If you’re going to be in Brooklyn between April 13-15, you’re in luck because Lauryn Hill be hosting and headlining the Diaspora Calling! festival at the Kings Theatre.
Diaspora Calling! is the first of an annual event that will highlight African music and art. The festival will also highlight music and art from the African Diaspora. The event will kick off on April 13 with Hill hosting a private opening reception to view the art in the King’s Theatre’s lobby, which will be turned into an art gallery for the festival. The opening reception will also feature Dj sets from Dj Spinna and Dj Jules. The public will can view the gallery from 12pm-4pm on April 14 and 15.
The music portion of the festival will feature Machel Montano (Trinidad), Stephen “Ragga” Marley (Jamaica), Stonebwoy (Ghana), Mr. Eazi (Nigeria), EL (Ghana), Wondaboy (Nigeria), JoJo Abot (Ghana) and Paul Beaubrun (Haiti) and will be live streamed via Tidal. In statement made about the festival via Pitchfork, Lauryn said:
Diaspora Calling! is a collection of works intended to celebrate the rich tapestry of artists from the African Diaspora while also illumining persistent and irrepressible themes… Even if we work independently, we are a resounding collective voice, both reconciling and embracing our relationship to history, our origins, our future and to ourselves.