Nomadic Wax Presents A Night of African Music + Film
Saturday, August 21, 2010, 8:30 pm
Courtyard C or Hunter Center
$15 in advance/ $19 day of show/ Members 10% discount
With Group Saloum, African Underground All-Stars, and Democracy in Dakar
This night of high energy African film and music begins with a screening of the award winning documentary Democracy in Dakar, which explores the transformative role of hip-hop on politics in Senegal. Then the action jumps from screen to stage as Pan-African rap collective the African Underground All-Stars perform followed by Group Saloum, Boston's hottest m'balax band.
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Can't get enough Film with Live Music? Check out Califone: All My Friends Are Funeral Singers on August 28.
About the film
African Underground: Democracy in Dakar is a groundbreaking documentary film about hip-hop youth and politics in Dakar Senegal. The film follows rappers, DJs, journalists, professors and people on the street at the time before during and after the controversial 2007 presidential election in Senegal and examines hip-hop's role on the political process. Originally shot as a seven-part documentary mini-series released via the internet - the documentary bridges the gap between hip-hop activism, video journalism and documentary film and explores the role of youth and musical activism on the political process
About the Music: Group Saloum
Group Saloum is Boston's hottest Afro-pop band. Founded by world-renowned griot percussionist Lamine TourĂ©, Group Saloum fuses Senegalese mbalax with elements of jazz, funk, reggae, and Afrobeat. Group Saloum performs original mbalax music highlighted by the infectious rhythms of TourĂ©'s sabar drums, drawing upon the collective creativity of some of Boston's most talented musicians.
Group Saloum is: Lamine TourĂ© (sabar percussion and lead vocals), Yeumougor "Paa" Seck (sabar percussion and backing vocals), Babacar "Moha" Seck (sabar percussion and backing vocals), Michael Lewis (drums), Balaji Mani (guitar), Hiro Sakaba (bass), Akili Jamal Haynes (trumpet & backing vocals), koga rite (keyboards), Sarah Privler (trombone), and Erin Blatti (backing vocals).
"From Boston, a spectacular afropop act specializing in, but not limited to, Senegalese mbalax." --
- Afropop Worldwide
"Lamine TourĂ© and Group Saloum kick out a hard-hitting dance mix that spans the percussive fury of Senegalese mbalax and the joyful uplift of Congolese soukous" -- Boston Phoenix
About the Music: African Underground All-Stars featuring Outspoken (Zimbabwe) and Baay Bia (Senegal) - backed by DJ Boo
The African Underground All-Stars is a collective of hip hop artists from all over the African continent. Boasting a cultural, musical and linguistic diversity that you would be hard-pressed to match with another group, the AU All-Stars have performed at colleges, clubs and concert halls throughout the United States, Europe and Africa.
Outspoken and the Essence are a fresh, radical sound from Harare, Zimbabwe, combining soul-stirring, politically infused lyrics with an Afrosoul hip-hop sound. The Essence fuses classical and African instrumentation with hop hop beats. Outspoken performs regularly across southern Africa and is often featured at poetry festivals in Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa. Outspoken is also the co-founder of Magamba!, a youth cultural activist network that relies on arts and culture in the non-violent struggle for justice in Zimbabwe.
In April, 2010 Outspoken debuted his protest poetry in the USA and performed across the northeast in live music venues, festivals and colleges, including the Trinity International Hip-Hop festival, Sander's Theatre at Harvard University, Wellfleet Harbour Actors Theatre, Berklee College of Music, Tufts University, Princeton University, Howard University, and more. His poetry and interviews featured on radio shows including Voice of America, NPR, The World, and many more.
Outspoken released his first EP in April 2009, Outspoken and the Essence. He plans to release his first full-length album in 2010.
Baay Bia is a Senegalese composer and rapper. He has emerged as one of the leading figures in the thriving hip-hop scene in Senegal. Passionate about his country and faith, Baay Bia is deeply committed to making positive social and environmental change. His music is both rooted in the traditions of the West African griot and draws from contemporary hip-hop sounds, giving it a broad appeal.
He has toured and collaborated with Baaba Maal, the internationally acclaimed singer who is considered to be the father of Senegalese Mbalax. He won an award for his first album Nation at the 2002 Senegalese Hip-Hop awards in 2002. His songs regularly top the Senegalese music charts.
The event is sponsored by the Hans & Kate Morris Fund for New Music.