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Kenyatta Day at the Blue Nile

Kenyatta Day may be a Kenyan public holiday, but this year's celebration was truly an East African affair. A mix of hyped up Ugandan artists and talented Kenyan DJs kept…

Roy Kapale Strives for Success

Roy Kapale Strives for Success

It's been decades since I last heard Muhammad Ali extolling his own virtues.  "I am the greatest; I said that even before I knew I was.  I figured that if…

Siyaya Concert: A Treat to Watch

Siyaya Concert: A Treat to Watch

Entertainment gift-wraps a wide variety of messages.  Spirituals map out the path to freedom and Barney the dinosaur dresses up common courtesy in nursery rhymes.  Now there's a South African…

Redykyulass Crew Entertain, Inform and Inspire

Redykyulass Crew Entertain, Inform and Inspire

The 2006 Redykyulass show delivered as advertised in Minneapolis during their annual US tour.  The material was new, and dare I say better.…

Daara J Trio Brings Sene-rap Stateside

Daara J Trio Brings Sene-rap Stateside

“I’ve got a story to tell,” Faada Freddy insists loudly over the mic, “rap music was born in Africa.”  If the crowd at the Loring Park Summer Music &…

RIOTOUS. ROUSING. REVOULTIONARY. REDYKULASS.

Summertime in Minneapolis, a time to change your wardrobe, bring out the mosquito repellent, go fishing, barbequing, cycling, and of course attend the “Annual Redykulass Concert”. …

Weather Challenges Innocent’s Reggae CD Release Party

Weather Challenges Innocent’s Reggae CD Release Party

The weather provided a spectacular show announcing the release of Innocent's all-original, 14-track CD, Shine Africa, at the Cabooze on Friday, June 16th.  Outside, rain pelted the dry earth in…

Walker Art Center 2006-2007 Season

The Walker Art Center announced its 2006-2007 performing arts season schedule at a luncheon held in its Skyline Room on June 7th.  The aspiring program includes dancers, actors, and musicians…

The Meaning of Traditional Masks in Africa

An interview with Mimi Girma

Art Exhibit Closes with Lively Public Discourse

Art Exhibit Closes with Lively Public Discourse

"I think it's more beneficial to be embraced by the audience of the Walker ( Art Center ) than it is to hang on the walls of the Walker," said photographer, Bill…

African Daily Life

A group exhibit including paintings, sculpture, photography and artifacts highlighting daily life in African countries is on display at the Mira Gallery of the Instituto de Cultura y Educación in…