Amani Creatives

African arts

Jun

15

Africa summer show comes to Manchester

A series of free African music and dance shows, African Summer, is coming to Manchester in June and July showcasing live music by African musicians from the region. Taking place at Home, Manchester, Oldham Library Theatre and Sacred Trinity Church in Salford, the shows, put together by Amani Creatives, feature local Congolese, Cameroonian, Sierra Leonean and Zimbabwean musicians. The events will showcase live music, dance, workshops and more. Under the title African Summer, performances will include Congolese Rumba, Makossa, Afrobeat, Coupe Decale, Soukous, Palm Wine Music and South African Zulu Dance. What’s on when? African Summer, the season of free live African music and dance by Amani Creatives takes in: […]

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May

20

Introducing Amani Rumba workshops’ amazing facilitators 

Damien Born in Havana-Cuba, Damian started dancing from the age of 6 in the Havana Carnival in which his dad performed as a musician. At the age of 15, Damian integrated a company dance called Havana Arte. At 19, he started singing and playing maracas for his Godfather Miguel Hinojosa. Damian started  teaching Cuban Salsa in 2007, one year after moving to the UK. His class is all about expressing the feeling of the motion and also learning the Cuban music/dance steps; Rumba, Orishas, Son, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha. Learning body movement and playing to the beat of Cuban music are few of Damian’ speciality.        Jo Congolese […]

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Apr

23

AMANI CREATIVES TO EXPLORE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE CULTURES OF CUBA AND DR CONGO

Amani Creatives, Manchester’s African-led Arts & Cultural Organisation, is to launch an exciting new initiative to explore the similarities between the rich cultural traditions of two communities living in the North West, thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Manchester’s Congolese community have long been aware of similarities between Cuban traditions and their own culture, and now Amani Creatives want to explore these roots further. They are inviting people of all ages to get involved in this ground-breaking project and there will also be specific training in oral history interviewing techniques for young people aged 16 t0 25, run by staff from the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations […]

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Jul

19

FINAL AMANI FESTIVAL NEWSLETTER

It’s now only couple days before the Amani Festival and it’s time for our final update before Saturday. So we want to tell you a little about the background to African music and culture so that you can fully appreciate what you see and hear on the day. When we talk about African music and culture, it is not always straightforward due to the way African people have become dispersed throughout the world, on account of the slave trade and other migrational factors. For this reason, African culture appears in surprising places and is fused with many other musical and ethnic influences. The Amani Festival programme reflects this. For example, […]

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Jul

09

AMANI FESTIVAL NEWSLETTER

Welcome to our second newsletter, keeping you updated about the Amani Festival 2017. We have a wide array of live performances on the day, so we thought we would use this issue to tell you more about them. Here is a reminder of the schedule.  SCHEDULE 12.00-12.15pm Traditional Opening Ceremony  12.15-1.00pm Live Music: Amani Creatives Community Choir 1.00-1.45pm Drumming Workshop: Jamtan 1.45-2.30pm Live Music: Koranimbalafo  2.30-3.00pm Storytelling: Mama Joyce  3.00-3.45pm Live Music: Discovery 4.00-5.00pm Live Music: Zamani 5.00-5.30pm Dance Performance: Sens Sagna  6.00-6.45pm Live Music: Golty Farabeau & Ruff Trade  7.00-7.45pm Live Music: Amani Collective 7.45-8.00pm Traditional Closing Ceremony   AFRICAN FOOD – STALLS The cuisines of different parts of African […]

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Jun

24

Amani Festival Line up

The line up has now been confirmed! 12.00-12.15pm Traditional Opening Ceremony 12.15-1.00pm Live Music: Amani Creatives Community Choir 1.00-1.45pm Drumming Workshop: Jamtan 1.45-2.30pm Dance: Sens Sagna 2.30-3.00pm Storytelling: Mama Joyce 3.00-3.45pm Live Music: Discovery 4.00-4.45pm Live Music: Koranimbalafon 5.00-5.30pm Live Music: Zamani 6.00-6.45pm Live Music: Golty Farabeau & Ruff Trade 7.00-7.45pm Live Music: Amani Collective 7.45-8.00pm Traditional Closing Ceremony

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Jun

19

Amani Festival

AFRICAN ARTS FESTIVAL LAUNCHES IN MANCHESTER  The stage is set for the launch of a brand new annual African Arts festival for Manchester. The first Amani festival, which is the brainchild of African-led social enterprise, Amani Creatives, will take place between 12 noon and 8pm on Saturday, 22 July at Sacred Trinity Church, Chapel Street, Salford M3 7WQ. It represents the opportunity for all residents and cultures of Salford and Manchester city centre to come together to celebrate high quality African arts, including live music, storytelling, face decoration, dance and workshops, thus enriching the local arts scene. Food and related cultural traders stalls will also be on site. Amani Creatives […]

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May

31

Amani Singing Workshop

Thanks to Forever Manchester and Awards for All funding, African arts organisation, Amani Creatives are offering local residents the opportunity to join a new, international community choir celebrating friendship and connection between local people. Weekly singing workshops will lead towards a number of performances in locals events including at the Amani Festival, accompanied by a professional African band. All welcome! No previous experience needed! To find out more, join us on Mondays at 6pm at Simson memorial Hall, 361 Moston Lane, M40 9NB. Bus from Piccadilly Gardens: 81, 88, 112,114, 118 We look forward to seeing you there. Please share! Further Information T: 07868591070 E: amaniplatnet@gmail.com Free admission

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