Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hausa music sallah show, Gamji Hotel, Kaduna, Friday, 2 September 2011, 4pm


A sallah show will take place at Gamji Hotel, Kaduna, on Friday, 2 September 2011, set to begin at 4pm. The show will feature Hausa musicians: Masaud KanoRaiders, Adam A. Zango, Billy-O, Funkiest Mallam, Buzu Kaduna, Mahmoud Nagudu, etc.

Gate fee: N1000 for individuals, N1500 for couples

For more information on the musicians, see Masaud Kano Raiders myspace page and facebook page; Buzo Danfillo’s myspace page, facebook page, and reverbnation page; Adam Zango on facebook and IMBD; a recent interview with Funkiest Mallam in Leadership newspaper .

For a sampler of music from some of the musicians who will perform, check out the music videos below:

Adam A. Zango’s “Wazobia”

Funkiest Mallam with Sani Danja in “Zaman Tare”

Billy-O featured in Ty Shaban’s  “Ka yi kudi ka guje ni”

Mahmoud Nagudu’s “Lubiya” mimed by actors in a Hausa film

Buzo Danfillo’s “Forget It” (no video but you can listen to the music here)

….

 

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Call for Papers: African Music in the 21st Century–an Iconic Turn?–Mainz, Germany, Abstract Deadline: 15 September 2011


Call for Papers
African Music in the 21st Century – An Iconic Turn?
An International Symposium Celebrating the 21st Anniversary of the African Music Archives Mainz (AMA)

To be held at: Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. June 13th – 16th 2012
Convenors: Hauke Dorsch, Matthias Krings

Since the advent of the 21st century and the proliferation of digital media a shift in the consumption and marketing of music in a number of African countries occurred: Videos gained an increasing importance. Today, Video-CDs and DVDs are widely sold in African cities, bars and restaurants show music clips and music casting shows on TV, music videos are available online through sites like youtube, but also via homepages and blogs devoted to artists, genres, and (at least ideally) music of the entire continent.

Due to this online availability and easy circulation of discs the visual aspects of music, especially dance styles, clothing fashions, coiffure spread more easily and rapidly than ever before between
different African countries and between African and its Diaspora. For example, migrants stay up to date with regards to musical and fashion trends in their respective countries of origin thanks to these videos. Prior to the mediatisation of African music through visual technologies, dance styles could only be transmitted through the presence of human bodies. Due to the proliferation of videos African dance and music travel trans-nationally on South-South and South-North axes at an accelerated speed.

So far, the pictorial turn (Mitchell) or iconic turn (Boehm) in Cultural Studies informed only few studies on African music. Consequently, the change following the digitisation and video-isation of the production and dissemination of African music is still under-researched. Taking music videos as its vantage point, this symposium will look at visual aspects of the performance and analysis of music more generally.

We invite young researchers and established scholars to present papers on the different ways music in Africa (and beyond) is interpreted, illustrated, translated or extended in its meaning by visual representations. These may refer to the analysis of individual videos, the comparison of a number of videos, or genres, changing trends of video aesthetics, the convergence of visual and aesthetic trends from elsewhere – in Africa and beyond (i.e. MTV, Bollywood, etc.). Furthermore, papers on the transformation (or even emergence) of music industries in Africa due to the impact of the visual are welcome. How are music videos produced on the ground? Who are the agents of the iconic turn in African music? How does music television support the iconic turn in African music? Finally, we invite papers on other aspects of the visual in music, performance (i.e. looking at costumes, stage shows,
stage lighting, etc.), on festivals and of course dance.

The symposium will celebrate the African Music Archives’ 21st anniversary. The AMA hosts Germany’s largest collection of recordings of African popular music. It includes roughly 10.000 recordings, from shellac records of the 1950s, to vinyl discs and singles from the 1960s to the 1990s, to music cassettes of the 1980s and 90s, to recent CDs, VideoCDs and DVDs.

The symposium will be hosted by the African Music Archives, Department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.

