Kaoru Watanabe opens the potluck with music on the taiko and fue.
Photo: Yasmine Beckley
Albums: Call & Response: Fall 2011 Locating the Sacred Festival Mini-Series
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This 15 minute video is a compilation of 35 years of my photographs and earlier poems. I had traveled to many third world nations (Morocco, The Philippines, China, India and Europe) capturing/documenting their peasant/working class cultures. I use three pertinent poems written in 1979 as voiceovers since they can be applicable to present situations especially for the newly arrived immigrants. The three poems are entitled: "Could Not Hear Charlie Parker, One Day", "Wail of the Liberated Woman", and "Paranoia Axiom Blues". They were performed at Lower East Side's Charas in 1979 in the presence of poet Ted Berrigan, artist Willie Birch, with Jeff C. Wright hosting. Yukio Tsuji, formerly at La Mama, had composed the music and later I used Japan's National Anthem which was recorded at Japan's Earthquake Fundraiser in March, 2011 at St. Peter's Church.
YEHNIIVA: IN HONOR OF MOTHERS, edited by Susan L.Yung, has a brief description of Sierra Leone’s history, its recent civil war in Africa, and presently its reconstruction to provide funding to five villages as sponsored by Beatrice Moigula.
Sierra Leone had recently ended a ten-year civil war, which involved young children forced to kill by a tyrannical leader. Presently, this West African nation is rebuilding the destruction incurred by the civil war and providing rehabilitation for these children. This Part 2 video focuses on Beatrice Moigula returning to Sierra Leone after a 15 year hiatus abroad to organize a home base for Yehniiva: In Honor of Mothers and develop micro credit programs to five ravaged villages in Bo County. It shows her attending a Catholic Mass commemorating her late father who had been a Superintendent of Education in Bo County; participating and negotiating with village chiefs that she will provide monetary support for reconstruction; and attending memorial ceremonies after bringing food and other supplies to the villages. Through music, singing and dancing, the viewer sees these as healing resources after such warring hardships.
The video ends with the five villages receiving the monies from Beatrice after her fundraising efforts in America.
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