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OBSERVER Magazine

Swanzy graced the cover of the observer magazine, alogside a line up of bossy women. You can read the article here.

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MARSHALLS Headphones Ad

Catch Swanzy playing the role of DJ in this advert for the latest product from Marshalls. Watch it here.

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gal-dem at V&A MUSEUM

Swanzy took over the Raphael room in the Victoria and Albert Museum for the lovely gals at gal-dem. The night saw me chair three panels exploring what it is to be a woman of colour in the below industries/spaces:

Creative Arts with Mei-Li (Jewellery Designer), Ayishat Akanbi (Stylist), Eloise King (Exec Producer i-D & Women on Docs), Simran Randhawa (Model and Spoken Word Poet).

Music with Danai Mavunga (Afrobeats DJ at 1Xtra & Music Manager), Emerald Rose Lewis (Radio Host at Rinse FM & Model) , Klein (Independent Electronic Producer & Music Artist).

Politics with Eleanor Lisney (Disability Rights activist/ Sister Frida), Chante Joseph (Chair of Bristol's Student Council, BITNB) , Nadia Vogel (POC Officer at Kings Uni Why is my curriculum so white?)


INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL

Was honoured to be invited back for the third time, to mentor young girls on the London Eye for International Day of the Girl. The mutual learning and wider understanding that is gained and recieved from mentoring is so fulfilling for me.


ROADFEMME 004: For Us, By Us.

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A celebration of DIY Culture within feminism. This issue highlights collectives and independent movements as well as personal and creative pieces from individuals that use the same ethos.


BBC AFRICA 

My debut performance as a presenter for BBC Africa. You can view the clip here.


WOMEN ON DOCS (EAT THE KIMONO)

Brainchild of Eloise King, WOD aims to celebrate women in documentary film making. Swanzy was invited to discuss women and the power of self-expression alongside Kim Longinotto award winning director of the film that was screened 'Eat the Kimono' and Dr. Griseldis from SOAS University. We discussed themes from Kim's documentary which followed Hanayagi Genshu who was known for her passion and activism. "The world will get just a little better if the oppressed speak out. You mustn’t be silent" - Hanayagi Genshu. Join WOD facebook page here.


KHANGA KIMONO

Launched on Tanzanian independence day. This is my homage to Khanga's - showcasing the simplicity of wraps, the bold eye catching prints and the relevance of ancient African proverbs featured on each cloth. Profits from sales go towards an education initiative in Dar Es Salaam starting Winter 2016. Shop Khanga Kimono here.

Launched on Tanzanian indepenndence day, 

 


SUBMISSIONS


SWANZY X MELISSA MAKERS

\Melissa curated an exhibition featuring five female identified makers in London and ROADFEMME issue 004 - for us, by us was showcased. Read here for more info and here for quick interview.


AFROPUNK Paris 

I was sent to Afropunk to co-host and facilitate some interviews with great artists that will be aired on NTS Radio very soon. We managed 17 interviews in 3 days!! It was overwhelming but the energy and the amount of love at this festival made it all okay. Afropunk London coming sooon ;)

LISTEN HERE


SWANZY BY LAKSHMI 

I feel honoured that this super talented mama drew me. Thank you Lax, you are too amazing! Please make sure you check out her art works on here.



PODCAST 001 : SELFCARE SUNDAYZ

Every sunday is my chill day to reflect and just be. I have been meaning to do a podcast to prepare me for my radio show. So here is the first dose featuring Benny Blanco <3 Listen here.


GLASGOW ZINE FEST 

ROADFEMME will be exhibiting at this annual celebration for zines. Come grab your copy and say hey! Info here.

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WHY DIY? 

Curated by Not So Popular to pay homage to independant zines from the UK. I will be joining a panel of other great Zinesters.

More info here.

DIY CULTURES 

This annual treat returns putting the essence of DIY at the forefront with plublishers like myself exhibiting on the day as well as workshops, talks, films and more. Info here.