Please submit your proposal no later than Sept., 15th 2011 and your full paper no later than May, 23rd 2012 to Hauke Dorsch dorschh@uni-mainz.de.

Call for Films: International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF) 2011, 18-25 November in Harare and 1-4 December in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe


Reposted from the  Center for the Study and Research of African Women in Cinema:

CALL FOR FILMS:
INTERNATIONAL IMAGES FILM FESTIVAL FOR WOMEN (IIFF) 2011

INFORMATION SHEET

BACKGROUND TO THE FESTIVAL
The International Images Film Festival for Women (IIFF), the only annual women’s festival South of the Sahara, this year celebrates its 10th anniversary. Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFOZ) is inviting you and your organization to make IIFF 2011 a special celebration for the festival, its beneficiaries and the women activists who run it. IIFF was founded in 2002 by WFOZ in response to the proliferation of beauty contests at that time in a bid to unpack the notion of women as beings to be observed through the male gaze. Under the theme Women With Goals, this year, the festival takes place from November 18 to 25 in Harare and from December 1 to 4 in Bulawayo. WFOZ invites you to celebrate with them their biggest achievement of a decade of film screenings where the lives of mothers, sisters and daughters have been portrayed in a positive and enriching way as IIFF turns 10.

INTERNATIONAL IMAGES FILM FESTIVAL FOR WOMEN 2011

The theme for this year’s festival, Women With Goals reflects the United Nations’ Millenium Development Goals (M.D.Gs). As women cannot be removed from the development equation and are not only limited to goal number 3, the theme explores the goals women set for themselves and for society, challenges they come across and gaps that need bridging as far as those goals are concerned.

Questions we are asking are, can women achieve these goals, what prevents them from achieving these goals, how these obstacles can be overcome and how society reacts to gains made by women.

Finally, the theme celebrates the success stories of those women who have set and attained their goals as an encouragement and challenge to other women to take action. These are women who do not believe in lip service but believe in walking the talk.

While the film should have all the attributes of good cinema, including good production values and engagement values, it should also show some analysis of the woman or women featured. Production date is irrelevant, but the film must have a woman in leading role.

Should you wish to participate but not be in a position to make a recommendation concerning a film, IIFF would be happy to undertake a search and provide a film to be approved by your mission. IIFF would only ask that the mission covers the costs of bringing the film to Zimbabwe and returning it to its origin.

FORMATS
35 millimetre feature films are automatically admitted into the main competition. The awards are especially designed by famous Zimbabwean artiste Glen Cable, popularly known in the arts circle as Funkie Loader whose depictions of women in iron appear to leap and embrace the world in exuberance. Betacam SP and DVD features, shorts and documentaries are also programmed in other categories.

PUBLICITY
To ensure that your film receives the audience it deserves, and for inclusion in the festival catalogue, we request you to send as soon as possible a press kit which should include a short synopsis, technical details, major cast and crew list and stills from the film. To raise the profile of your entry further, posters would be appreciated.

Finally, all diplomatic missions sponsoring films are mentioned in our catalogue. All missions and organizations supporting the festival in cash or additional kind are acknowledged with their logo in our catalogue and any other publications that may be produced from time to time.

SCHEDULE
The festival is scheduled for November 18 to 25, 2011 in Harare and December 1 to 3 Bulawayo.

PARTICIPATION
In addition to sponsored films, we are also appealing for donations in cash or kind to continue the success of the festival. Our budget itemises the areas in which contributions may be made in cash or kind. This budget will be sent to you upon request should you be interested in contributing beyond the sponsorship of a film.

Please send enquiries to:
The Festival Director, IIFF, Box BW 1550, Borrowdale, Harare.
Tel: 04 – 862355, cell: 0712 401 104/ 0712512552, email: wfoz@mango.zw

Symposium on Popular Culture and Performance in Africa, University of Ibadan, Abstract Deadline September 30, 2011


From the academic list-serve H-Net:

In spotlighting the contributions of Sola Olorunyomi – author of the seminal Afrobeat!: Fela and the Imagined Continent and other influential texts – to literary and cultural studies, this colloquium intends to incite a debate around the ferment that Olorunyomi has generated as an idea, a scholar, a teacher within and outside the classroom, a performer, a social activist and a fifty-year-long insurrectionary event.

