(Promotional Video) Concrete Jungle by d’bi.young anitafrika. Composed by Mohammed Rowe

Concrete Jungle: a Dub-Movement-Ritual-of-Recovery Written and Performed by d’bi.young anitafrika Composed by Mohammed Rowe Filmed by Kengy McNichols and Natusha Croes Edited by Mohammed Rowe For Jordon Viera. Rise in Powah. Rest in Peace The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was a…

(Promotional Video) Concrete Jungle by d'bi.young anitafrika. Composed by Mohammed Rowe

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Concrete Jungle: a Dub-Movement-Ritual-of-Recovery
Written and Performed by d’bi.young anitafrika
Composed by Mohammed Rowe
Filmed by Kengy McNichols and Natusha Croes
Edited by Mohammed Rowe

For Jordon Viera. Rise in Powah. Rest in Peace

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was a capitalist-economic holocaust from the 15th to 19th century during which, countless millions of African people, primarily from the central and western parts of the continent, were stolen by European enslavers who then transported them to colonies in North and South America and to Europe. The numbers were so great that Africans who came by way of the enslavement trade became the most numerous Old-World immigrants in both North and South America before the late eighteenth century. Tens of Thousands died along the journey and during enslavement. Never buried. Never put to rest. This period of enslavement is the foundation on which the current wealth of the UK, Europe and North America is built. The cultural rupture to the African continent and its people was so devastating that Black people all over the world are still in deep mourning. Concrete Jungle is an Offering. A Witnessing. An Acknowledgement. A Lamentation. A Sacred Burial. A Ritual-of-Recovery for us all.

Concrete Jungle was filmed in Studio 2 at Goldsmiths University of London on June 26 and 28, 2019 as Part of the 2018/2019 After The Storm MA Performance Making Degree Show.

CREDITS
d’bi.young anitafrika Creator/Performer
Mohammed Rowe Composer/Musician
DeAira Hermani Lighting/Sound/Projections Operator
Production Team
Nao Nagai Lighting
Rachael Champion Set
Berthe Fortin Costume
Patrick Furness Projections
Joe Fairweather-Hole Production
Lily Woodford-Lewis Production
Francesca Carriero Front of House
Jenny Hegarty Audience Guide

Videographers Kengy McNichols and Natusha Croes
Editor Mohammed Rowe

Musical References
Esu Song – Trinidad & Tobago – Spiritual Baptist
Nyabinghi Bobo Shanty Drummers – Jamaica – Rastafari Spiritual Tradition
Isese L’agba (Oya) – Nigeria – Ifa Spiritual Tradition
Isese L’agba (Ifa) – Nigeria – Ifa Spiritual Tradition
Isese L’agba (Egungun) – Nigeria – Ifa Spiritual Tradition
Yoruba Dundun Talking Drum Ensemble – Nigeria
Ancestor Song – Trinidad & Tobago – Spiritual Baptist
Concrete Jungle by Bob Marley – Jamaica – Rastafari Spiritual Tradition

Projections Key
The supercontinent Pangea
Map of Over 2400 Enslavement Ship Routes
Cape Coast Compound 1745
Whydah enslavement embarkation port in the Bight of Benin,1720s
Elmina Enslavement Cell
Elmina Door of No Return
British Enslavement Ship, Brookes 1788
Drawing of enslaved Africans on enslavement ship
Map of Colonial America
Cotton Field
Map of Colonial Jamaica 1771
Cane Field
Cell Block in a modern Penitentiary

The Dan Masks
There are two Dan masks in Concrete Jungle. The 350,000 Dan live mostly in the western part of the Côte d’Ivoire and into Liberia, where the land is forested in the south and bordered by a savannah in the north. They make their living from farming cocoa, coffee, rice and manioc. All Dan masks are sacred; they do not represent spirits of the wilderness, they are these spirits. Dan masks are characterized by a concave face, a protruding mouth, high-domed forehead and are often covered in a rich brown patina.

Ase Ancestors. Ase Esu. Ase Orishas. Ase Spirit Guides. & Ase Community for your love support guidance, critique and solidarity in this life and work. I am here because of you, love d’bi.

An Asota Production
dbiyounganitafrika.com

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