Afro Yaqui Music CollectiveTuesday, May 1, 2018 @ 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Join us for an evening of world music with The Afro Yaqui Music Collective!
The program will also include a reading with Sri Lankan writer Kanya D’Almeida. Kanya will read excerpts from her novel-in-progress, A Place for Incurables and from a collection of short stories entitled Mad Bloody Woman. Both pieces engage with the contemporary and historical politics and social dynamics of Sri Lanka.
Named after the indigenous music of the Yaqui people of northern Mexico, The Afro Yaqui Music Collective fuses the music of first nations in the Americas with funk, jazz, and hip hop to create a new rhythm that liberates spirit and soul.
AYMC is a 9-piece outfit which descends from the ensembles of Guggenheim award-winner Fred Ho, whose work was influenced by West African, global Indigenous and East Asian musics. Co-led by 2014 ACE Award-winning Yaqui-Mexican operatic vocalist Gizelxanath Rodreiguez and Fred Ho’s Baritone protege Ben Barson, the band uses their soul-stirring, heart-pumping sounds to respond to global issues from mass incarceration to ecocide.
Kanya D’Almeida is a Sri Lankan writer, editor and journalist. She was formerly the Race and Justice Reporter at Rewire. From 2013-2016 she held the post of Regional Editor for Asia and the Pacific at the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and has reported for IPS from the United Nations, Washington, Mexico and Sri Lanka. Her journalism has appeared on Al Jazeera, Truthout, Alternet a