May 21: African Rhythm Expo & Fashion Show

May 9, 2016

The Black Collective [Celebrating Our Unique Culture], a group of five women, will stage the first ever African Rhythm Black Expo and Fashion Show Extravaganza at the Pembroke Community Club on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

The event will run from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m and will feature an outdoor vendors market from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with the fashion show beginning at 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

The group said, “The genesis of The Black Collective originated from a book sale that was organized by Peggy Burns, Maxine Esdaille and LaVerne Furbert on December 12, 2015 which we called ‘Selling Our Stories.’

“The book sale was such a success that we thought that we should do more, as a group, to promote our unique African culture to Bermudians. Initially we talked about having an event where Blacks could not only share their stories, but also their art and it evolved into the Black Expo and Fashion Show. Later on Lynelle Furbert and Ashanti Caesar joined us.”

The event will be under the distinguished patronage of Dr. Leonard Teye-Botchway, Honorary Consul of Ghana in Bermuda, and his wife, Mrs. Teye-Botchway.

“As all of the fashions that will be modeled have been crafted in Ghana and designed by Lynelle Furbert, who also has a home in Ghana, we thought it only fitting that Teye-Botchway be the honorary patron of the event,” added Ms. LaVerne Furbert.

Vendors have been invited to exhibit and sell their wares which include books written by Bermudian authors, African garments and even Bermuda made drinks that feature seasonally foraged edibles which are native to Bermuda.

Tickets for the event are $75 and are available at 27th Century Boutique, All Things Sassy in the Bermudian Arcade, Sidekicks in the Washington Mall and by dialing 335-8232 and 297-1624. Fashion Show ticket holders will enjoy the sight of vibrant and vivid colors, the sounds of music unique to the Motherland—Ghana, West Africa, and the taste of Hors D’oeuvres made from her recipes; plus African red & white signature wines. Additionally, Ashanti Caesar will render a few songs and an African Dance Troupe will also perform.

Members of the “Black Collective” said they are very pleased to acknowledge the following persons and companies who are the major sponsors of their event: Bermuda HealthCare Services, Patrick Tannock, Bermuda International Eye Institute Ltd., Bermuda Sanitation & Engineering Ltd., Bermuda Tourism Authority, Island Construction Ltd,, Philip Butterfield, the Bermuda Industrial Union and Gosling Brothers Limited.

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