“Ewa Afrika…a Nubian Renaissance” is an extravagant fashion performance on June 26, celebrating a plethora of extraordinary local designer brands – The Cloth, Lisa Faye Silks, Zadd and Eastman, Sean Griffith Perez Designs, Derron Atts, Naballah Chi, the Nubian Experience, Harvey Robertson, Mark Eastman, Christique Clothing, Xoana Designs, l’Arche Africaine, Indigenous Design by Dominique La Roche, Akillah Jaramogi, Afrodesiack, Euphoric Designs, DAV Originals, DAWW Creations and Heather Jones.
The showcase, which will be held at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s will also showcase the creations of Ghanaian designers Faustina Ansong and Josephine Hayford.
These phenomenal creators are complemented by a roster of exceptional talent headlined by the inimitable singer Vaughnette Bigford, with Tobagonian breakthrough artist Xavier Edwardz, pioneering dance talents – LaShaun Prescott and award-winning spoken word artist Deon Baptiste , Zakiya Gill, the unstoppable Calypso Queen, Stacey Sobers and the indomitable percussion and performance ensemble, Wasafoli Trinidad and Tobago.
With a cast of over 60 models, the production, led by regional fashion impresario Richard Young, promises to be a theatrical spectacle like no other.
Ewa Afrika is a production of the Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad and Tobago (ESCTT), which prides itself on promoting cultural confidence, captivating performances and creative excellence. ESCTT Executive Director Zakiya Uzoma-Wadada coined the title, Ewa Afrika, referring to the beauty of God as manifested in our creative incarnations. “I am extremely proud that the organization is hosting this showcase under the patronage of Senator Randall Mitchell, Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts,” she said. “I’m also happy to have partnered with Caribbean fashion guru Richard Young to create this event.”
Young is thrilled to announce Afro-Caribbean style to the world with his “unique and clear vision” of our Caribbean aesthetic. He expands on his passion for our Caribbean style, “our eclectic sensibilities are expressed most beautifully in our style options, immersed as they are in our syncretic African fashion”.
“On June 26, Ewa Afrika will accompany our release, so to speak, through fashion storytelling, at its finest, by the extraordinary playwrights Conrad Parris and Abeo Jackson, in the exquisite ambience of the Garden Theater at Queen’s Hall, St Anns I am honored to bid!
This monumental showcase is part of the largest pan-African festival held outside the African continent, which is led by the robust organization, ESCTT, celebrating 30 years of groundbreaking and sustainable vision with this year’s theme honoring the power of “transformation and resilience.