LUIS SALA

Luis Sala is a professional dancer, teacher and choreographer from Maputo, Mozambique.  He has danced for the National Song and Dance Company of Mozambique for 10 years, assuming the role of principle soloist from 2000 to 2007, inclusive.  Luis has performed for over 70 presidents and historical figures such as Queen Elisabeth, Nelson Mandela, and Hilary Clinton and had a chance to be in the Movie Ali by Will Smith.  He has toured across four continents and worked for numerous international choreographers, including but not limited to: Donald Byrd, Chuck Davis, Jawole Whila Zollar, George Khumalo, David Zambrano, Arco Renz, Bettina Holzhousen, Kwame Rose, Lia Rodrigues, Clara Andermatte, Francisco Camacho, David Abilio and Casimiro Nhussi.

In 2000 Luis started choreographing his own full length shows. He also choreographed for the FIFA WORLD CUP and for the South African Rugby League. In Luis’ creations he has worked with dancers, Capoeira masters, and musicians from Mozambique, Brazil, South Africa, Canada, England, Portugal, Spain, Norway, Reunion Island and Austria. He has taught internationally, in Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, USA, Canada, Portugal, Lybia  and China. Ssince Luis returned back to Mozambique, he started a professional training program to increase the professional level in dance throughout the country, and collaborating with other countries in Southern Africa and Indian Ocean.

Luis is also one of the main partners with MoNo, (collaboration between Mozambican and Norwegian Government).

PHILIPP KHABO KOEPSELL

Philipp Khabo Koepsell is a Berlin-based author, dramaturge and an internationally acclaimed spoken word performer of German and South African descent. With a clear focus on empowerment and negotiations of race and identity he has been touring Europe and South Africa, giving joyful lessons on activism and performance. His approach proves to be successful across all age groups and borders. On stage he mixes savvy afropolitan poetry with Black German activist messages and theatrical bits creating a unique, gritty, and entertaining style of performance poetry. He writes and performs in German and English.
He is the publisher of a book series focused on Black German arts and literature production. His latest publications “The Afropean Contemporary” and “Erste Indaba Schwarzer Kulturschaffender in Deutschland” discuss afrufuturism, and agency in Germany’s  Black Arts Movement.

ANNALISA URBANO

Annalisa holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. As a post-doctoral researcher at the Academy for Advanced African Studies, she is working on a book project provisionally entitled Creating Somalia: The United Nations, nationalism and the end of empire in East Africa (1945-1969).

ACHIM VON OPPEN

Prof. Dr. Achim von Oppen is professor of History with special emphasis on the History of Africa at the University of Bayreuth. Geographically focusing on Eastern and Central Africa, his research interests include social, cultural and religious history in rural and urban contexts, history of space and history of knowledge. He is first director of the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies as well as project leader of sub-project 1, “Narratives of Future in History“.

Among his publications are:

  1. (ed., with Silke Strickrodt): Religious biographies in Southern Africa. Thematic cluster in Journal of Southern African Studies, 2012
  1. (ed., with Ulrike Freitag): Translocality. The study of global processes from a southern perspective. (Studies in Global Social History, 4) Leiden: Brill
  1. (ed., with Beatrix Heintze), Angola on the Move / Angola em Movimento. Transport, Communications and History / Vias de Transporte, Communicação e História. Frankfurt/Main: Lembeck
  1. The painting and the pen. Approaches to Heinrich Barth and his African heritage” In: Mamadou Diawara, Paulo Fernando de Moraes Farias und Gerd Spittler (eds.), Heinrich Barth et l’Afrique. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag, pp. 105-132
  1. A place in the world. Markers of the local along the Upper Zambezi. In: Peter Probst and Gerd Spittler (eds.) Between Resistance and Expansion. Explorations of Local Vitality in Africa (Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung, 18), Münster: LIT Verlag, pp. 175-192
  1. The Village as Territory. Enclosing Locality in Northwest Zambia, 1950s to 1990s. In: Journal of African History 47 (2006), 1, pp. 57-75
  1. (with Ulrike Freitag) Translokalität als ein Zugang zur Geschichte globaler Verflechtungen. In: Matthias Middell and Rüdiger Hohls (eds.), Fachforum
  1. Terms of Trade and Terms of Trust. The history amd contexts of pre-colonial market production on the Upper Zambezi and Kasai (ca. 1790-1910). (Studien zur Afrikanischen Geschichte, Bd.6). Münster: LIT-Verlag

EMEKA ALAMS

Emeka Alams was born in Nigeria and his name has a strong meaning: God has done something wonderful
He has spent his life between western Africa, Europe and the States. He feels like a semi-homeless person, and can’t help but feel nostalgic about Africa from New York, city where he currently lives and works. The strong feeling of belonging to the continent fills his spirit and the one of Gold Coast Trading, the brand he has created.
Emeka sets a date in the story of his journey Live from the coast for when it all began, it’s 1444, the same year in which European colonists began the deportation of the first Africans. The first breaking point with a cultural world filled with suggestion that the African continent is trying hard to defend today and that those that have grown in the States or in Europe are loosing.

– See more at: http://www.vogue.it/en/vogue-black/the-black-blog/2011/04/gold-coast-trading#sthash.N3eK3Oxv.dpuf

picture: Amber French