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
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
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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
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..........
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.....