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Flora & Fauna: A Multicultural Immersive Art and Music Experience
February 3@7:00 pm-11:00 pm$20.00
Tickets $20 online, $25 at the door.
FLORA & FAUNA Is a multicultural immersive experience that combines music, art, spoken word, and sound healing to celebrate Afro History Month. This exhibition is a sociological commentary on Afro Empowerment, Social Justice, women’s empowerment, and worldly happenings in the Afro Communities. The title “Flora and Fauna’ refers to the nature of perceiving humans as plants & animals and the unique beauties they offer to the world through their talents when they bloom. We will have food, music, live model painting, Adinkra tattoos, and vendors with art, jewelry, skincare, and sundries.
Overall, the ‘Flora & Fauna’ exhibition invites the viewer on an introspective & celebratory journey of their life sequences and asks them to consider a more conscious connection to the self, plants, animals, and the world they live in.
The term ‘Afro’ as used in Flora & Fauna is an umbrella term coined by African Artist & Curator UNAPXLXGETIC as a means to unite people of all African descendants who are scattered around the globe due to the African diaspora. This is not a term used as a replacement for ‘Blacks’ but a uniting term that pays homage to the African Culture and Heritage that we all share… Feel free to reach out to UNAPXLXGETIC directly to learn more www.unadesign.co/contact
The Gambian Griots
The Gambin Griots: Jali Bakary Konteh and Mafu Conteh will play Kora, balafon, talking drum, and calabash – all traditional Mandinka instruments. Some songs are about people and events centuries back, with morals, proverbs, and stories told with the rhythm of rap. Listen to them play a song here, see their kora demonstration here, or watch Jali talk about playing the calabash here.
“Truly unique harmonizing polyrhythmic duets, backing bilingual storytelling and Mandinka dance moves.” – Marc Pevar, tour manager.
“ … these two world-class artists … carry one of the most profound musical legacies of West Africa proudly into the 21st century.” – Afropop Worldwide Magazine
Karen Smith and Friends
Karen “Magic Fingaz” Smith, Brooklyn Native, and Philly Resident, is a Professional Percussionist, Playwright, Poet, Director, Teaching Artist, Curator, and now Pie-Maker!!! Karen is a recipient of several grants including Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change and Illuminate the Arts Grants . Ms. Smith is the Founder, Artistic Director, and Lead Percussionist of Weez the Peeples and Sistahs Laying Down Hands Collectives. Called “Sounds of Freedom” by Philadelphia Inquirer, Ms. Smith has worked with many individual artists, groups, theatrical production companies, studio recordings and this past October with Penn Medicine Breast Cancer Research and Breast Cancer Surgeon, Dr. Monique Gary called ‘Breastival’ a week-long of events centered around Breast Cancer Awareness. As of August 1, 2023, I’m delighted to share that I’ve received a Pew Fellowship from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage!! “Collaborations are the essence of my creative Journey and I am sure so many to come. It feels like a highlight sharing OMAZING energies with some much creativity around the globe! Impossible is Possible is my daily mantra!”
Featured Artist: UNAPXLXGETIC
UNAPXLXGETIC is a Conscious Creator. He creates to Heal, Nurture and Cultivate a prosperous Afro-Human mentality through mindful colors. His artworks are creative, thoughtful & expressive. He strives to Educate, Elevate, and Inspire progressive conversations throughout his work.
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