Art Equals Politics: Vignettes of Culture, Decolonization, and Black and Brown Liberation | Duke Kunshan University

Art Equals Politics: Vignettes of Culture, Decolonization, and Black and Brown Liberation

E.g., 06/18/2022
E.g., 06/18/2022
21:00 to 23:00

Zoom ID: 344-318-9585

The recent nationwide protests in the U.S. against the police killing of African American man George Floyd has brought again to the fore the urgent political question of the long history of racism in the U.S. Such racism affects African Americans in particular but also Indigenous Nations, Latinos and Asians, and hinders the path to a peaceful, egalitarian and decolonized world.

Helping us to explore such issues and others on a global scale through a series of musical performances, discussions and reflections are the Afro Yaqui Music Collective, an award-winning group of Pittsburgh-based jazz musicians who are also scholars and participants in movements for social justice.

The Afro Yaqui Music Collective’s style is rooted in an expansive vision of jazz, mixing musical styles, languages and instrumentation from American jazz and hip-hop, as well as Chinese, Indigenous, Caribbean and African traditions. Its music explicitly communicates themes of decolonization, and band members, young and old, have been active participants in movements, from the Black Power Movement (1960s) to the contemporary Movement for Black Lives.

The collective has won multiple awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, and has performed globally at social movement spaces, such as at the US-Mexican border and the Mesopotamian Water Forum in Iraq. It has also performed at such significant U.S. venues as the Kennedy Center, the Lincoln Center, and the venerable Red Rooster in Harlem. The collective is committed to education and innovative pedagogies, mixing musical and visual art along with history.