1962, he has written more than 30 books in different genres and this spring he is making headlines in Norway with the Norwegian translation of The River Between (Elven som skiller).

To buy tickets click here

For more information visit www.litteraturfestival.no

source: www.litteraturfestival.no

Literature Husets hosts ‘Somali Days – A Nation Of Poets’ May 5 – May 7, 2017

What does it mean to be Somali today, and how is the new generation influencing the literature? During these Somali days at the House of Literature in Oslo, these questions will be discussed by invited writers and intellectuals.

To begin it’s 10th year anniversary celebrations, Litteratur Huset is dedicating its first weekend in May to new Somali Literature.

From May 5th – May 7th Somali literature, poetry and identity will be discussed amongst vibrant minds, young writers, artists and musicians living in different parts of the world with Somali roots.

They will be articulating amongst others the experience of straddling different cultures and the often complex and challenging relationship to the ‘motherland’. They will also be sharing on how they are working to create new standards for writing literature which carry on history and culture.

For information on the full program and guest speakers visit Litteraturhusets website here

source: www.litteraturhuset.no