Events

The Culture Project Presents MoLoRa


Opening June 30, the Culture Project will present the New York premiere of the stage play MoLoRa (the orignal production took place at the Market Theatre in Jo'burg). Set after the fall of apartheid, South African director Yael Farber reimagines the ancient Greek Oresteia to tell the story of  South Africa's transition to democracy and the reconciliation process.

The role of the Greek chorus is played by members of the Ngqoko Cultural Group who contribute their haunting throat singing of the Xhosa tradition. Hailing from deep in rural South Africa, these guardians of a dying musical tradition bear witness as the crimes of apartheid are viscerally remembered.

Performances are at the Ailey Citigroup Theater at The Joan Weill Center for Dance (405 West 55th Street, NYC). For times and tickets, check Molora.org.

 

Interview

Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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