Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Gypsy x Around Shrewsbury

WelcomeTo Shrewsbury
WelcomeTo Shrewsbury
I went to Shrewsbury today Tuesday 27th January, I only live thirty five  via train away from the town and I've been through it, waited at the train station countless times but I've actually never been there. Shrewsbury is a town in the Shropshire county part of England though with its close proximity to North Wales you would think it's a welsh town.
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Although I was only in the town for purely business purposes I got the chance to wander around a little bit, I managed to browse and see how pretty it is. It has such a great number of charming little independent shops and retailers, something which is slowly becoming rare in North Wales and was really nice to see. I enjoyed the colours, the architecture in Shrewsbury as in a lot of places in the Uk, is a mixture of preserved old buildings, modernised and new buildings all living together side by side harmoniously creating an interesting visual relationship which is quintessentially British.
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Train station
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Train station
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Train station side
A pretty coloured pub
A pretty coloured pub
one street view
one street view
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The most interesting flower shop. independent retailers of all kinds are in shresbury and seem to be thriving beautifully
The most interesting flower shop. independent retailers of all kinds are in shresbury and seem to be thriving beautifully
outside the shopping mall. this looked like a throw back it had to be in black and white
outside the shopping mall. this looked like a throw back it had to be in black and white
This sort of made my day. Places like these actually exist. MY FAVORITE PIC OF THE DAY
This sort of made my day. Places like these actually exist. MY FAVORITE PIC OF THE DAY
I truly enjoyed my little Shrewsbury moment so much and I actually look forward to going there more and more. One thing I will do is try a couple of the cute little food places I walked by today due to time, because they all just look like they serve the best soups, burgers and have the warmest of staff too. I can't wait to go back!
xoxo
The African Gypsy

Friday, 2 January 2015

Gypsy x Lusaka City Centre

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Photography by C.L
I took these photographs on a random day when my boyfriend and I were doing our usual gallivant in Lusaka town. I borrowed his camera and he actually features in this slightly journalistic photo post. I'm fascinated by city life, primarily African city life. I love vibrancy of the women and men at work, the hustle and bustle. I love colours of Lusaka town centre, I even love the noise, the bus conductors and street boys yelling. There's a freedom in the way they live, but there is also a backstory and a pain that I feel I only witnessed due to my understanding of characters and my fascination with people beyond the presented image.
While I was capturing the city I also saw a lot of pain, most of which I did not want to capture, I'm not a photographer and I feel at times the lack of sympathy the world has made us develop in order to capture other people's pain is abysmal. I did capture the very last one though, a woman begging for some money, she had a young child beside her. These are the very harsh realities of a lot of cities around the world, and in Lusaka this sight is very prevalent.
To end the year with these photos is very significant for me. I spent 9 months in 2014 in  Zambia, for the very time as an adult I spent a really long time working and living and experiencing this city, the truths it has and stories, in the most honest way, for the first time in ten years. I captured moments as much as I could, I collaborated with Sipho M Photography on several really fun projects like the Barefeet Festival  post and Lake of Stars Festival post and  they were all incredible events to have been a part of.
This year will be another year of growth, I will bring lots of collaborations, exciting new additions to the blog, and just continue travelling and documenting my travels, maybe I will start showing my face too! Happy new year to you all, may it bring you success and happiness and positivity!
xoxo
The African Gypsy

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Gypsy x Lake Of Stars 2014 finale

