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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.

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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