yasserbooley

Shakespeare Unplugged

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2013 at 10:26 am

Peace and Blessings.

Every so often a project comes along that inspires one. Inspires one to contribute to the society that one lives in. This particular projects involves youth at risk, and youth in conflict with the law. In collaboration with  The Independent Theater Movement of South Africa ( http://www.southafricantheatre.org/) , the Ottery Youth Care and Education Centre has embarked on an ambitious heartfelt project to introduce the youth of the centre to one of  Shakespeare’s greatest plays, Julius Ceasar.

The performance starts tonight, and will run for the next 3 nights at the centre in Plantation Road Ottery (https://maps.google.co.za/maps?q=Plantation+Road,+Ottery&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x1dcc439fb26e08e7:0x918b99747d6b9aee,Plantation+Rd&gl=za&ei=MlXNUeOvKaia0AW-p4D4BA&ved=0CCsQ8gEwAA) . All the performances are free!

Here is an opportunity to show your support to the young men who come from very difficult backgrounds, by encouraging them with your presence.

If you would like to publish a story on this remarkable project please contact Seraj Jenkins for further details and a possible interview at

0723926947 and Tauriq Jenkins at : 0763099073

 

 

Salaam.

Yasser

The ‘1913 Natives Land Act’ exhibition currently on at the Cape Town International Convention Center.

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2013 at 9:59 am

Peace and Blessings be with you.

I had the privilege of photographing the opening of the exhibition that is currently taking place at the Convention Center in Cape Town commemorating the 1913 Natives Land Act.  The Exhibition was meant to run only on Thursday and Friday, but was extended to Sunday with very good reason.

To say that the multimedia exhibition is visceral would be an understatement. The experience is one that necessarily all South Africans, who want to look back at the last 100 years and more of this country’s struggle MUST see. The dynamic of legitimizing the legal robbery of the land, the human consequences that reverberate strongly today even, and the instant labour force for the complicit mining industries are there made evident.

Entrance to the exhibition.

Entrance to the exhibition.

yasser_booley_20130621_75464

Apartheid Police checking for your "pass"

Apartheid Police checking for your “pass”

Validation of the pass

Validation of the pass

The pass system.

The pass system.

Mass Protests

Mass Protests

Mass Action

Mass Action

 

yasser_booley_20130621_75599

 

 

 

 

yasser_booley_20130621_75742

 

 

Forced removals

Forced removals

 

" all I have left is what i could carry"

” all I have left is what i could carry”

Forced Removals

Forced Removals

 

The Monoliths.

The Monoliths.

 

I urge you to take your family and go if you are in the Cape Town region.

 

Salaam.

Yasser

 

 

Pete & Flora’s Wedding Greeting from Cape Town

In Uncategorized on June 7, 2013 at 6:46 am

Peace and Blessings be with you.

There is an explanation behind his video, as I suppose there always is. Pete became my cousin when i married my beautiful wife, his father is South African, and his mother is English. Which is possibly why we clicked the way we did the first time we met, but i think that its only after I “abused” him as only family does by asking him to do me a favour that at the time involved going above and beyond the duty of what is expected from family, bearing in mind the English propensity for apologising and not wanting to impose, which at the time was my wife’s objection to my request. Well, Pete transported my framed photographs to the Gallery in Chelsea, and had to have one of the glass panels which I had cracked, fixed! He also represented me at the opening night, which I could not make. Pete is a wonderful musician (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Afrostocracy-Pete-Letanka/dp/B000ASTF26) and when we stayed at his flat in Peckham Rye, we had a jam, myself on a cane flute and Pete on the piano, and we came up with a wonderful ditty, that he put lyrics to, and got one of his classes of  inner city kids to sing, which he gave as a gift to us.

So in the tradition of getting “strangers” involved, the idea was born to hit the streets of Cape Town, and see who would be willing to send greetings, and best wishes for him and his wife on their wedding day! the results were amazing, as you can see below.

It gets interesting after the first minute or so!

Here is some more information about Pete and what he does:

http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/schools/lyrical_about_art.php

Please subscribe to my youtube channel.

Salaams,

Yasser