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Afrikan Queens - Episode 3 featuring Sister Jendayi Serwah

April 21st, 2021

Afrikan Queens - Episode 3

In this episode we hear from Sister Jendayi Serwarh.  Jendayi is an expert in Race equality and works as a consultant and specialises in precolonial history and women in ancient history, she talks to us about several Queens including the Kandake's and Yaa Asantewa. She also talks about the importance of this series and how we need to share these stories of these wonderful role models and looking deeper into the true history of these Afrikan Queens.

Afrikan Queens is a 10 part series celebrating and sharing the often untold stories of these incredible Afrikan Queens and sheroes who all to often have been left out of the history books.

Afrikan Queens is produced and presented by Miranda Rae and is a  South West Sound Women Network production in collaboration with 

Razana Afrikan and supported by The Audio Content Fund.

Razana Afrika is a 3yr community project sharing the history of Afrikan Queens through the lens of modern day sheroes and community leaders.

Visit the website here: 

https://www.razanaafrika.com/

 

If you would like to contact Miranda you can email:  SoundWomenSouthWest@gmail.com

 

 

Afrikan Queens - Episode 2 - Nanny of the Maroons

April 21st, 2021

Afrikan Queens - Episode 2 - Nanny of the Maroons.

In this episode we learn about Nanny of the Maroons through the lens of one of our modern sheros and leaders, the Deputy Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Asher Craig.

Asher is the first Rastafarian councillor in Europe.  Asher took part in the Razana Afrika Exhibition and chose to research and embody Nanny of the Maroons so Asher shares her learnings with us.  We also hear from the founders of Razana Afrika, Christelle and Shawn and also Jendayi Serwarh.

 

Afrikan Queens is a 10 part series celebrating our ancestors and Afrikan Queens and Sheroes that all too often have been forgotten or left out of the history books. The 1st episode of Afrikan Queens sets up the series & explains the importance of sharing this rarely heard of history. We launched the series on International Womens Day as the Queens & Sheroes we will feature are wonderfully inspiring & great role models, this series is a celebration of women. 

We have collaborated with a community project called Razana Africa to educate, empower & inspire.

https://www.razanaafrika.com/

Afrikan Queens is produced by Miranda Rae of SWSW Network and supported by The Audio Content Fund.

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Afrikan Queens - a 10 part series celebrating Afrikan Queens & Sheroes

March 10th, 2021

Afrikan Queens is a 10 part series celebrating our ancestors and Afrikan Queens and Sheroes that all too often have been forgotten or left out of the history books. The 1st episode of Afrikan Queens sets up the series & explains the importance of sharing this rarely heard of history. We launch the series on International Womens Day as the Queens & Sheroes we will feature are wonderfully inspiring & great role models. So often black history, which is everyones history, focuses just on the trafficking of enslaved Afrikans and the victimisation whereas this series is a celebration of women. We have collaborated with a community project called 
Razana Africa to educate, empower & inspire.
 
 
In Ep 1 we meet Christelle Pellecuer & Dr Shawn Sobers, experts in Black History and the founders of Razana Africa. They give an overview of some of the Queens that will be featured in the series & explain how they used prominent black women from the community, like the Deputy Mayor of Bristol Asher Craig & Europe’s 1st Rastafarian Councillor to select a Queen/Sheroe that that resonated with & they were then dressed & made up and a beautiful photographic Exhibition came to life. In the series we will hear from some of these women who also researched their Queen will share their findings. All too often theres very little documented and takes a lot to uncover & discover the true history of these amazing women.
 
Afrikan Queens is produced by Miranda Rae of SWSW Network and supported by The Audio Content Fund.
 
 
 

Sound Women SW Network present Afrikan Queens - listen to this superb trailer

March 10th, 2021

IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY

COMING SOON….

AFRIKAN QUEENS

A 10 PART SERIES HONOURING OUR ANCESTORS THROUGH THEIR SHARED STORIES

EMPOWERING AND EDUCATING THROUGH HISTORY

WE WILL CELEBRATE IN THE LIVES OF THESE POWERFUL SHEROES INCLUDING:

NANNY OF THE MAROONS,

KANDAKE – THE EMPRESS OF ETHOPIA KNOWN TO BE A FIERCE AND TACTICAL LEADER,

NEHANDA MBUYA NYAHBINGHI,

YAA ASANTEWA

QUEEN NANDI

Empress Menen Asfaw of Ethiopia  

AND MANY MORE…

DON’T MISS THIS EXCITING NEW SERIES,

AFRIKAN QUEENS…..COMING SOON

AFRIKAN QUEENS IS PRODUCED BY SOUND WOMEN SW NETWORK IN COLLABORATION WITH RAZANA AFRIKA AND SUPPORTED BY THE AUDIO CONTENT FUND 

