Over the past weeks, many people have asked why we didn’t produce the Garifuna music Awards? Two weeks after the scheduled date for the event, I can answer the question. We decided to focus on the bigger picture of the Cultural and Creative Industries.
Towards that objective, GALENT will focus on the key creative sectors of literature, music, visual arts, performing arts, film, theatre, publishing, cinema, television, digital content, fashion and advertising. It plans produce, promote, distribute and commercialize Latinx African Descent cultural, artistic or heritage-related creative content, by creating intellectual property.
There are around 200 million people identifying themselves as being of African descent living in the Americas, whose knowledge, history and other cultural information have been orally transmitted through many generations. Furthermore, the history of the African roots in Latin America was explicitly rewritten and practically erased from the history books, making them invisible. African Descendants were not seen as national symbols because at the time they were neither seen to represent modernity nor autochthony, and their history of dislocation from Africa meant they supposedly had no great pre-Columbian civilization in the Americas to call upon as symbols of a glorious past.
On December 23, 2013, the United Nations proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent, commencing on 1 January 2015 and ending on 31 December 2024, with the theme “People of African descent: Recognition, Justice and development. Among the main objectives of the International Decade, is to promote a greater knowledge and recognition of and respect for the diverse heritage, culture, history and contribution of people of African descent to the development of societies, through research and education, and promote full and accurate inclusion of the history and contribution of people of African descent in educational curricula.
Therefore, GALENT will take advantage of this unique opportunity to underline the important contribution made by people of African descent to our societies and to propose concrete measures to promote their full inclusion, by creating, a wide array of projects, books, albums, videos, films, TV shows, podcasts, documentaries, and digital content, etc., to document the Latinx African Descendant Story.
Every society has its stock of intangible cultural capital articulated by people’s identity and values. However, when it comes to people of African descent, while the government programs in Latin America have been active in producing bilingual materials, there has been little attention to the area of intercultural education. It is up to individual school principals if they choose to promote knowledge and recognition of the history and contribution of people of African descent to the development of societies.
We will leverage the People of African descent’s cultural capital, both tangible and intangible, across a wide spectrum of innovative products and services, such as short stories, Plays, Novels, Fiction and non-Fiction, Biographies, Children’s Books, Community and Oral History, Documentation, etc.
Over the next few months, we will develop the process of inventorying intangible cultural heritage and making those inventories accessible to the public to encourage creativity and self-respect in the Latinx African Descendant communities and individuals where expressions and practices of intangible cultural heritage originate.
GALENT is A Diversified Entertainment and Media Company Bridging Content Creation and Commerce. It seeks to invest in content development and includes operating divisions handling music publishing, Awards production, Intellectual Property Licensing, digital and video content creation.
Member of The Recording Academy (Producers of the GRAMMY Awards) Member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and NY Is Music.
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