Popular culture and performance in Africa, more intently, are isolated as the hub around which the colloquium’s sub-themes will revolve. We also want to look, beyond the normative cultural forms, at para-artistic sites such as television reality, telephony, virtual interaction (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), open-market hawking, etc. The colloquium’s immediate objective is to update critical engagements with popular modes of culture, taking into consideration the recent emergence of new forms such as hip-hop, on the one hand, and the transformation of other forms such as home video culture as exemplified by Nollywood, on the other.We therefore seek panel and individual presentations from scholars and practitioners that address issues relating, but not limited, to the following:

– Performance (Music, Drama, Disc Jockeying, etc.)
– Virtual Communication/ Cyberculture
– Reality Television
– Telephony
– Advertising
– Stand-up Comedy
– Slogans
– Home Video
– Football Fandom
– Body Art
– Fashion

Abstracts of not more that 250 words should be sent as email attachments to olorunyomiat50@yahoo.com. Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2011 (12 midnight, Nigerian time). We will respond to applicants regarding acceptance not later than Monday, October 3, 2011.

The colloquium will hold at the University of Ibadan in late November, 2011. A festschrift of presented papers will be published afterwards.

Senayon Olaoluwa (PhD Wits), Department of Languages and Linguistics, Osun State University or Tunji Azeez (PhD Ibadan), Department of Theatre Arts and Music, Lagos State University.

Red Hot+ Video Contest on HIV and AIDS, Open to filmmakers age 13-29,Submission Deadline 31 August 2011


For videos on HIV/AIDS

HIV AND AIDS THROUGH A CONTEMPORARY LENS

For more than 20 years, the Red Hot Organization has been inviting iconic artists to record music to raise money and awareness to fight HIV/AIDS around the world. Now, Amplify and Red Hot are turning this music — including songs from U2 and Wu-Tang Clan to Willie Nelson and The National — over to a new generation of artists for the Red Hot+ video contest.

Red Hot+ is an opportunity for young artists and filmmakers to explore our unique experiences growing up with and being impacted by HIV and AIDS. More than two decades after the HIV/AIDS crisis began, our generation has its own stories to tell. Love stories and elegies, tales of quiet defiance, stigma, and public confrontation. Through short films and PSAs, the Red Hot+ contest aims to provide the catalyst (and the soundtrack) for a new conversation about HIV and AIDS.

It’s time to take a new look at HIV and AIDS through a contemporary lens. This is about young people. It’s about you. It’s about Red Hot + us.

The first 50 people to submit entries to the Red Hot+ video contest will each receive a DVD copy of “Dark Was The Night Live.”

The Rules and Entry Guidelines (to see the full rulls click here)

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS 11:59PM EST ON AUGUST 31, 2011.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Contest open to all filmmakers, age 13-29* (must be within age range at midnight Aug. 31, 2011 EST to be eligible).
  • Salaried employees of Advocates for Youth or the Red Hot Organization are not eligible to win.
  • Participants may submit more than (1) entry. However, no more than (1) entry per category will be selected as contest finalist.
  • Participants are responsible for inputting names of all eligible and prospective winners at the time of submission.
  • Contest open to U.S. and International residents; however international winners cannot be guaranteed travel to NYC. Cash prize will be awarded* (see PRIZES section for further details).
  • Legal clearances for actor releases are the responsibility of the filmmakers; however copies of documents must be produced upon request if a submission is selected as a finalist or a winner.
  • If the filmmaker is under the age of 18 years of age at time of filming, signed parent/guardian permissions must be produced upon request.

CATEGORIES

  1. SHORT FILM: No longer than 10 minutes in length.
  • Must address HIV and/or AIDS either overtly and/or thematically.
  • Must include at least (1) song and ONLY the music from the RED HOT music library. (A complete list of songs available for download can be accessed on the Listen page.)
  1. PSA (Public Service Announcement): Must be either :15, :30, :60 or :90 in length
  • Must address HIV and/or AIDS either overtly and/or thematically.
  • Must include at least (1) song and ONLY music from the Red Hot music library. (A complete list of songs available for download can be accessed on the Listen page.)

