In the western world, the concept of “old” implies certain values that turn antiques into exclusive artistic treasures. In Africa, however, this concept does not necessarily imply the same values; therefore when an antique is bought in Africa, in reality is an old and sometimes shabby item. This is the reason why The African Touch brings to this art gallery many beautiful and high quality traditional African pieces of art which are valued regarding its aesthetics, symbolism, meaning and history; not regarding its age.
The World Sacred Music Festival in Fez was first held in 1994 by Mohammed Kabbaj and Faouzi Skali as a response to the first Gulf War in 1991.
This festival aims to show spirituality through music and, in general, the creation of a peaceful culture that fosters a diverse globalization and respects the ethical, spiritual and universal harmony values.
In 2001 the festival was awarded by the UN as one of the events that has most contributed to an understanding among civilizations and is listed among the 12 most important events for the promotion of peace.
This festival takes place every year in early June in one of the most important and monumental environments of the city of Fez in Morocco; and evenings are famous due to performances taken place by many artists coming from all corners of the world and different cultures.
The festival is managed by Fondation Esprit de Fès. In USA the organization Spirit of Fes Inc., organizes every two years a Festival program and Fès Forum in several American cities.
Sometimes you have to rub your eyes to make sure that is not an illusion what you are watching. Boulevard de la Liberte is the commercial centre of Douala (Cameroon) and is always full of an African bustle; the adjacent street leads you to the Les Floralies, a fantastic shop selling decoration, gifts and fresh flowers that can be compared to a great market in Paris.
As if that was not enough, the charming welcome of Molika Sou concludes one of the most captivating experiences.
The magic of Africa is represented not only by the emergence of stereotypical icons. A new and updated safari style combines natural fabrics (cotton, linen, silk, sackcloth) with luxurious, wild and chic accessories (leather bracelets, wooden necklaces, ivory pendants and colourful beads).
Colour palette ranges from sandy tones to earthy tones, as well as white, khaki or nude tones. Bright colours like orange, red, blue and yellow are reserved
The nomadic and Berber tribes continue weaving in traditional looms, similar to those that originated in the Neolithic.
These carpets are simple and made with materials common in every little town. An asymmetrical knot (also known as Berber knot) is included with 8-shaped around two warps and woof.
African inspiration in fashion and decoration is highly surprising; however it never comes with its own geographical description and is substituted by adjectives which are true and unequivocal but also ambiguous and misleading with the term “African”.
Throughout these years, we have seen many fashion and decoration accessories with the title “oriental”, “Zen”, “Chinois” and even “tribal”. However, the African inspiration (sometimes designed, manufactured and imported directly from the African continent) has experience the opposite: Its name is avoided and is substituted by others more interesting for consumers: “printed clothes”, “colonial evocations”…
This term is Arabic for “social solidarity,” with an emphasis on group consciousness, cohesiveness, and unity. Familiar in the pre-Islamic era, the term was popularized by Ibn Khaldun in his magnum opus, The Muqaddimah. Khaldun saw asabiyah as especially strong among nomads with shared blood relations, though neither are a prerequisite for its existence in a social group. In the modern period, the term is analogous to nationalism.
Tadelakt is an ancient technique and a lime coating traditional from Marrakech and characterised by its shiny colour and waterproof effect. Tadelakt’s unique finish is achieved by using friction with a pebble and olive oil soap.
It can be used outdoor (even in bathrooms and floors) and indoor; and it has also inspired the creation of new building materials like micro-concrete.
Beyond its beauty and elegance, tadelakt is the symbol of northern African culture.
David Livingstone was a Scottish explorer who arrived to South Africa in 1841 as the minister of the London Missionary Society.
He worked in the region during 8 years; then he went to Kalahari Desert discovering the lake Ngami (1849) and Zambezi River (1851). Between 1852 and 1856 he started a trip from the Atlantic Ocean until the Indian Ocean, also discovering the Zambezi waterfalls on 16th November 1855, which became named the Queen of England (Victoria Falls) by Livingstone.
He lost contact during exploration towards the Lake Tanganyika; then the newspaper New York Herald organized an aid expedition leaded by Henry Stanley who in 1871 found him in the city of Ujiji, on the shores of the city, where the famous sentence was pronounced: “Doctor Livingstone, I presume?”.
He died on 1st May 1873, in a tiny village somewhere in Zambia due to malaria and dysentery. He stood out for his fight against slavery.
ANIMAL COLOUR.-Animals invade everything. Armchairs, cushions, trophies. Zoo scenarios include wild animals like rhinoceros and hippopotamus.
THINK PRINT.- Landscapes, animals, faces and everything belonging to the real world is printed in these decorative objects. After Tibetan ethnic groups, the African continent is proud of its high decorative impact.