SOUNDTRACK ’63 Presented by Kente Arts AllianceWednesday, May 5, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The KENTE AT HOME Series – Featuring: Soundtrack ‘63
Streamed on City of Asylum’s Virtual Channel. (run-time 60 minutes)
Soundtrack ’63 is a live, music and multimedia retrospective of the Black experience in America. It is an artistic survey of the past that gives context to the present and asks important questions about the future. Originally developed by Creative Director Chen Lo and Musical Director, Asante Amin, Soundtrack ’63 premiered in 2013. The full sensory experience takes viewers on a journey from the African continent through milestone events in African American history. An immersive video of archival footage and animation serves as the backdrop for a soundtrack of spirituals, protest songs and popular music performed by an 18-piece orchestra and dynamic vocal chamber.
From the empowerment songs of James Brown to the outcries for justice in Ferguson, Soundtrack ’63 highlights one of the single most important movements in American history and illustrates why it remains relevant today. Soul Science Lab duo, Chen Lo, and Asante Amin lead a host of dynamic performance artists who breathes new life into the sights and sounds that shaped an era. The audience is encouraged to re-think, re-new, and re-mix their conceptions of the past.
Kente Arts Alliance, a 501c 3 nonprofit is an African American arts organization whose mission is to present high-quality art of the African Diaspora. Kente’s aim is to present art with a purpose by presenting programs that entertain, inform and uplift the residents of underserved communities.