FEBRUARY / MARCH AFRICAN EVENTS
- FEBRUARYSAT 2/28 -- MIT GRIOT FESTIVAL (West Africa) --Kresge Auditorium -- CambridgeA day of workshops and performances celebrating griot musical tradition culminating in a concert at 8pm with African music, drum and dance performance featuring the Mbaye Family Drum Troupe, Rambax MIT, Balla Tounkara, Balla Kouyate, and others. A pre-concert symposium with griot elder Masikh Mbaye, Prof. Eric Charry, Prof. Patricia Tang, and Amadou Seck will be held from 6:30 - 7:30pm. More info: 617-253-2826.MARCHThu 3/5 -- BOUBACAR DIABATE & SAMBA LOLO (Mali) -- Johnny D's -- SomervilleSat 3/7 -- CELEBRATING AFRICA -- African Mass, Poetry, Panel Discussion -- St. Paul's Parish -- CambridgeAll day from 9:30am - 5:00pm at 29 Mt. Auburn St., Harvard Sq, Cambridge. Presentations will explore Africa's resounding openness to religious faith and will investigate the various ways in which the church is alive in Africa and Africa is alive in the church. An African Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Ignatius Ikunza Ayieko, S.J. Other participants include Ifeanyi Menkiti, Wellesley College Professor; Francesco Strobbe, European Central Bank, Germany; Rev. Pashington Obeng, Wellesley College Associate Professor of African Studies.For free reservations (required): Secretary@Saint-Paul-CSPC.org.For more information: www.saintpaulcspc.orgSat 3/7 -- GHANA 52ND INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY DANCE AND AWARDS NIGHT -- Sons of Italy -- WatertownPresented by the Ghana Association of Greater Boston (GAGB) at Sons of Italy Hall, 520 Pleasant Street, Watertown from 6pm - midnite. Featuring DJ Kojak, live gospel performance, food, cash bar. Tickets $25 (adults), $15 (students w/ID). For more information, contact Afua Sarkodie-Mensah at 781-521-5965.Sun 3/8 -- N'JIE (MARTINIQUE) -- 33 Stanhope Lounge -- BostonCreole Fusion every Sunday night at 33 Stanhope Street, BostonSat 3/14 -- DAUGHTERS OF AFRICA: CELEBRATION OF LIFE -- Hibernian Hall -- RoxburyCommemorating African Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Day. Presented by Africans for Improved Access (AFIA) and the Multicultural AIDS Coalition. From 11am - 6pm at 184 Dudley Street (near Dudley Station). Health screenings (dental, eye, HIV/AIDS, STIs), food, prizes, more. Free. For more information, contact Josephine Mogire 617-238-2462 or jmogire@...APRIL PREVIEW4/11-- HABIB KOITE (Mali) -- Somerville Theatre -- Somerville4/12 -- EXTRA GOLDEN (Kenya) -- Middle East Upstairs -- Cambridge******************WMBR 88.1 FM
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- FEBRUARYSAT 2/19 -- AFRICAN COUNCIL MEETING -- Tobin Community Center -- RoxburyThe African Council is hosting an urgent meeting from 1:30 - 4:00pm at the Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont Street, Roxbury Crossing. The meeting will discuss the proposed implementation in Massachusetts of a new federal policy (Secure Communities -SC) that allows state and local police to check the fingerprints of an individual they arrest against Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and immigration databases. A second meeting will be held 2/26 in Worcester. More info: www.theafricancouncil.netThe African Council (T.A.C) is an independent community initiative that aims to strengthen the African Voice in Massachusetts through political and civic engagement. TAC's objective is to unify and increase the participation of the African community in the Massachusetts political processes and build a voice that can advocate for the community's needs. If you are interested in learning more or being a part of building the TAC, please email info@... or call 617-544-7422.SAT 2/19 -- CHIWONISO (Zimbabwe) -- Johnny D's -- SomervilleZimbabwe's Chiwoniso Maraire is a singer, songwriter, and champion of mbira music (she is the daughter of mbira master Dumisani Maraire). She will be performing from 7:30pm - 10pm.SAT 2/19 -- LOVE IS IN THE AIR DINNER DANCE -- Sons of Italy (Watertown)Presented by the International Community of Banyakigezi [ICOB], an organization whose mission is the advancement of the cultural, social and economic interests of Abanyakigezi in Uganda and in the Diaspora. More info: www.abanyakigezi.orgSUN 2/20 -- NAATANGUE AFRICAN BEAT CONCERT (Senegal) -- YMCA -- CambridgeMamadou Lynx Ndiaye, ethnomusicologist and master drummer from Senegal, presents the Naatangue African Beat Concert featuring dance and drum performed by talented local artists and guests from Africa. Show begins at 8pm at the Cambridge YMCA (820 Mass Ave). Tickets $10.TUE 2/22 -- CHICAGO AFROBEAT PROJECT -- Johnny D's -- SomervilleChicago Afrobeat Project carries on the legacy of Fela and the afrobeat style.SAT 2/26 -- AFRICAN COUNCIL MEETING -- Worcester (Main) Public LIbrary -- WorcesterSee description for Sat 2/19 for more info. This meeting will also address the Secure Communities legislation, and whether MA police will have access to immigration data, and will beheld from 1:30 - 4:00pm at the library at 3 Salem Square, Worcester. More info: www.theafricancouncil.net or info@...SAT 2/26 -- GRIOT CELEBRATION (Senegal) -- MIT Kresge Auditorium -- CambridgeMIT presents the 2nd Biennial Griot Festival from Fri 2/25 - Sun 2/27 featuring dance and drum workshops. On Saturday 2/26, there will be a gala performance of African music, drumming, and dance featuring the Mbaye Family Drum Troupe, Rambax MIT, and other guest artists. Directed by Lamine Toure. Tickets $10 ($5 for MIT students). More info: 617-253-2826.SUN 2/27 -- ACOUSTIC AFRICA -- Somerville TheatreAcoustic Africa brings together three of Africa's guitar masters: Habib Koite (Mali), Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), and Afel Bocoum (Mali). Show starts at 7pm, tickets $40. Presented by www.worldmusic.orgMARCHSAT 3/5 -- Ghana Association of Greater Boston (GAGB) Independence Dinner Dance -- Sons of Italy -- WatertownThe GAGB celebrates Ghana's 54th independence anniversary with a dinner dance from 6pm - midnite. DJ Kojak. More info: ghana_mass@...SUN 3/20 -- LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO (South Africa) -- Sanders Theatre -- CambridgeSouth Africa's kings of mbube return for their annual concert. Presented by www.worldmusic.orgTHU 3/24 -- DEBO BAND (Ethiopia) -- Johnny D's -- SomervilleBoston's Debo Band presents unique interpretations of classic Ethiopian music, with a special reverence for the vintage sounds of the 1970s.
SAT 2/11 BENKADI DRUM & DANCE (West Africa) Tobin School -- Camridge
Benkadi Drum & Dance, directed by Sory Diabate, presents "Pursuing the Dream", an evening of African Dance & Music, Saturday, February 11, 7:00 pm, at the John M. Tobin School, 197 Vassal Lane in Cambridge. Tickets available at Cheapo Records in Central Square, Cambridge, or email benkadidance@.... Contact: Marianne Harkless at 857-615-8725.
SUN 2/12 NIMBAYA! (Guinea) Sanders Theater Cambridge
Nimbaya is the Women Drum and Dance Company of Guinea, formerly known as Amazones. Showtime 3pm. Presented by www.worldmusic.org
SUN 2/12 SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR (South Africa) Symphony Hall Boston
SAT 2/18 LESA NEW ENGLAND VALENTINE'S DAY GALA (Cameroon) American Legion Post 156 Waltham
Proceeds to benefit Lady of Lourdes High School in Bamenda, Cameroon. More info: 781-420-6502
TUE 2/21 LOS HERMANOS ARANGO (Cuba) Berklee Performance Center -- Boston
Los Hermanos Arango is a 7-piece ensemble from Guanabacoa, Cuba, an epicenter for Afro-Cuban culture. Feliciano and Eugenio Arango are the top-call bassist and percussionist in Cuba. Feliciano was the bassist for NG La Banda, and one of the original developers of the timba style. Joining Los Hermanos Arango on stage will be Isaac Delgado. Showtime is 8:15pm. General admission tickets are $8 in advance and $12 day of show. Purchase tickets at berkleebpc.com, call 617-747-2261, or visit the BPC Box Office.
FRI 3/2 PLAYING FOR CHANGE Berklee Performance Center Boston
SAT 3/3 GHANA ASSOC OF GREATER BOSTON INDEPENDENCE DANCE (Ghana) -- Sons of Italy Watertown
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