Lucumi, A community Based Faith System

Last Year an initiative started in the United States called Oloshas United for Peace and Healing. The initiative involved wearing white for a certain number of days and organising and attending various ceremonies and other events for all of us, including the wider community. Last year I organised an open rehearsal with the London Lucumi Choir. We concentrated on singing songs to Obatala and Babalu Aye. I also organised for my Ile, a prayer meeting for healing and a Agbwan in front of Babalu Aye. This year as the 16 days drew to a close, esteemed Oba Willie Ramos asked us…

Featured, December 2015: Alternative Health, alternative Christmas Gifts.

The final person I would like to feature this December is Yolanda Perez Rosselson. Self care is very important in our tradition. One of many things you can do for yourself is to care for your health. One proven method which has healing and relaxing benefits is the discipline of reflexology. Yolanda is a trained reflexologist and is a member of the association of reflexologists.  She has trained to a high level and not only works with the feet in a traditional way, but also works with the hands, in addition to facial reflexology ( known to have natural facelift…

December Artists 2015 Sonia Kounasso

Sonia Kounasso originally from Benin, is now based in London. I met her when she joined the London Lucumi Choir. Here she is singing a beautiful traditional lullaby from Benin Download Sonia’s Track!   She is  also known as Sonia Sonayon and she makes her own Beauty Care products: Candles: and also fashion accessories.   This Christmas she will have her products selling at Sydenham Craft Markets and also Dulwich Northcross market. Or you can also buy her products on line. Buy direct online This is what she says about her products: “We make and sell handcrafted natural toiletries &…

December 2015 Artists: Natalie Cooper

Natalie is an Artist, Graphic designer who has a passion for African Musical Instruments. She has produced several books for all ages including a colouring book based on African Design and she also is a supplier of African Musical Instruments. Here is a video explaining more about her project: Video explaining the ideas behind Natalie’s project   Please have a look at Natalie’s fantastic website which has lots of information and examples  of her books such as this one: Natalie Cooper’s Website If you want to buy in London. She will be at the Open the Gate Christmas Market this…

December 2015 Artists: CÉLINE SIANI DJIAKOUA

There is no forgetting that it is December and that it’s  Christmas and the season of buying presents. It is hard to avoid this especially if you have children.  This year I am trying to either make my own presents or support those I know who make things for a living. This month I would like to concentrate on three amazing UK based artists who have some fabulous gifts for you to buy for friends and family. CÉLINE SIANI DJIAKOUA Céline is a visual artist, jewellery maker, and performer based in Nottingham. The work she does is very varied, but…