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NYC: Angélique Kidjo at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with 'Heroic Africans'

 


Angélique Kidjo will perform this Saturday (Oct. 1st) at The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in NYC. The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter's concert is in conjunction with The Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibit: "Heroic Africans: Legendary Leaders, Iconic Sculpture."

We're particularly excited about this exhibit because, much to the delight of post-modernists everywhere (Kwame Anthony Appiah), it promises to "challenge conventional perceptions of African art." In short, African art is not to be judged against some Western benchmark.

A New York Time's review of the exhibit offers hope that the this is indeed true:

"...it argues, through demonstration, against basic misunderstandings surrounding this art. African art has no history? No independent tradition of realism? No portraiture? All African sculpture looks basically alike, meaning “primitive”? African and Western art are fundamentally different in content and purpose? Wrong across the board."

Click here for more information on the concert event. The exhibit will run through January 29th.

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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