A Night to Remember: My Experience at “The Echoes of the Motherland: Black Out Loud Volume II”

Parujee Akarasewi • Apr 5, 2024

As a participant in the remarkable event “The Echoes of the Motherland: Black Out Loud Volume II,” I was privileged to embark on an unforgettable journey through the diverse expressions of the African diaspora.


From the moment I stepped through the doors, I was enveloped in an atmosphere pulsating with energy and creativity. The walls adorned with vibrant visual art and the air alive with the melodies of African-inspired music set the stage for a night of cultural celebration. 


The evening saw a musical showcase of soulful rhythms of lively tunes worth getting up and dancing for. DJ Avenue keeps the vibe going with a mix of afrobeats, reggaeton and throwbacks.


As I have exposed myself to the diverse African culture of the community, this event really got me in the mood to learn more.


Organised by the visionary Diana Official, founder of Out Loud Creative and president of the St. Paul’s Student Union, this event aims to honour and showcase the beauty and diversity within African heritage. It was evident from the outset that this gathering was more than just a celebration—it was a platform for connection, understanding, and appreciation.


Throughout the evening, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in a plethora of enriching experiences. From engaging conversations with fellow attendees to witnessing captivating performances and stunning cultural attires, each moment showcased the talent and creativity of the African diaspora. It was a testament to the power of unity and cultural pride.


One aspect that particularly resonated with me was Official’s emphasis on embracing one’s identity and celebrating diversity with empathy and respect. Her words served as a poignant reminder of the importance of acknowledging and honouring our roots while also fostering an inclusive and welcoming community.


As the night drew to a close, I found myself reflecting on the profound impact of the event. It had not only provided me with a deeper understanding of African heritage but had also inspired me to actively contribute to the collective tapestry of Canadian culture with an open mind and heart.


In the days that followed, I continued to carry the spirit of “The Echoes of the Motherland: Black Out Loud Volume II” with me. Whether through conversations with friends or personal reflections, the memories of that extraordinary evening served as a source of inspiration and motivation to champion diversity and inclusivity in all aspects of my life.


As I look back on my experience as a participant in this remarkable event, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to have been a part of something truly special. It is a night that will forever hold a cherished place in my heart, reminding me of the beauty and richness of the African diaspora and the power of community to unite and uplift us all.