DRAPETOMANIA @ AAMP

Hey everyone – OYE LA NOTICIA! Join us for the Opening Reception of the new exhibition at @aampmuseum,"Drapetomania: Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba". This reception is free and open to the public with a RSVP and will include music, wine and light fare for guests. Yours truly (DJ Rahsaan) will be spinning a very Cuba-inspired DJ set, and we'll have some special musical guests in the house too.  It's all going down on Wednesday 6:30PM, February 3rd, 2016.

 

ATTENTION: YOU NEED TO RSVP TO ATTEND – go to www.aamp.org. Stay tuned for more information on the full suite of exhibition programs in partnership with the African American Museum of Philadelphia. (701 Arch St., Center City Philadelphia)

 

More on the exhibition: Drapetomanía is a tribute to Grupo Antillano (1978-­1983), a forgotten visual arts and cultural movement that privileged the importance of African and Afro-Caribbean influences in the formation of the Cuban nation. Grupo Antillano valiantly proclaimed the centrality of African practices in national culture. The title of the exhibit, Drapetomania, makes reference to an alleged disease described in the mid-nineteenth century by a slave physician in the plantations of Louisiana.

 

From the Greek drapetes (escape, run away) and mania (disorder, mental illness), the main symptom of this disease was the slaves' irrepressible and pathological urge to flee and to be free. Curated by historian Alejandro de la Fuente from Harvard University, the exhibit showcases works by the artists of Grupo and of a group of contemporary artists who share some of the concerns that Grupo Antillano articulated thirty years ago. #Philly #PHL

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LATIN ROOTS LIVE PRESENTS Monsieur Perine’ Live Concert broadcast on World Café w/David Dye2/7 5PM – Grammy-winning Colombian alt-swing band Monsieur Perine’ made their Philadelphia debut in January 2016 to a open-hearted, sold out crowd at the renowned venue, World Café Live. The band took the audience on a musical journey through a world where 1920’s Parisian hot jazz and South American disco rock rhythms cozy up next to each other in a universal Red Light District. Missed the show en vivo? No problem: tune into World Café on Thursday Feb. 4th and 5PM SHARP to hear it in its entirety.

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DANIEL DE JESUS “LA DOLOROSA” LP + VIDEO PREMIERE: LAGRIMAS DE SANGRE

On February 5th, De Jesus will be releasing his latest album (and his 1st 100% Spanish language full-length) entitled, “La Dolorosa”. The LP centers around existential spiritual themes, including Afro-Caribbean mysticism, and the Holy Madonnas of the Americas. Intense & expansive lyrics swim and swirl in between digital beats, while painted with eerily-structured classical string arrangement create a mysterious, emotional effect. And then there’s his voice: his bold, powerful vocals soar & hypnotize listeners. Having once served as 2nd cello for (now defunct) alt-Victorian band RASPUTINA, De Jesus has toured extensively throughout Europe and has shared the stage with various acts like K.D. Lang, Jesse & Joy, and others. His music has been compared to the likes of Tori Amos, Bjork, and David Bowie.

The video for the album’s lead single, “Lagrimas de Sangre”, premieres worldwide exclusively viaAfroTaino.com on Feb. 5th.

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OPENING RECEPTION: PICASSO: THE GREAT WAR, EXPERIMENTATION AND CHANGE – FEATURING JAY & LEE

SATURDAY FEB. 20th – 6-9PM – 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

$25; members $20 (includes collection and exhibition access. Cocktails & light fare available for purchase.) Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200

We are proud to announce our collaboration with the Barnes Foundation, particularly in celebration of the new exhibition, “PICASSO: THE GREAT WAR, EXPERIMENTATION AND CHANGE”. For this highly-anticipated event, we are proudly presenting the incredible Flamenca Rumba guitar duo, JAY & LEE. Tickets are available now. We strongly urge you to reserve your tickets before it’s too late.

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Art After 5 presents OMNIA & LEILA HEGAZY – Friday March 4, 2016 – 5PM – 8:45PM

The Middle East meets the West in this flawless exchange of contemporary soul melodies and Arabic folk-pop styles. Already established solo artists, the Egyptian-rooted harmonizing of identical twin artists, Omnia and Leila, is a spectacle to be witnessed live whenever they share the stage together.  From the in-depth, poignant delivery of the songwriting to the butterfly-patterned curly vocal loop-de-loops that are peppered throughout their live sets, the twins are mesmerizing to watch and hear.  Free after museum admission.