Inspiring dancers: Ms Katherine Dunham

Reading Time: 8 minutes Described as the “matriarch of black dance”, Katherine Dunham pioneered a dance pedagogy fusing classical ballet with African-rooted dance and rituals. She was a remarkable anthropologist, choreographer, and founder of the first self-supported African American dance company in the 1940s. … Continue Reading

Inspiring Contemporary Blues Artists: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Keb’ Mo’

Reading Time: 6 minutes In this new series of articles, I’ll profile some of my favourite African American Blues artists. Up first are two contemporary acts with varied styles: one inspired by the traditional Jazz of New Orleans, the other, a post-modern Blues artist.… Continue Reading

Adventures on the Big Island, Hawaii- my top 5 experiences

Reading Time: 12 minutes   Warning: this post contains nudity… OK, so just references to nudity, but still 😉 Here are my top experiences on the Big Island, Hawaii: volcanoes, green sand beaches, and the most important food groups of coffee, chocolate, and beer… Continue Reading

Adventures in Maui, Hawaii- my top 5 experiences

Reading Time: 11 minutes   I was lucky enough to spend a week on the island of Maui, Hawaii this January. Far from being (just!) a lazy holiday lounging in the sun, this trip was full of adventures, activities, and learning about local cultures.… Continue Reading

The Fascinating Life of a… Steampunk multimedia artist!

Reading Time: 10 minutes  My subject for this “fascinating life” article definitely redefines the word “fascinating”! A true master of multimedia creation and pillar of the global Steampunk scene, Thomas Dean Willeford, talks history, a love of science, and the life of an artist…… Continue Reading