Friday, March 21, 2014
Introducing afropean.com - Adventures in Black Europe
The Afropean is a new online multimedia, multidisciplinary journal exploring the social, cultural and aesthetic interplay of black and European cultures, and the synergy of styles and ideas brought about because of this union.
After winning an ENAR Award for our contribution towards a racism-free Europe with our Afropean Culture Facebook page, we hope to build on the work of Erik Kambel's important Afro-Europe blog, which closed in 2013, and will continue to shed light on art, music, literature, news and events from the Afro-European diaspora, as well as produce and commission original essays and projects.
We currently have in our journal three unique perspectives on what the term means as a cultural identifier. You can read some excerpts below. We explore Afropean style through an interview with British Nigerian TV Host Andy Akinwolere and a photo essay shot in Shoreditch, London. And we have a calendar of Afro-Europe related talks, calls for papers, exhibitions, events and gigs in our Agenda section.
In the coming weeks we'll have interviews with legendary Belgo-Congolese singer Marie Daulne of Zap Mama, get the lowdown on why French Hip-Hop is still a political force to be reckoned with from UK MC turned-Paris native Apocraphe, and revisit a digital journey down the river Thames, exploring themes of immigration with Caryl Phillips. We'll look at Arabic Neo-Soul, with an accompanying travel guide and photo essay about Marrakech.
We hope you will follow us on this Afropean journey!
The team: Alice, Johny and Nat