21 August 2018
We saw her a few days ago under that same canvas in which she now dances explaining, precisely, the reason that led her to dance. Makady told us about the perspective of black women and the feminism, in order to understand that this type of movements have several meanings. She told us that dancing had been her way of empowering herself and now she shows it at the African Village of the Rototom with an afro dance masterclass alongside Flora Sáez.
African culture through rhythms and bodies. Makady and Flora Sáez infect us with their passion for modern African dance and invite us to dance with them. And in fact we join in, because Rototom means also to lose your inhibitions, have fun and share moments like this.
The African Village puts the colour to the festival. Looking back, it is surprising to see how this area of the Rototom has grown to become one of the hottest spots during each day. The African continent and all its virtues in one step. The colour is also the protagonist of the African fashion show that takes place on Tuesday 21st presented by Top Manta, Diambaar (textile firm of Diomcoop) and Bissap brand.
30 people converted into models for one day to show each of the garments of these brands. But what is happening at the African Village is much more than a simple fashion show. Fashion as a tool to create awareness, to share and make the African culture get known. Fashion to defend the dignity of street vendors, in the case of the Top Manta exhibition, brand that we found out about at the Social Forum with the help of one of its founding members, Lamine Sarr. Also fashion as a speaker against the prejudices and stereotypes created towards Africa and the African women, through the Diomcoop cooperative or the Spanish-Senegalese store Bassap with Mor Mbaye, its owner explaining the importance of finding new ways. They are the rhythms, the colours and the smiles of people. It is also Africa, people showing that there is a different story and, above all, it is fashion. And of course, all those who want to know more about these brands and even get some of their clothes, just visit the stands at the African Village.