In the words of Malcolm X “To educate a man is to educate an individual, to educate a woman is to educate and liberate a nation”

 

https://www.razanaafrika.com/

 

http://www.djmcmiranda.com/

 

 

The Word with Miranda Rae meets Alicai Harley to celebrate the launch of her rocking new EP The Red Room Intro

February 20th, 2021

In this podcast we meet self professed yard gyal Alicai Harley.  Alicai is literally buzzing as she shares her musical inspirations and journey to where she is now.

Put It On You by Alicaì Harley was released on January 29th 2021 via Parlophone Records/Saint Music

Alicai (Alla-Kai) Harley, also known as the ‘Hot Shot’, is a 24 year old Singer-Rapper who originates from Kingston, Jamaica, but lives in and performs her artistry out of London, UK. 
 Alicai’s sound is very unique! It has been described as a blend of Dance-Hall, Pop, R&B, and UK Grime.

 
If you would like to content Miranda email: SoundWomenSouthWest@gmail.com
Miranda Rae is first and foremost a single mum then a freelance producer and broadcast currently working in the 3rd sector. If you would like to support Miranda and her work them you can either become a regular patron or make a one off donation via Paypal here:
 
 
Anyone who makes a donation will be credited at the end of every podcast (unless request otherwise). Miranda will then be in touch to arrange this.
 
Thank you in advance for your support.
 

The Word with Miranda Rae meets with Debut Author published on Penguin Books, Caleb Azumah Nelson

February 7th, 2021

Miranda Rae meets with Author Caleb Azumah Nelson

OPEN WATER by Caleb Azumah Nelson is a stunning, shattering debut novel about two Black British artists falling in and out of love in contemporary London. It explores race, love, masculinity, violence, vulnerability and what it means to be a person in a world that sees you only as a black body – with a soulful intensity that will make your heart race. I inhaled it in one sitting and I’m on my second reading now, this time with the incredible music from the story playing in my headphones as I mull over Caleb’s words!

Caleb has also been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story prize – winner announced 6 October.  Previous alumni include Zadie Smith and Hilary Mantel.

 

 

Miranda Rae is first and foremost a single mum then a freelance producer and broadcast currently working in the 3rd sector.  If you would like to support Miranda and her work them you can either become a regular patron or make a one off donation via Paypal here:

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/MirandaRae007

Anyone who makes a donation will be credited at the end of every podcast (unless request otherwise). Miranda will then be in touch to arrange this. 

 

Thank you in advance for your support.

 

Miranda Rae meets Tim Kindberg Author of Vampires of Avonmouth

February 6th, 2021

Tim Kindberg's research interests lie in applying ubiquitous and mobile computing technologies to new kinds of digital media platforms.

He is the founder and creator of social video platforms Vorb and Nth Screen, and has powered other creative installations and platforms through Matter 2 Media. He also consults for arts companies and corporations through Tim Kindberg consulting

He has several decades of experience in building novel platforms, starting from his work on cloud computing in the 1980s, before the web existed.

 

Tim is a Bristol author who has recently self-published a book with strong local links.

Vampires of Avonmouth is gothic sci-fi set in the future between Bristol and West Africa.

The link to Bristol is strong if tongue-in-cheek. Avonmouth has become a weird mega-city in 2087, except that the Spillers grain silo is still there; Bristol languishes (only Arnos Vale gets a mention); and "Super Mare", as it is known in the book, has become the heart of darkness where the savages are robots. The two scientists are Dirac and Higgs - named for the Nobel prize-winning physicists who, I'm sure you know, both went to school in Bristol. Oh, and there's a dog called Coleridge.

2087, Avonmouth.city. Everything changes for David when a ship arrives from West Africa, carrying a vampire who hungers not for blood but mental energy. As she hunts those around him, David struggles to protect her ultimate prey - the woman he falls in love with, despite himself. For David is carrying his own monstrous secret inside. If he fails, she will lose her mind. Literally.

This is a story of mental enslavement – by systems of oppression, and by parts of our own selves.  

Buy a copy from usual platforms or direct from Tim's website:

https://champignon.net/vofa.

