Bozar gives African diaspora in Europe the mike
With the day-long event Afropean+, Bozar wants to spotlight the cultural contributions of the African diaspora in Europe
Most events free
The musical line-up has a distinctly West African flavour. Alpha Blondy hails from Ivory Coast, bringing his local take on mainstream reggae. Sekouba Bambino cut his teeth with Guinean legends Bembeya Jazz National and continues in the group's afropop tradition with a touch of Cuban style thrown in.
Nzimbu Project brings together veteran pianist Ray Lema of Congo-Kinshasa with singers Ballou Canta and Fredy Massamba from across the river in Congo-Brazzaville. They perform with Brazilian guitarist Rodrigo Viana, producing a mellow and soulful acoustic sound. Finally, urban pop singer Pegguy Tabu pays tribute to celebrated Congolese rhumba singer Tabu Ley Rochereau, his father.
Throughout the day, young artists from the African diaspora in Belgium appear at the Brussels Talent Show. The aim is to attract the attention of programmers and agents, and to reach out to new audiences.
You will need tickets for the concerts, but the rest of the day is free. The programme includes documentaries and fiction films set in Congo, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali. Pride of place goes to Colour Bar by Roland Gunst, which explores the mixed-race director's identity crisis being treated as white in Africa but black in Belgium.
Meetings range from a symposium on cultural entrepreneurship in Brussels’ African diaspora, and a debate on the role of women in Africa and Europe. Between times, check out the exhibition Timbuktu Renaissance, arts and crafts at the market, and sample food from across Africa.
17 January at Bozar, Brussels
Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar)
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