Music/ Art and Money

Music/ Art and Money

Brilliant John Peel lecture by Iggy Pop.

Some of my favourite bits

Money as a symbol of love.

“The best way to survive the death or change of an industry is too transcend its form. You are better of with an identity of your own. Better yet a few of them.

It’s interesting that capital investment for all its posturing never really leads. It follows. 

Be yourself in a consistent way, follow your nose.

Dream! Be generous.

Money, it kills everything and fails to reflect its own image.

Try hard to diversify your skills and your interests.”

Wagenia/ Wagenya Fishermen

Wagenia/ Wagenya Fishermen

Wagenia/ Wagenya Fishermen

The Wagenya (Enya ethnic group) live in Kisangani, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. They are known and famous for their fishing technique. Fishing and the Congo river are a central part of Wagenya life. Wagenya boys undergo circumcision around the age of 12, the ritual is done on the banks of the Congo river and the foreskin is thrown into the river after the ceremony has concluded. The Wagenya say the Congo river is the river of their ancestors, legends states that a Wagenya can never die in the river because their ancestors’ village is located under the falls and it protects them. Fishing is part of Wagenya culture, the knowledge of how to build tolimo-s is passed down father to son. The tolimo-s are a collective symbol of Wagenya culture and identity. This tradition has existed hundreds of years before Henry Morton Stanley first observed them in 1877.

[Images by: Ghassen Marzouki, Pascal Maitre and  Andrew McConnell]

Reblogged from Angry African Girls United tumblr

Fashion; a platform to express yourself

Fashion; a platform to express yourself


“Fashion is very important to me; it’s a platform for me to express myself. My clothes need to represent what I want to say before I actually speak, as fashion is the only way I can defend myself before I open my mouth. Paris is so judgmental and conservative—especially when you’re black—so clothes were the tool I could use to get people’s attention, to be seen as cool and to get my chance. Here in France, I’m part of the first generation born to African immigrants. We don’t have a lot of black lawyers or black doctors yet, so having a black designer doing things you don’t expect is unusual. As a black shoe designer, I’ve got a purpose: I need to show what’s possible. I’m trying to push the culture forward and break boundaries.” Camille Tanoh, interview with Kinfolk

Beautiful strangers, Ethni-city

Beautiful strangers, Ethni-city

Beautiful Strangers, stunning photography of London’s diverse races, cultures and styles by photographer Peter Zelewski.

His aim? To challenge the concept of traditional beauty by bringing out the uniqueness, personality and true individuality of the people he photographs.

Find out more on his website.