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JOUNÉ Kréyòl

Posted in Creole Language, French West Indian Culture, Workshop, Ziloka News with tags , , , , , , , on September 16, 2016 by ziloka


Hi All,

The Black History month is already next month and as always Zil’OKA wants to bring an event for you, your family and friends to make this day a memorable day.

Zil’OKA would like to invite on :

——-1PM TO 11PM——-
Tulse Hill Estate

A day of creole culture with diverse activities:

– Dance gwoka workshop
– Children activities: introduction to creole with storytelling
– Traditional games
– Creole dictation
– Caribbean quizz
– Domino game
– Artist performances
– Retro zouk party

>>>>>>>>>>>>>> GUEST ARTISTS <<<<<<<<<<<<<

– Ines Khai (Creole Soul)
– S.Rise (Reggae/Hip hop)
– Ka Fraternite (Gwoka music)

>>>>>>>>>>>>>> EXHIBITORS <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<


Come along for an amazing day of celebration around Creole culture! This is a family friendly event.

£5 : Entry
£12 : Entry+Meal+Drinks
£12 : Entry+Workshop (advanced booking required)
Children under 12 go Free

The event is ready to share on facebook (do not forget to click your intention)



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

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:
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!

Interview of Sarah Brucy, Zil’oKA’s Arstistic Director and Gwoka Workshop Manager

Posted in Workshop, Ziloka News with tags , , , , , on February 10, 2014 by ziloka

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Ahead of the 5 weeks Gwoka workshops starting on Thursday 13th of February, Zil’oKA wanted you to meet Sarah, our Artistic Director.

Bonjour Sarah! How are you today?
Bonjour! I’m fine, always busy as usual but I’m loving it!

Before discussing about Gwoka, how long have you been living in London for, and what do you think about the city?
I’ve been in this country for 4 years! London is a great place to study, to have fun and to meet new people. It’s an unforgettable experience!

Why did you join Zil’oKA when you arrived?
When I arrived in London I really wanted to find some French Caribbean activities, something that would get me close to my roots. Luckily I found Ziloka and the French traditional dancing. Couldn’t find better!

“I never knew anything about it until the day my mum decided to bring me to a Gwoka dance class with Mario Coco”

How long have you been involved in Gwoka for?
I’ve been involved in Gwoka for more then 11 years now. I never knew anything about it until the day my mum decided to bring me to a Gwoka dance class with Mario Coco, a very famous dancer and Director of the well-known Sakitaw dance troup in Guadeloupe. Since that day, I can’t live without Gwoka.

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Now tell us a bit about the workshop? what will we learn if we attend?
The workshop will be 5 weeks session based on dance and Gwoka music. The whole session will be conducted like typical classes, where I will teach the basics and different Gwoka steps. I you join you will be able to know what Gwoka is and the 7 rhythms background and where it is coming from.
We will focus on 2 rhythms though as 5 weeks is quite short; will practice them so we know how and when to dance these.
We will also spend some time on technique and mouvement.

“Classes are an introduction to Gwoka so we will take time to get things right, but you will be challenged in a fun atmosphere!”

Is it open to complete beginners?
Yes! The workshops are open to everybody! We really want to reach as many people as possible. So If you like dancing but you never heard of Gwoka before, this is a chance for you to discover something new. If you never danced at all before but you love drums and live music, don’t be afraid! We will make sure you feel at ease. Classes are an introduction to Gwoka so we will take time to get things right, but you will be challenged in a fun atmosphere!


We often see you in the Léwoz circle, perform beautiful solo dancing, what does it take to achieve this?
Wow! Tricky one.. Humm… Even though I have been dancing for such a long time, I am still a bit scared of getting into the Léwòz circle. We definitely need years of practice, and experience like in everything. But it is all about self confidence, love and passion. The circle itself has a massive impact on people with all the musicians, singers and répondè, you can feel the music taking possession of your body, and without noticing you find yourself in the middle or the circle… Once you know how to do the steps and you know the rules, the codes, then the Léwòz circle is accessible.

Thank you very much Sarah for your time! Anything you want to add?
Thank you Zil’oKA for this interview I hope that my words and testimony will give you the desire to approach the concept of Gwoka music and dance.

You can book your tickets in advance by clicking here!

Any questions or queries can be addressed to

5 weeks Gwoka Dance Workshop with Zil’oKA!

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


Zil’oKA has the pleasure to introduce you to our Gwoka Dance Workshops! Gwoka is the traditional Dance from French Caribbean Guadeloupe!

5 weeks of open level, drop-in class taught by highly experienced drummers and teachers from Zil’oKA.

Come and learn the Gwoka technique in a friendly and energetic atmosphere.

Enjoy the live drumming and get fit!

Classes will be on every Thursdays for 5 weeks – starting on the 13th of February 2014 from 7.30pm – 8.30pm.

– The 5 weeks pack is at an amazing £25!
– Or £6 per session

Get involve and book your Dance Workshop online now with our link below:

Chanté Nwèl 2013, Save the date!

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

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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.

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!


Bèlè Dance Workshop in London on the 9th November 2013

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


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

£8 per person
£5 for Zil’oKA members

You can book your ticket online on our Eventbrite page

Contact us at for more informations.

Zil’oka’s Workshop at the Queens Park Community School

Posted in Workshop with tags , , , , on March 9, 2013 by ziloka



Last year for Black History Month, we have been kindly invited by Queens Park Community School in order to deliver a talk/workshop on Gwoka and the cultural resilience of the African-Caribbean people.

We presented the 7 rhythms of Gwoka to the assembly and then gave a percussion workshop to a selected few.

We had a great time! Young people and teachers loved it as we celebrated this aspect of history.

If you want us to come to your school, do not hesitate to contact us at !






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