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Posted: October 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Downtown School Opening Soon

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Uncategorized

  The Hamilton Swahili School will be opening a new branch downtown.  Here is a message from them for you.

   “Habari zenu, downtown Hamilton. We have some good news for you. We will be starting language classes in Downtown Hamilton. The classes are completely free for any elementary student in Hamilton. Students will have the chance to learn Africa’s most popular indigenous language as well as be exposed to various African cultures as well. To register your child, please email us at hamiltonswahilischool@gmail.com for more information.

              Habari zenu,mji wa Hamilton. Tuna habari njema! Tutaanza masomo ya lugha ya Kiswahili katika kitovu cha mji wetu. Mwanafunzi yeyote wa shule ya msingi anaweza kuhudhuria masomo haya bila malipo. Wanafunzi watapata fursa ya kujifunza lugha asili iliyo  mashuhuri zaidi katika bara la Afrika na asili tofauti za kiAfrika. Tafadhali tuma barua pepe kwa anwani ifuatayo  ili kumsajilisha mtoto: hamiltonswahilischool@gmail.com.

YES! MY LUVVIES! MY FAVORITE AFRICAN CHOIR IS IN TOWN!

 For those of you who have never heard of SGC, you are missing out on a good thing. They are an African choir who take on various South African, Gospel and Classical standards with amazing gusto and have performed with everyone from Bono, Shakira, Angelique Kidjo, Keri Hilson, Robert Plant. And their latest Grammy win was for the famous score to the video game “Civilization IV” . Do yourself a favour , listen to the radio show, win yourself some tickets to their Toronto concert and check them out.
   If you would like to win a pair of tickets to the SGC concert in Toronto next Friday Feb 24, 2012, please tune in to our radio show this Sunday for your chance. The winner will have to answer two trivia questions via phone , and the answers can be found on their website http://www.sowetogospelchoir.com. Wishing you all the luck in the world.
Capetown to Cairo (The Best Mix of African music in Hamilton and the Environs)
Sundays 7-8PM EST
(905) 528 9888 live studio line
http://cfmu.msumcmaster.ca/
Here is a blurb about SGC: their repertoire is chorale music featuring South African, Gospel and Classical standards.

Heralded as the most exciting group to emerge in World Music in recent years, two-time Grammy & Emmy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir returns with a brand new show African Grace.

The Choir’s 24 singers, dancers and musicians deliver a flawless performance of traditional and contemporary songs infused with irrepressible spirit. Be uplifted by this joyful spectacular of song and dance.

On stage at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in downtown Toronto. February 24th and 25th. Call 1-855-872-SONY or visitsonycentre.ca for tickets.

Posted: January 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

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African Canadian Network of Hamilton

 
(ACNOH)
ACNOH ALL PARTIES CANDIDATE OPEN-FORUM

WHEN: SATURDAY APRIL 30, 2011

WHERE: ROBERT LAND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
460 WENTWORTH ST. N.
HAMILTON, ON, L8L 5W8

WHY: It is of utmost importance that we show up to this events as a large group,
to demonstrate the power as we are a force to be taken seriously! So please spread
the word to friends and loved ones to attend.

5:30Pm Reception and 6:00 Pm-8:00 Pm – Open Forum Candidate
(Please come on time as we will be starting at 6:00Pm sharp)

KEY PRIOTIES ISSUES IN OUR COMMUNITY:
Immigration Settlement and Integration Assistance for New Canadian
Community, Poverty, Unemployment, Housing Instability and Under Housing,
Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Framework.

CANDIDATES:

DAVID CHRISTOPHERSON, NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF CANADA.
ANNE TENNIER, LIBERAL PARTY OF CANADA.
JIM BYRON, CONSERVATIVE PARTY OF CANADA.

All are invited and welcome to attend an Open Forum and listen to your candidates and have
opportunity to ask question. Should you have any questions, concerns or broad ideas, please feel
free to contact the community engagement team at acnohgroup@gmail.com

Or
Simon Mach: 289-700-3946 or 905 524-2677
Abakar Sharif: 905 -920-8045
Teshome Woldelassie: 905-525-5099
Habiba Ibrahim: 289-237-5710

For information on the candidates platforms, you can check out this article by Raise the Hammer
http://elections.raisethehammer.org/candidate/180/2

For the last two years, Voices of the Savannah, have created a uniquely African sound as Hamilton’s arguably premier and only African musical outfit. On Friday, March 4th, the curtains will close as the Band performs one last time at a Music Cabaret honoring Black History Month. They describe their sound as  “a fusion of African blend to their music which ranges from Spiritual, Acapella, Southern African gospel, East African benga, and Jazzy jive.”.  We at Capetown to Cairo are sad to see them go, given that our goal is to see that African music has a place on Hamilton’s music landscape. (Seriously, we might just invite them over for a radio interview to ease our mourning over their departure).

Their first performance was as an impromptu group put together to perform at a fundraiser by nurses going to a medical mission in Kenya. The band members who hail from Kenya and Zimbabwe had so much fun that they decided to keep performing as a band.  After two years, numerous performances across the GTA and some lineup changes as other band members moved on to other endeavours, the group gives us a final chance to enjoy their musical gifts at this free event. Hamilton is the richer for having had them on our musical landscape. See you there Hamilton.

Music Cabaret in Celebration of Black History Month

Friday March 4th 7pm, free entry

Bridges Cafe , McMaster University

performances by: Hamilton Steel-Pan Orchestra and award-winning Hip Hop artist Kae Sun

 

Prepare yourself as Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard go for OSCARS!!!

Last year’s announcement that Oscar and Grammy award winner JHud was going to portray Winnie Madikizela (Mandela) opposite Terrence Howard’s Nelson Mandela on the big screen kicked up some dust. Actually that’s an understatement. It kicked off a huge sandstorm of Sahara-like proportions. Why? Most people felt that the power of Madikizela’s story would have been better expressed by South African actors.  The fact that the script wasn’t written with Winnie’s input drew the ire of some. Madikizela is a hugely polarizing figure in South African politics and culture. Whatever you feel about her, I bet you apathy doesn’t describe it. As a child growing up in Africa, Winnie was always this strong larger than life woman who refused to let her husband’s imprisonment make a matyr of her. Despite living and suffering for the cause, I never (remember I was a kid) got the sense that she pitied her lot in any way.

All this to say, that the film trailer really disappointed me. Terrence Howard captures Mandela’s distinct helium-like voice with none of his gravitas nor accent. He really tried and am so hoping the movie will prove me wrong. J Hud is winsome as a young Winnie but once they put on the fat suit and extra makeup………….it was downhill. Winnie has matured beautifully over the years maintaining her beauty, verve and iron will. Yet the mature Winnie, Hudson portrays looks sickly, the makeup was off and so were the prosthetics. For a movie titled : Winnie Mandela: A Life I really hope the full movie captures the Winnie Madikizela in her youth, her activist zenith and her present.

I will still go and watch it. Whaddya think of the trailer?