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Saturday, June 9, 2012

José Fidalgo and wife are special guests at my reading

One of Portugal's top models and actors, José Fidalgo confirmed today, while we were chatting on phone, to make a special appearance at my book reading/discussion on Saturday, the 16th of June, at Arte & Manha, in Lisbon, with his lovely wife.

Funny enough, Mr. Fildalgo is a proud owner of a copy of "The Abyssinian Boy", which he got in April. As one of the finest actors of his generation, Mr. Fidalgo has gone on to appear in several productions alongside international stars like Italian Monica Belluci, yet, his humility will always amaze anyone that meets him for the first. While sitting with him at Colombo Mall in Lisbon, I realised that everyone that passed us, had something to look out for in him. They would smile and glare at him, but he definitely knows how to handle his fans.

So, on the 16th of June, by 6.30pm, he will be at Arte & Manha, and this is a great opportunity for those of you who want to meet him up-close, to come, as copies of "The Abyssinian Boy" will be available for sale.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Paris welcomes Ishaya Bako

My good friend and 2012 Africa Movie Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Ishaya Bako, will be back in Europe, almost same time I will be roaming about in Europe, for the screening of his short film, Braids on a Bald Head in France.

There is a wonderful interview of him talking about him entering his film to compete at the awards. Finally, out of 88 short films, his student project at London Film School won and he went home happy.

It is amazing that young people are doing amazing things and that many organisations and awards bodies are recognising their efforts.

Have a blast in Paris, Ishaya!

Book reading at Arte & Manha

I am fully back to blogging and will be writing about the exciting new things I'm working on at the moment. I'm torn between screenplays, a novel manuscript (that is very hard to actually finish) and other materialistic pursuits. Yet, I'm beginning to realise that my path in life is really rough.

On the 15th of June, I will be speaking at SWITCH Conference, which is known as Portugal's number one entrepreneurship conference.

I will be talking about the 'exportation of African music to Europe and the colonisation of Europe with African music.' My talk will focus on the impact African music has made in the consciousness of the European mindscape - with strong emphasis on how to make our music very accessible to the European audience, without losing texture of what we really want to do.

On the 16th, by 6.30pm, I will be reading from my first novel, The Abyssinian Boy (as copies of the book will be available for sale) and talking about how the book came about at Arte & Manha, which is located at Av. Duque de Loulé nº22 B. There will be light refreshment and music.