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December 29, 2007

Sénéké performed at Q’4 at their new Global Rhythms Project, it was quite an experience. Sénéké ensemble performs traditional forms of West African music, song and dance. There are eight members; six drummers and two dancers. I really enjoyed their performance because it wasn’t just great percussion and dance, they went further and an educational component to their performance. Sekou Conde (above), the director of the group taught about the dances, the different types of drums, the styles of drumming, pollyrhythms and on the Malinke people of Mali and Guinea, West Africa.

I like this picture because Sekou has such a strongest presence as a performer. To me this image shows his passion, love and dedication for what he does. I respect that.


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January 9, 2008 at 4:32 pm

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World Aids Day event (Chicago 2007)

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I believe most of us are familiar with World AIDS Day. Well, it was started in 1988 by the World Health Organization. World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st. So yeah, I did photography for a youth geared World AIDS day event at Q’4 (Quennect 4). Q’4 is an independently run and own art gallery/event space/art space. I really like this place, the gals/guys there are great and the events held there are good. You could call it underground but what is underground anyhow? I’m there often.

The photo; as I walked around in photographer mode I noticed the teen sitting at the table. It struck me, and perhaps just me but to see him sketching with what seemed to be no direct acknowledgement of his surroundings was very interesting. Of course, he had to have noticed the items on the table but the way it looked to me, he seemed to be taken away by his work. As usual, one can say a lot about a photo but I like the juxtaposition of him and the items on the table. For me It’s a reminder of how old sexual norms and mores are being re-interpreted and explored. It reminds me that sexuality is not just about sex but it also could be, and how we need to educate ourselves and others on the many things that surround us regarding it.

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December 26, 2007 at 1:45 pm

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