Chakula Chetu: Flatbush Edition

“Bring a dish to share. Bring a drink. Bring good vibes. We will handle the rest.”  - Chakula Chetu

“Bring a dish to share. Bring a drink. Bring good vibes. We will handle the rest.” - Chakula Chetu

Technically summer is over, but the date on the calendar has never stopped black folk from a good ole fashioned cookout 🙌🏿

Chakula Chetu (a Swahili phrase that means “our food”) recently held their last event for the summer 2019 season in the historic neighborhood of Flatbush, Brooklyn. Part potluck and part celebration, Chakula Chetu features East African inspired dishes, music, and vibes!

Follow them on Instagram to stay up to date on upcoming events: @chakula.chetu

Event: Chakula Chetu: Flatbush Edition Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 Location: Flatbush, Brooklyn Music: DJ OG Princess, DJ EPM, Nina Hwata MC: Dee Food: The Suya Guy Photography: Obed Obwoge & Polly Irungu

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Extra Credit

in the cut with Ike (@ikeslimster)

One of my favorite parts of Chakula Chetu parties is their selection of music 🎵🖤 Apart from the few songs my cousins put me on to whenever I’m back in Kenya, I’m not as plugged into the Kenyan or East African music scene as I’d like to be and with Afrobeat putting West African music firmly on the map it seems like we’re often left out of the conversation (side eye to Beyoncé’s Lion King Soundtrack 🙄) of music from the continent.

I love listening to music while I’m editing so I went on a hunt for some East African music and stumbled on this Bongo Flavor mix. Born on the streets of Dar es Salaam in the 1990s, bongo is a derivative of American hip hop, with additional influences from reggae, R&B, afrobeat, dancehall, and traditional Tanzanian styles such as taarab and dansi, a combination that forms a unique style of music featuring lyrics in Swahili or English.