Archive for November, 2013

4 questions to Ralph Richer, Zil’oKA’s Project Manager

Posted in French West Indian Culture, Ziloka News with tags , , , on November 26, 2013 by ziloka

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Ahead of our Christmas Party/Chanté Nwèl on the 14th of December, we spent a bit of time with Zil’oKA’s member/musician but also Project Manager Ralph. Good occasion for us to ask him about the Chanté Nwèl preparation…

Zil’oKA: Hi Ralph, can you quickly introduce yourself?
Ralph: My name is Ralph Richer, I am from Le Vauclin in Martinique. Before I moved to the UK in 2000, I studied 3 years in Guadeloupe and that’s where I first discovered Gwoka. That’s about it, really.

Zil’oKA: Can you tell us why joined Ziloka?
Ralph: Since I arrived in the UK, I was always looking for opportunities to drum. I frequently played along side DJs in Clubs, Bars and private parties but mainly on House music. I joined Zil’oka in 2010 because It made a lot more sense to me. Being with Zil’oka gives me a chance to share with the world my love for my roots and my passion for Carribean traditional music and dance.

Zil’oKA: How are the Chanté Nwèl preparation going?
Ralph: Great! It is shaping up to be our best Chanté Nwel to date. People have already started booking their tickets for the Gwoka dance workshop. I’m so excited, I can’t wait to share the patés, cakes and pain au beurre chocolat with everyone!

Zil’oKA: Tell us why we should attend the Chanté Nwèl?
Ralph: To me Ziloka is a big family! When we host an event we do it the Caribbean way, meaning a warm welcome, plenty of food and rum to go around, engaging activities including dance workshop, domino games and story telling for the young ones and last but not least mesmerizing songs and rhythms which I guarantee will keep you swinging days after the event!

For more information about the Christmas Party, click here

Chanté Nwèl 2013, Save the date!

Posted in Workshop, Ziloka News with tags , , , , , on November 21, 2013 by ziloka

chanté nwel

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to announce that our 2013 Chanté Nwèl will take place on the 14th of December at the Islands Arts Studio in Herne Hill! After the success of last year edition, Zil’oKA and BSB Angels have decided to join forces again so we can all enjoy a Christmas party that will make us feel at home!

On the night you will be able to grab a planteur whilst enjoying some traditional patties or cakes, right before singing the Christmas Carols!
As the event is co-organized by Zil’oKA, there will of course be some drums, dancing and kids activities involved.

Address:
Islands Art Studio
278 Milkwood Road
SE24 0EZ

Please see the program we put together for you below

– 4.30-5pm: Welcome

– 5-6.15pm: Kids Storytelling

– 6.30-7.30pm: GwoKa Dance Workshop £6 – You can book your ticket in advance as spaces will be limited! Just click here

– 7.45-8.45pm: Chanté Nwel part 1

– 9-9.30pm: Raffle

– 9.45-10.45pm: Chanté Nwel part 2

– 11-.11.45pm: Kout Tanbou! Gwoka Singing & Dancing to end the night in style!

– 12pm: End of the event.

Hope to see you all there!

Contact: zilokainfo@gmail.com

Bèlè Dance Workshop in London on the 9th November 2013

Posted in Workshop, Ziloka News with tags , , , , on November 4, 2013 by ziloka

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Hello beautiful people!

Brace yourself, Bèlè is coming to London this weekend!

As you probably know, Zil’oKA is doing mainly Gwoka (which is the traditional dance from Guadeloupe) but that doesn’t prevent us from having a very keen interest in our Martiniquan neighbour!
On saturday 9th November, we will welcome some Bèlè specialist coming all the way from Paris to deliver a creative, intense and always joyful Dance Workshop!

This is not to be missed out!

Agenda will be as follow:

3pm – 3.30pm: Welcome
3.30pm – 5pm: Bèlè Dance Workshop
5pm – 5.45pm: Networking
5.45pm – 6pm: End of the Event/Closure

Islands Art Studio.
278 Milkwood Road
Herne Hill
SE24 0EZ

Price:
£8 per person
£5 for Zil’oKA members

You can book your ticket online on our Eventbrite page

Contact us at zilokainfo@gmail.com for more informations.

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