Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc presents Scottt Raven, The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change and Abdou Mboup as part of its La Casita series.
An impressive lineup of artist-activists convene to explore the far-reaching social, political, and expressive powers of oral and visual tradition. Here, wordsmiths share the stage with musicians and dancers to uncover how poetry, song, movement, and storytelling can unleash personal truths, construct identity, and fundamentally alter historic narratives.
Admission is free on a first-come, first-served basis. Chairs are not provided; audiences are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs.
Don’t miss the Community Resource Fair starting 30 minutes before each event! Stop by to learn more about the cultural organizations and serivce providers in the neighborhood.
MC: Scottt Raven
Scottt Raven Tarazevits is a graduate of Rutgers University where he created and hosted the longest-running open mic in New Jersey, Verbal Mayhem. He’s the author of Sconnettts, Beyond Sconnettts, Polygons: Surrealist Poems Volume 1, and Sports Stories: Mostly True Tales of Running, Punning, and Jose Canseco. He’s also an actor, teacher, workshop leader, and event host for InspiredWordNYC. As cofounder of the internationally traveling trio of spoken word artists Mayhem Poets, he has performed for all ages and demographics at conferences and in theaters, schools, colleges, mental health facilities, and more around the world. His work has been featured in the New York Times, S.W.A.P., Poetic People Power, on CNN, and as part of FIAT’S Alternate Routes Campaign. He was most recently published in the upcoming “These Summer Months” for the Late Orphan Anthology Series from the Backpack Press. His blogs, Cinephile Under Scottt and Metaphorcasts, include stream of consciousness film reviews and semi-weekly poeticized weather reports.
The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change
The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change brings the power of Liberian traditional song to the forefront of efforts to make communities safe and strong. Composed of renowned singers and dancers from Liberia—Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Zaye Tete, and Tokay Tomah—the chorus raises awareness of the issue of domestic violence and other concerns of Philadelphia-area Liberian immigrants. The chorus was formed in response to these artists’ own community research that found local Liberian immigrant women have difficulty accessing resources and getting the support they need. Together, these award-winning performers create music intended to encourage dialogue around these issues, allowing women to make their voices heard and to take positive steps forward.
Abdou Mboup (Traditional African/Drumming/Senegal)
Abdou Mboup was born in the small town of Kébémer, Senegal, to a family of oral historians and musicians. Having studied traditional drumming under the tutelage of his family, Abdou soon established himself as a key figure in the development of the mbalax style (Senegalese dance music), becoming the first musician to incorporate various traditional instruments into Senegalese popular music. After joining the renowned Dakar-based group Xalam, which toured Europe and Africa under the patronage of South African trumpeter, Hugh Masekela, Abdou’s work attracted the attention of the American trumpeter Jon Hassell. Soon thereafter he became the percussionist of Eddy Louiss’s band, touring and recording with them for the next ten years. Concurrently, Abdou taught percussion at Loisirs et Culture music school in France and founded the jazz fusion band Sixun. He has toured and recorded in Africa, Europe, America, Southeastern Asia, Japan, Nepal, and India, and has written original composition for Jean-Luc Ponty, Pharoah Sanders, Tom Tom Club, and Randy Weston.
Generous support facilitated by The Honorable City Council Member I. Daneek Miller
Lead Corporate Support is provided by Time Warner
Additional Corporate Support is provided by DISNEY
DATE AND TIME
Sat, August 26, 2017
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
New York Public Library Stapleton Branch
132 Canal Street
Staten Island, NY 10304
Organizer: Lincoln Center’s Boro-Linc
Organizer of Boro-Linc Staten Island: La Casita
Lincoln Center partners with community-based organizations in all five of New York City’s boroughs to present Boro-Linc, a series of free world-class performance and family workshops, right in your neighborhood!
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