In Praise of Artistic WomenBy Iquo B. Essien, The AFRican Blogger

In Praise of Artistic WomenBy Iquo B. Essien, The AFRican Blogger

Published on Wed, Aug 08 2007 by Iquo Essien

Photo credit: Musa Nxumalo, for the Women in Arts Festival "Face Her" exhibition at The Market Theatre, Newtown, Johannesburg

Whoa. There's something to be said for getting out of town. I'm sitting here blogging from my friend's house while blasting the TV (cause we don't have one at our apt in Bklyn) and eating eggs fried in omega 3-rich canola oil. I need to get to Joburg more often! LOL.

Tomorrow, August 9, South Africa celebrates Women's Day. I feel myself uniquely blessed to partake of the Women in Arts Festival in Newtown, featuring the best in women photographers, singers, dancers, musicians, filmmakers and poets. If only I didn't have to pay R400 to get to Newtown, but I can't drive stickshift, so I'm out of options. I've thought up a new amendment to the rules of SAFisticated Women: We know how to drive stick. LMAO! I guess I'm not SAFisticated yet! Well, a girl can dream.

But on the reals, there're a lot of fabulous women doing fabulous things around the world at the moment. For instance, Gina Yashere made it another round on Last Comic Standing. That's my girl! I think she's the real thing. And there's the Can a Sista Rock a Mic? Festival going on in Washington DC, sponsored in part by Ariztos Magazine. Technically, they are our competition, however since I write for them too, I want y'all to go out and support! Check it out, ok? I don't do this for my health. ;)


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Now in its sixth year, the annual Women in Arts Festival provides a fresh take on photography, dance and music in 15 different venues throughout Newtown. The photo exhibit, Face Her, features 20 young photographers who are current or former participants in the photo workshop at The Market Theatre.

I'm really amped about Dada Masilo's The World, My Butt and Other Round Things, a movement theatre piece drawing on her classical ballet and contemporary dance training, featuring five dancers and choreographers Nicola Haskins, Lulu Mlangeni, Zoey Lapinsky, Thoko Senganye and Mbali Nkosi. Masilo's hour-long dance piece, which includes a 15-minute solo, involves choreography painstakingly executed in high heels -- a critique on society's definition of womanhood.

Event Details:

Women in Arts Festival
Wednesday, August 8 - Saturday August 11, 2007
Check schedule for more info!
All Ages
Cost: FREE - R100 (Tix available via Computix)
Newtown Women in Arts Fest


Calling all female emcees and wannabes! Tonight, Philadelphia-born hip-hop artist Bahamadia will kick off the third annual Can a Sista Rock a Mic? festival at the Rock and Roll Hotel with 16-year-old local sensation Emoni Fela. The festival "embraces a mix of local and national talent, established artists and newcomers, singers and MCs, DJs and spoken-word artists. It also looks to highlight positive images of women, countering prevailing images in the mainstream media, where women are sexualized, made to appear as 'hard' as their male counterparts or reduced to singing hooks on those artists' recordings." Hey, I'm all for women flexing their artistic muscle. And what's more, proceeds benefit the DCTV Youth Video Festival that exposes young people to television, media and new technology. A great cause and great music?! You've gotta check it out...and support my homies over at Ariztos while you're at it!

Event Details:

Can a Sista Rock a Mic? Festival
Tuesday, August 7 - Sunday August 12, 2007
Washington DC
Check the website for venue details!
Cost: Varies
Can a Sista Rock a Mic?

The Schedule:

Wednesday, August 8 at 7:00PM @ Rock and Roll Hotel: LadyBeat Maker competition; DJ Earth1ne, ArtByLiz, Emoni Fela, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Bahamadia

Thursday, August 9 at 7:00PM @ Cue Bar: Remedy Lounge with DJ Fusion and DJ Earth1ne

Friday, August 10 at 7:00PM @ Republic Gardens: Sy Smith, Yahzarah, Carol Riddick, Alison Carney, DJ Cuzzin B, DJ Uncle Q

Saturday, August 11 at 4:00PM-9:00PM @ Arts Alley in Silver Spring between Mayorga and Gallery: DJ Frances Jaye, DJ Earth1ne, L'Renee, Stephanie McKay and more, including an all-female band and jam session

Sunday, August 12 at 6:00PM @ Zanzibar on the Waterfront: Choklate, Davina, Afi and MC Lyte


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