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Interview of Hervé Despois, President of Zil’oKA

Posted in Ziloka News with tags , , , , , on April 4, 2014 by ziloka

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Hi Hervé, how are you doing?
I am very well thanks! Very busy at the moment, lots of stuff happening right now…

What is happening?
Well we are getting ready for the 12th of April Easter event with the Zil’oKA team, putting everything together so we can enjoy a nice afternoon. That’s what we are getting with at the moment.

Tell us a bit more about the event?
We wanted to organize a get together, just have that time where the community is meeting again, socializing around some nice food, drinks etc. Obviously Zil’oKA have always been involved in traditional dancing and drumming so we wanted to make sure we had that on the list as well! We will have our traditional Gwoka dance workshop for adult, but we are also planning to get the kids busy with percussion and drumming workshop! So parents, don’t hesitate to get down with your children.

“London is a great place if you want to get opportunities, meet lots of different cultures, people…”


How much is it to get in?
It’s free! We always try to make our event free…people shouldn’t pay to spend quality time with their community. The workshops will come at a fee, £6 for adults and £2.50 for kids. We will also have food available, provided by ‘Guadeloupe’ restaurant, domino, card games…

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Great. Tell us a bit more about you? Your life in London...
Born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe. I arrived in London 6 years ago…already…after some unhappy times in France. London is a great place if you want to get opportunities, meet lots of different cultures, people. I really really like it. Sometimes you can feel a bit overwhelmed, it’s a pretty big city but overall it’s pretty good.

Do you prefer London or Paris?
London haha!

Why?
People are nice in London haha!

“I just stepped in to be the next President after Yamide, don’t ask me why…”


Now tell us about Gwoka and Zil’oKA? How did you get in?
When I arrived in London back in 2008, the first thing I did was to look for people playing Gwoka. I met with Yamide, Novitse, Rita and some other people right when Zil’oKA was being created. I never left the group.

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How did you become President? Is it a lot to do?
When Yamide, who had been president since the group was created left London in 2012, it was a massive shock for us all. She was a bit like our mum haha! But we had the choice: shut Zil’oKA down and go back to our own lives or keep it alive…I just stepped in to be the next President after Yamide, don’t ask me why. It can be challenging sometimes, you have to put extra hours in but overall it’s a real blessing!

So what do you do? You can boula? Sing? Dance?
I mainly play Boula alongside Takadoum, who is our lead drummer. I am slowly starting to get into ‘marquage’ but I still have a long way to go, especially with danseuse like Sarah, who is always trying to trick you!
I know the basic dance steps, but I am not a great dancer! And I sing…under the shower haha!

“Zil’oKA have been part of my life for 6 years and I met incredible people, made some friends for life! The kind of friends that are always there for you when you need them the most!”


What is your favorite rhythm in Gwoka?
I like Lewoz…it is so spiritual, so deep…I can definitely be moved to tears by a Lewoz song! I also like a good old Graj…it’s beautiful to hear and to watch.

On another note, we heard that you are leaving the country soon?
Yes I am…going to Martinique to be with my family…

Are you going to miss Zil’oKA?
Big time! Zil’oKA have been part of my life for 6 years and I met incredible people, made some friends for life! The kind of friends that are always there for you when you need them the most! So yes, it’s going to be emotional…
The 12th of April event will be kind of my leaving party! From 5.45pm we will have a ‘kout tanbou’ so I can sing, dance, drum and say goodbye to everybody in a stylish way!
Come down, it will be good fun!

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Easter Afternoon with Zil’oKA 12th April 2014

Posted in Workshop, Ziloka News with tags , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2014 by ziloka

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Hi all,

We have been a bit quiet for a while. Fear not, we have the below for you!

Zil’oKA are happy to invite you to a cultural and festive afternoon on the Saturday 12th of April from 3pm – 7.30pm at the Island Art Studio in Herne Hill.
278 Milkwood Road
SE24 0EZ
London

We have put a nice program together so you can all get down and enjoy it:

3 – 3.20pm: Welcome and welcome speech
3.30 – 4.30pm: Adult Gwoka Dance Workshop with Sarah (£6)
4.45 – 5.30pm: Kids drumming and percussion workshops (£2.5)
5.45 – 7.30pm: Kout Tanbou. Live drumming, singing and dancing animated by Zil’oKA. You are all welcome and encouraged to sing, dance, clap hands with us!

Tickets for workshops can be purchased online by clicking on the link below:
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-easter-afternoon-with-ziloka-workshops-tickets-11184845173
Limited space!

We will also have for you:
*1 belote and 1 domino tables open for the fierce ones!
* Hot food provided by newly open ‘Guadeloupe’ restaurant
* Finger food
* Homemade cakes
* Rum planteur

This afternoon will also be Zil’oKA’s current President Hervé Despois’ leaving due as he is moving out of the UK. Let’s make it an afternoon to remember!

Come down to meet the community, socialize, sing, dance and enjoy.
The event is free to attend!

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