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April 2013

“Ancient Egyptian Art”
Where: NYC-Metropolitan Museum of Art
When: April 2nd-April 7th

The collection of ancient Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum ranks among the finest outside Cairo. It consists of approximately 36,000 objects of artistic, historical, and cultural importance, dating from the Paleolithic to the Roman period (ca. 300,000 B.C.–4th century A.D.). More than half of the collection is derived from the Museum’s thirty-five years of archaeological work in Egypt, initiated in 1906 in response to increasing public interest in the culture of ancient Egypt. Today, virtually the entire collection is on display in thirty-two major galleries and eight study galleries, with objects arranged chronologically. Overall, the holdings reflect the aesthetic values, history, religious beliefs, and daily life of the ancient Egyptians over the entire course of their great civilization.

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“Fifth Annual Mimouna Celebration Spotlighting Artist Chamae Mechaly”
Where: Boston-American Islamic Congress
When: April 6th at 7:30pm

“Mimouna is a Moroccan holiday where Jewish and Muslim communities mark the end of Passover. In 2009, Muslims and Jews, with roots in North Africa, began to revive Mimouna’s interfaith tradition in Boston. This year’s celebration spotlights the new art exhibit by Chamae Mechtaly, a local Moroccan artist with Muslim and Jewish roots, for AIC’s “Muslim Women in the Arts” series. The reception will include traditional Moroccan and kosher treats, musical performance by Amoud Band, and henna tattoos.”

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“Mandela for President: South Africa Votes for Democracy”
Where: L.A.-The Fowler Museum at UCLA
When: April 7th-July 7, 2013

Mandela for President: South Africa Votes for Democracy documents this landmark moment in South Africa’s history with election ephemera, commemorative cloths, posters, and works of art created in response to the end of apartheid and its importance in world history. Works include colorful commemorative cloths emblazoned with Mandela’s likeness and Hamilton Budaza’s print Vote for Democracy, which poignantly capture the emotion and anticipation of freedom.

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“Mmofra Trom Bead Project and Social2 Ventures Present “A Party with a Purpose”
Where: Boston-The Estate Nightclub
When: April 13th at 10:00pm

“Mmofra Trom Bead Project is a social enterprise that raises funds to send children in Ghana to school through profits generated from a bracelet wholesaling and retailing business. MTBP views education as a long term solution to acheive poverty alleviation. The enterprise supplements profits from the business with events such as this.”

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Where: Boston-Granoff Music Center: Distler Performance Hall
When: April 20th at 8:00pm

Kiniwe presents instrumental music, songs, and dancing from the Ewe tradition of West Africa (Ghana), featuring the ensemble, the Agbekor Society, and director Nani Agbeli. Get ready for an explosion of Ghanaian music!

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“Hugh Masekela”
Where: Boston-Berklee College of Music: Berklee Performance Center
When: April 21st at 7:30

“Hugh Masekela’s trumpet has long been a call to freedom and a celebration of the resilience of his people. He relives the joyous and heady days of his youth on Jabulani, his new album scheduled for release this year.”

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“Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa”
Where: Washington D.C.-National Museum of African Art
When: April 22nd-January 4th 2014

“Master weaver Kwasi Asare will teach students 10 and up how to use the famous cloth that his father, the late A.E. Asare, created. Reservations required.”

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“The Arts of Africa”
Where: NYC-Brooklyn Museum
When: Throughout the Month of April

“Over 250 works spanning more than 2,500 years represent art from the African continent in the Museum’s first-floor galleries. Additional related art from ancient Egypt and Islamic North Africa can be found in the second- and third-floor galleries. The art on view in the first-floor galleries ranges from ancient Nubian pottery and sculpture, Berber jewelry, and West African masks to East African beadwork, Ethiopian processional crosses, and a contemporary ceramic vessel by the Kenya-born artist Magdalene Odondo. The main focus of the African collections is on sculpture from West and Central Africa.”

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“Hall of African Peoples”
Where: NYC-American Museum of Natural History
When: Throughout the Month of April

“Africa, a continent of nearly 12 million square miles and more than 700 million inhabitants, boasts a rich array of cultures. The Hall of African Peoples explores this great diversity, highlighting the traditional lifestyles and customs of people living in Africa’s grasslands, deserts, forests, and river regions. The religious, political, economic, and domestic aspects of life are highlighted through artifacts and dioramas. On display are masks, musical instruments, farming tools, religious idols, ceremonial costumes, and more. Dioramas depict a variety of scenes, from the Berbers of the desert in North Africa to the Mbuti pygmies in the Congo. Also featured are the Yoruba, Pokot, and Bira peoples, among others.”

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