All Power to All People Opening Weekend!
Community Day, Saturday, April 13, 11am—4pm
Sunday Drumming, Sunday, April 14, 2pm—4pm
Join us for the All Power to All People Opening Weekend Community Day! The weekend will be spent celebrating the newly unveiled installation by Hank Willis Thomas at The Africa Center, in partnership with Kindred Arts.
All Power to All People will be located on the public plaza adjacent to The Africa Center at 1280 Fifth Avenue (at 110th Street) and will be on display through July 7th.
Join us for Saturday, Sunday, or the whole weekend!
Saturday, April 13, 11am—4pm
Be the first to see All Power to All People, a larger than life outdoor steel sculpture by artist Hank Willis Thomas that celebrates cultural identities in the African diaspora. The installation will stand as a powerful symbol on the streets of Harlem. There will be family fun, food and items from the African diaspora for sale, and Teranga will be open. We are delighted to also announce our DJ for the day, Rich Medina.
Sunday, April 14, 2pm—4pm
Come and experience The Aniyikaye Drummers performing live on our plaza. Bring your family, friends and your dancing shoes! Teranga will also be open!
The Aniyikaye Drummers, led by “Dr” Stephen Aniyikaye, give performances based on Nigerian variations of traditional Yoruba drum repertoire of Nigeria. These include the invocative spiritual songs of the Orisha deities, the secular dance songs and rhythms of Apala, Juju and Fuji music (popularized by King Sunny Ade and Haruna Ishola) and the song rhythms from the Yoruba Pentecostal churches. Instruments consist of talking drums of varying sizes e.g. bata ceremonial drums, shakers (shekere), bells (agogo) and rhythm sticks. Egun Dance demonstrations will accompany the drumming.
All Power to All People, Hank Willis Thomas © 2018. Conceived by conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas. Produced by Marsha Reid, fabricated by Jeff Schomberg. Presented by The Africa Center and Kindred Arts Inc. in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program
Special thanks to The Africa Center’s Board of Trustees and RBHU engineering. Made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC