Spend the holiday on a culinary trip around the globe without leaving Chicago.
Mauritania doesn’t have the global pop footprint of its neighbor Senegal; its local musical culture is dominated by traditional forms played at weddings and other ceremonial venues. Noura Mint Seymali is determined to change that. The griot and singer has deep roots in Moorish and Mauritanian musical traditions: she grew up singing backup for her […]
Current musical obsessions of pop R&B artist Jordanna, violinist and composer Lucy Little, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
The movement—really more a wide-ranging cultural and aesthetic philosophy—has roots deep in the 19th century.
Five African film classics for this Black Panther moment.
Current musical obsessions of Cheer-Accident mastermind Thymme Jones, human Top 40 encyclopedia Tony Young, and Reader music editor Philip Montoro
In advance of his appearance at the Chicago Humanities Festival, the writer speaks about travel and his recently released essay collection Far and Away: Reporting From the Brink of Change
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Saturday, January 26, 2013.
Senegalese soul food shines at Badou
A 1984 burner from a previously unissued album of primo mbalax by Senegambian band Karantamba
Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago focuses on tradional African modes in “Spice It Up”
Dyana Gaye’s Senegalese musical “Saint Louis Blues” and Alla Kovgan and David Hinton’s “Nora” about Zimbabwean dancer-choreographer Nora Chipaumire screen tonight in the Black Harvest Film Festival.
Robin Shuffield’s 2006 documentary “Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man,” about the Marxist leader of Burkina Faso, and Djibril Diop Mambety’s Senegalese dramatic short “The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun” screen Thursday 5/6 in the Black World Cinema series.
Ousmane Sembene’s Burkina Faso drama “Moolaade” and Beate Arnestad’s Sri Lankan documentary “My Daughter the Terrorist” screen Tuesday 3/9 in the College of DuPage’s Women’s Rights Day Film Festival.
Black World Cinema presents a discounted preview screening of “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love” a day before the documentary about the iconic Senegalese singer and activist opens for a weeklong run at Chatham 14.