TAOBQ Events

This is where you’ll find all the offline and online events. We’ll be updating as and when events and opportunities are confirmed.

The African Or Black Question (TAOBQ) campaign aims to have African people described as African, rather than Black. It will also be highlighting other issues around the African identity in 2011/2012.

We are also looking for a theatre group or company to help us bring a play focused on TAOBQ issues to the stage, as another forum within which to explore the issues. Sample pages are available to any group/company that may be interested in staging such a play – be it for one day, or more. Email: jointheaobq@gmail.com.



WHEAT MST in association with Akoben Awards &
TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question)
present

25 Years On...

A Harrow African/Black History Month event
marking the 25th anniversary of
the introduction of
Black History Month in Britain and
the Labour Party’s Black Sections' work which culminated in the election of the
4 African and Asian MPs in 1987
Hear from panellists & special guests who were part of working behind the scenes of these 2 historic events

Panel:
Ansel Wong
(
London Strategic Policy Unit officer
who helped introduce BHM)
Marc Wadsworth and Roger McKenzie
(Black Sections executives who helped with the election of the first 3 African British MPs)
Chair: Kwaku
(Akoben Awards & TAOBQ (The African Or
Black Question) co-ordinator)

Presented by WHEAT MST in association with
Akoben Awards

Tuesday Oct 30 2012, 6.00-9.00pm. Free.  wheatsmst@gmail.com
Harrow Civic Centre, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2XY
(4 minutes walk or 1 bus stop ride from Harrow & Wealdstone station. Buses 182, 186, 258, 340)





BTWSC presents in association with TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question)

How To Regain Our African Identity
And Self-Confidence

History consultant and TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question) co-ordinator Kwaku facilitates a workshop aimed at highlighting strategies to regain our African identity and self-confidence.
It's a participants-driven workshop, and
your contribution is welcome.
This workshop is by popular request and is a follow up to the What Does It Mean To Be A Global African? presentation & workshop of Oct. 4 2012


Wednesday Oct 24 2012, 5-7pm. Free

International Press Centre
Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue
(near Institute Of Journalism,
British High Commission)
Accra


To book: Awula Serwah
030 2774344 





BTWSC presents in association with TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question) and WEB Du Bois Centre For Pan-African Culture

What Does It Mean To Be A Global African?

History consultant and TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question) co-ordinator Kwaku facilitates a presentation and workshop aimed at highlighting global African core values, mindsets and perspectives.
It's an open discussion, so your contribution is needed.

Guest speakers (tbc)

Thursday Oct 4 2012, 3-6pm. Free

WEB Du Bois Centre, Cantonment,
Fifth Link Road, Accra

(near the US Embassy)

To book: Awula Serwah
030 277 4344 



A Talk Of The Times reasoning sessions
African Or Black History? (Tuesday Sept. 4)

Is it time to be celebrating African History, instead of Black History Month?

Led by history consultant and TAOBQ co-ordinator Kwaku. 6.30-9pm. Free. editor@britishblackmusic.com, http://taobq.blogspot.co.uk/p/taobq-events.html
Punch and Juicy Liquid Foods, Unit 8 Queens Parade (Willesden Green) Willesden Lane/Walm Lane NW2 5HT
 
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A Talk Of The Times reasoning sessions
What does it mean to be a global African? (Tuesday Aug. 28)

Is it time to be celebrating African History, instead of Black History Month? (Tuesday Sept. 4)

Led by history consultant and TAOBQ co-ordinator Kwaku. 6-9pm. Free. editor@britishblackmusic.com, http://taobq.blogspot.co.uk/p/taobq-events.html
Punch and Juicy Liquid Foods, Unit 8 Queens Parade (Willesden Green) Willesden Lane NW2 5HT
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Highlighting August Within Global African History
A Talk Of The Times reasoning session led by history consultant and TAOBQ co-ordinator Kwaku which shows that there’s more to August, or Mosiah Month, than the so-called “slavery memorial day”!
Tuesday August 21 2912, 6-9pm. Free. editor@britishblackmusic.com
Punch and Juicy Liquid Foods Unit 8 Queens Parade (Willesden Green) Willesden Lane NW2 5HT

Remembering Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is an audio-visual presentation by TAOBQ co-ordinator Kwaku which highlights the life and works of SC-T, an African British composer and pan-Africanist. Thursday Sept. 20 2012, 2-3pm at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. Tel: +44 (0) 20 8876 3444. For more details, click here.


