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Caryll Faraldi

British journalist and academic Caryll Faraldi wrote a short, but nevertheless important feature on Shakka Dedi that appeaed on page 8 of the Observer magazine, 1 March 1981. Titled ‘Master Rasta’, the short text was accompanied by a reproduction of Dedi’s ‘Afrikah I Am We’, described by Faraldi as follows: “a striking symbolic portrait inspired by a Rastafarian friend of the artist Shakka Dedi, is in the ‘Third World Art Exhibition’ opening in London tomorrow. Dedi was brought up in Jamaica and studied art in Britain, where he now lives and works. He feels that ‘it is part of the work of a conscious black artist to reflect certain ideas in the black community’ and is well aware of the financial problems now faced by many foreign students who want to study in Britain but have been particularly hard hit by the Government’s cuts in grants. The exhibition’s proceeds will go to ‘The LSE 1980’s Fund’, which is the London School of Economic’s major private fund-raising exercise for this decade, aiming for at least £2 million pounds. Awards will be made from it to students of merit who otherwise would be unable to come to the school. The exhibition runs until 14 March at the British Library of Political and Economic Science, Portugal Street, London WC2.” Faraldi is currently working and based in Cairo, Egypt.


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