23/05/2019

Reportage : Sur les partis anti-Brexit au Royaume-Uni


Reportage cette semaine dans 'Vu d'Allemagne', diffusé sur les ondes mardi, et en ligne depuis ce mercredi, veille de l'élection au UK:


La montée des partis anti-Brexit au Royaume-Uni

La Grundgesetz, la loi fondamentale allemande, a 70 ans cette semaine. Mais ce texte affirmant les valeurs fondamentales de la République allemande est de plus en plus sous pression. Les extrémistes de tous bords sont de plus en plus nombreux. Dans la seconde partie de ce magazine, rendez-vous au Royaume-Uni, où les partis contre le Brexit rencontrent parfois du succès.
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Montée des partis anti-Brexit au Royaume-Uni
Symbolbild - Brexit und EU (Getty Images/AFP/T. Akmen)
Dans la seconde partie du magazine, Vu d'Allemagne prend le chemin du Royaume-Uni, où on vote aussi cette semaine pour les élections européennes. En effet, comme le Brexit n'a pas eu lieu, des députés européens vont être élus aussi dans le pays, et ils démissionneront dans quelques mois quand le Brexit sera acté. Une élection pour rien ou presque pourrait-on penser ... Et pourtant...
Aussi paradoxale que cela puisse paraître, jamais autant un scrutin européen n’a jamais autant été au cœur de la vie politique britannique. Les partis anti-Brexit connaissent même une forte poussée, déjà remarquée lors d'élections locales cette fois au début du mois. Reportage sur place de Mélissa Chemam à découvrir. 



10/05/2019

On youth and change



Young and already been through a major change in your life...?



I've started working on a new podcast series!! For BBC Radio 1 / 1Xtra, to be aired this summer before it's put on BBC Sounds.

We're looking for young people to share their story with us, about a major transformation in their life, that make them change deeply.



Swedish Climate activistGreta Thunberg in London, on 21 April 2019, 
for her speech on fighting climate change at the Extinction Rebellion stage


If you're between 16 and 25 years old, have been through a major change or made change happen yourself, and if you're willing to tell your story, do contact me  
melissa.chemam01@bbc.co.uk

I'll tell you more very soon!! 

Many Thanks, 
Melissa



09/05/2019

A reader's review





Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase



"This is essential and great in many levels. It’s a must for Massive Attack fan base. For budding and forged artists it will provide an insight in the inner workings of the multi dimensional collective of artists that make up the ever involving project that is Massive Attack. 
From a socio-political and culture point is provides truths and insights into how the contribution of the sons immigrants played a significant part in changing and shaping UK culture, and still continue to be ahead of the creative and cultural curve. A must read."

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Thank you!!



04/05/2019

After Africa Express 2019, I wondered: To witch extent can African and European music travel together?


I wrote this article for Media Diversified a month ago...
Link to site: https://mediadiversified.org/
Unfortunately, the website will have to close.
Their content will remain online:



Africa Express: Can African and European Music Travel Together?   


For Media Diversified
By Melissa Chemam
On April 4, 2019 

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Africa Express celebrated its 10 years of performances between European and African musicians in London on March 29. A great acknowledgement of multiculturalism in the UK in these times of “othering” and rejection, argues Melissa Chemam, but why are they so alone?




A green-and-yellow circus tent was planted for the occasion in leafy area facing Henry Reynolds Gardens in Leytonstone, surrounded with stalls for food and drinks, offering a lovely festival atmosphere and an African feel, despite the chilly early spring English weather. 

As a series of music festivals launched by Damon Albarn more than 10 years ago, Africa Express always had one main goal: give a platform to African musicians on different continents, and encourage some Euro-African multicultural creativity. And with this edition baptised “Africa Express: The Circus”, it has returned to London the last Friday of March, as part of Walthamstow London Borough of Culture 2019’s events. For founding member Damon Albarn, this was also a return to his home, as he did go to school in nearby Waltham Forest, and organised a few visits in his old schools, over the years and on the morning of the event.

Artists on the line-up included: Damon Albarn, his band The Good, The Bad & The Queen (with former Clash bassist Paul Simonon and legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen), Australian musician Warren Ellis and Lebanese singer-songwriter Yasmine Hamdan, the London bandDjango Django, Ellie Rowsell (from Wolf Alice), Gruff Rhys, Imarhan, Joan As Police Woman, Mista Silva, Moonchild Sanelly, Morena Leraba, Muzi, Onipa, Rokia Traoré, Sibot, Toya Delazy, Batida, Kinshasa Sound System, Pauline Black and many more. For a night of transcontinental celebrations. But did it really achieve its goal?

