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In Conversation: Chef Pierre Thiam Is Using Traditional African Flavors To Push the Cuisine Forward

We catch up with the award-winning Senegalese chef ahead of the opening of his new Pan-African restaurant, Teranga.

Despite the subzero temperatures outside, the soft opening of Teranga had the warmth of a family gathering. The new restaurant helmed by renowned Senegalese chef Pierre Thiam is an attempt to put a unique spin on Pan-African food in Harlem.

The restaurant sits on the first floor of The Africa Center. Once known as the Museum for African Art, it reopened last year in Harlem with a broader cultural and political mission to create connections between the U.S. and Africa. Artwork from Nigerian artist Victor Ekpuk graces the walls of the new space that's reminiscent of nsibidi and uli symbols, telling the story of the Center's connection to Harlem and New York City as a whole.

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Nigerian Sound Artist Emeka Ogboh Brings His Lagos Danfo Bus To NYC

Nigerian sound artist Emeka Ogboh brings his Lagos Danfo bus to NYC for a special installment at "Meet The Africa Center" in Harlem.

Last month we profiled the work of Emeka Ogboh and his Lagos Soundscapes. The Nigerian sound artist is in New York this week and brought the vibrant, active sounds of a Lagos Danfo bus along for a one-day installation at the "Meet The Africa Center" event this Saturday in Harlem (where Okayafrica is also curating a stage). Comparable to NYC's iconic yellow taxi's, Danfo buses are emblematic to Lagos public transport. In his installation titled Lagos State of Mind II, Ogboh installs the intensity and diversity of sounds from Lagos in and around a Volkswagen Danfo bus. Accompanying the sounds on exhibit is a photographic tour of the bus driving through NYC's historic African-American neighborhoods and iconic landmarks such as the Apollo and the Empire State Building. Through audio-visual components, Ogboh will be taking visitors on a vivid, trans-national journey between Lagos and New York City. In an interview with Another Africa Ogboh explains:

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Okayafrica Curates A Stage At 'Meet The Africa Center' In Harlem

Okayafrica curates a stage at the all day, all free 'Meet The Africa Center' extravaganza in Harlem, Saturday, September 20th.

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