DAY 3
We woke up in our usual hangover fashion, haha. This time we were a bit sad, because it was the final day of the festival so we decided to have a nice browse of the local people's market stalls and also meet and speak to some of the artisans, so this kept our spirits high. We also bought some trinkets, bracelets to be honest, we bought a lot of thrm, and we got gifted a couple too, generosity at LOS!
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Local fashion designer Sheena Karin with a Musician
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Bracelet maker, William Chadha ftom we were bought bracelet as gifts
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This artist whose name escapes me was so kind and gave us two free bracelets
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An artisan fixing his temp shop
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Artist on a drink break
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Hydrating timr
Next up we decided to catch a glimpse of some happenings on the small stage, the local children from an orphanage performed with an international artist. The crowd was colourful too.
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Tilinanu Orphanage performed with an international artist
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A musician performs for a chilled crowd
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Multinational lake of stars
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Crowd
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Tilinanu orphanage on stage, crowd control
After all this spectating we were off to do more spectating. We had the honour of going to the local village in Mangochi, to meet the chief and watch some international artists and local ones perform for us and the children
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The chiefteness
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A british theatre group gave the ugly duckling a Malawi revival
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They used props cleverly and the kids seemed so entertained and happy
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Clearly enjoying theatre
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Malawian Superstar Sally Nyundo also performed to much acclaim
Next up was something I have always wanted to see, the last I saw this was when I was super tiny at my grans village. These dancers are called "Nyau" dancerz, they are spiritualists as well as skilled dancers, usually they are well respected and revered in their respected neighbourhoods. This is also their way of earning a living off tourists who visit the area, so if you ever get to it's good to have some cash on you to support their work and also help the artists earn
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Lake of Stars was absolutely an experience I will never forget and I would love to go back there again! I really enjoyed the music the food the lake the people, everything. I learnt a lot zmd I also discovered a lot. I believe the arts have the power to end poverty, bring dignity and rebuild lives all while helping the artisans to earn a living. I heard so many amazing stories from local artists that I will cherish for a long time and I made life long connections. Thank you to Lake of stars and Blackmore Creatives for this experience. I would like to thank Joseph from Sipho M Photography for Capturing the event and experiencing it with me. I also want to thank Benny Blow for his company and all the amazing artists we met from Malawi and neighbouring countries, Zisper and Kb Mpofu as well.
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xoxo
The African Gypsy

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Gypsy x Lake Of Stars 2014 Part two

DAY 2: Fun Day
Waking up on Saturday the  27th was a real struggle! We were blasted by the sun light, it's rays blasted through the tent like light saber rays in star wars (or something similar lol) and the fact that we both had hangovers (my Photography partners Sipho M Photography's Chona) didn't help us at all. But like true troopers we got up because we were in a place so beautiful and exciting we did not want to miss a thing!
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We started the day with a chilled out breakfast in the market stalls run by the locals which was delicious and then we spent some time with friends of ours exploring the site, art stands, local stands etc. After some chill time and a dip into lake Malawi which was fun and we had a nice big bottle of the local beer  called Kuche Kuche to keep us refreshed when we were done.
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Next up we decided to head out to a special braii (bbq) on a private area by the beach, organised for all the media folk and sponsored by DHL. When we got there and it was a huge shock to me, it was such a beautiful setting, there was food for daaays!! The DHL folk were not messing around when it came to spoiling us. There was a beautiful set up just for us, with a barbeque area with fish and chicken, lots of salad, soup and even desert! imagine? we were in heaven! Thank you DHL and Blackmore creative and the entire festival crew, this was one my highlights as we got to network with media personel from Malawi, Zimbabwe and from other countries too.
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After all this eating was time to meet some artists, I met up and spoke to Malawian hip-hop superstar Tay Grin who told me about the growing music industry in Malawi and his pride in the festival. I met with the founder of the festival Will Jameson too! He was cool and very chill but I was thinking "you the reason I got to be in this awesome place" lol
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Next up was time for some music! Tay Grin was up with his energetic blend of hip hop and Afrocentric sounds and here he is with S.A tv presenter and actor Lungile with whom I also chatted, he is such an unexpected delight who thinks outside the box and is such a pro-African like me :)
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My favourites of the night were Mafilika who not only entertained me but they had such a fresh new approach that I haven't seen in African music. I loved their version of Afro punk fused with pop and alternative styles, these guys even had a rock song in Chi Chewa (Most widely spoken Malawian languages  and also one of the official languages) So glad to have met them, so humble and lovely
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The other highlight was seeing Zambian hip-hop super group Zone Fam, who tore up the stage and represented our country very well indeed! with their hits accompanied by their dj Bassflexxx. We all sang and danced along to Contolola, their Africa wide hit song!
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Next up it was time to have some more drinks, to incite more hangovers on ourselves. Sipho M Photography's Chona with whom I attended the festival was absolutely on point with his skills man! I cannot wait to work with these guys some more. We partied the rest of the night away! Stay tuned to the final post on this spectacular event! So good I had to do three posts!!!
Xoxo
The African Gypsy