NBAF 2017 Program Season

Celebrating World Music

*Additional details will be added as programming is solidified

FAMILY DAY/CULTURE FESTIVAL

“NBAF Celebrating World Music,
The Best of Atlanta”

Date: Saturday, September 23 (11 AM-5PM)
Venue: Stage – Auburn Avenue Historic District

Presented as part of the 2nd annual Family Day/Culture Fest programming, “Celebrating World Music, The Best of Atlanta” Spotlight Series will include musical performances in a variety of genres, including African drumming, Afrobeat, Caribbean steel pan, reggae, soca and calypso, Afro-Cuban jazz, among other forms of music that have emerged from African musical traditions. These traditions have flourished not only in Atlanta but in North America, the Caribbean, the African Diaspora and spread throughout the world. 

master class by a member of the performing group will be scheduled pre or post performance during the day.

FILM SERIES/SCREENING

Date: Tuesday, September 26 (3PM)
Venue: Emory University Campus

A film screening and post-screening conversation will be presented with film scholars featuring films about luminaries, trailblazers and rising stars in African Diaspora world music – with a focus on artists who are/have been at the forefront of challenging, re-inventing, innovating, shaping and popularizing different forms of world music.

PANEL PRESENTATION

“Social, Political Resistance and Healing:
The Power of Music”

Date: TBD
Venue: First Congregational Church (in conjunction with the 150th Anniversary of the church celebrations)

Local ethnomusicologists, scholars and practicing artists participate in a panel discussion that focuses a historical lens on how music in its various forms is used as an instrument in fueling resistance movements. One can refer back to the time period of African enslavement and slavery in the New World, during the Civil Rights and Anti-Apartheid Movements, up to the present as evidence of the power of music.

GALLERY SERIES

“Intersecting Disciplines: Visual Arts/Music”

Date: Saturday, September 30 (5 PM – 7 PM)
Venue: ZuCot Gallery

The NBAF’s Gallery series invites art enthusiasts to the ZuCot Gallery on September 30th.  Light refreshments provided with an exhibit tour and artist talk. The gallery visit will offer participants unique experiences that this year intersects the visual arts with music. “Pop-up” musical performances by young/emerging performers from AREA (Atlanta Resource for Entertainment and Arts) will feature different musical genres. The ZuCot Gallery which features the contemporary art of African American artists is located in the historic Castleberry Hill district near the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.