New Africa Live returns to the Zipper Theater to host a premiere screening of Nigerian filmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa’s "This is My Africa" followed by live musical performances by Ugandan MC Krukid and Moroccan jazz vocalist Malika Zarra.
After show Soiree at Stitch Bar & Lounge, 247 West 37th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue. Cover: $FREE. To RSVP, please send an email to email@example.com.
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This Is My Africa is a project that seeks to change the public dialogue surrounding Africa. An 18-point questionnaire reveals the Africa that inhabits 18 people’s memories and personal perspectives. These interviewees evoke the Africa that has inspired, infuriated and delighted them, as they detail their favorite foods, songs, writers and artists, as well as their hopes for Africa come 2060. Unexpected passion rises in these testimonies, views and ideas that come at an important time for the continent. Featuring Yinka Shonibare, John Akomfrah, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Colin Firth among others. (Zina Saro-Wiwa, African continent/Nigeria/UK, 2008; 55m).
Edwin "Krukid" Ruyonga is from Kampala, Uganda, but now an Illinois resident hoping to make his mark as an original emcee. His critically acclaimed debut album Raisin’ in the Sun (2006) and his highly anticipated sophomore release Afr-I-Can on legendary hip-hop label Rawkus Records in 2008 have landed him opening spots for hip-hop superstars The Roots, Talib Kweli, and Lil’ Jon.
Since moving to New York City, world jazz vocalist Malika Zarra has worked with some of the most celebrated jazz musicians in the world. Her debut album, Ebony Road was released in 2006. The beautiful Moroccan vocalist offers a refreshing blend of East and West while singing in French, English, and Arabic over a mix of jazz, Berber and Gnawa rhythms.
Official Website: http://www.newafricalive.com
Added by Naijaman on May 26, 2008