Archive for September, 2012

Elimu’s Carnival Club this Saturday 22nd of September

Posted in Ziloka News with tags , , , , , on September 20, 2012 by ziloka

What’s on!

Zil’oka will be performing at Caravanserai’s Elimu’s carnival Club this Saturday 22nd of September from 18:00.

Caravanserai is a refreshing example of community cohesion in Canning town. In their own words, they are: “a locally-driven public space bringing together trade, training, performance, a community garden, and a place to eat, drink and play”. This is definitely Zil’oka’s ethos and we are delighted to be part of it.

So, this Saturday, “catch the glitter” at the Elimu’s Carnival club from 15:00 then at 18:00 join Zil’oka Caribbean’s warmth! Bring whistles, chacchac and plenty of energy!

See you there:
Caravanserai 100-116 Silvertown Way, E16 1EA

You may as well come from 15:00

How much:
FREE event!


Zil’oKA next performance on the 13th of October in Peckham!

Posted in Ziloka News with tags , , , , , , , on September 13, 2012 by ziloka

Coming Soon!

We are delighted to invite you to the event: Performing Black Bodies, which is going to take place at the Peckham Multiplex on the 13th of October as part of the festivities around the Black History Month. The event is being organised by Ms. Sylviane Rano of the Images of Black Women Film Festival and Mr. Tony Warner from the Black History Walks. It is composed of short films with a Q&A session animated by Dr. Lez Henry (social Anthropologist) and Ms. Shantelle George (Phd candidate in African History) followed by a presentation on dance, stereotypes and the notion of the vulgar.

We feel very proud as one of our members, Nathalie Montlouis, is organising this presentation. She will be analysing the “vulgar” in contemporary African-Caribbean dances and explain how Gwoka can be regarded as a means to restore self- esteem. We are of course going to be part of her demonstration and we will also be performing at the end of the event.

This is definitely an event not to be missed and we are excited to be part of it. Let’s recapitulate:

What: zil’oka performance/demonstration
When: on the 13th of October from 6 pm to 9pm
Where: Peckham Multiplex 95A Rye Lane Peckham, London SE15 4ST
Who: Images of Black Women/Black History Walks/Southwark Council
How much: FREE!
See you there 

Gramatikal a Léwoz: Codes and protocol within Gwoka

Posted in French West Indian Culture with tags , , , , , on September 13, 2012 by ziloka

July is usually a very eventful month in the Gwoka world. It is indeed the month when the Gwoka Festival invades the streets, the beaches and the air of the little town of Sainte-Anne in Guadeloupe. This year, the festival was a very interesting mix between conferences, debates, dance and music. Zil’oka was there, of course, and eager to share the experience with you.

Amongst all the festivities, the pic-nique at the Geoffroys was of particular interest to us. it was indeed a great occasion for Zil’oka to get an update on the ongoing procedure to inscribe Gwoka on the UNESCO ‘s List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This endeavour, initiated by the association Rèpriz, Centre for Traditional and Popular Music and Dances, sparked a great controversy, as many did not understand or see the benefits of such a step. However, after one year of debates, idea-sharing and hard work, the application has finally been completed and sent to the UNESCO on March 26th 2012.

This is great news. This Guadeloupian “Matrimony” is being protected and regarded as a precious heritage to be passed on to the generations to come. We are now far from the days when “respectable” members of the community could not perform Gwoka. This change of attitude has been recorded by Marie-Helena Laumuno, who on that day launched her book Et le gwoka s’est enraciné en Guadeloupe (And Gwoka has been rooted in Guadeloupe).

The current concern is now to device appropriate methods to transmit the Gwoka protocol. It was argued that if Gwoka had undeniably become popular and was attracting people from various social, economical and ethnic backgrounds, many schools were failing to teach the “gramatikal a Lewoz”, which is the structure, the codes, the meaning of Gwoka. In the video below, Mr. Dorville is explaining what is meant by the expression Gramatikal a lewoz.

The inscription of Gwoka on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity could be a very good way to preserve and pass on these codes to the generations to come. We are not saying that these codes are the beginning and the end of Gwoka; we are just suggesting that the gramatikal a lewoz must be used as a platform for one’s creativity, imagination and self-expression in Gwoka. At Zil’oka, we are committed to it.

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