British Muslims mark Black History Month with culture showcase

Written by admin on October 16th, 2014

Photo from Al Arabia Net (Jim Brown, left, and Muhammad Ali were friends who nearly became foes in the ring. (Courtesy: The Associated Press))

The Somali Week Festival featured by the Al Arabia. Read the article on Al Arabia Net.

By Jenny McCall | Special to Al Arabiya News

“It’s important for people of different faiths and ethnic groups to acknowledge and be involved in BHM,” Zainab Dahir, a Muslim Somali novelist from London, told Al Arabiya News.

She says she has celebrated BHM with her family for many years and sees it not just as an opportunity to showcase black culture but also to represent the Muslim community.

For many British Muslims, October is a fruitful time, consisting of Eid celebrations as well as BHM.

Somali Week Festival 2014 – The Programme

Written by admin on September 17th, 2014

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture, in collaboration with Redsea Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present Somali Week Festival 2014. This year’s festival will run from Friday 17th to Sunday 26th October at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG [get the full programme of events in PDF]. (Note: Programme slightly changed. Please download it again!)

Somali Week Festival is an integral part of Black History Month and offers the best of Somali arts and culture, both old and new. The festival offers a mix of events including poetry, literature, panel discussions, documentary film screenings, music and theatre. Through these different artistic forms, Somali Week Festival has explored a variety of themes in past years and has become a widely recognized and anticipated annual event in the UK

Theme of the Year: IMAGINATION

This year’s festival will revolve around the theme of the IMAGINATION. Taking a broad understanding of the imagination, we will discuss how our creative capacities enable new ways of being and engaging in the world. In particular, we will consider the ways in which artistic forms of expression reflect, but also facilitate, these imaginative processes. Art can express complex ideas beyond the confines of language, and offer personal, affective and experiential ways of articulating and affecting change. SWF 2014 will explore the theme of the imagination in the Somali context, but also in relation to the arts more broadly. It will provide a platform to discuss how the Somali communities in the UK and the Horn have imagined different places and people, their pasts, presents and futures. Poets, artists, playwrights, writers, musicians and scholars who work with Somalis will be invited to discuss the notion of the imagination, and reflect on its importance in relation to the Somali experience. They will also be offered a space to present their creative visions for the future. Furthermore, the festival will be a space to investigate creative forms of collaboration amongst artists of different ages and levels of experience; it will provide a platform to share practices and to discuss, interact, and work together. Our hope is that SWF will inspire and encourage young Somalis to expand their horizons, imagine, and aspire to new and greater possibilities than those endured by their parents.

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Somali Week Festival 2014 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Written by admin on September 17th, 2014

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Kayd Somali Arts & Culture, in collaboration with Redsea-online Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present Somali Week Festival 2014. This year’s festival will run from Friday 17th to Sunday 26th October at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, and E2 6HG.

Somali Week Festival is an integral part of Black History Month and offers the best of Somali arts and culture, both old and new. The festival offers a mix of events including poetry, literature, panel discussions, documentary film screenings, music and theatre. Through these different artistic forms, Somali Week Festival has explored a variety of themes in past years and has become a widely recognized and anticipated annual event in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »

Somali Week Festival – 2014 BOOK A STALL AT SWF!

Written by admin on September 17th, 2014

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BOOK A STALL AT SWF!

Kayd Somali Arts & Culture, in collaboration with Redsea Cultural Foundation and other partners, are proud to present Somali Week Festival 2014. This year’s festival will run from Friday 17th to Sunday 26th October at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, and E2 6HG.

Somali Week Festival is an integral part of Black History Month and offers the best of Somali arts and culture, both old and new. The festival offers a mix of events including poetry, literature, panel discussions, documentary film screenings, music and theatre. Through these different artistic forms, Somali Week Festival has explored a variety of themes in past years and has become a widely recognized and anticipated annual event in the UK.

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Hargeysa International Book Fair mourns the sudden death of a poet and a thinker, in Garowe

Written by admin on July 10th, 2014

Axmed Macallin Jaamac

The late Ahmed Shiekh Jama, best known as a poet and public intellectual, was regular contributor to HIBF and a special friend of our team. Just two years ago we published his first book as part of our Curisyo (Essays) series. “Cadli doonaha daal Allaa baday”, a novel inspired by works of George Orwell, which is an allegorical reflection and commentary on contemporary Somali political affairs.

His original allegorical Orwellian narration, on which his book is based, is titled as “Shirwaynahii Xayaanka Soomaaliyeed, 1988” (The Great Assembly of Somali Animals, 1988), and is Orwellian like story where Somali nature of politics is narrated through animals.

Ahmed was expected to take the platform of this year’s HIBF, to read selections from his poetry collection and share with festival participants his thoughts and concerns. We all of us miss him very much, may Allah rest his soul in peace.

