Grand Park Turns One!

This Thursday, October 10, the Grand Park turns ONE and the one year anniversary party will feature KCRW‘s Jeremy Sole, Ethio Cali, and a blues collaboration between Cedric Watson and Sidi Toure from Mali! When word started spreading about the grand opening of a huge park in downtown LA , we were as puzzled and unimpressed as anyone who’s walked all over downtown’s dense concrete, brick & glass jungle. What open green space are they talking about? Well, we were quickly won over by this beautification project tucked neatly (and almost secretly) between the Music Center and expanding downward level by level to the steps of City Hall. Here’s a video of the Grand Park Opening one year ago.


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Upcoming African Shows in LA!

We are big fans of the cultures and music of Africa and its diaspora and blessed with such a vibrant African community here in LA. There are a lot of great can’t-miss African events coming up between now and November, so mark your calendars and get your tickets because some of these are almost sold-out! Want to stay in the loop on African cultural events & music shows? Check out our friends at Radio Afrodicia, Primitive Modern Arts who just recently hosted an incredible in-house performance by Wunmi, and the weekly Afro Funke.
Meet & Greet Reception honoring Miss Israel 2013 @ Little Ethiopia – Sat 9/28:
Yityish Aynaw, first African descendant to be crowned Miss Israel, is coming to Los Angeles. She is also a descendant of King Solomon and Queen of Sheba.

@ Avalon Hollywood – Sat. 9/28
: Ankara Festival is a celebration of Africa’s heritage & culture through a Fashion show, Live Performances, Comedy, Cultural Dancers, Music and Food.

Mali Fala Fun(d)Raiser @ Echo Garden Cottage and Gallery, 1858 Echo Park Ave Los Angeles, 90026 – Sat. 9/28
Please join us for our 7th annual fun(d)raiser, and help to build a village school library in Tamale, Ghana in 2014. All monies raised at this upcoming event will be used at the Bizung Music School founded by Playing for Change, where we will provide them with a much-needed library. Tax-deductible tickets are $50 in advance $60 at the door. To purchase tickets or make a donation please visit our website: Click on the Donate button where you can make your payment via Paypal. Music from Ghana featuring: Alidu and the Bizung Family. Music from Mali featuring: African Cowboy Robert Berryman. Drum circle Silent auction, Cash raffle Appetizers and drinks and much more! This will be an exciting, fun filled evening supporting a wonderful cause with the opportunity to help those in need.

Kara Mack @The Talking Stick – Sat. 9/28: Kara Mack will be back at the Talking Stick…and now featuring songs from her debut album “A Negroe’s Spiritual”. Put on your dancing shoes and be ready to get down to this amazing new project that Kara has finally released everywhere online! For the past 10 years, Kara Mack has immersed herself in the African Diaspora; going to the sources of each to study the music, dance, and culture individually. She even traveled to Guinea, West Africa in 2007 and studied during a time when the country declared martial law. It was during this time as well that Kara began to see the connections between every style and how important it was for the people who love such cultures to see the similarities as well. So sitting one night under the stars in Guinea, West Africa, she knew her first album would be called “A Negroe’s Spiritual”. A play off of the style that is the foundation of American music and the heart of her Southern roots, “A Negroe’s Spiritual” is a testimony of Kara’s life and a musical bridge connecting all African styles from around the world.

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