CULTURE

Celebration of Africa in Attica

As a cultural platform for the local African community and an institution of solidarity expressed through music, literature, art, dance, traditional African cuisine and folk art, the second Mamma Africa Arts Festival will take place at various points throughout Attica from August 27 to September 1, winding up with an event held within the context of the Petra Festival in Petroupolis. One of the headline acts of the event is an appearance by legendary Nigerian musician Femi Kuti. Organized to appeal to all ages, this year’s Mamma Africa Arts Festival brings together improvisational dance and musical performances held in public spaces; a documentary on the activities of the Prem Rawat humanitarian foundation in African countries and other developing nations; an exhibition of drawings by the students of the Ornerakis School of Applied Arts; a reggae night with Anna Mystic and photography exhibitions on «The Alexandria Library» and «The Nairobi World Forum.» Kuti’s concert will take place on September 1 at the open-air Petra Theater, where, along with the Positive Force band, he will perform Afro-beat music – a combination of traditional African percussion motifs combined with the smooth sound of highlife (the first contemporary African music genre to gain international recognition), horns and the sounds of James Brown, rhythm ‘n’ blues, soul and funk to create a new, individual musical sound.