On May 25th the 1st edition of Afriquya JAM took place in the Ravenstein Gallery located at the core of Brussels. It is a moment for us to share this musical and cultural experience with the local dance community in Belgium.
We started this edition with a workshop given by house dancer & instructer Raquel Suarez Dueñas (aka Mamawax) and DJ Ivan Diaz!
Credit: Emilie Akiko.
The workshop was followed by intense battles with JOKI on the desks and some of the best (afro)house & urban dancers from Belgium. Therefore, a special shout out to Bruce Blanchard, Karim Belharch, Hendrick Shaina Ntela, Zach Swagga, Xavier Mwaku, Garbar Joseph, Joffrey Anane, Samantha Mavinga, The Behouse Crew and Stephane Adn for lighting the FIRE!
Credit: Bouchra Bat.
Our JAM editions are also unique opportunities to directly give back to less fortunate communities next to our doorstep. For this first edition, we decided to collect food (in exchange for free entrance) and donate all of it towards Al-Ikram. Al-Ikram is a small charitable organization that provides food, shelter and help in urgent moments for many of the refugees and homeless in Antwerp. The collection was of great help for Al-Ikram to organize one of their Iftar meals during Ramadan.
Credit: Al Ikram.
Imagine organizing a great local event and suddenly Boiler Room shows up? That is exactly what happened. Thanks to Zach Swagga and Bruce Blanchard, Boiler Room & Eristoff decided to come and film our event while promoting the (afro)house scene in Belgium.
Credit: Boiler Room.
Finally, a special thanks to our partners & sponsors: Noir Comme Neige, ONG Kesho, Freestyle Lab, Mamawaxx, Soulfood Mama Brussels, Ayacam – Association Humanitaire and Creative Events.
Join us next year for a bigger, stronger and better edition of Afriquya JAM.