The Women of the World Festival at London's Southbank Centre is coming and there are some great music performances that will be complementing the various talks and workshops. Today, enjoy music and spoken word from the African and diaspora contigent of artists who will be performing next week.
Don't forget to also check out the Afri-love top picks for WOW events to do with business, entrepreneurship and career development and stay tuned for culture, activism and social debate picks, early next week.
WHAT: If Joni Mitchell were East African and met Nina Simone for tea in San Francisco’s Mission District, she might have ended up sounding like Meklit Hadero. Meklit is a true modern global artist, born in Ethiopia and raised in the US. A warm and luminous singing voice and lyrical songwriting that moves from the starkly personal to the poetically metaphoric. FREE event.
WHEN: Friday 8 March, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
WHAT: Grammy Award-winning Beninese singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo returns to Southbank Centre by popular demand after her sell-out gig in 2012. Kidjo is joined by Mali-born Fatoumata Diawara. Her acclaimed first album ‘Fatou’ was voted The Sunday Times’ number 1 world music album of 2011 and WMCE’s album of the year.
WHEN: Friday 8 March, 7:30pm
WHAT: Grammy Award-winning Afro-Peruvian vocalist Susana Baca plays tracks from her latest album ‘Afrodiaspora’, which explores the pervasive African influence on Latin American music and culture.
WHEN: Saturday 9 March, 7:30pm
WHAT: Inua Ellams’ Rhythm And Poetry Party, specially curated for WOW – a nostalgic, no-clutter, no-fuss, straight-up evening of hip-hop inspired poems and favourite hip-hop songs, featuring Warsan Shire, Kat Francois, Hollie McNish, Bridget Minamore, Deanna Rodger, Talia Randall, Lyric L, Kristiana Rae Colón hailing from Chicago, New York’s Aja Monet and The Guardian music journalist Kieran Yates. With VJ Zainab Adamu and DJ Marsha Smith.
WHEN: Saturday 9 March, 8:00pm
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- TGIF! with Fatoumata Diawara
- Getting down to business at the Women of the World Festival (WOW 2013) – My top picks for entrepreneurship and career development sessions
- Dispatches from WOW 2012: Digital Tapestries – the blog post version of the presentation I made at last year's event
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