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Afia – Determined

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AFIA is a singer-songwriter living in the Netherlands with roots From Ghana. AFIA means Friday, the day ..she was born.

She prides herself carrying this name as her artist name, as she carries her heritage with pride. She is an advocate of promoting your true and pure self, unapologetically. And this includes, using your native name.

Her music has always been her outlet, where she expressed her thoughts about healing and resistance against racism & sexism.

She wrote her song Determined in april 2020, shortly after lockdown started. Little did she know that within the next 3 months, the world would be going through a revolution, with the Black lives Matter movement taking over the world. All while giving us a flashback in time, back to the civil rights movement in the USA in the times of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. But this time it became a worldwide movement!

The message in her song, couldn’t be any more relevant for today as it is now!

Her goal with this song is to empower people to be Determined in succeeding in their wildest dreams and to not wait for a seat at the table but to create their own table!

Put yourself first and create your own destiny and be DETERMINED!

DETERMINED,  a published piece straight from the heart. For everyone who is systemically facing resistance: may it be your anthem, may you dwell in it, may you wrap these words around you like a cloth of protection. I am proud of you, you are amazing, happiness is for you and you deserve all the love that is coming to you! You will get there. Stay determined, loves. ♥️” – AFIA

Follow AFIA on Instagram: @afiaxhealing

 

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Koffee – Lockdown

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Koffee – Lockdown (Official Video) Listen/Download: http://smarturl.it/koffeelockdown?IQi…

 

Lyrics:

 

Where will we go

When di quarantine ting done and everybody touch road

Mommy, me go NASCAR

Pull up in a fast car

A nuh false start

Mek you and di boss par

I know you’re feeling me

You know I’m feeling you

So what now we fi do

 

Aye fancy

How yuh heart stay, it nah no vacancy?

Last time see yuh pon FaceTime

Chatting up di place

Bout you nuh want relationship

Me a go put you pon lock down

Put yuh body pon lockdown

Mmm

You got me pon lock now

You got my passion unlocked wow

If you love me

You should let me

You should let me

You should let me know

And if you don’t now

Better fi let me

Better fi let me

A better yuh let me go

Pulling up, pulling up, pulling up

Nuh bodda deal wid di bagga long talking

Me know fi now we a chill ina apartment

Hope you don’t mind me asking

 

Where will we go

When di quarantine ting done and everybody touch road

Mommy, me go NASCAR

Pull up in a fast car

A nuh false start

Mek you and di boss par

I know you’re feeling me

You know I’m feeling you

So what now we fi do

 

Say you want travel

We go Hope Valley

Say you hoping your love a nuh just no tally

Make me heart full, that’s why me love you Totally

Do me own ting and me nu trouble nobody

And we watching out

Pon di patio

And di neighbor dem a watch we now

Swing and me nuh miss like Pacquiao

Wa you fiending for? Hot Koffee yow

Watch ya now

Watch ya now

All yuh want talk bout a matrimony

Any ting yuh want Koffee got di money

Me give yuh me heart beg yuh take it from me

 

Where will we go

When di quarantine ting done and everybody touch road

Mommy, me go NASCAR

Pull up in a fast car

A nuh false start

Mek you and di boss par

I know you’re feeling me

You know I’m feeling you

So what now we fi do

 

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#Koffee #Lockdown #OfficialVideo

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Raybekah – Finger down

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Raybekah, performing her new single ‘Put a Finger Down’.Describing our mood during the lockdown.

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De KROON

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On the sixth of May, 2019 something horrifying happened. The Dutch lifestyle and fashion TV show allowed one of the cast members to make racist comments about Afro and kinky curly hair.

This exploded in a negative in all the news platforms and many if not all black and brown men and women were grossly offended. Robin Ramos (20) and Kymani Ceder (19) wrote a poem as a response. They used the poem as a positive representation by, from and for the Afro-Dutch community. The goal is to use the movie “The Crown” (De kroon) created by Robin and Kymani to create awareness and free the Black community from the chains of stereotyping of Afro hair.

Footage from the short film – de KROON

Robin and Kymani chose to form the video as a school assignment with a theme family.

Robin Ramos

Kymani Ceder

Using ‘Black hairstyles’ as a point gave them the inspiration to show different historical and tribal connotations involving Afro hair. In many cultures, it is still a way to be in contact with the ancestors. Besides braiding, is doing hair an activity done throughout time and has it has been a signature activity in black families.

The short film portrays a paradox time-machine with precolonial impressions. It takes you on a journey back to the age of where the traditional braids were used to connect the past with the present.

The movie is a re-enactment of history acted out by present-day Dutch Africans. How do Dutch Africans experience their African identity after the physical alienation that has taken place after slavery? How do they feel about their hair now? How do we feel during and after watching the short film?

Around 80 people were involved by the making of the short film: De Kroon. Some well-known artists and actors from the Dutch entertainment such as Sylvana Simons, Veronica van Hoogdalem, Digitzz, Clarice Gargard and Guillermo Babel.

Sylvana Simons & Robin Ramos

“De Kroon” is a poetic storyline about the relationship Afro Dutch citizens have with their natural hair and hairstyles. The Natural Hair movement is becoming more and more visible in the world. And we are loving it.

For all readers from the Netherlands: Want to read more about the backstory and behind the scenes, straight from the creator/inspirator of this video? click here

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