Musician Cheikh Lô, as the Spring 2016 artist-in-residence at the Institute of African American Affairs, will discuss his life in music (April 2) and participate in discussions with actor Danny Glover (April 7) and with other artists (April 12) as well as perform as part of a free concert (April 9).

Photo: Musician Cheikh Lô
Musician Cheikh Lô, above, as the Spring 2016 artist-in-residence at NYU's Institute of African American Affairs, will discuss his life in music (April 2) and participate in discussions with actor Danny Glover (April 7) and with other artists (April 12) as well as perform as part of a free concert (April 9). (c) Bernard Benant

Series Includes April 7 Discussion with Danny Glover

Musician Cheikh Lô, as the Spring 2016 artist-in-residence at New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs, will discuss his life in music (April 2) and participate in discussions with actor Danny Glover (April 7) and with other artists (April 12) as well as perform as part of a free concert (April 9).

All events, sponsored by NYU’s Institute of African American Affairs, are free and open to the public and will be held at various locations on the NYU campus.

Please RSVP at 212.998.IAAA (4222) for all programs except the April 9 concert. Concert attendees must register here and bring printed confirmation to the concert venue—Skirball Center for the Performing Arts—for admission. Space is limited for all events.

Saturday, April 2, 5 p.m.
Cheikh Lô: From Mouridism to Afrobeat
An evening with Cheikh Lo in conversation with Mamadou Diouf and C. Daniel Dawson
NYU Law School, Vanderbilt Hall, Tishman Auditorium, 1st floor
40 Washington Square South (between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets)

Cheikh Lô will discuss his 40-year music career, his journey as a creative and spiritual soul, and the topics that provide a stage for his voice. Mamadou Diouf is the Leitner Family Professor of African Studies and the director of Columbia University's Institute for African Studies. NYU Professor C. Daniel Dawson teaches seminars on African Spirituality in the Americas and has worked as a photographer, filmmaker, curator, arts administrator and consultant.

Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m.
Cheikh Lô and Danny Glover: Music and Pan-Africansim
NYU Law School, Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, 1st floor
40 Washington Square South (between MacDougal and Sullivan Streets)

Danny Glover, actor, director and producer of American films, has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts dealing with education, economic justice, and issues of poverty in the United States, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Glover will engage Cheikh Lô in a discussion of African causes by challenging local leaders and state warlords across Africa.

Saturday, April 9, 6 p.m.
Cheikh Lô: Africa Live Concert
NYU-Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South)

The concert will be hosted by Cheikh Lô and a smaller version of his group--the Band Ndiguel.

Concert attendees must register here and bring printed confirmation to the concert venue for admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-served bases; please arrive by 5:30 p.m. or your seats may be released. Please note that the Skirball box office will close at 6:30 p.m. on the day of the concert. Limit 2 tickets per person.

For questions and for more information, please contact the Skirball box office at 212.998.4941 or boxoffice@nyu.edu.

Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 p.m.
Cheikh Lô and the Changing-Same: African Music in the Diaspora
NYU-Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life
C95 Lecture Hall, lower level
238 Thompson Street (between West 3rd Street and Washington Square South)

Throughout his career Cheikh Lô has collaborated with artists from different backgrounds from Pee Wee Ellis, Tony Allen to Oumou Sangaré, Youssou N'Dour, Ibrahim Mallouf, Flavia Cohelo, and Fixi. Since his debut with the Volta Jazz Burkina Faso's group Lô has consistently worked with artists of different nationalities. Cheikh Lô will spend an evening with various artists working in framework of exchange and experience-sharing. Artists will include Denardo Coleman, T.K. Blue, and Kaïssa.

The Artist:
Born in 1955 in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, to Senegalese parents, Cheikh Lô started at a very young age to sing and play music. He took his first orchestral steps when he joined the band Volta Jazz Orchestra, one of the best in post-independence West Africa that played both the Cuban and Congolese pop as traditional music from Burkina Faso. Since then, Lô has worked with various artists exposing him to the musical diversity both in Africa and in the diaspora. His five international albums have received resounding success with each ranking number one in the top ten in Europe. His most recent album, Balbalou, received the prestigious Artist Award 2015 at Womex (World Music Expo) with lyrical themes exploring concepts of corruption, coups d’état as well as the importance of peace, love and spirituality.

EDITOR’S NOTE
The Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) at New York University was founded in 1969 to research, document, and celebrate the cultural and intellectual production of Africa and its diaspora in the Atlantic world and beyond. IAAA is committed to the study of Blacks in modernity through concentrations in Pan-Africanism and Black Urban Studies. For more, please click here.  

ABOUT THE NYU-IAAA ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM
The Artist-in-Residence Program was initiated by the Institute of African American Affairs at New York University in 1996, with writer Walter Mosley as the first guest. It has since become one of the most respected and well attended programs at New York University. The audience is particularly attracted to the interdisciplinary nature of the programs. A writer, for example will invite musicians to play music and discuss his/her writing. An actor could organize a panel around politics, etc. Past Artists-in-Residence include, Angela Davis, Anna Devere Smith, Randy Weston, Salif Keita, Amiri Baraka, Jayne Cortez, Danny Glover, William Greaves, Edouard Glissant, John Akomfrah and Meklit Hadero, and most recently Linton Kwesi Johnson.

 

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