Ahmed Shiekh Jama (in Somali, Axmed Shiikh Jaamac also known as Axmed Macallin Jaamac), was born in Las Anood District in 1942. He completed a degree in Journalism at the National University in Mogadishu. Ahmed was an Arabic teacher at the Ministry of Education of the former Republic of Somalia. Ahmed was a person who took his role in society seriously.

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A night of laughter – Sooraan and Jawaan

Written by admin on May 25th, 2014

sooraan_jawaanKayd Somali arts and culture in partnership with west London Somaliland community are delighted to invite you Tuesday, 27 May, 6pm to 11pm at Copland Community School, Cecil Avenue, Wembley Middlesex, HA9 7DU to join us for a night of laughter – the leaving party for our visiting guests from Somaliland, the legendary Issa Abdi Ismail ” Jawaan” and Ibrahim Ismail Sugle “Sooraan”
Sooraan and Jawaan will present their special comedy act to London audience. expect an evening of great entertainment from Sooraan and Jawaan, as well as London based artists

Entry on the Door: £20.00
This will be a night to remember and we hope to see you there.

Somaliland youth and professionals: Somaliland journey and development

Written by admin on March 24th, 2014
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Somaliland youth and professionals: Somaliland journey and development – through pictures talk and discussions

Kayd Somali Arts and Culture in partnership with West London Somaliland Community would like to invite you on Friday 28th March, 6pm-9pm, to an event dedicated to exploring the role of young and professional Somalilanders in the future development of their country. At Oxford House, Derbyshire St, London E2 6HG.

Speakers:
Yusuf Dahir, photographer
Nimo Ali, SOAS PhD Candidate
Chair; Micheal Walls, UCL and Somaliland Focus

We are delighted to host the talented photographer Yusuf Dahir, and SOAS PhD Candidate Nimo Ali.

Yusuf, who has also published for the National Geographic has been photographing and representing Somaliland’s development over the last decade. Through his camera lenses he has offered his audiences an alternative and multifaceted perspective on the country. At the event, Yusuf will give a talk and showcase his work. His presentation will be followed by an open Q&A session. Read the rest of this entry »

Somaliland National Youth-day: identity and development and commemoration of Dhagax-tuur

Written by admin on February 17th, 2014

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Somaliland youth in London would like to invite you on Thursday 20th February, 6pm at Oxford House, Derbyshire Street, London, E2 6HG, for the celebration of Somaliland National Youth-Day. We will discuss youth identity and development in Somaliland. There will be talks, panel discussions and entertainment.

On the 20th February 1982, school students took to the streets to protest by stone-throwing (Dhagax-tuur) against the oppression, injustice and killings of citizens. They were fighting particularly against the trial and death sentencing of UFFO, group of young professionals who where volunteering for Hargeysa Hospital.

The panel will include Somaliland youth activists such as Ms Farah Hassan, an Economics student, Warda Mohamed, aspiring young business woman and mnay more. They will be joined by Mohamed Barud Ali, member of UFFO, the author of ‘The Morning Tree’, Ali Gurey, former SNM and member of UCID. The evening will be chaired and introduced by Jama Musse Jama.

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Workshop discussing priorities for Somali men and woman

Written by admin on February 13th, 2014

Ocean Somali Community Association would like to invite you to a workshop to follow-up on some of the themes explored at our last two workshops entitled “Let’s talk sisters: Issues that matter to young woman” and “How Somali men can support Somali women.”

Both events focused on how can we eradicate and educate our community on FGM. While the first workshop explored issues around gender equality in the Somali community and the impact of traditional practices on the lives of Somali women, the second event discussed how Somali men can take responsibility to support Somali women and the community on the many issues that they face.

This follow-up workshop will be involve both men and women, and invite participants to discuss how they can jointly campaign and support each other to become a force for change.

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ABI GOUHAD – AN OBITUARY

Written by admin on January 9th, 2014

By Gerry Harrison

The actor ‘Abi’, or Abdi Gouhad, has died recently at the age of 69 of pancreatic cancer, swiftly but also peacefully in the Marie Curie Hospice in Belsize Park. He was a very private, almost secretive, man, with a life that he tended to reserve in separate compartments, but over the years he allowed more and more of it to be known.

He was the best-known if not the only Somali actor in Britain, whose achievements were an inspiration to his own people. In later years he committed himself to improving the circumstances of Somali immigrants in London. In this context he liked to remember the words of W.H. Auden, who is lamenting the plight of Jews, in ‘Refugee Blues’: “Stood on a great plain in the falling snow/Ten thousand soldiers marched to and fro/Looking for you and me, my dear, looking for you and me.”

I first met Abi on a football field on Hampstead Heath, in one of many seasons of Sunday morning ‘kickabouts’ among players of all ages and certainly varied skills known as Dartmouth Park United. He was a mid-field player, with nimble footwork and brilliantly accurate passing.

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