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Wednesday September 10 
7:30 pm 

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Black Nature Band

The Independent, San Francisco, CA

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy.....read more...
Saturday, September 27 

Malian Superstar: Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté
SFJAZZ Center, San Francisco, CA

More than any other artist, Toumani Diabaté is responsible for introducing the kora—a 21-string harp unique to West Africa—to audiences around the world. The son of kora pioneer Sidiki Diabaté and heir to an unbroken musical tradition extending back 71 generations, Toumani began playing at five and is widely regarded as the instrument’s greatest virtuoso, winning two GRAMMY awards for his collaborations with fellow Malian superstar, the late guitarist Ali Farka Touré.....read more...

Tuesday, September 30th
7:30 pm

Chimamanda Adichie 
In Conversation with Dave Eggers

Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 
City Arts & Lectures - On Arts Benefiting 826 Valencia College Scholarships. Advance Sales Open To Members Only. More info.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria, where she attended medical school for two years at the University of Nigeria before coming to the United States. An O. Henry Prize winner, Adichie was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing. She now divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

“We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers.” – Chinua Achebe

At this time, tickets are on sale to City Arts & Lectures members only. More info.
September 7-14
Home Away From Home: a week long Arts Festival featuring visual and performance artists from the Bay Area's Eritrean and Ethiopian communities.
Home [away from] Home is an experimental art installation featuring artists in the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities of the Bay Area, culminating in a weekend-long festival of visual arts, music, dance, poetry, & food, around next year's Eritrean and Ethiopian New Year (Sept 11, 2014). 

The mission of this project serves as a metaphor for African immigrants in the diaspora trying to build a home in America while maintaining and sharing their cultural identity in the USA. Read more............

Saturday, September 13
12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Ethiopian New Year 2014
Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St. Oakland, CA 94609

Celebrating Ethiopian culture, and its importance in history and to the world. The goal of the Festival is to celebrate centuries old traditions, culture and hospitality, antiquities, and Ethiopia. This day of celebration will include: delicious traditional dishes, dances, national costumes, poetry, music, and children’s programs. There will be a special performance by Ethiopian dancers, and other instruments will be performed to enrich the diverse musical flavor. This family friendly event is open to the public and free of charge. Local vendors, businesses, and artists have been invited to participate in this day of cultural diversity, and fun.....read more...

October 17 to 19

The Silicon Valley African Film Festival 

at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, CA

You can still Sponsor / Partner
September 7 & 8
7:00 pm

Salif Keita

Yoshi's San Francisco

Salif Keita gave up a lot to pursue his dreams of a career in music. Born albinos, he was cast out by his family and ostracized by the community. In Mandinka culture albinism is seen as a sign of bad luck and there are beliefs that it's a mark of the devil. From a royal lineage, with ancestral roots going back to Soundjata Keita, the founder of the Malian Empire in 1240, Keita was disowned by his father after announcing his plans to play music. Keita's dreams, however, were too strong to be shattered.  Read more..........

September 29 
4:00-6:00 p.m. 

Berkeley Art Museum, Gund Theater

*Panel Discussion: 
Divestment Revisited: UC Berkeley, the Free Speech
Movement, and South Africa Divestment Movement.

7:30 PM 
Berkeley Art Museum, Gund Theater

Film Screening: 
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa
with Filmmaker Abby Ginzberg

Saturday, September 20th 
10 am - 2PM

BAJI & PAN Invite you to 
"Strengthening Our Kinship"

2nd in a series of four
African Community Forum
RSVP Devonte@blackalliance.org
or call (510) 663 2254 for more info.
Saturday, September 27

S.F. International Arts Festival Presents
Taboo and Heroes

Zaccho Dance Studio, 1777 Yosemite Avenue, San Francisco, CA 91124
$15 General Admission - buy here 

Taboo and Heroes is multi-media work that addresses the reality and consequences of violence and corruption through the specific experience of the war that overtook the Republic of Congo in the late 1990’s. In this piece, the choreographer Byb Chanel Bibene narrates his personal experiences, as a survival, in which hope was the only strength for survival. Read more..... 
Saturday & Sunday
November 22nd and 23rd

Earth at Risk: The Justice and Sustainability Conference 
9:30am - 6pm 
Palace of Fine Arts Theatre (3301 Lyons St, San Francisco) 
Tickets from $20 - $50