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LIST OF ARTISTS
(in alphabetical order)
 
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  Shikaorsor and Rita Ademu-John


"Shika" of Awujoh Enterprises will cater the delicious African food buffet at our March 7 opening reception at the Zimmerli Museum, from 7:30pm-8pm!

From the website:
"Awujoh Enterprises is a family owned and operated company founded by Shikaorsor & Rita Ademu-John. Our mission is to make an argument for African cuisine in a manner that informs, educates and promotes its hidden attributes. There are many myths and unsubstantiated shortfalls of African cuisine. We intend to revisit these rumours and expose the growing call for the use of the cuisine's ingredients that is directly attributted to the global insights and scientific studies that have long existed in the world market. African cusine is under-exposed and unrepresented on both a national and international scale. We aim to highlight how the ingredients of African cuisine and its preparation methods promote a healthy diet that can contribute to good health and living.

Awujoh Enterprises is a parent company for Awujoh Publishing and Awujoh Catering. Awujoh Publishing has published "My Wifes Hand's " an African Cookbook with key emphasis on West African cuisine.

Awujoh Catering has been in existense since 2005. We've enjoyed rave reviews from many different crtitics such as Zagat, Restaurant.com, Star Ledger and many others. We've catered many events throughout the Tri State area including UNICEF, Rutgers University, Princeton University as well as weddings, birthdays and engagement parties. We offer all the African dishes that can be found on this site as well as different American and Carribean dishes served with a unique African twist.

Should you need to contact us for a catering event or a copy of the cook book we can be reached at 732-305-0874 or via email at awujohenterprises@gmail.com."

 
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  Fatou Dangoura













Mama, I dream I can attend School in America!

This play is about the educational aspiration of a young African immigrant girl in America. It is a solo play performed by artist Fatou Dangoura from Guinea, Francophone West Africa, pictured to the left in her hair salon.

 
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  Sanoussy Gallice Jr. Diallo

Sanoussy Gallice Jr. Diallo is a musician, poet, activist and philanthropist from Guinea, Conakry in West Africa. Coming to the United States of America, his unique cultural background lends itself well to the diversity of the student population found in U.S. urban schools. He was named Vice-President of the Ebony Culture Club and is a recipient of the James Brenam Award, the 2nd place award of the 2002 and 2003 Williams Paterson Poetry Contest, the Language Award, the Character Education Award, and the BHS Band Booster. Faithful to his background, he applied his community leadership skills to his work as the President of the Guinean Youth Alliance in 2010 and to his role as Project Coordinator of PromoGuinee, both non-profit organizations aiming to assist the youth with educational needs.

Through music, poetry, and more Gallice Jr. has advocated for good causes because he believes that the social, political, and economic development of a country can be rapidly achieved when smart individuals offer bold and swift leadership and multitasking capabilities. From 2009 to 2012 Gallice Jr. has performed at: the PromoGuinee fundraising gala at Columbia University in NY, the African Sensation Concert in the Bronx, Miss Guinea North America in Maryland, the Guinean Interstate Soccer Tournament in New Jersey, the Beautiful Republic Concert in Georgia, the 6th African Day Parade in Harlem, NY and the Peace In Mali Concert.

Gallice Jr. will perform"Wake Up" (a motivational, inspirational song that encourages the youth to be optimistic and responsible for their future) and "Road To Change" (this song encourages peace and unity, and reiterates the magnitude of education). He will also present two poems "Par Amour Du Voyage" (describes the bitterness and sweetness of voyages) and "Home I Belong But Here I Stand" ( this poem explains why we should love the country that received us as much as we love home, where we are from).

 
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  Gnagna Gueye
NI BLANCHE NI NOIRE

Dans certains pays d’Afrique, avoir la peau blanche reste un critère de beauté. De nombreuses femmes africaines mettent leur vie en danger en mixant des cosmétiques et des produits dans le seul but de devenir blanche.

