With 20 years experience in online content generation, afribeat has witnessed the power of the internet as a medium of manifestation: Injustice is met through online petitions, it is the distribution vehicle of the bridging finance, it has the capacity for free and fair media.
afribeat spear headed by the resurrection of the link between artist and audience and archives and audience. afribeat.com is the host and founding creator of many archives, recordings, books and initiatives and has benefits from extensive global access and collaboration.
In 2000 with the support of British Airways, Douglas travelled to Europe for a month to explore the jazz festival network operating between Denmark, Holland and London.
In 2001 as guest of ministry of Arts and Culture Zimbabwe and Congo Brazzaville, afribeat.com attended the music festival of FESPAM. The festival had previously intervened during a war across borders. When the arms were dropped they were never lifted again : President Sassou Nguesso spent two weeks hiding in the roof of his palace during the unscheduled invasion from Kinshasa across the river (20KM). Congo Brazzavile has a 70% natural forestation that you must receive signed permission from the president to access! It is French speaking, "braza la belle, brazz le joliie."
In 2002 with support from SAA, afribeat.com attended MASA biennial festival and music market in Abidjan. It is at the cultural crossroads of West Africa, and the convergence of Pan-African performing arts. The beautiful city is transformed into a place where musicians from all over this diverse and fascinating continent can come together in showcasing their expressions with dignity and pride.
After building much content in Cape Town around the goema music of the Western Cape, Douglas continued to Durban where he built many cultural experiences around the Zulu tradition and the historic cultural meeting points of Durban. He also continued his long term exploration into Mozambiquean music establishing partnerships and friendships with Marrabenta, Timbila and One Ocean festivals.
In 2017 with support of the German visitors programme Struan Douglas travelled to Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen to explore the musicians, festivals, initiatives and developments and exciting new trends in music and artitsic sustainability, history, architecture and exposure to the Eureopean Jazz festival collaboratives and networks.
ABOUT STRUAN DOUGLAS
Struan Douglas was born in Umhlanga Rocks Kwa Zulu Natal to Tessa and Robert Douglas in 1976. His early years were dedicated to sport. A near death experience in 1988 shifted his interests from sports to humanities. After graduating from UCT (University of Cape Town South Africa) with honours in religion and philosophy, he worked as a freelance journalist specialising in South African jazz and African music. He created the recording archives Archive Africa, Wondergigs and Goema Captains of Cape Town. The website afribeat.com was launched in 2000 and is a content portal helping people tell their stories.
He has authored, edited and published books including; Shadows of Justice, Airborne to Africa, The New South Africa and the friends around her, and The Story of SA Jazz, Volume' s 1 – 3 and To the Peace on Earth.
publicity pictures of Struan Douglas : Click pic to enlarge
Afribeat Mission Statement :
Music embodies the power of the now and the spirit of ubuntu, In Africa it is music that stopped the war in Casamans and it is music that stopped the spread of disease in Senegal. Music is one of our most powerful weapons toward ourselves and a vision of ourselves as sharing, peaceful beings of ‘higher' intent. And music is blessed mostly by the support it receives to get instruments to those that require, rehearsal spaces, performances spaces and collaborative learning experiences all the way round. Networks of families, friends, organisations and governing bodies sharing in the joy and laughter that music inevitably creates through funding and support is helping us all express the beautiful music within.
Struan Douglas is a Pan African travel journalist: portfolio here
Since 2000 Struan Douglas as afribeat.com has presented on the benefits to an inclusive festival network on the African continent linking festivals and initiatives from South, East, West, North and Central Africa ......
afribeat.com produced the Cape Town Maputo Festival in 2002 at the OudeLibertas ampitheate in Cape Towto spread the magic of music through cultural exchange. It was a once-off with a huge vision to link Cape Town to Maputo, Cape Town to Cuba, to the Caribbean and to unite the city locally with Cape Town to Table Mountain, Cape Town to the Cape Flats, Cape Town to the Carnival, and so on.
A body of recordings were made at the Cape Town Maputo festival featuring Chico Antonio, Isaq Matuz, Zolani Mahola and the Goema Captains of Cape Town.
Pan African mobility and cultural exchange is exemplified in Southern Africa ... And is most prominent in the international jazz festival circuit ... Through extended research and development as a cultural journalist Douglas has documented the power festivals to create economic growth and human development.
Inspiring quotations ...
"There is what I would call the hero's journey ... to bring forth in his life something that was never beheld before." Jospeh Campbell
"If we want a firm foundation in morality, we must supply the soul with fuel in the form of knowledge of the truth." Rudolf Steiner
"There is no absolute truth. Each truth has its particular mission at a certain time." Rudolf Steiner
"Knowledge of the world, is knowledge of the self." Rudolf Steiner
"Vibrations of a refined intuitive faculty are able to soar above time and space, thus beyond the limit of comprehension by the earthly intellect." Abd Ru Shin
"Literal interpretation creates separation whereas symbolic interpretation brings us together." Caroline Meiss
"The path is called straight, without fear is the destination, the carriage is called silent and its wheels are right effort." Buddha