Brown’s African Student Association (AfriSA) is hosting a cultural show this Friday, April 6, at the Kasper Multipurpose Room (Faunce basement) from 8-11:30 p.m. The show, One People, highlights the oneness of Africa and will feature several student groups performing in the African-themed cultural event.
As part of the event, there will be classically African food, including meat pies and spiced plantains, among other offerings. While the food itself is noteworthy, the show’s true dynamism comes from the student group performances that will be woven through the entire event. The event will proceed like a story, one in which the two MC’s speak about a festival in their village.
Several campus groups will be performing, including Word! spoken team, Divine Rhythm, and New Works (the Mande dance troupe) drumming. Pink Symmetry, a renowned fashion line that has been featured at various Fashion Weeks, will hold a fashion show. In recognition of the oneness of Africa, all of these acts will be African-themed. The show is a dedication to the recognition of unity in the continent, in our lives, and of the various disciplines. In keeping with this unity (and in case you didn’t realize), we are the One People.
In order to get people pumped for the event, the group created promotional videos and spoke with Brown students about Africa. A heads up: some Brown students don’t know very much about it at all. Think “Jay Walking.” Answer to the question in the latest video? There are 54 countries.
An afterparty will take place after the show and will feature DJ Kola, a popular African DJ hailing from Cambridge, Massachusetts, who plays a mix of African music. In our SoundCloud previewing experience, it sounds like a lot of Top 40 African American performers, but we’re fine with that. The afterparty was a huge success last year and given DJ Kola’s sick mixing abilities, we don’t doubt that it will be a hit again this time around.
AfriSA’s One People is free. Group members will be handing out tickets to the event in the J. Walter Wilson lobby from now until the event, every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is semi-formal, so dress appropriately for your night of festivities. If you would like any more information or have any questions, check the Facebook page for details. (As quoted from Facebook), “come, take our hand, and let us take you on a journey to places you’ve never been before… This is Africa, and we are One People.”
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