Thomas Mapfumo to headline Yale University's 2016 African arts and culture festival

The lion of Zimbabwe Mukanya, Thomas Tafirenyika Mapfumo will be headlining this year's African arts and culture festival at Yale University dubbed the 'Africa Salon Concert.' Mukanya will be performing alongside Wambura Mitaru and Blitz the Ambassador on the 3rd of April at the university's College Street Music Hall

Africa Salon is Yale University’s Contemporary African arts and culture festival. The lively week-long event presents exhibits, screenings, fashion shows, performances, parties, and unique projects featuring some of the most consequential artists from the continent and diaspora. At a time when contemporary African art is drawing more eyes, turning more heads, and creating more buzz than ever, Africa salon creates a space, unique amongst academic institutions, where audiences can intimately access arts and culture from Africa and the diaspora and absorb the complexity of the stories being told. Artists featured in Africa salon, including student talent, share a progressive approach to owning and telling African stories. Through literature, film, music, dance, and more, the salon invites audiences to rethink their conceptions of the continent–to watch, listen, and respond–and to celebrate the creation of these important narratives.

Africa Salon is an encounter with a continent as conceived by its new authors.

Mungwadzi Godwin

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