Punch And Juicy Liquid Foods in association with BBM/BMC presents Garvey + Rasta + Music Pt. 2 & Africa: Reggae Sessions...
See programme at bottom of page, to book: http://bbmm2012punchreggae-eorg.eventbrite.com
In June, as part of marking JA @ 50 and Marcus Garvey @ 100, we run Garvey + Rasta + Music = Better Communities, a panel-less reasoning session led  by BBM/BMC founder Kwaku on the influence of Garveyism upon Rastafarism, music, particularly roots reggae, and the positive outcome among musical and faith communities. It was also a space for the audience, be they Rasta, baldhead, Garveyite, pan-Africanist, artist, etc, to give their personal testimony. Blessed Barak had his drums!
It was a good session, and whilst many said they had learnt much, especially about Marcus Garvey. The only problem was that there was just not enough time! 

Hence Punch And Juicy Liquid Foods, a health drink business based near Willesden Library has opened its doors to make sure that there’s a Garvey + Rasta + Music Pt. 2, with more time for discussion, plus a bit of Garvey and Rasta-inspired music! Friday July 27, 6.15pm-9.30pm. It is free, but you would be expected to support the business by at least buying a cup of juice! Also, you are welcome to bring your drums for a drum circle!

On Thursday August 2, 4-6pm, Kwaku’s businessofmusic on Playvybz.com show will focus on Garvey, Rasta and Africa inspired roots reggae music to set the mood for Friday Aug. 3, 6.15pm-9.30pm the Africa: Reggae Sessions, which will consisis of a replay of ‘The Representation Of Marcus Garvey In Reggae Music’ presentation, followed by a session of roots reggae music focused on Africa, interspersed with mini discussions on Africa and Marcus Garvey.
Venue is 1 bus stop ride from Willesden Green tube station. Any problems finding the place: 07940 516 193. For Twitter fans: @punchandjuicy.

JULY 27 PROGRAMME
6.15pm Doors open

6.15pm-6.50pm Networking/drumming ring

6.50pm-7.00pm Welcome

7pm - 7.30pm Marcus Garvey within reggae music audio-visual presentation

7.30pm-9.30pm Reasoning session/Q & A/

9.30pm- Official close/ Vote of thanks

9.30pm-11pm (optional) open session

11.00pm Close

AUGUST 3 PROGRAMME
6.15pm Doors open

6.15pm-6.50pm Networking/drumming ring

6.50pm-7.00pm Welcome

7pm - 7.30pm You are African audio-visual presentation

7.30pm-9.30pm Selection of reggae music harking to Africa

9.30pm- Official close/ Vote of thanks

9.30pm-11pm (optional) open session

11.00pm Close




What: Is ‘African’ or ‘Black’ the most appropriate term to describe us as a people?
Not a TAOBQ event, however TAOBQ co-ordinator Kwaku will be one of the debaters, and you know what side he'll be arguing for! 

The Diaspora Debating Association (DDA) invites all to live, informative, exciting and stimulating debating challenges, where two teams debate over a range of subjects in the presence of an audience.

When: June 3 2012, 5- 8pm 
Cost: Free

To book, or for more information: T 07903321076 or J 07908796167; diasporadebate@hotmail.co.uk.




African, Not Black History: Arguments for “African”

What: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, in conjunction with the Black & Asian Studies Association, present Black and Asian Britain seminars: African, Not Black History: Arguments for “African”

“Black” in Britain used to be a “political colour of alliances”, but now whom does it represent? Should we not use “African”? Kwaku, a history consultant and community activist, will focus on the issue of African identity. Presentation is preceded by the screening of the short-ish version of ‘The African Or Black Question’ guerilla documentary and ends with a Q&A.

Kwaku, co-ordinator of The African Or Black Question (TAOBQ) campaign, is the founder of BritishBlackMusic.com/Black Music Congress, which highlights black music with a British bias, music industry issues and education, and offers a forum for debating and networking; and a pathway to music industry education.

When: Tuesday, 29 May 2012, 6-7.30pm

Where: Senate House (room tbc), University of London, 32 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DN (Euston Square or Russell Square tube)

Cost: Free

To guarantee your place book via this Eventbrite link!


