African Street Art Report

Colorful, creative, inspiring: The world of African street art

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September 27, 2013 — Updated 1129 GMT (1929 HKT)
To celebrate the best of African street art, CNN iReport asked for your submissions of the beautiful, political, or just plain fun.<!-- --><br /><br />
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</br> To celebrate the best of African street art, CNN iReport asked for your submissions of the beautiful, political, or just plain fun.
South African graffiti artist FALKO1 sent images of his striking work on walls in and around Cape Town.
Cape Town, South Africa
  • African street art includes graffiti, inspiring murals, painted shop fronts
  • It provides an outlet for political voices and local culture
  • Cape Town is home to a thriving graffiti scene with a social message

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(CNN) — Street art has forever been a vibrant tool of personal expression manifesting in a variety of unique ways. In Africa it comes in the form of beautifully painted shop fronts, alternative methods of political campaigning and striking murals designed to inspire.

To celebrate the best of African street art, CNN iReport asked for your submissions

Camden Petition

Camden Borough Council: Don’t Banish the Buskers! Keep Streets Live in Camden

Camden Borough Council: Don't Banish the Buskers! Keep Streets Live in CamdenStreet culture in Camden is under imminent and real threat. Under plans being drawn up by Camden Council, Street Performers face a fine of up to £1000 for the ‘crime’ of busking without a license. Council officers will have the power to seize musical instruments and other equipment, the tools of a busker’s trade, and to sell them if the fine is not paid within 28 days.

They are currently conducting a public consultation on their proposals to introduce a draconian licensing scheme for busking. If this scheme is introduced, it will be one of the most restrictive busking policies in the entire United Kingdom. Buskers will have to pay an annual fee of up to £123 to perform on the streets. A presumption against the use of wind instruments (including flutes and recorders), as well as any form of percussion (No bongoes or bins) or amplification (regardless of volume level) will apply.

Lisa Haagen @LisaHaagen

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Lisa Haagen grew up in a very musical family & gravitated early on towards the drum set. It wasn’t until entering her college years that she started with the guitar while she fell in love with the art of lyricism.

Lisa Haagen, (pronounced Hay-gan) has a new CD out called With Honey
Seafoam Green is the song she is singing in this video from Santa Monica CA, US

See more at:                                                Lisa Haagen’s s style on the song,Seafoam Green seems very inspired by Joni Mitchell while still exuding an irrepressible originality.

Artist Nathan Sharratt; Street Art For a Rainy Day

Art you can see when it rains.

This video of a rain drawing by Atlanta artist Nathan Sharratt using NeverWet, gives you a good idea how spraying a stencil on a sidewalk or other wet surface creates words and images that can only be seen when wet.Will we see a more of this in the rainy winter months?



In our first segment of episode 9 Street I Am TV LIVE Calvin Gold was out and agreed to an interview and performed 3 songs. When we got there he was just finishing a song from his up coming album as yet untitled.

You can hear the whole song “Superman”

After a bit of conversation and he reminds me his name is Calvin and not Elliot (I obviously have Elliot Gould on the brain) he performs “Stayin On the Line” another original composition.

He sends us on our way with a cover tune, “No Diggity”

You can reach Calvin Gold on Twitter @theCalvingold. Calvin Gold will be out and about in Los Angeles while he is recording here so give him a shout out on Twitter and find out where he will be next.

Our second performer in the live broadcast turned out to be a street preacher without portfolio. In other words no contact info was in view during the shooting. I would have asked him but I didn’t want to interrupt so if you know and you want us to tell people sind us a message on twitter or

One of the exciting and also frustrating things about showing up with your camera and doing a live broadcast is you never know what will happen. Well sometimes nothing happens. So because of the nothing factor we went to lunch and when we came back we shot a live segment after dark of Lisa Haagen who has just released he hew CD With Honey.  This is the Title song




Alejandro Spatola

Alejandro One Man Show

Chad Christian

Broadcast from Santa Monica California, US, on 9.12.2013, 2:30 pm PDT

Last week we had a great show starting with Alejandro Spatola from Argentina. In this first segment of the show Alejandro plays and talks a little as he shares some Latin Jazz live, busking from Santa Monica 3rd St Promenade, CA, US 9/12/13 at 2:27 PM PDT
Alejandro Spatola,

n the next segment he performs Sleepwalk

Our second performer in the live broadcast turned out to be another Alejandro. This artist bills himself as the Best One Man Show in Town. Contact him at  310-401-2118

Last but not least on our unscheduled lineup for the September 9, STREET I AM LIVE broadcast, Chad Christian appeared and seemed to own his busking spot as he was spot on the mark of his own original style. Chad is one half of the band ZEN DREAM who released their first CD in March this year.
In our final live segment of the day Chad performs a cover song to start us off. interviews with me for a sec and then launches into “Over the Ocean” from the great Zen Dream CD “Puddles”.
Zen Dream can be found on Facebook @ Dream can be found on Facebook @

Amy May
Amy May busking. The singer songwriter performs her original song Denial, as a Street Musician, in front of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at the 3rd St Promenade, Santa Monica, CA, US

Alysha Brilla with New CD New Video

Alysha Brilla a Canadian-Tanzanian singer-songwriter from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada is a part time busker full time entertainer. She recently caught the attention of Pro Busker member and film maker Joan Navarra. Pro Buskers is a community for all Professional Buskers and those who like to discover new talent. They are dedicated to supporting buskers/street-performers from all over the world.

Alysha was performing in a night club in Barcelona when Joan caught her performance and suggested doing a video. They decided to do a song from her new CD “Alysha Brilla In My Head” which us her second CD so far

Alysha says of the video “I went to Spain and came back with this awesome music video for my song, “Nobody”. Check out the sights and sounds of Spain through my eyes and remember that you can pick up my album on Itunes!. The song has a distinctive African motif running through it with some of the song sung in Swahili and shows a simple and alluring songwriting style.

When Alysha is busking you can usually find her performing around the Toronto area. However if you would rather see her on a legitimate stage you can catch her at one of her upcoming gigs in September at TERRY FOX RUN! Sept 15 11:45 am and The Painted Lady 17th of Sept both venues are in Toronto.