 

Miranda Rae is first and foremost a single mum then a freelance producer and broadcast currently working in the 3rd sector.  If you would like to support Miranda and her work them you can either become a regular patron or make a one off donation via Paypal here:

https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/MirandaRae007

Anyone who makes a donation will be credited at the end of every podcast (unless request otherwise). Miranda will then be in touch to arrange this. 

 

Thank you in advance for your support.

Miranda Rae meets Author of Bernard & The Cloth Monkey, Judith Bryan

February 3rd, 2021

JUDITH BRYAN

PENGUIN BOOKS are launching a landmark new series of lost or hard-to-find books, now rediscovered, by Black writers who wrote about Black Britain and the diaspora across the last century, curated and introduced by Bernardine Evaristo. PENGUIN begin the series with six novels – from breath-taking literary thrillers to innovative historical fiction, displaying a vast array of Black storytelling talent. Each title is thoughtfully repackaged with a fresh, bold look that features cover artwork by outstanding Black British artists, and a unique introduction from Bernardine.

Joining me on this podcast is one of these trailblazing authoris, Judith Bryan.

Judith Bryan is a writer, playwright and academic. Her first novel Bernard and the Cloth Monkey won the 1998 Saga Prize

 

 
If you would like to content Miranda email: SoundWomenSouthWest@gmail.com
Miranda Rae is first and foremost a single mum then a freelance producer and broadcast currently working in the 3rd sector. If you would like to support Miranda and her work them you can either become a regular patron or make a one off donation via Paypal here:
 
 
Anyone who makes a donation will be credited at the end of every podcast (unless request otherwise). Miranda will then be in touch to arrange this.
 
Thank you in advance for your support.
 

 

The Word with Miranda Rae asks Professor Adam Finn about the Covid19 Vaccine and asks if its safe

January 19th, 2021

In December 2020, the UK Government announced that a vaccine has been developed to combat Covid-19. Miranda interviewed Adam back at the start of the pandemic and was told that it would take a minimum of 1-2 years to develop a vaccine so Miranda invited Adam back to ask his help in understanding how the Covid19 vaccination has been made so quickly and why we can trust its safe.
Adam Finn is a Paediatrician at Bristol Children’s Hospital; he is a scientist and specialises in Immunology.  Adam sits on the UK Government Committee that are helping to develop the recommendations for the new Covid19 Vaccination and for the World Health Organisation internationally.
This podcast gives a simple and honest answer to questions so many people are asking about the vaccination.  Please share.

 
If you would like to content Miranda email: SoundWomenSouthWest@gmail.com
Miranda Rae is first and foremost a single mum then a freelance producer and broadcast currently working in the 3rd sector. If you would like to support Miranda and her work them you can either become a regular patron or make a one off donation via Paypal here:
 
 
Anyone who makes a donation will be credited at the end of every podcast (unless request otherwise). Miranda will then be in touch to arrange this.
 
Thank you in advance for your support.
 
 
 

The Word with Miranda Rae on Christmas Day 2020 with Guests Gary Hines from The Sounds Of Blackness, Filmmaker Paul Holbrook, Actress Laura Bayston& Environmentalist Dr Mya-Rose Craig aka Birdgirl

December 27th, 2020

Join MIranda Rae for this incredible special Christmas Day edition of The Word featuring an awesome array of guests.  In this festive celebration Miranda meets with Birdgirl aka Dr Mya-Rose Craig. At just 18 Birdgirl has been made an honoury Doctarate by University of Bristol for her incredible charity work with Black 2 Nature and sharing wildlife with kids from the BAME community, she has seen over half of the worlds population of birds and battling social and environmental issues are a daily mission for this young activist. Guests also include Filmmaker and Director Paul Holbrook from Shrunk Films, multi-award winner and currently working on a new short film called Hollow, Paul is joined by Actress and writer Laura Bayston.  They share fascinating insights in to the film making and acting world. Finally Miranda also shares her Christmas Day with 3 x Grammy Award winning The Sounds of Blackness.  Musical Director and founder of The Sounds of Blackness, Gary Dennis Hines returns to The Word ahead of their 50th anniversary in January 2021. Gary shares some incredible stories about working with legends Stevie Wonder and Prince.  The Sounds of Blackness is not only is one of the world's leading Gospel choirs consisting of some of the best musicians and singers but at the very heart of all they do is to battle social injustice and racism.  

 

If you would like to support the production of these podcasts you can make a donation direct via Paypal here:

http://paypal.me/MirandaRae007

 

All donations will be used to improve equipment with the long term goal of a recording studio for training the young & old alike. Thank you so much for listening!

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