Mayor of Harrow Nana Asante launches community fun day

Harrow Times: Author of ‘Sounds Like London: 100 years of Black Music In London’ Lloyd Bradley hosted a question and answer session about his book. Author of ‘Sounds Like London: 100 years of Black Music In London’ Lloyd Bradley hosted a question and answer session about his book.

Mayor of Harrow Nana Asante was delighted with the inaugural Mayor’s community open day which took place this weekend.

The open day was held at the Civic Centre, in Station Road, Harrow, and celebrated diversity in the community, with storytelling sessions about black music in London, a documentary about race and the launch of British Black Music Month.

Cllr Asante told the Harrow Times that launching the open day would help bring more people to the Civic Centre.

She said: “This is the people’s town hall and they should feel like this is a welcoming place to come, not just a building for the council.

“I hope that the community day can make people realise this is their space.”

Filmmaker Toyin Agbetu, whose documentary ‘Beauty Is...’ was shown at the open day, said the documentary had taken him three years to make and looked at body image and impact of skin bleaching.

Author of Sounds Like London: 100 years of Black Music In London Lloyd Bradley hosted a question and answer session about his book.

He said: “I am delighted to come to Harrow and show support for the british black music month here.

“Black music has been a part of London’s culture since the First World War when the Southern Syncopated Orchestra brought jazz to the capital.

"Following the wave of Commonwealth immigration, its sounds and styles took up residence to become the foundation of the city's youth culture.”

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6:55pm Sun 1 Jun 14

Husain Akhtar says...

Ms Asante was but not a councillor any more!
Ms Asante was but not a councillor any more! Husain Akhtar
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9:43am Mon 2 Jun 14

jayjoe says...

She's not a councillor. She was unceremoniously kicked out of office last month.
She's not a councillor. She was unceremoniously kicked out of office last month. jayjoe
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11:47pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Sonoo Malkani says...

Do you really have to be so nasty and petty?Nana Asante is STILL Mayor of Harrow.Show a bit of respect for her office if you can't bring yourself to have a civil tongue.Stop crowing in such an ugly fashion.It's totally unnecessary and disgusting!

I popped in for a while to attend this family fun day and was pleasantly surprised to meet with people from many backgrounds who were all enjoying themselves.Good to see Hon Alderman Keith Toms,Mayor Nana Asante and Mayoress Awula Serwah along with Kwaku,engaging with young and old and promoting their musical achievements.

The short film "Let the Music Talk "gave a glimpse of how Black Music had come to our shores and its history was traced till the 1980's.Very useful to have insights into how music can influence entire communities.This community is blessed with powerful singing voices and born with music in their blood.Cast your minds back and you will know what I mean!

Sorry more people from other communities did not make full use of this day.They would have enjoyed it!
Do you really have to be so nasty and petty?Nana Asante is STILL Mayor of Harrow.Show a bit of respect for her office if you can't bring yourself to have a civil tongue.Stop crowing in such an ugly fashion.It's totally unnecessary and disgusting! I popped in for a while to attend this family fun day and was pleasantly surprised to meet with people from many backgrounds who were all enjoying themselves.Good to see Hon Alderman Keith Toms,Mayor Nana Asante and Mayoress Awula Serwah along with Kwaku,engaging with young and old and promoting their musical achievements. The short film "Let the Music Talk "gave a glimpse of how Black Music had come to our shores and its history was traced till the 1980's.Very useful to have insights into how music can influence entire communities.This community is blessed with powerful singing voices and born with music in their blood.Cast your minds back and you will know what I mean! Sorry more people from other communities did not make full use of this day.They would have enjoyed it! Sonoo Malkani
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8:21am Fri 6 Jun 14

diligaf says...

Oh Sonny please do stop wining... no one cares she was over budget and spent spent spent, she is no longer mayor and is no longer wanted after her disgraceful over spend that will have to be footed by the tax payer.
Oh Sonny please do stop wining... no one cares she was over budget and spent spent spent, she is no longer mayor and is no longer wanted after her disgraceful over spend that will have to be footed by the tax payer. diligaf
  • Score: 1

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