"Africa Rising" is the conclusion of the annual Ford Summer Season at the Ford Theatres, a series of music, dance, theatre and film events scheduled from May through October.
"Africa Rising" is the conclusion of the annual Ford Summer Season at the Ford Theatres, a series of music, dance, theatre and film events scheduled from May through October. The final event at the venue will feature music by Dawuni with Ethiopian-influenced ensemble Wondem, led by multi-instrumentalist Dexter Story; Congolese-Belgian singer Marie Daulne of Zap Mama; and DJs Jeremy Sole and Glenn Red.
Dawuni and company curated the event as a way of celebrating the influence and legacy of African music, culture and art, as well as the global African diaspora that has influenced much of the Western world, especially within Los Angeles, according to LA Weekly.
"It's really representative of how this city is in terms of African culture and the various cultures of the African diaspora," Dawuni told LA Weekly. "I feel that highlighting that and celebrating that literally contributes to creating that kind of community, cohesion and the sense of supporting each other."
"Afro Funké, first of all, was an incubation of the concept of a multicultural environment and a multicultural celebration," says Dawuni. "It was a recognition of who each other is and each other's role and using music and art as the means to express it, as well as creating an environment where everybody comes and no one needs to articulate what the concept is. This is an opportunity to bring that experience to a bigger platform, a bigger stage, but with the same objective, really: celebrating the African element in every culture."
Dawuni considers Afro Funké and "Africa Rising" as part of his activist work.