The Black Atlantic Festival 2018
March 22, 2018
Doctoral students from a range of disciplines in Laurent Dubois’ class on the Black Atlantic have produced a guide to the history and cultural context surrounding each of the musicians performing in the Black Atlantic music festival sponsored by Duke Performances in March 2018. Take a peek.
By Forum staff
“Duke of Bachata” JOAN SORIANO built his first guitar as a child from a tossed aside metal box and some fishing line, and along with it, a path to international acclaim as one of a few contemporary artists dedicated to preserving the music’s cultural roots.
EMELINE MICHEL is a Haitian singer-songwriter whose voice has earned her the title “the Joni Mitchell of Haiti” as well as comparisons to Tracy Chapman and Sarah McLaughlin, among other culturally significant artists.
Duke Performances welcomes the Afro-Venezuelan group BETSAYDA MACHADO Y LA PARRANDA EL CLAVO, masterful performers of parranda music and living archives of Afro-Venezuelan and indigenous history.
Featuring Hawa Kassé Diabaté, Mamadou Kouyaté and Fodé Lassana Diabaté, TRIO DA KALI represents a new generation’s inheritance of the Malian griot music tradition.
Born in 1969, AURELIO MARTÍNEZ is a Garifuna percussionist, guitarist, singer, and songwriter who hails from Plaplaya, Honduras. Martínez, who goes by Aurelio, was born into a family of musicians.
Born Ramón Jiménez Salazar outside of Madrid in Spain, the artist now known internationally as DIEGO EL CIGALA has won wide acclaim as one of the world’s foremost flamenco singer.