HOW TO ENTER YOUR FILM 

Visit the SUBMIT page to upload/send your finished entry.

PRIZES

A total of four (4) winning entries will be selected. However, in the event that the same short film and/or PSA is selected through both online public voting and by the judges panel, fewer than four (4) prizes may be awarded. (See “Award Selection and Evaluation” below for more info on online voting and jury selection.)

SHORT FILM + PSA CATEGORIES
Grand Prize (Jury Selection): $2500 Cash Prize

SHORT FILM + PSA CATEGORIES

Grand Prize (Online Selection): $2500 Cash Prize

Winners will also receive travel and accommodations for two to New York City*.

If a winning filmmaker is under 18 years old, one of the traveling companions must be parent or legal guardian.

* for U.S. residents. Winners outside of the United States will receive an equivalent value as an additional cash prize.

AWARD SELECTION AND EVALUATION

Advocates for Youth, Red Hot Organization, and a Youth Advisory Committee will select a short list of contest finalists that will then be judged through public voting and eligible for jury selection. Grand jury judges will be comprised of members of the film, television, music, and public health communities. Online voting will be open to the public.

The two main factors for evaluation will be:
1) The thematic and/or educational treatment of HIV/AIDS, and
2) The prominence and creativity of music use from the Red Hot archive.

Content, creativity, and emotional impact will be weighted more heavily than production values. Red Hot+ reserves the right to work with winning filmmakers on final versions of all winning videos and PSAs.

In the event that the same short film and/or PSA is selected through both online public voting and by the judges panel, fewer than four (4) prizes may be awarded.

CONTEST TIMELINE

September 15, 2011
Finalists announced

Public online voting begins
Members of the public will be allowed one vote per day during the online voting period

Short list of finalists provided to judges

October 15, 2011
Public online voting ends

Judges’ selections complete

November 1, 2011
Red Hot + video contest winners will be announced
Pending verification of eligibility and submission by the filmmakers of all necessary legal clearances and actor releases

For more information about the competition or Red Hot+, see their website.

Call for papers: 2nd Global Conference on Urban Popcultures, Prague, Czech Republic, Deadline for abstracts: 30 September 2011


Call for papers copied below:

Call for Papers

2nd Global Conference

uplogo

Friday 9th March – Sunday 11th March 2012
Prague, Czech Republic


upcfpThis inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage with issues related to urban life. The project will promote the ongoing analysis of the varied creative trends and alternative cultural movements that comprise urban popultures and subcultures. In particular the conference will encourage equally theoretical and practical debates which surround the cultural and political contexts within which alternative urban subcultures are flourishing.

Papers, reports, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

1. Popular, Alternative, and Underground Music Cultures
Alternative and Underground Dance, Electronica, Hip Hop, Gothic, Punk and Post-Rock Scenes. Local, Regional, and Global Scenes. The Mass-Appropriation of Underground Music. Independent Music Cultures. Popular Music Theory.

2. Subcultures, Communities, and Codes
Underground and Alternative Ideologies and Lifestyles. Issues of Gender, Sexuality, and Identity. The Avantgarde and Urban Codes. Urban Religion and Religious Expressions. D.I.Y.

3. Theories and Critical Studies of Popular Culture
Histories, Representations, and Discourses on Independent Scenes. The Frankfurt School. The Visual Turn. Urban Intertextualities and Intermedialities. Cultural Appropriations. Postmodernity and Beyond.

4. Popular and Subversive Expressions in Fashion, Art, Film, and Literature
Urban and Contemporary Life and Themes Considered in Music, Literature, Art and Film. Urban Fashion, Style, and Branding. Pop Art. Graffiti. Low vs. High Culture.