A night of noise, movement, colours and joy 

Tunisian Sufi singer Mounir Troudi opened the show, followed by the band Turban, by Malik Pathe Sow and Batida. Django Django came among the second wave of musicians on stage, playing ‘Skies Over Cairo’, with a guest appearance from Mounir. From there, Africa Express turned into a jam, with duets and improvisations, pauses and silences. Each artist was asked to perform one song at a time, most often with a guest instrumentalist or two from another band on the bill. This often resulted in fragmentation in the rhythm of course, but created a casual atmosphere, the audience chatting loudly during the blanks. Django Django were followed by Ivory Coast singer Dobet Gnahoré for the song ‘Miziki’, then by The Good, The Bad & The Queen for ‘1917’. 

London-based Ethiopian band The Krar Collective, powerful performers infused with an incredible energy, were beautifully led by their charismatic female vocalist, radiating in a long traditional white dress. Punk duo Slaves followed with ‘The Hunter’ and a deeply enjoyed cover of ‘The Guns Of Brixton’, written by The Clash, accompanied by its author: Paul Simonon.

Most of the music fans in the audience felt that allowing artists more time, to perform four or five songs in a raw instead of one, would have enabled them to create a more subtle and intense atmosphere. But for the organisers of Africa Express, this was never the promise. Their spirit is in jamming, and to allow dozens of artists to join in. Fair enough. At least, it looks and sounds less commercial, less planned than a typical British music festival. 

Among the long list performing in the last two hours were drummers Tony Allen and Seb Rochford; English-Nigerian singer Pauline Black, who sang ‘Can’t Get Used To Losing You’, a tribute to the late Ranking Roger, with Jah Wobble and Dennis Bovell on musical backing; Algerian guitar outfit Imarhan; Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan with Dirty Three and Bad Seeds violinist Warren Ellis; Ghanaian/UK collective Onipa; South African singer Toya Delazy; Malian star Rokia Traoré; Michael Kiwanuka playing ‘Black Man In A White World’; the Kinshasa Sound System; and of course Damon Albarn, later joined by Alex James, Graham Coxon and Dave Rowntree, from Blur. The London Community Gospel Choir and Rokia Traoré soon joined them to interpret their hit ‘Tender’. Kinshasa Sound System and Rokia closed the night.



Music and, in the background, politics

In the backdrop of the party-time feeling, no one could completed forget the current political turmoil on both continents. It would have been hard not to notice the date, March 29, supposed to be “Brexit Day”. And at the same time, thousands of people were demonstrating in Algeria or mourning in Mali, after a terrible attack. This date was instead turned into a celebration of multiculturalism, and where better than in this circus...

While English protesters were storming Parliament Square to call for a delivery of Brexit, many voicing their dislike of European and African citizens living in the country, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan came on stage. He reminded once more that according to him and his electorate “London is open”. Damon Albarn stated: “We’re in a period now where everything is make-believe. It’s like Danny Dyer said – it’s all a great mad riddle.” 

Such an evening, in a difficult political context, got me to reflect on the place of African musicians, African artists, and artists from the Diaspora in the UK, especially in the past couple of years.

The particularity of Africa Express is the desire to unite African and European artists on the same stage, with the utopian goal to make the audience forget that newcomers and foreigners are playing in Europe with home-grown superstars… Or that Western, well-off, well-known artists are guest appearances in African festivals on the continent. It’s not always easy.

When I covered Africa Express for the first time in 2009, for BBC Afrique, one of the World Service’s radios broadcasting in Africa, I interviewed the Malian duo Amadou & Mariam, Algerian singer-songwriter Souad Massi, etc. And one artist strongly voiced how odd it seemed to him to mix newcomers with superstars: the late French-Algerian musician Rachid Taha. In our interview, he was quite persistent at the time on the difficulties the platform was facing to make all artists appear as equal. Until his passing last year, Rachid Taha did remain a strong supporter of the Africa Express platform however, and always agreed to join in. Because there was nothing like it, he told me. He was nonetheless hoping to see things change, a time when journalists wouldn’t beg stars only for interviews, but he wasn’t lucky enough to see such a progress. 

Since 2009, Africa Express has visited, recorded in and performed in five African countries, toured the UK on a customised vintage train, created a Malian “reimagining of a modern masterpiece”, headlined festivals across Europe and reunited a Syrian Orchestra to work with African and Western artists. Amazing achievements that few artists can claim. And you can revel in Damon Albarn’s efforts to make it happen.