What: TAOBQ (The African Or Black Question) follows up on the 'Your Are African' discussion in January 2012 with 'What Does It Mean To Be A Global African?' A free presentation followed by workshops exploring issues around African values, perspective, etc.
It's an opportunity to input your views, and to catch a bit of 'The African Or Black Question' guerilla documentary. The event's led by TAOBQ co-ordinator Kwaku, hosted by Cllr Martin Seaton, plus experienced workshop facilitators.
Come and have your say on what a global African ought to be!!!!

When: Saturday, 28 April 2012, 6-9pm

Where: Browning Community TRA Hall 57-59 Browning Street, Walworth London SE17 (Elephant & Castle)

Cost: Free

To guarantee your place book via this Eventbrite link!


Sunday Dec. 18 2011, 10am-2pm 
www.VoiceOfAfricaRadio.com  94FM: Kwaku & Ms Serwah join host Space Clottey on Straight Talk. Topic: Why Don’t We Refer To Ourselves As Africans? Studio: 020 8180 2523

Tuesday Dec. 20 2011, 10pm till late
www.myspace.com/SLRradio  97.7FM: Kwaku and Awula Serwah join the host Bro Doug on Find Your Voice. Topic: Who Is African? Studio: 07984 931 588

Monday 26th Dec. 2011,  2-6pm
www.omegafmradio.com Omega Radio 104.1FM: Kwaku and Awula Serwah join hosts Sis Ama & Bro Lasana on the Positive Vibe Show. Topic: TAOB.
Studio: 020 8904 5692

Tuesday Dec. 27 2011, 9pm-midnight www.Ligali.org/nyansapo: Kwaku and Awula Serwah join the host Toyin Agbetu on Nyansapo The Pan-African Drum. Topic: The African Identity. Studio: 020 8144 4708

Friday Jan. 20 2012, 6.00-8.30pm

What: You Are African/The African Or Black Question
History consultant and community activist Kwaku is behind the TAOBQ campaign for the term ‘African’ to be used instead of ‘black’ to describe African people in Britain. This event is in two parts. It starts with the screening of Kwaku’s guerrilla documentary highlighting views around the African identity, ‘The African Or Black Question’, followed by the ‘You Are African’ discussion supported by input from special guests. Selected BTWSC/Bogle-L'Ouverture books on sale. Presented by TAOBQ in association with WSDG

When: Friday January 20 2012

Time: 6.00-8.30pm

Where: Westminster City Hall, City Hall 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP (Victoria station)

Cost: Free, subject to pre-booking via: www.taobq.eventbrite.com

For more infojointheaobq@gmail.com (see www.taobq.blogspot.com and search for TAOBQ on your social networks)

Not strictly a TAOBQ event, but worth highlighting as it's led by TAOBQ co-ordinator Kwaku in Accra, Ghana.
 
Remembering Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (15 Aug 1875 - 1 Sept 1912) - an African British musical genius and pan-Africanist
        An audio-visual presentation on African British history & music*

When: Thursday March 29 2012, 3-5pm
Where: WEB Du Bois Memorial Centre, Off First Circular Road, Cantonment, Accra (near the American Embassy)
Cost: Free
To RVSP, book or for more information: Awula Serwah, info@btwsc.com, 020 024 0338, www.btwsc.eventbrite.com

*UK-based music industry and history consultant Kwaku will lead a Powerpoint-assisted presentation on the life of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (SC-T), one of Britain’s favourite composers of the early 20th century, and introduce some of his works, including ‘Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast’, which at one time vied with ‘Messiah’ and ‘Elijah’ as one of Britain’s most popular choral composition. 
SC-T, born of Sierra Leonean/English parentage, was feted internationally. He made three successful tours in the US, where he became the first African to conduct an all European orchestra and was invited to meet President Theodore Roosevelt in the White House. SC-T was proud of his African roots, and tried incorporating African themes within classical music. He was a member of the African Association, which organised the 1990 Pan-African Conference in London, where SC-T met WEB Du Bois, who had an influence on the composer. The dire circumstances of  SC-T’s estate partly led to the formation in 1914 of Britain’s Performing Right Society (PRS), which collects royalties for composers and music publishers.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session during which SC-T’s life as an African living in England at the turn of the 20th century, a pan-Africanist, and his relationship with Du Bois, will be explored.  The event will be introduced by WEB Du Bois Memorial Centre acting executive director Mr BS Ato Keelson, and the Q&A preceded by an introduction by SC-T fan H.E. Mr KB Asante.

We aim to squeeze in the tail end an informal screening of the TAOBQ documentary