5. The City as Creative Subject/Object
Virtual Urbanity – Online Communities and the Impact of Social Networking. Urban Identity and Membership. Globalization/Localization of Urban Experience. Recent trends in Copyright/Copyleft. The Role of Internet in the Transformation of Music Industry. The Impact of User-generated Content.

6. Conflict, Popular Revolt, and Politics
Music and Politics. Race and Music Styles. Music Revolutions. Generational Conflicts. Class Divisions. Ageing Music Fans and Cross-generational Cool. New Schools vs. Old Schools.

7. Popular Culture Online and in Massmedia
The Visual Aspects of Urban Entertainment. The Evolution of Music and Thematic Television. Media Structure of Music Video. Explicit TV and Censorship.

300 word abstracts should be   submitted by Friday 30th September 2011. All submissions are minimally   double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted   for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday27th January 2012. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the   Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats   with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12)   and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters   or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge  receipt  and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not  receive a  reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive  your  proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to  look for  an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs
Jordan Copeland
La Salle University,
Philadelphia, USA

Daniel Riha
Hub Leader (Cyber), Inter-Disciplinary.Net
Charles University,
Prague, Czech Republic

Rob Fisher
Network Founder and Network Leader
Inter-Disciplinary.Net,
Freeland, Oxfordshire, UK

The conference is part of the ‘Critical Issues’ programme of research projects. It aims to bring together   people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore   various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be  eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers maybe invited  for development for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s) or for  inclusion in a new Cyber journal (launching 2011).

For more information about the conference or submission, see the original call for papers here.  For more on the ongoing Urban Popcultures research project, see the website here.

Hausa rapper Ziriums Show, Amarachi Lounge, Brooklyn, New York, midnight, Friday 9/10 September 2011


Ziriums performs "Hausa Fulani" at the 2010 Savannah International Movie Awards in Abuja (c) Carmen McCain

Hausa rapper Ziriums (Nazir Ahmad Hausawa) will be performing in what his invitation to the event calls  “the first Hausa Rap concert ever in Brooklyn”

Time: 12am midnight

Date: Friday, 9/10 September 2011

Venue: Amarachi Lounge , at 325 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238, United States

$10 cover fee

Ziriums has previously performed at The Shrine in New York; SUNY Purchase, New York; the Savannah International Movie Awards, Abuja; the pre-parlour Music Festival in Niamey, Niger; the British Council, Kano, among other appearances. He has collaborated with musicians Mecca2Medina, Yoye, Supreme Solar, Billy-O, Abdullahi Mighty, Adam A. Zango, Murja Baba, Maryam Fantimoti, Alfazazee, Malo Men, Osama bin Music, and others. He released his first album This is Me online in 2010. It can be purchased on Myspace, Amazon, and itunes.

Ziriums is featured in the forthcoming documentary Recording a Revolution and has also been featured on CNN, NTA International, Fim Magazine, and has made appearances on radio shows and other print and online publications, including translation of an interview and translation of lyrics on A Tunanina and a feature on Sahel Sounds.

For more information about Ziriums and to listen to his music, see his Facebook page, myspace page, reverbnation page, and youtube page.

Ziriums’ show in Brooklyn follows on another recent Kano-Lagos Connection concert featuring much Hausa hiphop that took place in Kano, at the Goethe Institut.

Other hiphop artists who use Hausa include Abdullahi Mighty, Adam A. Zango, Big Daddy Fresh, Billy-O (featured in TY Shaban’s video here), Buzo Danfillo, Daman Sounds, Japs, Jesse JagzKano Raiders, K-Boyz, Lakal Kaney, Lt. John, M.I., Nomiis Gee, Osama bin MusicTY Shaban, Vtime Faya, among others. For more sampling of Hausa hiphop and popular music listen to this free sampler at dandali.com, put together by Hausa popular culture scholar Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, which includes songs by Billy-O, Soultan Abdul, Abdullahi Mighty, Menne, Lakal Kaney, Neba Solo, and the “traditional” musician Dan Maraya Zamfara [actual name is Babangida Kakadawa].)

Here is Zirium’s music video from the title track of his album This is Me.