African positivity

Talking to the African musicians backstage, they all agree on the issue. They’re from a younger generation than Taha, maybe that explains their optimism. For Toya Delazy, 29, who’s from South Africa, it’s undeniable that Africa Express opens doors and opportunities for African artists. “I started in music in South Africa, and I was really lucky, people liked it, and it spread my country, in Zimbabwe and neighbourhood countries. But I felt the music world had changed and there are so many platforms to reach an audience way beyond. It was always my goal to play abroad; it does make you feel like you’re growing and give you a chance to interact with other artists. I grew up listening to Jimmy Hendrix or Queen, so Britain was special; then there were Amy Winehouse, Adele… I felt moulded by Britain somehow. I do sing and rap in English, in Zulu as well, but nowadays I feel I can sing in all the languages I want, I speak German, and a bit of French. Producers and festivals are open to that now. It’s all about how you share your own creativity. There are no more barriers. We can make songs from our bedroom.”

Toya is from Zululand. Her last album, Uncommodified, has been produced in London, where she lives now, though she travels back to Southern Africa as much as she can. To her, ‘it’s all about finding a place that understand you, to just be”. South African music has obviously always had a very political element, from Miriam Makeba to Motèl Mari. But the younger generation just wants to express their individuality. 

Mounir Troudi took again later at 8pm. In between his performances, backstage, he was only complaining about the cold weather in the evening, after a beautiful sunny day… For the whole evening, he was smiley and as shiny as his golden embroidered jacket. He told me in French how enjoyable the event is, how much he likes the platform.

Like himself, most of the artists spoke French all evening, coming from North Africa, central Africa, or being based in France, like Lebanese singer Yasmine Hamdan and Australian musician and composer Warren Ellis, member of several groups like Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Grinderman. The atmosphere was indeed very optimistic, almost utopian in its multicultural feel and joyous energy.



Unequal but working for change

Nevertheless, African musicians are not and have never been treated as their European and American counterparts. Not by the British and French audiences – most often these were unaware of their music before coming to an Africa Express event (and in that sense, the whole concept is partly efficient in promoting African musicians). But they are not treated as equals by the media either. On Saturday morning, for instance, most of the articles mentioning the show focused on the fact that it ending with a surprised appearance of the other members of Blur, Damon Albarn’s first band. If you’re a British reader, that might sound obvious, as Blur was one of the most successful acts of the emblematic 1990s. But if you’re an African reader, not aware of the “Brit Pop” scene that deeply affected the UK back then, you might not even understand why.

Moreover, a lot of musicians couldn’t join their friends in London, like the dazzling band Jupiter & Okwess, from Kinshasa, struggling with visas and unable to come this far for one night only in the middle of their own tour… I met Jupiter in Paris for the first time in 2015 for a series of interviews, notably for my book on the Bristol scene, Massive Attack -Out of the Comfort Zone, which retells a journey into Britain’s multiculturalism and addresses the role of artists and musicians in politics and social change. Jupiter worked with Damon Albarn on his two albums and with 3D from Massive Attack, who’s created the artwork for his album cover, Kin Sonic. His band, Okwess International, have toured the world but still struggle every time to access some countries, and first and foremost the UK.

A few of the Congolese musicians from Kinshasa Sound System also had to stay at home in the Congo, because their visa was refused. Drummer Cubain Kabeya was still delighted to be present and focused on the positive. “It’s a great opportunity to meet with other creators and we share a lot together,” he told me. “I’ve participated two other times, in 2007 in the Congo and in 2012 in the UK train ride. I do believe that music is universal, it depends on how you listen to it, and we all have evolving inspirations. Like myself, I was first inspired by Pygmies’ music, from the Congo, then world music, as we say, then the Beatles. And I’ve been able to play with Paul McCartney via Africa Express, so it was very important to me. But for sure, visas are an issue. My guitarist wasn’t able to come here. It’s always difficult. But when we get to have the opportunity to come, it’s such great fun. We also meet producers, journalists, agents, etc. And this has changed a lot for me and my band. Even our way of playing music. We’re 80 musicians from so many countries. We get into others’ talents.” Like these Tunisian/Turkish bands, for instance. “I heard them here; they gave me a thrill!” 

In that sense, Africa Express and the WOMAD Festival, taking place in July in Charlton Park, Wiltshire, are the only major events dedicated to all worldly music in the UK. For such a multicultural country, it seems very little. Other smaller initiatives exist of course, like the Bloomsbury Festival in October in London, backed by SOAS University, and the work of fantastic venues like the Rich Mix, Brixton Academy and the Jazz Café. But more could be done to showcase the world diversity of music in the country.

