Bridging the Diaspora

LiveWire

From Babatundi Olatunji and Hugh Masekela to Miriam Makeba, Salif Keita, and Burna Boy, the Apollo stage has provided a nexus between the African and the African American performance experience. For this Live Wire event, Juilliard ethnomusicologist Fredara Hadley engages with contemporary artists about some of the legendary artists and historic performances on the Apollo stage, and the significance of Africa Now! in honoring the music of the African diaspora in the contemporary world.

The Apollo’s Live Wire series was created to spark deeper insight and consideration of the contribution of Black arts and culture to the broader American canon. These electrifying events feature discussion with unpredictable and impromptu performative elements that shed new light on the timely topics of today.

Leadership support for the Apollo Education Programs is provided by BNY Mellon, Fund II, the Hearst Foundations, the Jerome L. Greene Arts Access Fund in the New York Community Trust, The Pinkerton Foundation, and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with New York Council Members Ben Kallos and Bill Perkins.

Africa Now Festival

The influence of Africa continues to explode around the globe, revolutionizing not only music but driving trends across all facets of culture. This season, the Apollo’s Africa Now! Festival returns for its eight year to celebrate this ever-growing prominence by presenting the best cultural innovators from the African diaspora.

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