Thursday 20 July 2017

Thursday 20th July: Worldwide Festival 2017

Highlights of this year's Worldwide Music Festival in Sete (South Of France) included Henry Wu's daytime beach set, then Sun Ra Arkestra and Sampha's night time concerts in the amphitheatre.  I was too immersed in the moment,  having too much fun to capture any of it so a second post will cover those live performances.  For now, here are my atmos snaps of the day-to-day antics from the 1st party at the Modern Art Museum to the subsequent dances in the sand.  The final frame is of Shabaka Hutchings from his slot with The Ancestors including drummer Tom Skinner (in the background).  Luckily for us, our flat was on the hill above the outdoor venue so we could hear the rehearsals streaming in live thru our windows opened out to the sea view............ not too bad, not too bad at all!

Wednesday 19 July 2017

Wednesday 19th July: Africa Utopia at The Southbank Centre

Africa Utopia is a free annual festival celebrating the arts and culture from the African Diaspora at The Southbank Centre.  There is a market of independent traders with a whole range of products from Kente textiles to Shea butter cosmetics, beaded jewellry, letter-press prints, photography and books.  There was a fashion show of new emerging designers and block party of music and live performances on the embankment stage till the end of the day.  The final song to be played out was by Fela Kuti which was a perfect soundtrack for our dancing feet in Fela socks!!!!

See archive Africa Utopia posts here and here.

See Phoebe Boswell 's 'Duniake' cushion fabric in an archive post here.