Nevertheless, to Cubain, Africa Express proves that the challenge launched by Damon Albarn is definitely met. Kinshasa Sound System have recorded their rehearsals from Friday, their performance and some vocals during the pauses, and will now work on the band’s next album in Paris, their base. “Africa Express is a musical journey,” Cubain concludes. “We also represent our countries for others, and that can have a ripple effect. I’ve created two other bands after I first joined Africa Express. What’s not to like about that?” 


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Melissa Chemam is a journalist and writer who has covered international news from the UK, France, the US; North, East and Central Africa; the Middle East (for the BBC, DW, Reuters, CBC...). Since 2006, she has also worked regularly with Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck (‘I Am Not Your Negro’, ‘Sometimes in April’, ‘Lumumba’), as a researcher, for films on Karl Marx, Frantz Fanon, Malcolm X, and post-colonial history. Her book Massive Attack – Out of the Comfort Zone, on Bristol, music, art and politics, was published in March 2019 in the UK. 




02/05/2019

Young and Ready for change...?



MESSAGE BOARD: 

Starting to work on a new podcast series!! 

To be aired on national radio and online this summer. 

If you're between 16 and 25 years old and willing to tell your story, do contact me  

I'll tell you more!! 






01/05/2019

Reflect, Rethink, Reboot


Introducing... Reflect Rethink Reboot


TEDxBristol




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TEDxBristol is one of the largest TEDx events in the world, sharing inspirational films and shining the spot-light on world-class ideas, all home-grown in Bristol.

In November 2019 TEDxBristol will return with Reflect: Rethink: Reboot - a day of live inspirational talks and activities focused on not just surviving, but thriving in uncertain times. How do we unpick things that don't work, steady our focus and create positive change in a world of constant flux?

Be the first to buy a ticket and join the team and special guests as they start the search for Bristol’s most exciting stories and speakers, and look ahead to the main event later this year which will touch down at Bristol Old Vic for the first time.




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More soon...


Just in time...



The corridors of my life...






Reduce, reuse, repair, rebuild, recycle... Or remove from production








27/04/2019

New Massive Attack Book


Thanks to the online magazine LSD, London Street art Design for this article:

Massive Attack – Out of the Comfort Zone Book Release



Melissa Chemam 

New Massive Attack Book

The book discusses, analyses and presents the unique development of the band Massive Attack, the group’s gestation in the inner city cultural melting pot that was the Bristol of the 1970s and 1980s, and the scene that consequently emerged with and after their first album, Blue Lines.

Melissa Chemam’s book charts their rise out of the uniquely inclusive communities of urban working class kids, British with Jamaican, Irish, and Italian immigrants who were particularly productive in Bristol. This hybridisation was partly to do with the city’s geography and underground clubs that meant most communities tumbled into each other easily.

The book first details the coming of Bristol’s music scene, from the 1960s to the making of Massive Attack’s groundbreaking first album, Blue Lines, as well as the impact of their following records, including Mezzanine, which is 20 years old this year. From the 1980s, Bristol’s youth of different backgrounds with a passion for music could meet
the interesting musical mix of punk, reggae, soul, funk and later hip-hop, with the notable collective known as the Wild Bunch, composed of the DJs Grant Marshall, Milo Johnson, Nellee Hooper, soon joined by MCs Willy Wee and Robert Del Naja, then DJ Mushroom and
sometimes a rapper known as Tricky.



A group of artists as much as musicians, the Wild Bunch were also instrumental in developing the Bristol’s graffiti scene, Robert Del Naja working early on under the pseudonym of 3D, working with the likes of Goldie and the Americans of Tats CRU, inspiring Inkie and later Banksy.

Melissa Chemam retells this musical and artistic mix through interviews with key Bristol musicians and scene stalwarts, members of the early punk and post-punk scene in Bristol and in particular the Pop Group, reggae pioneers from Black Roots and Talisman, the duo
Smith & Mighty, graffiti artist Inkie, as well as Tricky, Portishead, Lupine Howl, Alpha, and Roni Size, singers Tracey Thorn, Martina Topley-Bird, historians, and many more.

Central to this book is the unfolding story of Massive Attack, their art, their politics, their reflections on their own identity and the development of their astounding music that has had an impact all over the world. Key to the story are also the band’s greatest collaborators, from Horace Andy, Shara Nelson, Madonna, and Elizabeth Fraser, to Sinéad O’Connor, Martina Topley-Bird, Mos Def, Young Fathers, Adam Curtis and many others.




