Grigris Film Premiere and Karamo Susso at Cameras d’Afrique Opening Night

One of this week’s can’t miss events is the opening night of the Cameras d’Afrique: The Films of West Africa festival at LACMA on Thursday, October 3. The month-long festival is a rare opportunity for American movie-goers to see a diversity of films of the West African region from the past 50 years, from recent cinema to groundbreaking classics. The opening night features 2 films by accomplished Chadian director, Mahamat Saleh Haroun: his 1999 debut feature film Bye Bye Africa and the US premiere of his latest film, Grigris, which won the Vulcan Award at Cannes International Film Festival this year.

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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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Music, Dance, Film, Art & Cultural events Apr. 22 – Apr. 28

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Happy Earth Day! There are Earth Day events all month into May but really…every day should be Earth Day! And there are a bizillion film festivals this week. Another gorgeous sunny Spring week with so going on! Here are just some of the very many awesome events happening around LA! Do you have an LA hidden treasure or great cause people should know about? Let me know! Have a great week, Angelenos…dedicating this song to you all! Continue reading

Film Independent screenings in March at LACMA

al pacinoI love the free screenings at LACMA, given by Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, and sponsored by The New York Times. They’re often attended by directors and stars of the movie, such as the last screening, showing the Oscar-nominated No from Chile, with Gael García Bernal in attendance. This March, they’re presenting 3 upcoming films which all happen to be crime thrillers. RSVP opens on March 5…guests at the Q&A to be announced, so get your tickets quick!
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