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Ms. Lauryn Hill Is Playing A Surprise Festival 'Diaspora Calling!'

Lauryn Hill has teamed up with TIDAL X for Diaspora Calling!, a surprise music and arts festival being held at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre.


Ms. Lauryn Hill has teamed up with TIDAL X to announce Diaspora Calling!, a surprise music and arts festival being held this week April 13-15 at Brooklyn's Kings Theatre. The 3-day charity festival will "present a series of events, focusing on various forms of visual art, and featuring performances by artists from Africa, and throughout the African diaspora."

Performers include Ms. Hill, Stephen Marley, and Machel Montano, as well as Ghana's Stonebwoy, E.L, Jojo Abot and Nigeria's Mr. Eazi and Wondaboy.

Ms. Hill describes the festival, “Diaspora Calling! is a collection of works intended to celebrate the rich tapestry of artists from the African Diaspora while also illumining persistent and irrepressible themes... Even if we work independently, we are a resounding collective voice, both reconciling and embracing our relationship to history, our origins, our future and to ourselves.”

For Diaspora Calling! tickets and full info head to Ms. Lauryn Hill's website. The event will be live streamed on TIDAL.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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