Wednesday 18 September, 2019

South South Collective, UNIA to host 'Gaan A Africa' fundraiser

The newly formed South South Collective has partnered with the Universal Negro Improvement Association [UNIA] on a fundraising event designed to facilitate their first project —a self-funded creative exchange between Jamaica and South Africa this summer.

The Collective was formed in response to an opportunity for artists from the region to travel to the 'Motherland' and participate in the 25-year-old Vrystaat Arts Festival and Pan-African Creative Exchange forum for the first time.

“GAAN A AFRICA”, slated for Café Africa on Friday, April 26, is an all-inclusive, South African-themed affair with dinner, live art on auction and contemporary entertainment. It is the first in a series of fundraising events geared towards funding the trip, where local artists across several genres will attend and benefit from business development training and networking opportunities as well as perform at the festival this June in Bloemfontein.

The evening was conceptualised by Alison Morgan, also known as ‘Queen Zion Ites - The Itesologist’, founder of “ITESOLOGY 101”— a newly formed Cultural Arts Production company and lifestyle brand that champions holistic wellness through cultural arts. It promises a unique, first-rate experience with a refreshing roster of contemporary acts.

Reggae artist Mark Wonder - The Dragon Slayer, emerging reggae-jazz singer, Llotus Flower, Nigerian-born artist, IYah Gift (who will do live chanting and drumming) and Tameka ‘Tami Tsansai’ Coley, one of Jamaica’s leading mental health advocates and author of the self-published Hard Gal Fi Dead: Musings, Poems, Notes to Self, who will be reading from her first book.

Jamaica’s premiere AfroMusic DJ, Iset Sankofa of The Sankofa Sessions, will emphasise the evening’s theme and Morgan herself will deliver the highlight performance, seamlessly weaving things together with an exclusive preview of her cross-artform production, Our Lack Of, an eclectic mix of interpretive dance, poetry and song, which she will perform at the festival in South Africa. Tami Tsansai is also among the chosen artists participating in the creative business to business exchange.

The artist-led South South Collective, facilitators of the first #SouthSouthCreativeExchange, fully endorses the fundraising campaign in preparation for the trip and welcomes the opportunity to promote its mission. As a non-profit, B2B creative and cultural industries platform, it was formed to connect practitioners and artists across the 134 countries of the Global South through international coverings, global conversations, business opportunities and collaborations.

Tickets to the intimate affair cost $1,500 for one show and $4,000 for all three, and must be purchased at the gate. Refreshments will also be on sale at the venue.

For more information on how to support this initiative, visit South South Collective on Facebook or Instagram, e-mail, or call 876-894-4799.

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