Ambassadors from several African and Caribbean countries joined with Philadelphia area regional business leaders Friday, November 11, 2011, when the Penn Museum was host to a business roundtable discussion presented by the African and Caribbean Business Council (ACBC). The program ran throughout the morning, concluding with an African-style luncheon in the Museum’s Lower Egyptian Gallery, catered by Kilimandjaro of West Philadelphia, followed by an opportunity to view the Museum’s Imagine Africa gallery project and the African gallery.
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Saturday evening, November 12, Penn Museum is host to an internationally renowned African performer, Oumou Sangare, a Malian musician sometimes called “The Songbird of Wassoulou,” in an evening that combines concert performance and the opportunity to visit the Museum’s African galleries. Tickets to the event, organized by Orijin Magazine and the African and Caribbean Business Council, are on sale.
A really mind-bending collection of African grooves — one that digs deep into the West African scene of the early 70s — and comes up with a massive batch of tunes that really opens up our understanding of the music! The sound here isn’t just 70s Afro Funk — as the tunes include a range of tripped-out styles that make the best use of electric instrumentation, psychedelic production, and important influences from American soul artists at the time. There’s some amazing guitar on some of the best tracks — ringing out with a sound that’s chromatically complex while also being tripped-out and funky — in a way that complicates the rhythms without totally taking them apart.
Well known African musician Oumou Sangaré performs LIVE at 8 pm.
The Museum’s African Gallery and the “Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum” gallery project remain open from 6:00 pm to 7:45 pm.
Presented by the African and Caribbean Business Council and Orijin Magazine.Tickets: $40 general admission, in advance and at the door.Students with Penncards, $20. For ticket information: (215) 327-7783.
Penn Museum held its first Imagine Africa Community Night, sponsored by Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell—and more than 500 people came out to dance, drum, listen to spoken word poetry, tour the Museum’s new Imagine Africa gallery project and visit throughout the galleries.