BOSSY IWD TALK 

Kicking off Women's Month with Converse and @creamsodagirlz alongside an amazing "Bossy" panel. 

I will be exploring ways in which we can all empower and move forward. Thank you. Happy International Womens Day!

HAIR TODAY, HERE TOMORROW 

A celebration of independant artists doing their own thing without the help of institutions. ROADFEMME will be exhibited alongside other greats including my favourite artist of the moment- Rudy Loewe. Info here.


WOMEN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL 

Returning to the Southbank centre for my 3rd WOW. This year I will be co-hosting 'Talking Heads' a session surrounding Herstories on Sat 11th at The Southbank Centre's Archival space. On Sun 12th I will bringing Khanga Kimono to their infamous Marketplace. Make sure you come down and try our handmade tropical looks 🌴👘 



 

 

GAL-DEM LOVES

A little spotlight on my labour of love ROADFEMME written by my love @zai_swanzy for the lovely gals at Gal-Dem. Read the full article here.

DAZED OOMK SPOTLIGHT ON FEMALE ARTISTS

It's always nice getting a shout out from your peers. The Zine community is all love <3 Big up OOMK.


SAVE THE FEMINIST LIBRARY RALLY

The feminist library has been integral to my process with ROADFEMME. With the largest collection of Women's Liberation Movement literature in th UK. They have been supporting research, activist and community projects since 1975. Solely ran by Volunteers, they provide an inspiring space for learning and a social space for hundreds, if not thousands of people.

Read about the rally here.



  THE GUARDIAN    Interviewed by Symeon Brown for the Guardian (in print and online)&nbsp; Swanzy &nbsp;alongside Poet Belinda Zhawi, Film maker Shola Amoo and Artist Barka i.&nbsp;  "I dont like to label myself, I just am."&nbsp;That was my first response when being categorised as a Black Romantic. When you have picked apart all the labels thrust upon you over time, the last thing you want to do is take on a new one.&nbsp;It's limiting defining yourself in one way. I was also asked if I put blackness at the centre of my work. The answer was yes, as well as womanhood and the many other facets of my being. Personally when I see blackness romanticised, the gaze is often macho/patriachal.&nbsp;I am not here to police anyone. I've got my voice and I claim my space. That is the main mission when doing youth/community projects. It is not about going along with what I say or do, it's about finding YOUR voice and deciding what YOU are going to do, before we even get to talking about WE.

THE GUARDIAN

Interviewed by Symeon Brown for the Guardian (in print and online) Swanzy alongside Poet Belinda Zhawi, Film maker Shola Amoo and Artist Barka i. 

"I dont like to label myself, I just am." That was my first response when being categorised as a Black Romantic. When you have picked apart all the labels thrust upon you over time, the last thing you want to do is take on a new one. It's limiting defining yourself in one way. I was also asked if I put blackness at the centre of my work. The answer was yes, as well as womanhood and the many other facets of my being. Personally when I see blackness romanticised, the gaze is often macho/patriachal. I am not here to police anyone. I've got my voice and I claim my space. That is the main mission when doing youth/community projects. It is not about going along with what I say or do, it's about finding YOUR voice and deciding what YOU are going to do, before we even get to talking about WE.

     

 

 


ROADFEMME 003 stay true launch

With live reavings from contributors and an open audience discussion exploring topics covered within the zine. Recorded by the good people at NTS Radio. Please RSVP on swanzy@swanzy.biz


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A short film by Cecile Emeke, in which Swanzy.biz founder was invited (alongside a selection of badass women) to dissect lyrics from a song of our choice, that helped us in deconstructing mainstream narratives and questioning societal norms.

LINES is screening between 7-12 October as part of the BFI's London Film Festival 2015.


THE BLACK ISSUE (DISCUSSION)

To launch the release of ROADFEMME Issue 002 : The Black Issue Swanzy.biz facilitated a discussion to open dialogue surrounding topics covered within the newspaper alongside live readings and debate. Thank you to NTS Radio for the recording <3

Listen to audio here.


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