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REFRAMED: Cocoa & Color by Joshua Kissi opens at Okay Space on 10/3

Join photographer Joshua Kissi as he discusses his work with the slavery free chocolate-maker Tony's Chocolonely.

Tony's Chocolonely, the chocolate supplier aiming to eradicate modern slavery from the cocoa industry, is hosting a free kick-off party to their REFRAMED exposition. It's happening this Thursday, October 3, from 6-9pm at the Okay Space Gallery with some light bites from Gold Coast Catering, the Chocotruck and good tunes spun by Gflamee. The event will feature a discussion with Tony's Chocolonely and photographer Joshua Kissi, the creative mind behind the REFRAMED concept.


Tony's Chocolonely - The making of Reframed: cocoa & color by Joshua Kissi www.youtube.com


REFRAMED shows Kissi's travels to Ghana and the Ivory Coast to document the farmers, workers and beautiful souls who cultivate some of Tony Chocolonely's world famous tasty treats. In the project, Kissi is working to, well, reframe two narratives: 1) that of Africans working in agriculture and 2) the acceptance of modern slavery and child labor in cocoa farming. Expect a lively event that honors the good work that is coming from the partnership between Kissi and Tony's Chocolonely. Come on through, it's free. RSVP here.

When: October 3, 6-9pm

Where: OkaySpace Gallery, 281 North 7th BKLYN

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'Stolen Moments' Uncovers the Namibian Music That Apartheid Tried to Erase

The photo exhibition, showing at the Brunei Gallery in London, highlights artists from Namibia's underground scene between 1950-1980, a time of immense musical suppression prior to its independence.

Before its independence in 1990, a whole generation of Namibians were made to believe that their country had no real musical legacy. Popular productions by Namibian artists from previous eras were systematically concealed from the masses for nearly 30 years under the apartheid regime—which extended to the country from South Africa following German colonization—depriving many Namibians of the opportunity to connect with their own musical heritage.

"Stolen Moments: Namibian Music Untold," a new exhibit currently showing at London's Brunei Museum at SOAS University of London, seeks to revive Namibian musical traditions that the apartheid regime attempted to erase.

"Imagine you had never known about the musical riches of your country," said the exhibit's curator Aino Moongo in a statement of purpose on SOAS' site. "Your ears had been used to nothing but the dull sounds of the country's former occupants and the blaring church and propaganda songs that were sold to you as your country's musical legacy. Until all at once, a magnitude of unknown sounds, melodies and songs appear. This sound, that roots your culture to the musical influences of jazz, blues and pop from around the world, is unique, yet familiar. It revives memories of bygone days, recites the history of your homeland and enables you for the first time to experience the emotions, joys and pains of your ancestors."

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