L' éclaircissement de la peau connait un essor inquiétant sur le continent, il est la cause de la dépigmentation. A travers cette création, Gnagna Gueye nous livre un cri d’espoir, une arme pour détruire le cliché tenace de la suprématie « blanche »

Elle offre aussi un prétexte pour sensibiliser populations et dirigeants sur les conséquences souvent tragiques de cette pratique très en vogue.

Création 2012 Solo
Durée 30mn
Chorégraphie et interprétation Gnagna Gueye
Assistant chorégraphie Hardo Kâ
Création vidéo fabris athenou
Musique Armand amar
Lauréate visa pour la création Afrique 2012 , résidence au Pavillon Noir ballet Preljocaj . Avec le soutien de l’institut français, Germaine Acogny

 
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  Malang Jobarteh














Malang, a Griot from Gambia, will play the kora at the opening reception Thursday evening, March 7, at the Zimmerli Museum.

The kora is a West African harp with 21 strings, and a large calabash gourd body.
 
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  Hardo Ka
Hardo Ka
"Haala Nam "
Chorégraphe/Interprète : Hardo KA

Jeune talent prometteur, Hardo KA a choisi la simplicité et la sobriété pour ne laisser s’exprimer que son corps. « Raconte-moi » est un exercice de style sans fioriture où la danse prime sur tout le reste. Le danseur, muscles flamboyants sous les projecteurs, se joue de la bande-son lancinante, entre la voix de Yandé Codou, la diva sérère et le roulement interminable du tambour. Silhouette en mouvement dialoguant avec une voile blanche, Hardo déroule une galerie de personnages qui racontent l’odyssée bouleversante d’un monde martyrisé, entre mythe et réalité. Le bouquet final ; le corps et la voile en fusion, le danseur incarne un masque vivant qui hurle sa douleur dans le silence.
 
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  Hardo KA and Gnagna Gueye


Adama

Nous sommes nés pour nous éclairer
Et pourtant l’obscurité ne cesse de nous étouffer
Oh ! toi l’autre moitié de moi-même!
Nous sommes de tous temps symbole de l’union désespérée.
Je suis le pilon et tu es le mortier
Nous ne sommes ensemble que pour nous briser.

Waly Ba

 
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Kim Pernice


Kim Pernice, a Pennsylvania native and current Rutgers University employee in the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, will display photographs from time spent in Sri Lanka, South Sudan, and Zambia. Kim served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia from 1998-2001. As part of a M.A. program in international sustainable development she lived and studied in Sri Lanka one year following the 2005 tsunami. From 2008-2009 she worked with the international non-governmental organization, Mercy Corps, in South Sudan. Kim enjoys capturing images of ordinary yet beautiful life and people in the places she travels. She looks forward to returning to Africa one day (soon!) with her new husband.

 
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Khardiatou Pouye


“Cette couleur qui me dérange”

“Cette couleur qui me dérange”
A documentary about skin bleaching, by Khardiata Pouye

Le XESSAL en wolof, est le fait d’utiliser des produits cosmétiques pour s’éclaircir la peau de couleur. Avoir un teint plus clair, c'est le désir de millions de femmes dans le monde. En Afrique, ce rêve vire souvent au cauchemar, car les crèmes qui changent la pigmentation de la peau sont pour la plupart des produits de mauvaise qualité.

Au Sénégal, généralement, un teint plus clair est considéré comme étant plus joli et donc, les femmes de teint clair, plus belles. Ces considérations font que beaucoup de femmes s’adonnent à la dépigmentation de leur peau naturelle sans mesurer les conséquences sur leur santé. Elles utilisent des produits de mauvaise qualité, donc cancérigènes. Leur seul objectif, devenir plus claires, par conséquent, plus belles et plus attirantes.

Ce qu’elles oublient, est que le XESSAL est comme une rose, c’est joli au début, mais après il faut s’arrêter. Et c’est à partir de là que les problèmes commencent : comment s’arrêter ? On ne peut plus retrouver son teint d’origine, et on ne plus faire marche arrière.

Ce film est une sorte de mise au point autour du phénomène XESSAL, une manière d’attirer l’attention sur ce que perdent les femmes et les hommes qui s’éclaircissent la peau avec l’idée d’être mieux considérés.

 
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