Sharjah’s Africa Hall hosts concerts by world-renowned African musicians

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In celebration of the establishment of The Africa Institute and the reopening of the historic Africa Hall, live performances by world-renowned African and African Diaspora artists will take place at Africa Hall in Sharjah.

Africa Hall is located in Al Manakh, Sharjah at the old Post Office roundabout.

The opening program includes performances by Youssou NDOUR & Le Super Étoile de Dakar (26 September); Oumou Sangaré (27 September); Mulatu Astatke (28 September); DJ Peter Adjaye and Lisa Simone (29 September); and Somi (30 September).

Tickets to the concerts are available through Ticketmaster and at the venue.

Zied Zouari
Zied Zouari

Youssou NDOUR & Le Super Étoile de Dakar (Wednesday, 26 September 2018; 9:00 pm)

Grammy award-winning musician and Senegalese icon Youssou NDOUR and his group, Le Super Étoile de Dakar, are famed for fusing popular and traditional West African music with a dance-inspiring blend of African, Caribbean and pop rhythms.

NDOUR has released hit songs such as ‘7 Seconds’, ‘Chimes of Freedom’ and ‘Immigrés/Bitim Rew’ and is widely referred to as the ‘King of African Pop’.

This concert takes place at Africa Hall and is ticketed.

performances by Youssou NDOUR
performances by Youssou NDOUR

Oumou Sangaré
Thursday, 27 September 2018; 9:00 pm

Grammy-award winning Malian singer and songwriter Oumou Sangaré is a symbol of African womanhood. Her music is largely inspired by the culture of the Wassoulou region in West Africa. Sangaré draws from genres such as rock, funk and soul while maintaining a distinctly African sound.

This concert takes place at Africa Hall and is ticketed.

Mulatu Astatke
Friday, 28 September 2018; 9:00 pm

Considered the ‘father of Ethio-jazz’ and one of Africa’s most prominent artists, Ethiopian multi-instrumentalist Mulatu Astatke successfully fuses African, American and European rhythms. Astatke was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston, where he combined jazz and Latin music with traditional and popular Ethiopian music, often incorporating traditional Ethiopian instruments. He has been credited with setting Ethiopia’s modern golden age of music into motion in the 1970s, and his music has been sampled by Nas, Damian Marley, Kanye West and Nicolas Jaar, among others.

This concert takes place at Africa Hall and is ticketed.

DJ Peter Adjaye
Saturday, 29 September 2018; 7:00 pm

DJ Peter Adjaye, also known as AJ Kwame, is considered a key figure in the contemporary Afromusic scene. Musicologist, composer, DJ-producer and musician, he is also a contemporary conceptual sound artist specialising in experimental soundscape design for installations and cross-disciplinary collaborations. His sound installations have been exhibited at Tate Modern, Art Institute of Chicago, Somerset House and Whitechapel Gallery. Adjaye often works closely with his brother, Sir David Adjaye, OBE RA, who is an award-winning and internationally acclaimed British-Ghanaian architect.

This performance takes place in Mirage City Cinema, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah and is free and open to the general public.

Lisa Simone
Saturday, 29 September 2018; 9:00 pm

Daughter of the legendary Nina Simone, Lisa Simone is a distinguished jazz and soul singer in her own right. She has released four solo albums and was nominated for a Grammy as vocalist for the jazz band Liquid Soul for their 2000 album Here’s the Deal. Simone has appeared on Broadway, where she began as an understudy and rose through the ranks to perform the title role in the musical Aida.

This concert takes place at Africa Hall and is ticketed.

Sunday, 30 September 2018; 9:00 pm

Somi has developed a hybrid sound that she has dubbed ‘New African Jazz’. The artist’s fifth album, The Lagos Music Salon (2014), which was inspired by her 18-month stay in Lagos, Nigeria, reached #1 on US Jazz Charts. Her latest album, Petite Afrique (2017), has been described as both soulful and mesmerising by critics worldwide. Born in the US to parents of Rwandan and Ugandan descent, Somi is currently based in New York City.

This concert takes place at Africa Hall and is ticketed.

Film screening, symposium

Also included in Africa Hall’s opening program are a screening of Manthia Diawara’s film An Opera of the World (28 September) and the international symposium 5-plus-1: Rethinking Abstraction, presented by Sharjah Art Foundation (30 September).

Film screening: An Opera of the World (directed by Manthia Diawara)
Friday, 28 September 2018 5:00 pm

Directed by Malian filmmaker, cultural theorist, scholar, writer and art historian Manthia Diawara, An Opera of the World explores the contemporary relationship between Africa and Europe through the ongoing refugee crisis, an issue both current and timeless. In this pioneering work, which premiered at documenta14, Diawara combines traditional Malian music with the structure of the Western operatic art form as he interweaves interviews with documentary and archival footage.

The screening will be followed by a discussion between Professor Manthia Diawara (New York University), the film’s director, and Professor Salah M. Hassan (Cornell University).

This film screening takes place at Africa Hall and is free and open to the general public.

Symposium: 5-plus-1: Rethinking Abstraction
Sunday, 30 September 2018; 10:00 am

Sharjah Art Foundation presents 5-plus-1: Rethinking Abstraction, an international symposium that revisits the original 5-plus-1 exhibition curated by Frank Bowling in 1969. The symposium examines Bowling’s work and that of his contemporaries, who invested abstraction with social, cultural and personal meaning. Symposium convenors are Hoor Al Qasimi (President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation; President, The Africa Institute); Okwui Enwezor (curator, critic and former director of Haus der Kunst); and Salah M. Hassan (Goldwin Smith Professor and Director, Institute for Comparative Modernities, Cornell University).

This symposium is held in celebration of the Sharjah Art Foundation opening of the travelling exhibition Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi [Map of the World], which was inaugurated at Haus der Kunst, Munich this year and travelled to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin. The exhibition was curated by Enwezor with Anna Schneider at Haus der Kunst.

The Sharjah presentation of this exhibition is co-curated by Al Qasimi and Enwezor with Schneider.

This event, presented by Sharjah Art Foundation and taking place at Africa Hall, is free and open to the general public. Visit to learn more and register to attend.

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