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Inside Ms. Lauryn Hill’s ‘Diaspora Calling!’ Art Exhibition

Okay Africa   in  · ·
April 28, 2016

It’s a Wednesday night at the Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn. In the legendary venue’s majestic lobby are artworks by top diaspora artists. Haiti is particularly represented. Dancers––inspired by Fela Kuti’s queens––suddenly appear.

The occasion is the opening of Ms. Lauryn Hill’s Diaspora Calling! art exhibition curated by Hill in conjunction with her Friday night concert at Kings Theatre. Originally billed as a solo show, a surprise announcement late on Wednesday revealed the sold-out event was actually a one-night-only music festival. The concert would feature performances by some of the biggest stars from Africa and the Caribbean, including Stephen Marley and Machel Montano, as well as Ghana’s StonebwoyE.LJojo Abot and Nigerian artists Mr. Eazi and Wondaboy.

“Diaspora Calling! is a collection of works intended to celebrate the rich tapestry of artists from the African Diaspora while also illumining persistent and irrepressible themes,” Hill explains. “Even if we work independently, we are a resounding collective voice, both reconciling and embracing our relationship to history, our origins, our future and to ourselves.”

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