26/04/2019

Banksy in the Rebellion



This graffiti appeared in Marble Arch, London, after the latest Extinction Rebellion protests, on Thursday night.

Suspected Banksy!







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More soon.

Bristol! 



25/04/2019

Melissa On The Road


Hello dear ones,

as you may know or have noticed, I work for many different media, and I've chosen to do so and remain independent because in today's world, information is always about control... 


We cannot afford to be controlled however. 

We're here to tell to truth and to spread knowledge!! There is so much to share every day to counter-balance the general apathy and the headlines always putting the light on political leaders and "V.I.P.", or so they're called, "very important". According to whom? 

Well, we are the people and the news should always reflect that. And the truth.


This is why I post here not only my own work, but what should be making headlines according to me.
I also write in English most of the time because then many more people can understand and follow...
I could post way more... But it has to remain sustainable! Not everybody can read as much all day...


Thanks for everyone anyway following this page on Facebook.


And share if you care!


https://www.facebook.com/melissaontheroad




24/04/2019

Extinction Rebellion will voluntarily end the London blockades on 25 April


Expect more actions very soon...


BREAKING: Extinction Rebellion – The world has changed


BREAKING: Extinction Rebellion – The world has changed

Extinction Rebellion will voluntarily end the Marble Arch and Parliament Square blockades tomorrow (Thursday).  There will be a closing ceremony at 5pm 25 April at Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park. 
We will leave the physical locations but a space for truth-telling has been opened up in the world. 
We would like to thank Londoners for opening their hearts and demonstrating their willingness to act on that truth. 
We know we have disrupted your lives. We do not do this lightly. We only do this because this is an emergency. 
Around the planet, a long-awaited and much-needed conversation has begun. People have taken to the streets and raised the alarm in more than 80 cities in 33 countries. People are talking about the climate and ecological emergency in ways that we never imagined. 
This space for telling the truth has opened because of the tens of thousands of people who have participated, and the more than 1,000 people who have willingly sacrificed their liberty to block – with peaceful and joyful nonviolent resistance – five high profile locations in central London:
  • Marble Arch – This is an Emergency
  • Oxford Circus – Tell the Truth
  • Waterloo Bridge – Act Now
  • Parliament Square – Beyond Politics
  • Piccadilly Circus – The Heart where Extinction Rebellion Youth blocked the roads.
We offer gratitude to all the truth-tellers who have played a role in this extraordinary phase of the rebellion – whether it is those who have put their bodies on the line, provided arrestee support, cooked for thousands of people, kept the sites cleaned, performed on stage, as well as those currently in prison awaiting trial. 
We also thank Greta Thunberg for her visit and the pivotal role she has played in putting the future of young people at the heart of this international movement for change.

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Greta Thunberg in Marble Arch, on Sunday 21 April
photo by Melissa Chemam

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The time for truth telling has begun

Now it is time to bring this telling of the truth to communities around London, the regions and nations of the UK, and internationally. 
In this age of misinformation, there is power in telling the truth. 
We all need to look within, recognise our own power, and face what is happening together. 
Last November, 6,000 people came together on five bridges in central London and then decided to go back to their communities and spread the truth around the world. This April International Rebellion has seen tens of thousands take part.
It is now time to go back into our communities, whether in London, around the UK or internationally. This movement is not just about symbolic actions, but about building the necessary resilient and regenerative culture that the world needs now.
The truth is out, the real work is about to begin. The International Rebellion continues.

Expect more actions very soon.


Get involved
Get involved in Extinction Rebellion’s other events
Notes to editors
About Extinction Rebellion:
Time has almost entirely run out to address the ecological crisis which is upon us, including the 6th mass species extinction and abrupt, runaway climate change. Societal collapse and mass death are seen as inevitable by scientists and other credible voices, with human extinction also a possibility, if rapid action is not taken.
Extinction Rebellion believes it is a citizen’s duty to rebel, using peaceful civil disobedience, when faced with criminal inactivity by their Government.
Extinction Rebellion’s key demands are:
  1. Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
  2. Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025.
  3. Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
International website: https://xrebellion.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ExtinctionR hashtag #ExtinctionRebellion
Declaration of Rebellion: https://rebellion.earth/declaration/

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About Rising Up!
Extinction Rebellion is an initiative of the Rising Up! network, which promotes a fundamental change of our political and economic system to one which maximises well-being and minimises harm. Change needs to be nurtured in a culture of reverence, gratitude and inclusion; whilst the tools of civil disobedience and direct action are used to express our collective power.



"Welcome to the Rebellion!" - in film



 "Welcome to the Rebellion!"

Produced and directed by All Hands On





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