Mama Geraldine Connor πŸ˜

https://www.gcfoundation.co.uk/blog/carnival-messiah-yoruba-culture


NEW YEARS EVE 2020 – GIVING THANKS FOR…

GIVING THANKS FOR LOVE

Giving thanks for life

Giving thanks for air and water

Giving thanks for birds in the tree

Giving thanks for belching stomach as we are blessed with food to eat

Giving thanks for time to retreat, recoup and reset

Giving thanks for opportunities to realign

Giving thanks for art and music

Giving thanks for culture for spiritual practices and enlightenment

Giving thanks for eyes that cry, tears that soothe and cleanse all sorrow away

Giving thanks for survival and lessons learned

Giving thanks for strength to keep taking one step at aa time, moving forward always, tis yes, thy doth rest from time to time,

Alas, give thanks again, a new year, a new day, cometh.

We give thanks…

Lara Rose 31/12/2020


BACK IN THE BEGINNING…

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Phd artist retreat continues

Chocolate Ori Crown

So here we are in Leeds during this year of lockdown or as others putting a positive spin on it call it, artist retreat!! To date in my practice as research project looking at the influence of Yoruba (Edekiri) culture on artistic (afropolitan) practices in Leeds, i have:

-Started and stopped creating a mud Ori head sculpture (work in progress) –Started bits of installation ideas for a scheduled exhibition at East St arts (cancelled) -lost access to own studio, university 3d studio and music studio

However;

I created a lock down exhibition series of small marquettes as shown above using masking tape, found confectionery packaging, discarded perfume bottles, etc.

I have also recorded close to 30 pieces of music in logic pro x informed by the various aspects of Yoruba culture eg the concept of Ori, Iwa Pele and honouring ancestors. This also includes creating songs for the Nomad Woman musical, depicting Osun the goddess of love, Ori Olokun, Ogun, etc as they journey alongside Yoruba peoples I feel in disguise within the spiritual practices we often find ourselves involved in at church, etc!!

I have also created new lyrics, poetry and narrations and in the middle of completing my next book in response to the BLM crisis.

I have created music videos documenting the process of creating the sculptures.

i have written up two case study drafts, a 10,000 word document on Afropolitanism, collated a Yoruba world migration history timeline (and still working on), a host of reflexive writings including this blog, posted on Instagram and twitter.

Performed finally on Zoom events and aim to resurrect my radio show.

etc, etc, etc……………

I did get a 2 week umbrella of access (socially distanced, on my own with mask, following the COVID protocol) to the 3d studio at university where I’d started to create two large sculptures based on the crown Ori mini maquettes until my card was blocked from entry into the studio leading to a mini break down on campus!! I really do not understand why I am not allowed continuous access!!! Nothing makes sense, the lock down conditions say University remains open and we have confirmation from the VC that we can come into uni!!! 😦

Large Hatshepsut Ori Crown- Oct work begun, in progress, but… 😦

Anyway, given up hope on that now and will focus on more writing, chapter outlines, case studies of carnival queen and carnival messiah.

I’ll continue to attend online seminars, lectures, q&a and i gave a presentation about my research at the last research cafe!! yay!!

oh wow, Lawrence just brought me some yummy food so break time!! πŸ™‚


Afro futurism within Afropolitanism

Afro futurism

Afrofuturism is a cultural aesthetic, philosophy of science and philosophy of history that explores the developing intersection of African diaspora culture with technology. It was coined by Mark Dery in 1993 and explored in the late 1990s through conversations led by Alondra Nelson.Β Wikipedia


Afropolitan Melodies

Get me back in the studio…

Afropolitan

Afropolitan is a term constructed from the name Africa and the ancient Greek word πολίτης, meaning ‘citizen’. It is an attempt at redefining African phenomena by placing emphasis on ordinary citizens’ experiences in Africa. Afropolitanism is similar to the older Panafricanism ideology. Wikipedia

Melodies, plural of melody

Melody A melody, also tune, voice or line, is a linear succession of musical tones that the listener perceives as a single entity. In its most literal sense, a melody is a combination of pitch and rhythm, while more figuratively, the term can include successions of other musical elements such as tonal color. Wikipedia


I’m back

Artist Retreat 2020 (Lockdown)

OMG!! What a time we are in!!

Words depart from me

I dare not speak out

words return to me

i must, i must speak out

silence me no more oh woes of distant pasts

silence me no more ye voices of the present blast

i will, i will speak out

i must i must speak out

Inspired by Sharena Lee Satti Zoom Poetry group 23rd aug 2020


Today

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Today, todaaaaaaaaaaay, toddddddddddddddddddddddddaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy is Friday!!! πŸ™‚

 

 


Frankfurters Jamaican Style! πŸ˜‹

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Easy meals to make at home!! πŸ˜‹

 

 


Farewell

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Farewell,
Play on
Great guitarist
Notes so high
Reach the sky
Heaven smiles
Rest now
Join heavenly choir
Orchestra,
Jimi Hendrix, Will
Jam with
10,000 angels
sing along
Farewell Friend😒
Join the glorious guitarists
In the sky!!

– Lara Rose 🌹


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