Posts Tagged ‘Africa’

Folk artists share performances in Queens garden

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The Gift of Wisdom, part of the Locating the Sacred Festival, is a collaboration among immigrant artists who are masters of their respective traditions. Artists from the New York Foundation for the Arts Folk Artist Development Program will perform from 2 to 4:30 pm Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity to learn about the spirit of these traditions, in a beautiful place to boot.

Performances, according to the website, include “a devotional Odissi dance (classical dance form of India) by Mala Desai, a Hindustani classical composition on sitar by Ikhlaq Hussain, powerful songs of praise for elders on the kora (African harp-lute) by Alhaji Papa Susso, and a seasonal improvisation on the kayagum (Korean zither) by Yoon Soon Park.” RSVPs are requested but not required.

The Locating the Sacred Festival, which involves more than 300 artists, is a 12-day, 25-event arts festival coordinated by the Asian American Arts Alliance.

African stories on film

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

A couple of weeks ago the Times (yes, again) had a story by Paul Berger about the African Movie Mall at 179 E. 165th Street in the Bronx. Owner Rabiu Mohammed says he stocks 300,000 African DVDs, and the films are a big hit in African and Caribbean communities.

Nigeria boasts the world’s third-largest film industry—they call it Nollywood, of course. Production is low-budget, but the stories, they say, are compelling to the point of being addictive.