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Monthly Sustainer Support

Thursday, February 5
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. | MoAD

Cost: Free with MoAD Admission

Cornelius Moore, Co-Director of California Newsreel (PAN Board Member) and curator of the series, will introduce and lead an audience discussion following each screening.
This is the first of a series of AfroCuban films screening at MOAD. For more information on upcoming films, visit MOAD's website here

Thursday, February 19
8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

In an historic first, more than a dozen instrumentalists and vocalists from Sudan, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Uganda have collaborated to use the power of music to raise awareness of the cultural and environmental challenges along the world's longest river. The result is a new sound of a shared Nile identity. Their show, like their debut album Aswan (one of NPR's "5 MustHear International Albums"), features songs in a dozen languages and traditional string and percussion instruments with a wide range of color and timbre.
Tickets required: $18-48
rbarnes@calperformances.org, 510-642-9121
Saturday, February 21st
7 p.m. | Marin Theatre Company
The Convert: Bay Area Premiere

Against her family’s wishes, a young 
Shona girl escapes a forced marriage 
arrangement by converting to Christianity
and becoming servant and student to an African evangelist. However, as anti-European sentiments rise among her people, she must choose between colonial and ancestral ways of life. Recommended for mature teens and up.

Marin Theatre Company
Tickets $20 - $58
Wednesday, March 11
8 p.m. | Zellerbach Hall

Two South African musical ambassadors and freedom fighters, singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela and trumpeter/vocalist Hugh Masekela, join forces for a celebration of 20 years of democracy in their homeland, performing music of the anti-apartheid movement with a stellar backing band. For the first time, Mahlasela's warm, powerful voice meets Masekela's clarion trumpet in songs that are "optimistic and soulful, delivered with an intensity that captures the attention and embraces the heart" (Los Angeles Times).

Tickets required: $30-72
Ticket info: Buy tickets online, or by calling 510-642-9988, or by emailing tickets@calperformances.org.

Saturday, March 14
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | MoAD

Who Remembers Slavery Today? 
Social Movements and Public History
Scholarly Voices from Across the 
African Diaspora with Dr. Kwame Nimako

Museum of the African Diaspora

The struggle to end the slave trade and slavery was followed by efforts to distort, suppress or symbolically annihilate public memory of slavery. In England and the Netherlands today, the public history and collective memory of slavery and its legacies is currently reflected in the activities of five social movements or trends: the remembrance and commemoration movement, the reparations movement, the anniversaries and apologies trend, the museum heritage and artifacts trend and the new anti-slavery movement. In this talk, Dr. Kwame Nimako will describe the movements and discuss the implications for knowledge production and public discussion at the present time.