Following the phenomenal success of the Korean and Indian Open Embassy events we saw the first Colombian Open Embassy event organised by Al Douglas(HASH7) and Paul Knowles (IMC) .
This invitation only summer event was fully booked within a matter of days.
It was a colourful display of energetic music, dance and art, attended by none other than the Ambassador of Colombia – HE MR Néstor Osorio Londoño whom made the welcoming speech to the guests.
Chef Flavio Evandro Amaral provided the great tasting food menu and Stephen Vincent told the story of the event through his immersive photography.
As usual and expected at every Open Embassy event guests including media, music industry and ambassadors take no time to network and exchange business cards.
The band representing Colombia was La Mambanegra. They are no ordinary salsa outfit their music is a mixture of hip-hop, ragga and knife-sharp funk. Hailing from the Colombian salsa capital of Cali, this nine-piece have been grooving hard their polyrhythmic, horn-heavy and thoroughly modern sound quickly earning them a devoted following across South America and beyond.
The feedback and follow-up from Open Embassy Colombia (Summer Salsa Party) has been amazing:
- La Mambanegrafirst London performance was booked and staged via Open Embassy
- La Mambanegra– Thanks to Open Embassy the band also performed two days later at the WOMAD festival. Founded in 1980 by English rock musician Peter Gabriel WOMAD is a feast of culture. Apart from experiencing the hottest musicians and inspiring new talent from around the world there is always much more to discover.
Following the phenomenal success of the Korean Open Embassy event this summer, November 9th saw the first Open Embassy event organised by Al Douglas (HASH7) and Paul Knowles (IMC) at the Indian Embassy Nehru Centre.
The event supported by the fabulous Premium Beer ‘True Maharaja’ is designed to enhance networking communication between cultures and maximise the full potential of what is possible through Art & Music collaboration. The event has the unique twist of being held at various embassies, honouring the collaboration on an annual basis.
The Invite only event kicked off with a short art exhibition by Indian artist Rama Rajesh who has done her Masters in Fine Art in University of East London showed of her Mural, Acrylic Paintings and sold some paintings at the event followed by the amazing performances from world renowned Talvin Singh, Indian flautist Naveen Kumar and violin virtuoso Anna Phoebe from the UK.
The whole evening was catered by the well-known and admired Asian chef Manju Malhi, who kept the guests fed during the networking and live performances.
One guest said “As usual your events are full of genuinely interesting people. Music was fabulous. I travelled in from the country for this event – well worth it. Thanks Al”
More embassy events will follow in 2016