Friday, 5 August 2016

TGIF: Afrikans On Film Festival b/w Knowledge

Anon (Orvil right?) commented on blog post Welcome To Busseywood to highlight the upcoming Afrikans On Film festival run by the Adinkra Arts Collective (Sat, 10 Sep 2016 at 12:00 - London, United Kingdom).  It is free, description of the event and registration @website  Be there or be square.

I've not been up on the African movie scene, bar the many Nollywood movies I end up watching each time I visit my parents (can someone teach someone about plots please!).  The last movie I watched that was African-centric was Beast Of No Nation, but since it was directed by an American guy it doesn't count as indigenous.  So year, definitely reaching down to see the movies on show and the new talent in African Cinematography.


Brother Polight! What a joy to watch and listen to! The brother is brimming with knowledge and inspiration.  Just caught him on the Breakfast Club show on YouTube, featuring Metta World Peace.  Great show!


Hip Hop and Reggae have always been partners, ever since DJ Kook Herc brought the Sound Systems to Bronx New York.  OK, enough of the history, some music. Chronixx's "Perfect Tree" uses the same sample Hip Hop group (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) used on "Respiration".  Great both versions!

We Are African

Slavery took a lot away from our people but the bond to Mother Africa remains very strong.  It runs through the blood.  The religious practices of Candombl√©, Obeah, Vodoun, Santaria remain strong to this day, the Rastafarians have as central to their way of life the return to Africa.  Distance didn't sever this bond.  Not surprisingly aspects of the African languages and expressions.  Forced segregation meant African norms and customs (though punishable) could be practiced in secret.

The first time I heard a Jamaican friend use "Unu", meaning "You lot", I was gobsmacked, a revelation.  I quizzed them on it, them shrugging like we've always used the term.

Blood dey thicker than wata!

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Overground trains and Kendrick Lamar

Not been on a train for a minute, forgotten what it feels like. 

Realised I ain't listened to much hip hop in a bit too. Correlation, the more train journeys the more hip hop. The occasional swearing means I can't listen to a lot of stuff at home around the kids. Bit of glee as I rip the shrink wrap of kendrick lamar's untitled album and give it a good listen (figuratively that is, it's all digital these days). Been sitting on it for a long while.  Gold

have a good day people

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Adrinkras And Super Symmetry

According to Wikipedia (
"Adinkra are visual symbols, originally created by the Ashanti, that represent concepts or aphorisms. Adinkra are used extensively in fabrics and pottery."
I remember my Mom and her sisters going on about Adinkra fashion as a child.  I never quite understood what they were other than they were from Ghana.  Of course I've gone on to read about them, get some understanding of their cosmological place in the Ashanti society, but I still believe there is more to it than meets the eye.  The Ashanti are a very clever people and I believe Adinkra is an extremely deep codification of supreme knowledge and believe only a handful know their true meaning.  The Adinkra symbolism has spread across the world and can be found everywhere from Fashion - textile and jewelry, Architecture to Computer science.  Look at the next metal gate you walk by, look carefully at it's design.

This is very intentional, perhaps the very intent of the creators of the system.  As you can imagine I mad curious as to what and why?  When you start to read about the symbol you get the strong sense that you always knew what they meant.

It was hip hop that awoke my interest in the symbolism, the 90s conscious rappers constantly using the symbol Sankofa a lot in their rhymes.


So what started this train of thought? Super string theory, a branch of Theoretical physics I can't even begin to explain (read a layman's simple description here).  Dr. James Gates Jr., an African American Theoretical Physicist discovered, while researching super string theory, that as he drilled deeper down he found computer code written into the theory representation used to describe the very fabric of the Cosmos.  Not a resemblance but actual computer code.

So what? The point is, if the Theoretical representation advances to a point where is it can be actualized then, it follows that Universe is constructed of computer code.  In effect, we, you and I, are constructs, most likely living in a ancestral simulation.  OK, maybe (maybe not) far fetched.  But the learned man can't deny what he's observed, it's there as plain as 1s and 0s

He's named these codes Adinkras.  Maybe the Ashanti know something we don't.  Same way the Ancient Egyptians did.

So much for the Western view of African Cosmology

#StayWoke 2: Is The Black Woman God?

I know.  Been a little while. The usual, you know, life, love, stress. 

Was starting to feel offish about the Police brutality against the Black Brethren in the US, but shook that off.  Heartened to see the protests and collective activism, Black, Latino and White people, hand-in-hand, calling the system to question.  It's what they need and, bar the regressive political landscape (Trump vs. Clinton), with luck they will extract reform from those in charge.  We had it over here in the UK with the Stephen Lawrence commission so it's very doable.

One side effect of following all this, what with listening to the various talking heads, is discovering the strong sub-culture of street debate and street level activism, the politics of resistance discourse.  When one hears African American protest leaders one immediately thinks of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, civil right leaders and the known faces of fighting against racial injustice in the America System.  Distinguished gentlemen who were there during the time of the honorable Dr. Martin Luther King and Minister Malcolm X.  But as these gentlemen grow old the question begs.  Who are the new leaders of Generation X? Who are the new children of Malcolm? Those ready to do the running battles and politics of direct resistance, have the heated non-compromising debates, the sit-ins, ready to be arrested to maintain a stance?  Used to be you could listen to the music and feel the pulse of the community, protest hip hop, soul, etc.  But those days are gone. Drake's "One Dance" for 14 weeks on the UK charts? Co-opted.  I applaud Black Lives Matter because it shows the grassroots is very much alive to keep the demand for change in the forefront.  Another activist I've really come to admire is Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow".  Her lectures are a must watch.

The reality of it all is very sad and reminds one to be very aware of one's environment and it's relation to one's people.  Take the NYPD cop watchers, a very brave bunch, incredibly active since the death of Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD.

Is the Black woman God?

Yes, and not a difficult one to answer if you subscribe to a certain belief system, open minded or simply a scientist investigating the roots of religion.  But if you have a familial subscription to (as most do) Amharic and other Monotheistic religions like Christianity, Islam, Judaism you will be totally against this very concept of a God that is Female, let alone one who is Black.  Most of them are very hostile towards feminine expression.  Look at the Sharia laws in Afghanistan, Iran and places, the tracts in their holy book, women have no place.  God is male.

Think about it.  We have the reverence of the Egyptian Goddesses, The Igbo and Yoruba Female Deities, you even have the many Black Madonnas dotted around the White Catholic churches of Europe.  Most ancient representations of God are female.  Whatever the argument, and I'm an atheist in the most functional sense, it is evidence that is very hard to refute.  So why do we refuse to accept this?

Watch Brother Polight break it down. Interesting guy and a wikid debater.