Finding my roots in Brazil Part of understanding who my Tabom ancestors were, and subsequently who I am, includes unravelling the past events which lead to them fleeing Brazil for their freedom back to West Africa… To be back in Bahia, in 2019 – The Year of Return – on the date of the… Continue Reading →
I arrived in Salvador da Bahia, the land my Tabom ancestors left close to 200 years ago for their freedom in West Africa, more specifically Accra Ghana (then the Gold Coast). I almost didn’t include Salvador in this Brazil trip after flight prices sky rocketed due to the holidays, and my credit card suddenly not… Continue Reading →
2019 marks 400 years since the start of the West Africa Trans Atlantic Slave Trade which which is documented to have began in 1419. 2019 marca os 400 anos do início do tráfico de escravos do oeste africano pelo atlântico, documentado desde o começo de 1419.
Earlier this month I paid a visit to the Museu Afro Brasil / AfroBrazil museum in São Paulo, a space which highlights the African perspective in the formation of heritage, identity and Brazilian culture. A space which celebrates an often untold memory and history of Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian Art.
I would like to think I started this project at an early age due to curiosity when my dad mentioned I had brazilian ancestry. Technically I started researching my Afro-Brazilian history just 2 years ago, in 2010. However, I’ve done a significant amount, enough to trace my ancestry 6 generations back to Salvador, Bahia. I… Continue Reading →
How Stella Got Her Groove Back is one of my all-time favourite films! On many levels I can relate to Stella (played by the amazing Angela Bassett); a forty-something, highly successful corporate black woman from San Francisco who is persuaded by her friend to take a well deserved, first-class vacation to Jamaica in an attempt… Continue Reading →
2019 – The Year of Return
“In the year 2019, we open our arms even wider to welcome home our brothers and sisters in what will become a birthright journey home for the global African family.” – President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana.
Is it’s possible to have more than one spirit place?… That place where your soul feels completely as one with your mind and body. It’s as if you’re on familiar territory; perhaps from a previous encounter, perhaps from a previous life…
My stay in Salvador was an opportunity to self-reflect, and in doing so I centred my reflection around my ancestry… Who am I?, and who would I have been had my Tabom ancestors not left Salvador da Bahia, Brazil around the year of 1835? I sought a photographer I could collaborate with to share insight… Continue Reading →
“Ongoing demonstrations, the upcoming World Cup, preparations for the Olympic Games and approaching elections – 2014 is considered to be a very important year for Brazil. Consequently, many stories are out there waiting to be covered. Beyond Your World would like to make a big contribution with this special project and needs your help!” On… Continue Reading →