Black History Creative Night
On 22nd November a group of fabulous performers from the Afro-Caribbean Society at College, staged a wonderful evening of music, dance and spoken word poetry.
The brilliantly varied programme included original devised pieces, such as a dance sequence narrating the story from oppression in slavery to freedom and strength in unity and a skilfully scripted duologue entitled ‘oppression, deception, progression’ exploring race discrimination in the past, present and future.
A lively Afrobeat dance piece showcasing the vibrant and unique African culture through dance exuded energy, fun and friendship, nicely counterpointing more challenging rap pieces, including Jessica Eve’s excellent rendition of Thieves in the Night by Black Star.
Femi Ariyibi and Fridaws Olawole provided some emotionally charged and lyrical renditions of Beyoncé’s I Was Here
and Meghan Trainor and John Legend’s Like I’m Gonna Lose You.
Then they performed a final duet to finish the evening of Powerful, a song honouring those who have worked to promote racial co-existence while highlighting that there is work still to be done in the matter of racial prejudice and recognising that unity, regardless of skin colour, is the only way that true progress can be achieved.
This entirely student-devised and performed evening was a fantastic celebration of what can be achieved with the combined energy, enthusiasm and talents of young people. Congratulations to all of the members of the Afro-Caribbean Society who were contributed to the evening.